The return of the annual Christkindl Markt this weekend offers countless colorful ways to get in some early shopping.
Christmas may be more than a month away, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start shopping. The return of the annual Christkindl Markt this weekend offers countless colorful ways to do just that.
• More than 100 artists from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, New Hampshire and Michigan will showcase works in wood, metal, leather, ceramics, fiber and glass, as well as jewelry, photography, mixed media, candles, sculpture, paintings, Christmas items and other creative creations.
• Shoppers also can pick up some reading in the used book sale, which features hardbacks, paperbacks, tapes and videos.
• Those who work up an appetite can fight their hunger with selections at the Christkindl Cafe and Markt Bistro, which will offer lunch, dinner and snacks, including soups, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pizza, hot pretzels, cheese plates and desserts. Wine and beer also will be offered Friday and Saturday.
• Shoppers who want to follow their meals with something sweet — or buy sweet treats for others — can get their fix at the Sweet Shoppe, which will offer fudge, buckeyes, bark, holiday cookies, pizzelles, pumpkin rolls and chocolate-covered pretzel sticks.
• Visitors who feel lucky can take a shot at winning themed baskets in the basket raffle or bid on art and other items donated by the participating artists, local artisans and local businesses in the silent auction. One guest also can score a $1,000 shopping spree at Andreas Furniture through a raffle.
• If you go, expect lots of company. An estimated 4,500 people are expected to attend the event. Good to note: no strollers are permitted.
Why attend? Not only does the event offer a great chance to snap up some early holiday gifts, it also supports the Canton Museum of Art. The event is put on by the Canton Fine Arts Associates, an affiliate and volunteer fundraising organization of the museum, and proceeds benefit the museum.