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Photos: Annual Harmony Christmas Market Draws a Crowd

Attracting more than 5,000 people to the area, the WeihnachtsMarkt is based on the open-air Christmas market in Germany.

Thanks in part to the weekend’s unusually warm and sunny weather (and no Steelers game) the annual WeihnachtsMarkt in Harmony attracted its largest crowd yet to the heart of the town’s historic district.

“They already come out for it even when the weather has been inclement, but not in this number,” said event chairwoman Gwen Lutz. “We’ve had a wonderful attendance and a really, really nice crowd.”

Now in its 22nd year, the WeihnachtsMarkt is based on the open-air Christmas market held in Germany and features a variety of German foods, crafts, activities for kids, antiques, horse-drawn wagon rides, German dancers and much more.

The event typically attracts about 5,000 people from around the region. This year, Lutz said 3,200 people had already been counted at the market—and that was just for Saturday.

Lutz added she has had people tell her they traveled from as far away as Alabama and Georgia to attend the market.

“We’ve had them come from quite a distance,” she said.

The market is sponsored by the Harmony Museum. All proceeds from the admission price to enter the market go toward running the museum.

Cranberry Patch was at the event and took lots of photos, but how about you?

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Deb Ramage November 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I was there Sat. & it was just delightful. Many unusual things begged me to take them home too, so I listened...lol. It was truly a delightful ole fashioned kind of day. Neat new shops in Harmony now too....well worth the trip any other time too!!
Cindi Lash November 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Really enjoyed the visit Saturday. We snacked on fresh, warm gingerbread from the bakery shop, and we enjoyed the market and nearby shops in the sunshine. The wood carver was pretty cool, too.
Josh Meeder November 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
It was a great event for the Museum, town and local businesses. There were people from all walks of life strolling through town. There was something for everyone. From crafts to hula hoppers, glass blowing to pretzels, and everything in between. At the Center of Harmony, there were numerous vendors and a few outstanding food trucks. The merchants and vendors had record days and enjoyed the people that came through. It was an outstanding vibe in town. Thanks to the Harmony Museum for running a fantastic events for 22 years!

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