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Christkindlmarkt this weekend at Turner Hall
Natalie Wright, daughter of Denise Anton Wright, one of the owners of Three Friends Jewelry, helps young jewelry designers explore their creative sides at a "make-and-take" table, one of the many artisans and crafters at Turner Hall's annual Christkindlmarkt last year. Pictured with Wright are three girls from who stopped by while shopping with parents. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Turner Hall of Monroe's annual Christkindlmarkt, based on the historic and traditional German Christmas markets, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Part of Turner Hall's Swiss Heritage Series, the two-day holiday market will feature the work of artisans and crafters, with unique, affordable and quality hand-crafted gifts.

Shoppers will find a variety of items including fiber and fabric arts, children's wear, upcycled mittens and sweaters, woodworking, candles, soaps, rugs, jewelry, home decor and Christmas decorations as well as specifically Old World European folk art such as Scherenschnitte (scissors cuttings), Kerbschnitte (chip-carving in wood) and Holzschnitte (wood-carvings), plus glass German Christmas ornaments and Swiss baked goods.

Samichlaus, Switzerland's version of St. Nick, will be making appearances at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days of the market, visiting with children and shoppers and checking his large book of the year's past infractions. Children of all ages should be on the lookout for Samichlaus' partner, Schmutzli, who makes sure children haven't been too naughty during the year.

Shoppers also can relax with traditional Gluwein (hot spiced wine) and a Swiss treat, or dine in the lower level Ratskeller Restaurant, which will be serving from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days.

Located two blocks south of Monroe's downtown Square at 1217 17th Ave., the Swiss Emmental-style chalet is listed on the national and sate Registers of Historic Places and is handicapped-accessible. More information is available at or by visiting Turner Hall's Facebook page.