BRYAN — The Bryan Development Foundation, (BDF) an organization dedicated to promoting economic activity, preservation and growth in Bryan, has announced its biggest undertaking to date — the first ever Christkindlmarket of Bryan. This event, to be held between Thanksgiving and Christmas, will be a European style, outdoor Christmas market centered in Bryan’s downtown square.
“Realizing the beauty and atmosphere of the Bryan courthouse square and utilizing it to hold this type market is an easy choice” according to Russ Davies, president of the BDF and chairman of the market. “Visitors of all ages can expect a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas experience enjoying our local food scene, retail merchants, and vibrant community.”
Currently under construction, are 12 wooden frame market stalls that measure 8’ x 8’. Ten of the stalls have been rented, and the vendor selection committee is activity seeking additional businesses to fill the other two. Vendors can be crafters or businesses that offer handmade items, or items made in the United States, Canada or Europe, that are well made, are unique and make good gifts for the Christmas season.
Many forms of entertainment are being planned including carolers, choirs, bands, story tellers, children’s games and crafts, and more. Jeffrey Tonjes from Bryan Parks and Recreation has agreed to coordinate the entertainment schedule.
BDF will be working hand in hand with the Bryan Chamber of Commerce. The chamber traditionally hosts horse and wagon rides, the traditional Santa Parade, and Santa Claus himself. Santa has a long tradition of beginning his evening by singing carols with waiting families while he makes his way to his house on the square. While at his house, Santa will be visiting with children who can share all their Christmas wishes. Bryan restaurants will be offering a great selection of German and Christmas market inspired foods like bratwurst, pretzels, mulled wine, hot cocoa and more.
The first big fundraising hurdle has been achieved, with the Bryan Area Foundation Community Impact Fund Committee donating $48,000, most of which will go toward the construction of market stalls. BAF President and CEO, Amy Miller, echos the excitement and support for the Christkindlmarket of Bryan, that is shared with the committee. “The Bryan Area Foundation Community Impact Fund was established with the express interest to support the development and enhancement of the community experience in Bryan. The Christkindlmarket fulfills this mission perfectly by providing opportunities for existing and new businesses, and offering an unique holiday shopping experience for residents and visitors alike.”
Bard Manufacturing, F&M Bank, Daavlin and Spangler Candy Company have all contributed $3,000 each. These monies will go toward entertainment, marketing and start up cost.
Dates for the Christkindl Market of Bryan are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and concluding Dec. 18. Hours of operation will be 4-9 p.m.
Anyone wishing to become a vendor, sponsor or volunteer is encourage to reach out to either Russ Davies or Ann Spangler, via email email@example.com. For future updates, follow the Christkindlmarket of Bryan Facebook page.