The Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt takes place November 18-19, 2023, throughout the town of Ferdinand, Indiana. Held the third full weekend in November annually, features over 200 lavishly decorated booths spilling over with
The Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt takes place November 18-19, 2023, throughout the town of Ferdinand, Indiana.
Held the third full weekend in November annually, features over 200 lavishly decorated booths spilling over with quality hand-created items, Christmas wares, antiques, art, delicious regional food and wine, live entertainment, free concerts, free tours, and so much more.
What is Christkindlmarkt?
In Germany, Christmas wares and gifts are sold in the festival-style setting of Christkindlmarkt. During the weeks of Advent, toymakers, basket weavers, woodcarvers, candle makers, and other artisans set up booths in front of the local church, where browsers make their selections. The custom began in the 14th century and continues today in the charming “Bavarian” village of Ferdinand, Indiana.
Handmade treasures and treats abound in over 200 stalls featuring table and wall décor, snowmen, folk art, primitives, Santas, original artwork, seasonal displays, inspirational, wood carvings, wooden signs, florals, rustic furniture, baskets, baby, herbal soaps, jewelry, scarves, purses, hats, wood crafts, quilts, candles, chocolates, gourmet fudge, jams, baked goods, cinnamon rolls, apple strudel, schnitzel, wine and much more.
More than 40 booths will feature antiques, including glass, china, bisque, books, jewelry, primitives, furniture, pottery, linens, vintage, collectibles, Christmas, etc. If the warm wood tones don’t draw you in, maybe the cinnamon roasted nuts or wine surely will!
How to Become a Vendor
The Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt committee handles all vendor approvals – find details here.
How to Get Here
Ferdinand is located on State Road 162, 1/4 mile north of I-64, exit 63, in Southern Indiana’s Hill Country, one hour west of Louisville, KY and 45 minutes east of Evansville, IN. Just park and ride; shuttle service is provided for free.
Shuttles travel between the six markt sites via the Green (North) and Red (South) Routes and loop through town to other attractions and shopping venues.
Planning Your Trip
Food and snacks are available throughout the markts – you can also find great local dining options in Ferdinand and the surrounding area.
With two days of shopping, you can make an entire weekend exploring the quaint southern Indiana region. Book a bed & breakfast or a comfy hotel stay for a restful night of sleep; view a list of nearby places here.
For more information, visit FerdinandChristkindlmarkt.com.