Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

The community of Excelsior kicked off the 2013 Christmas Season with our Thanksgiving Weekend Extravaganza Christkindlsmarkt.

Excelsior is the perfect venue where the magic of Christmas prevails. The festival was an amazing success, and enjoyed by all ages grandchildren to grandparents.

We had a visit from Santa’s’ reindeer and the new addition of KinderWorld was so fun and also offered a warm retreat from the frosty temps.

There were countless volunteers whose participation is so appreciated, and who make it possible for Excelsior to have such a wonderful family oriented Christmas festival .
We wish to extend a grateful Thank You to all who participated as volunteers.

We also wish to extend a thank you to the many sponsors of Christkindlsmarkt. Without these Sponsors we would not be able to put on the festival and include all the magical elements that make Christkindlsmarkt so very special and memorable.

We hope your heart is touched with the joy that was so evident in the eyes of the children at Christkindlsmarkt as they gazed at Santa Claus, his Reindeer, talked to the Christkindl Angel, listened to the storytellers and balloon artist in KinderWorld, marched in the parade, and rode the Northpole Trolley with Santa.

May you and your family have a wondrous Christmas Season.

Thank you so much
The Christkindlsmarkt Committee


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt Parade Photo

Here's a cute photo from the Grande Day Parade kicking off the Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt on 11/29/13.

Submitted by DB & Co - TaDah!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt website and facebook page

Check out our updated sites for the latest info and calendar of events!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Lake Minnetonka Magazine... Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

Check out the November 2013 issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine... Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt = nice article!

Lake Minnetonka Magazine Nov 2013 Christkindslmarkt Article

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt seeking volunteers

We're seeking additional volunteers for the Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt Nov 29-Dec 1, 2013.  We need some volunteers to greet festival goer's (it's a Free Event), hand out Gift Bags, photographers, parade helpers (for Friday Nov 29 at 10:00 AM) and also the night time Lighted Lantern Parade (Friday Evening), helpers at the NorthPole Trolley ticket booth and a few more.

If you would like to help in two hour shifts or so, please let us know!
Please go to our website to send email to organizer:  
Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

or to our facebook page:

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt Exciting Vendors Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2013

Exciting vendor participation this year. Many returning vendors plus some new ones, including Baltic Imports. Nice variety of unique gifts, Made in Minnesota wares, artisian, handmade, food gifts, alpaca wool clothing,  plus food and beverage vendor trucks. NorthPole trolley will be operating all three days so you can take a ride with Santa!

Make plans now to visit Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2013.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt German Christmas Festival on Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend Christmas Extravaganza -- Enchanting Holiday Experience

The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt is hosting their 8th annual Festival.
Where: A new location this year; in the East Municipal Lot behind Excelsior Brewery.
When: Thanksgiving weekend beginning Friday,Nov. 29th, 30th,& Dec.1st.
Hours: Friday 10:00am to 7:00 pm beer garden and music continues till 10pm
Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm beer garden and music continues till 10pm
Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm

We begin at 10:00a.m. Friday November 29th, with the
Christkindlsmarkt Parade down Water Street.
The parade is led by our Christmas Angel Ellen Hunt, Santa Claus,
the Royals of Spielmannszug, the Minnetonka High School Choir,
Excelsior Town crier Darel Liepold, Mayors of local towns,
plus Santa's Elves, Knight Family Farms Horse & Buggy, plus other dignitaries and Excelsiorites.
The Market officially is open as Santa and the Christmas Angel cut the ribbon,
featuring gifts ranging from modern to vintage to traditional German.

Throughout the three days we have a full schedule of local musical talents
including demonstrations.
We have a new addition; "Kinder World" with puppet show, jugglers, local authors reading traditional Christmas stories.
The Boy Scouts will be selling their traditional wreaths and swags.
The Northpole Trolley has Santa Claus on board operating all hours of the Market.
Saturday Santa's live Reindeer arrive on Saturday
and we have the favorite Alpacas who talk to you.

The Festival has continued as the original open air market featuring
German Christmas Food traditions including Grilled Sausage, Roasted almonds, Sweet & Savory Strudels,
Kindercocoa, Gluhwein 'hot mulled wine', gingerbread, cakes and cupcakes, candies,
hot cider, and other delicacies.

Friday evening at 5:30pm make way for the Children's Lighted Lantern Parade
on Water Street
all children are invited and welcome.
Santa, the Christmas Angel, and other dignataries will join us.

Saturday We have Breakfast with Santa at the Masonic Hall situated next
to the Christkindls site from 7-10:30
the market officially opens at 10:00 am
many entertainers are scheduled including The Chaska Community Choir.

Sunday the Market opens at 11:00 am
The Arbor Bells group, will be first on the music schedule come and enjoy.
3:00pm the festival will close with The Sound's of Praise Children's Choir
from the Woodale Church.

For more information about the Christkindlsmarkt please contact
Myrle Mackenzie 952-292-8898, Rick Meyer 612-750-6917
or visit

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