Downtown Rochester to welcome Kris Kringle Market Dec. 2-3

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 30, 2016


ROCHESTER — Just in time to kick off holiday shopping, downtown Rochester’s European holiday market will return this weekend.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s ninth annual Kris Kringle Market will be held 4-10 p.m. Dec. 2 and noon-10 p.m. Dec. 3 on West Fourth Street, between Main and Walnut. Inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas market, Rochester’s open-air holiday market will offer food, holiday shopping and live entertainment.

“It’s really become a tradition for a lot of families,” said Kelly McMahon, marketing coordinator for the Rochester DDA. “A lot of people say they look forward to it each year, and it is something that has become a holiday ritual for them.”

Over 40 vendors will show their wares in individual tents, uniformly dressed up for the holidays downtown with garland and lights.

“It’s a nice way, right after Thanksgiving, to go out and find some gift inspiration for everyone’s shopping list — because there are a lot of unique items there,” McMahon said.

Products range from handmade greeting cards and winter décor items to freshly made greens and speciality foods.

Nitsches Meats & Deli, in Shelby Township, will once again cook up homemade bratwurst and sausage from its tent and will sell a variety of German food products, including speciality chocolates and cookies, according to store manager Courtney Goszewski.

“We have a German heritage that the market really speaks to us through, and it’s really fun to bring that here to everyone else,” she said. “We have so many German customers too, so it was exciting to watch them get excited about having something here that made them feel at home for the holidays.”

A warming tent — with beer donated by Rochester Mills Beer Co., wine from Fieldstone Winery and food from Penny Black — will be available during the event. Commemorative glass Kris Kringle Market mugs filled with “gluhwein” — a German hot spiced wine — or a pint of handcrafted beer will be for sale.

Kids can visit and have their picture taken with Santa Claus — with proceeds from photo sales going to the local Lions Club. There will also be a free kids craft activity and a chance to play in three gingerbread playhouses, donated and built by Bloomingdale Construction.

The Kris Kringle Market is exclusively presented by Lincoln of Troy. The event also coincides with the Big, Bright Light Show — which begins at 5 p.m. each night.

For more information about the Kris Kringle Market, visit or call (248) 656-0060.