LAKE GEORGE — A little bit of European-style holiday cheer is coming to the village.
Adirondack Christkindlmarkt will take place Friday through Sunday at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons at 17-19 Westbrook Road.
The free event features more than 30 artisan vendors, musical entertainment, children’s events and other activities under two heated tents.
The event is a partnership between the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitors Bureau and Adirondack Folk School.
Christkindlmarkt is German for Christmas market and that was the inspiration for the event, according to Kristen Hanifin, CVB sales director.
“With the background of our beautiful lake and mountains, it’s very reminiscent of the Christkindlmarkt in Lake Constance, Germany,” said Hanifan, who lived overseas for 13 years.
Chamber officials designed the event to bring more year-round business into the area as part of its Lake George 365 initiative. They hope it will become an annual tradition.
The chamber teamed with the Adirondack Folk School, which will bring in artisans who will sell items such as hand-woven baskets, sculpture, soy wax candles, stoneware, furniture, sheepskin rugs, jewelry, alpaca hats, lavender products and other items.
“It’s a really wide variety of products and artisans,” she said.
Scott Hayden, executive director of the Adirondack Folk School, said he is excited about the event.
“I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to help promote our school and our region’s artisan-instructors to a wider audience and that this would be the Folk School’s contribution to the Lake George 365 efforts,” he said in a news release.
Musical entertainment will be featured, too, including a traditional Bavarian dance troupe. Children’s activities include the writing of letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a book-signing with Elizabeth Macy, author of “Lucky’s Adventures” (and a meet and greet with Lucky the dog).
Lake George Steamship Co. will be serving coffee, donuts and Gluhwein, which translates from German to English as “glow wine.” It is brewed with cinnamon and holiday spices.
The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m.
The festival opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“It is truly a holiday experience. It’s unlike a lot of other holiday markets or Christmas fairs in the area,” Hanifin said.
Free parking is available at the Million Dollar Beach lot and other places throughout the village.