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Visit Christkindlmarkt to see Santa, shop, eat and more

Shoppers, eaters and Santa-seekers continue to enjoy Christkindlmarkt in Belleville’s Public Square.

The third-annual festival, which opened Friday and runs through Dec. 23, is based on German Christmas festivals that date back to the 16th century.

The tradition started in 2014 in Belleville in connection with the city’s bicentennial celebration.

Temporary shacks have been set up on the square to house vendors offering baskets, clothing and accessories, decor, small trinkets, toys, food and beer. A full list of retail vendors is at A full list of food and drink vendors is at

Santa Claus also has set up a temporary headquarters in the northeast section of the square.

Live concerts, contests and other events are scheduled throughout the duration of the festival. Get more information at

Christkindlmarkt is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.