Christkindlmarkt set for Nov. 18-21 at Fargo Civic

This year's event will include "Winter Wonderland" outdoor activities and a German "Bier Hall" experience done in collaboration with Drekker Brewing Co.

Performers entertain the crowd during the 2019 Christkindlmarkt at Drekker Brewing Co. in Fargo. The 2021 event will be held Nov. 18-21 at the Fargo City Civic Center. (Photo by M. Schleif Photography)

FARGO — This year’s Christkindlmarkt is returning as an in-person event with a new venue.

The European-inspired holiday event will be held Nov 18-21 at the Fargo City Civic Center, 207 4th St. N., event management agency Folkways announced Monday, Nov. 2.

The outdoor “Winter Wonderland” part of the event showcases local artisans selling handmade gifts. It will include caroling and a tree lighting ceremony.

The Civic Center arena will be transformed into a German “Bier Hall” in collaboration with Drekker Brewing Co. Along with a selection of their usual brews, Drekker will offer winter warmers, including a mulled gluhbier.

Commemorative mugs will be available. This year’s 2,500 mugs will be handmade by ceramicist Hayden Swanson of Livin’ the Dream Pottery.


Traditional holiday foods and treats will be available in the Bier Hall and concourse.

The Bier Hall will also feature live musical performances. Headliners include Dakota Dutchmen, Meat Rabbits, and The JT Kenelley Band.


Holiday dance performances by FM Ballet, Dance Studio Elite, and FM Aerial & Movement are also planned.
Arts will be sprinkled throughout the event.

Hours will be 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Event updates and a full schedule are available online at .

Drekker Brewing Co. hosted Fargo's 2019 Christkindlmarkt at its Brewhalla. The 2021 holiday season celebration will be held Nov. 18-21 at the Fargo City Civic Center. (Photo by M. Schleif Photography)


The 2019 Christkindlmarkt was held at Drekker Brewing Company’s “Brewhalla,” about a mile west of Fargo’s downtown.

The 2020 Christkindlmarkt was held as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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