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Chris Kringle Market in Ottawa

The Holiday Spirit be in full display as the 2018 Chris Kringle Market returns to Ottawa, IL for its second weekend of festivites! From December 7th - 9th, the Chris Kringle Market will be back in Ottawa, featuring artisan gift vendors, tasty holiday treats, traditional German-style beer, and memorable activities for the whole family to enjoy!

This year’s special activities include complementary carriage rides, festive carolers, ornament crafting, an ice carving demonstration, and a visit from a live reindeer!


  • Friday, December 7 - 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, December 8 - 10am to 7pm
  • Sunday, December 9 - 11am to 4pm


  • Old Town Farmers Christmas Market: Free Entry
    • Saturday December 8
    • 8:00am-4:00pm
    • Located at 824 LaSalle Street
  • Reddick Mansion Tours: $10
    • Friday December 7
    • 6:00pm-8:00pm
    • Located at 100 West Lafayette Street
  • Reddick Library Story Teller: Free
    • Saturday December 8
    • Beginning at 11:00am
    • Located at the Chris Kringle Market Warming Tent
  • Santa House: Free
    • Saturday December 8, 1:00pm-3:00pm
    • Sunday December 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Located at the northwest corner of Jackson Street near Washington Park
  • OTHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Free
    • Saturday December 8
    • 1:30pm-3:00pm
    • Located at the Chris Kringle Market
  • Live Reindeer: Free
    • Sunday December 9
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm
    • Located at the Chris Kringle Market
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Ride: Free
    • Sunday December 9
    • 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Located at the Southeast Corner of Washington Square Park
  • Children’s Ornament: Free (while supplies last)
    • Starting Friday November 30
    • 4:00pm-Supplies Last
    • Located at the Chris Kringle Market Warming Tent
    • Hosted by Ottawa Art League
  • Lamplight Singers Caroling: Free
    • Friday December 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm
    • Saturday December 9, 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Located at the Chris Kringle Market
  • Mosaic Ornament Making: $5

Find out more information by visiting https://www.facebook.com/ChrisKringleMarket/.