6th Annual Kris Kringle Christmas Market This Weekend

The Kris Kringle Christmas Market will take place again this year at the Charles County Fairgrounds located at 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata, MD  20646. This popular event will occur on the following dates and times:

Friday, December 7th from 4PM to 8PM

Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 8PM

Sunday, December 9th from 10AM to 3PM

Your admission to this busy and fun-filled weekend will be either a nominal fee of $1.00 or non-perishable food items. This event will play host to 160+ vendors, food, fireworks, live entertainment, Santa Claus himself, light displays, activities for children and so much more. You won’t want to miss out on all that this weekend has to offer. This will be the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and get into the genuine Christmas spirit.

The official tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus will be held on Friday, December 7th at 5:00 pm.

The most anticipated event of the weekend is the winter fireworks. After last year’s display, potential attendees have been scrambling to confirm whether fireworks would be happening again this year. Lucky for all attendees, fireworks are indeed going to take place around 6PM on Saturday, December 8th.

The Kris Kringle Cookie Contest will take place on Saturday, December 8th wherein entries are due between 9AM-12PM. There will be winners in the following categories: Most Festive, Taste & Texture, and Best Overall. The contest will be split in to two age groups: Youth Bakers (under 18 years) and Adult Bakers (18 and older). Head on over to Building 6 (Farmers Market Building) to submit your entries and try to earn the title of 2018 Kris Kringle Cookie Champion! The winners will be announced at 3PM.

The organizers have scheduled live entertainment for all 3 days! Holiday sounds will be filling the air from 5PM to 8PM on Friday, 10AM-8PM on Saturday, and 11AM to 3PM on Sunday. Some notable groups are: CSM Chorale, Chris Dudley, The Reluctant Jazz Band, Ro Cube on Keyboards, and Joel McGuire. For a full schedule of musical acts, click here

One of the most appealing activities available is the shopping. Because there are so many vendors to visit, it is certainly possible to get all your Christmas shopping done in one place! The local boy scouts will be selling live Christmas wreaths. Click here for a list of all the vendors that will be attending. 

Last year, at the 5th Annual Kris Kringle Christmas Market, the donations received from admissions provided 22 tons of food to the Southern Maryland Food Bank & Outreach Services which in turn helped to feed nearly 2,000 families. The organizers are hoping to double that amount this year and are greatly anticipating a large turnout to the event. For more information about the SoMD Food Bank, click here

The launch of this family-friendly event several years ago was a great success! The Charles County Fair Board and Kris Kringle Christmas Market Committee want to encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats.

For more information and updates, check out the Kris Kringle Christmas Market Facebook page. Don’t forget to RSVP to the event

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