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Winter Markt Returns with entertainment

The joy of the holidays returns to downtown Birmingham with the annual Birmingham Winter Markt event at Shain Park Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, which includes the beautiful tree lighting event at 6 p.m. Friday, December 2, hosted by WDIV Channel 4 news anchor and Birmingham resident Sandra Ali.


The all time favorite Santa House will open for visits immediately following the tree lighting, with no appointment necessary.


The three-day German-themed event features over 60 local artists and vendors, lots of European-inspired foods and beverages, live entertainment, free holiday-theme activities and lots more.


Winter Markt is open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open to the public and free to attend.


Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to shop for fresh holiday greenery and décor, as well as unique gifts, including jewelry, children’s toys and books, apparel and accessories, apothecary items and more, from over 60 local artists and vendors. European-style food and beverages will be available for purchase from Ziffels Schnitzel und Brats, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Main Squeeze Fresh Cut French Fries and other vendors.


Everyone is invited to enjoy free activities including marshmallow roasting, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, a Kinderhaus children’s activity area and live performances to entertain visitors of all ages. Meet the Winter Sisters ice princesses on Saturday, December 3 from 12 to 3 p.m. During the evening hours, enjoy thousands of holiday lights on display throughout the park and downtown.


“We are excited to have a record number of vendors this year” said Jaimi Brook, Birmingham Shopping District Operations and Events Manager. “There is really something for everyone. From children’s toys to permanent jewelry to fresh cut French fries, it’s a great event for the whole family.”

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