A York City business owner is planning an event that will bring a little bit of Germany downtown.

Slated for Dec. 1, Christkindlmarkt will be the first holiday arts and crafts market to grace city streets. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Grounds Roasting Co., 284 W. Market St.

Christkindlmarkt is the brainchild of Heather Klinefelter, owner of Growing Up Green at 266 W. Market St., which sells organic, ecofriendly, recycled and upcycled products.

As her last name may indicate, she is German. While in college, she spent time in Germany and saw how Christmas was experienced in that part of Europe.

"It's a really magical time of year. I've always liked more of a handmade holiday that's focused on family and friends," she said.

She's attended similar events in Lancaster County and said, "There's no reason why we can't have that in York."

Klinefelter is hoping Christkindlmarkt will "encourage people to buy local and keep their money local this holiday season."

Looking for vendors: While 10 vendors have already signed up to participate, she is still looking for more. The growing list of participants includes Bricks4Kids, Bring on Play, stay-at-home moms who will be selling handmade crafts, Growing Up Green, a Relay for Life team and more.

Items sold include Christmas crafts, gloves, scarves, mittens and gift items without a holiday theme.

Additional vendors who wish to participate can contact Klinefelter at 968-9606.


Vendor fees are $20 for a 10-foot space or $35 for a 20-foot space.

She expects 150 to 250 people will attend the event, which includes free activities for children such as face painting and Lego building.

To keep up with the spirit of giving, admission is free. Instead, Klinefelter is asking that guests bring a canned good that will be donated to the York County Food Bank.

Another feature: A swap will also be hosted at the event. Guests are asked to bring children's clothes, toys and equipment they no longer need or want. In exchange, they can choose from items brought by others - at no cost.

"Take what you need and leave what you don't want," Klinefelter said.

The leftovers will be donated to the York Rescue Mission, she said.

"It's a little bit different than other Christmas events, it's the traditional way of doing things in Germany, and it connects with German roots that are already in this area," Klinefelter said.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.