Despite Cold, Crowds Flock to First Night of Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg

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MIFFLINBURG -- The 28th annual Christkindl Market began Thursday night in Mifflinburg, drawing a crowd despite the cold.

“I’ve been coming for years and years and it’s basically just German-oriented things and of course I’m German so it means a lot to me, so I just really look forward to seeing the people and all the little crafts and things that people do,” said Mary Ann Gift of Mifflinburg, who comes each year for specialty glass ornaments.

The Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg is modeled after the 700-year-old traditional German holiday market, with handmade crafts, treats, and events.

"I love the fact that it ties in the local heritage, the German heritage, so many of the families around here that settled here are of that heritage so it's a great way to celebrate the German heritage,” said Della Hutchison of Mifflinburg.

Among those in the crowd here was an exchange student from Frankfurt, Germany who says this Christkindl Market is wonderful.

“I think it’s great, it’s really amazing, it’s very similar to the ones in Germany,” said Svenja Schulz, who is staying in Mifflinburg this year.

German or not, many count this market as a holiday tradition.

“It’s magical! It’s so much fun and the food is really good!” said Clarissa Styer of Lewisburg.

The market in Mifflinburg runs through Saturday evening.