European Christmas Market Returns to Union Depot with More than Double the Number of Vendors

November 10, 2016
Union Depot European Christmas Market

The festive European Christmas Market will return to Union Depot’s East Plaza with more than double the number of vendors from last year’s event, and an expansion of dates to include Thursdays. The market will run December 1-4 and December 8-11. Inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” the traditional open-air holiday festival common across central European countries during the Advent season, the free eight-day event with more than 23 exhibitors will feature handmade goods from local makers and artisans, and seasonal food offerings and drinks will be available for purchase. Attendees will find holiday décor, crafts, clothing and accessories, toys, candles, packaged artisanal food products, and much more.

Santa and his reindeer will greet children, and carolers will delight visitors with the beautiful sounds of the season.  European-inspired foods will be served, such as traditional sausages, pretzels with mustard, pierogis, spaetzle, apple fritters, potato pancakes, eggnog and more. Crave will offer traditional glühwein (mulled wine) and other beverages.

“We anticipate that visitors will enjoy the experience of strolling along the East Plaza, which will be decorated in a welcoming style for the holidays,” said Rafael E. Ortega, chairman, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority. “Free entertainment will be included on both market weekends.” The complete list of European Christmas Market entertainment and Santa’s schedule will be posted soon on and

European Christmas Market Hours

  • 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1
  • 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
  • 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4
  • 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8
  • 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9
  • 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
  • 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11


European Christmas Market Vendors


Crafts and Gift Items:


3D Cards 4 You — 3D holiday cards

DoodleTown Toys — Wooden toys for children

Christian Engelbrecht — Paper star ornaments

Fierce Design Studio —Hand-blown glass ornaments, glasses, wine stoppers, vases and more

German Specialty Imports — German ornaments, nutcrackers, incense burners and light arches

Gifts from Poland — Ornaments and more

Honey Pot Bee’s Wax Candles — Artisan candles

Lucy Iburg — Hats and mittens

Joslin Pottery — Pottery items

Look What We Found For You — Ornaments and more

Mother Earth Gardens — Wreaths and more

Roseberry Kids — Children’s sweaters, hats, mittens, tutus, wooden and knit toys, and socks

Sew Trendy — Faux fur luxury scarves, shawls and throw blankets

Süß Treats and Trinkets — German candies and European ornaments

Wolly Wolly — Sweaters and scarves


Food Vendors:


Burbach’s European Pancakes — Potato pancakes, Jaegerschnitzel, pretzels and hot cider

Crave — Glühwein and more

Cheese Brothers — Variety of packaged cheeses

German American Business Services — Brats

Nuttin Like It — Roasted nuts

Pierogi Place — Perogies and blintzes

Three Rivers Farm — Maple syrup

Venus Spaetzle Haus — Spaetzle, apple fritters and eggnog


The European Christmas Market will join the roster of Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” events — coinciding with: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Dec. 2); “North Pole Express” Holiday Train (Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 8-11); Holiday Movie Nights (Dec. 2-3); CP Holiday Train (Dec. 9); and Holiday Bake Sale (Dec. 10). For more information about Union Depot’s holiday events, please visit

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