Tis The Night Before Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarkt Eve – November 14th – Herald in the Season

Imagine a Christmas Angel appearing from the Gothic doors of an old world monastery crypt. Imagine a live Nutcracker waving a banner as he stands guard. Imagine the resounding chords of monks as they chant, trumpeters heralding in the season, and a bell choir of nuns performing angelic tunes.

Better yet – don’t imagine – live it – during opening ceremonies for the 17th annual Christkindlmarkt to be held in Ferdinand, Indiana. All who wish to experience the magic are invited to gather on the sloped, west side lawn of the majestically domed Monastery Immaculate Conception at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday, November 14. There, the Christkindl, or Christmas Angel, will appear (as she has done at Nuremberg, Germany’s Christkindlmarkts for over 500 years) and regale the assembled with her angelic, melodious voice. Children will light the way as trumpeters herald in the markt, monks chant, choirs sing, and the Sisters of St. Benedict Bell Choir will perform.

This outdoor Christkindlmarkt Eve event is free and open to all who wish to live a little magic. The Sisters will be hosting their annual Simply Divine Bake Sale immediately following the 30 minute program.

Parking is available on the grounds at Monastery Immaculate Conception. Additional parking can be found at St. Ferdinand Church with a complimentary shuttle service to the monastery.

Dinner with entertainment is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST in St. Gertrude Hall and the Sister’s Dining Hall at the monastery. Pianists, Sr. Kim Mandelkow and Jamison Denning will entertain the guests with seasonal music. Reservations are required and tickets ($30) can be purchased by calling 812-367-2777 or 812-367-1411, extension 2657 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Sisters of St. Benedict.

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