ROCHESTER — The holiday season has arrived, and it’s time to start checking off the names on your gift list.  The public is invited to hunt for unique holiday presents Dec. 6-7 during the 12th annual Kris Kringle Market in downtown Rochester.

ROCHESTER — The holiday season has arrived, and it’s time to start checking off the names on your gift list. The public is invited to hunt for unique holiday presents Dec. 6-7 during the 12th annual Kris Kringle Market in downtown Rochester.

Photo provided by the Rochester Downtown Development Authority


Kris Kringle Market returns Dec. 6-7

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 22, 2019

ROCHESTER — The holiday season has arrived, and it’s time to start checking off the names on your gift list.

The public is invited to hunt for unique holiday presents Dec. 6-7 during the 12th annual Kris Kringle Market in downtown Rochester.

Inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas market, the Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s Kris Kringle Market will be held 4-10 p.m. Dec. 6 and noon-10 p.m. Dec. 7 on West Fourth Street, between Main Street and Walnut Boulevard.

The open-air holiday market will offer food, holiday shopping and live entertainment, all coinciding with the Big, Bright Light Show.

“It’s a great chance for people to really get in the holiday spirit and shop downtown with the lights,” said Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Taylor Clayton.

This year’s market will feature 40 vendors offering everything from handcrafted gifts, fresh greens and baked goods to specialty foods, glass blowing and more.

New to the market this year is Zoet, which will be opening soon at 103 W. Fourth St. in downtown Rochester. Zoet owner Cindy Hasendock, who moved to the United States from Belgium four years ago, said Zoet is the Dutch word for sweet.  

“In Belgium, we all love chocolate,” she said.

Zoet, Hasendock said, is an authentic Belgian restaurant and store offering handmade chocolates and waffles, which she will bring to the market.

“It’s all handmade by me,” she said. “It requires a lot of time.”

Shoppers can purchase items from other new market vendors this year, including sweet treats from Rochester Fudge Co.; handcrafted wood products from Wealthy Street Woodworks, of Clarkston; and custom carved Christmas ornaments from Kent Carver, of Indiana. Returning market favorites include Bavarian Roasted Almonds Co., Nitsches Meats & Deli, and The Original Strudel Factory.

While adults shop, children can enjoy a visit and photo opportunity with Santa Claus — with proceeds from photo sales going to the local Lions Club — play in child-sized gingerbread houses or warm up with a treat by the s’more station.

Because shopping can work up an appetite, marketgoers can purchase food and beverages — including a commemorative mug filled with gluhwein or a handcrafted beer sponsored by the Rochester Mills Beer Co. and Fieldstone Winery — in the warming tent. Proceeds from the warming tent will benefit Rochester Area Youth Assistance on Friday evening and the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority on Saturday.

The Kris Kringle Market is 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, visit www.DowntownRochesterMI.com or call (248) 656-0060.