Canandaigua’s 11th annual Christkindl to be bigger than ever

It’s a sure sign the holidays are near. A series of sprawling tents go up on the grounds of the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, and the Canandaigua Christkindl Market is open for business.

The 11th annual festival is set to run this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 and 12, and it’s got more juried artisans, vendors and festivities than ever.

“This is the biggest market that we’ve had to date as far as the number of vendors,” said Christkindl Director Cheryl Zulick. “We’re definitely at capacity. It’s a little different layout than previous years, and very festive.”

Seven huge tents started going up in late October — one more than last year — because “it takes all of two weeks to get this whole market up and running,” said Zulick, now in her seventh year as director.

The Canandaigua Christkindl Market, modeled after a traditional European-inspired Christmas market, will feature more than 150 regional artisans and unique food vendors, alongside live music and entertainment. German food, along with traditional fare, beer, wine and Gideon’s Grog will also be available.

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