Our Parish Festival

In 2019, with a nod to the heritage of Loretto’s founders, the Church of Ss Peter and Paul established a new festival to celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons in Old World fashion.   Christkindlmarkt, literally “Christ child market or fair,” is an event bringing together the larger community in an atmosphere of peace and joy.  Christkindlmarkt offers all who come an amazing experience of the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the season with German and Austrian fare ranging from our Bavarian grill specialties to traditional treats and beverages including Gluehwein.

Rechristened as our new parish festival, Christkindlmarkt was sidelined in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic but returned with expanded offerings including a Viennese coffee house and additional options for vendors.

Held the Saturday following Thanksgiving, the beginning of the Advent season, it offers visitors a chance to reconnect with their neighbors in a relaxed but festive setting and vendors the opportunity to present their offerings at the outset of the Christmas shopping season.

2022 Programming
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Delano Community Band
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The Delano Community Band is an all-volunteer, inter-generational concert band based in Delano, Minnesota.

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Basement Brass Band
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Returning this year with its magical performance of classics from central Europe and beyond, Basement Brass Band will take the Marktplatz Stage from 5 PM until close.

2022 Sponsors
Danny's Catering
Danny's Catering
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Proud supporter of our event from the beginning.

Watch his Facebook page for Thanksgiving pie orders.

2022 Vendors
3 Goats in A Tub
3 Goats in A Tub
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We are three generations of farmers creating handmade, good-for-you goat products! We make goatmilk soap and salves, and sell natural goatmilk lotion.

Custom Pens by Mike Green
Custom Pens by Mike Green
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Hand made artisan fountain pens by Delano's Mike Green

Jan & Joe Kittock
Jan & Joe Kittock
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Jewelry and wood carvings from Delano

Pampered Chef
Pampered Chef
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...with today’s expectations, we know finding the mealtime win can be difficult. We’re here to help bridge that gap between the ideal mealtime and the realities of today. We do this through our distinctive, high-quality kitchen tools...

Vintage on Bridge
Vintage on Bridge
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Vintage holiday decor and more out of Delano, MN

Bickerstaff Bees
Bickerstaff Bees
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Honey, raw honeycomb, pollem, & beeswax candles from Mound, MN

Faxon Farm
Faxon Farm
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100% pure maple syrup and products including maple cream, maple sugar, maple cotton candy, maple candy, maple nuts, and maple ice cream.

Kumihimp Jewelry
Kumihimp Jewelry
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Necklaces, bracelets, keychains and prayer afghans.

St. Patrick's Books and Gifts
St. Patrick's Books and Gifts
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Located in historic downtown Maple Lake, we are a small store, so please stop by to say hello and see what our selections have to offer! We are starting to stock new products and hope you enjoy the new selection of books and gifts.

Blest Art
Blest Art
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Olive wood carvings from
the Holy Land

Our mission is simple, to encourage growth in the diminishing Christian population of the Holy Land while ensuring these beautiful handcrafted pieces can reach you, right to your doorstep.

HandmaidArt
HandmaidArt
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Handmade religious art by Renee Hickman

Northern Designs
Northern Designs
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A large variety of many different homemade items: bandana bibs, bowtie bibs, rice neck wraps in 4 sizes, coasters, can koozies, dominos, ISPY bags, coffee coozies, quilts, memory pillows/bears, wine sleeves and much more.

Usborne Books
Usborne Books
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Usborne is one of the world’s leading independent children's book publishers and proud to be a family business. Creating brilliant books for all children - and looking after people and the planet while we do so.

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