A Unique Iowa Christmas Market is Coming Up Next Weekend
Get ready to do some holiday shopping!
Midwest Living recently put together a list of European-style Christmas markets throughout the Midwest that you can check out in 2022. If you're not familiar with these types of markets, the article says:
"The heritage of these old-world, open-air markets dates back centuries, giving local and international artisans the opportunity to peddle their steaming, spiced, glazed and glassy wares."
There are eight different markets on Midwest Living's list, and I'm happy to report that one of them is right here in Iowa! Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd, the city of Pella will host their second annual Kerstmarkt.
According to the city's website, Kerstmarkt was inspired by "cozy" outdoor markets in the Netherlands. The event's Facebook page shows that individual huts have been moved into Molengracht Plaza for vendors.
Speaking of vendors, there will be plenty on-hand at Kerstmarkt! If you're looking for something traditional to eat, Wiseman's Gourmet Waffles will be selling stroopwafels, the Pella Kiwanis Club will serve up poffertjes, Vrienden Huis will have Dutch Letters, and the Pella Rotary Club will be serving pannekoeken. Other vendors include Maiden Holland, Messy Missy's, Janssen Custom Fabrication, Sir Winslow's Zoo, De Bloemen Hof, Paper Baristas, Frisian Farms Cheese, The Cottage Candle Shop, Bell Farm, and more. The event will also feature live music and other activities.
Kerstmarkt will take place December 1st and 2nd from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is free to attend. For the latest updates, you can check out the event's Facebook page HERE.