Carolers sang and marshmallows roasted. The smell of bonfires and evergreen trees lingered across downtown Fargo, while visitors wandered into a parking lot that had been transformed into a winter wonderland for the Christkindlmarkt event. You can measure the success of an event in many ways, here are some of our favorites:
Bringing in the traditional elements of a German inspired Christkindlmarkt, the event was filled with mulled wine, live music, art demonstrations, and booths with makers of gifts and treats. Like the markets of Europe, we encouraged visitors to take time to slow down during what can be a busy holiday season. Christkindlmarkts are focused on spending time with friends and family both indoors and outdoors. On average, visitors spent one to two hours at our event, eating, drinking, shopping, or just being.
Folkways aims to bring people together from ages 8 to 80 in multigenerational settings. From crafts for kids to polka dancing, there was something for everyone to enjoy.