This year’s Christkindlmarkt will celebrate more than just German heritage

After being transferred to a virtual format last year, the fourth annual Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities returns to downtown Davenport this weekend, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

More than 70 vendors will participate in the Christmas market from Friday December 3 to Sunday December 5, at Freight House Farmers Market, 421 West River Drive.

Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Originally designed to celebrate Davenport’s strong German heritage, organizers say this year’s event is making the transition to recognize the region’s cultural diversity.

Purchases

A wide variety of art items and gifts will be available for purchase, including:

Participants walk through the Nutcracker Haus for holiday decorations on Sunday, December 8, 2019, during the second annual Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities, in downtown Davenport. (Britni Moses, OurQuadCities.com)
Bill Holesinger, owner of Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm, Fulton, Illinois, displays holiday greenery on Sunday, December 8, 2019, during the second annual Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities in downtown Davenport. (Britni Moses, OurQuadCities.com)

Food and drinks

Food offerings will include the following traditional German dishes:

  • German sausages including currywurst
  • German potato salad
  • pretzels
  • German deli selling sausages, mustards, sauces and cold cuts to take away
Attendees discovered the menu from Scherer Custom Meats, a Davenport-based supplier, on Sunday, December 8, 2019, during the second annual Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities in downtown Davenport. (Britni Moses, OurQuadCities.com)
A vendor sells Bavarian pretzels and other baked goods on Sunday, December 8, 2019, during the second annual Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities in downtown Davenport. (Britni Moses, OurQuadCities.com)

Are you not a fan of German cuisine? Other offers will be available.

Front Street Brewery will offer its exclusive craft beers of Christkind Golden Ale and Krampus Stout to adults of age.

Not a beer drinker? Enjoy a warm Glühwein in a Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities collectible mug.

Kinderpunsch, a hot mulled cider, is available for those under the age of 21.

A vendor sells kinderpunsch on Sunday, December 8, 2019, during the second annual Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities in downtown Davenport. (Britni Moses, OurQuadCities.com)

Child-friendly activities

A children’s area will provide a stopover for the youngest to enjoy cartoon screenings and a variety of activities throughout the event.

The children’s stories will be read at different times and the area will be visited by the Christkind for additional photo opportunities.

Live entertainment

Musical offerings will run from the very energetic Friday opening Bolzen beer group at 6.30 p.m.

A calming Christmas classic will close the festival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Find a complete list of performance times here.

More information about Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities is here.