ANDERSONVILLE – An outdoor market is coming to Andersonville this weekend, helping the neighborhood ring in the winter shopping season.
The Andersonville Winter Market will be held Friday through Sunday on Catalpa Avenue from Clark Street to Ashland Avenue. The heated and partially closed street market will feature at least 20 local vendors as well as other holiday activities.
Vendors will include Edgewater Candles, famous Swedish outfitter Fjällräven and City Grange. Food vendors will include First Slice Pie Cafe and Nuts To Go.
Santa will be at the market, offering photo opportunities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Andersonville Menorah will be lit Sunday.
The festival will be enclosed in four tents that will have sidewalls and heat, according to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. There will be filtered air circulation for security protocols, and masks will be mandatory in the tents.
The Andersonville Winter Market will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, click here.
This weekend also marks the return of Julmarknad, a Swedish Christmas market. The Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., will host Julmarknad from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
It will feature craft vendors, a visit from Santa, games, shows and more.
Late Night Andersonville is also returning to the neighborhood for two nights: Friday and December 17th. That’s when local businesses stay open until 8 p.m. to welcome holiday shoppers. The Holiday Cart will take people up and down Clark Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the events.
For a list of participating companies, click here.
On December 13, Andersonville will celebrate the Saint Lucia Festival of Lights. Starting at 5 pm, a candlelit procession will march through Clark Street, highlighted by children singing “The Lucia Song”.
The children’s choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Catalpa Avenue near Clark Street as part of the festival. The Lucia Festival is a popular Swedish holiday tradition that seeks to light up the night during the country’s long, dark winters.
For a full list of Andersonville vacation events, click here.
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