Hahndorf has long been seen as a beautiful country town that is located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. And with Christmas around the corner, the town has come alive with the Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt.
Organized and run by C3 Church Adelaide Hills, the Christmas markets have been designed as a European style market, where over 50 local businesses from South Australia have come together to take care of your last minute shopping and provide you with a fun-filled experience. Some of the businesses that you can find here include Tohl and Milk Monkey 2016 for statement jewellery, Squid Inc. for the best salt and pepper squid, La Creperie for dessert and savoury crepes, Soy Candle & Co. for aromatic, scented candles, and Minnie & Mae for custom-made baby clothing and accessories.
Visiting the markets on their second day, I felt a strong sense of a community, with people coming together from different backgrounds and celebrating the joyous and festive season of Christmas and the upcoming new year under the glistening sunshine. Kids were having a ball celebrating, laughing, and generally having the time of their lives with the live entertainment that was available at the markets. Santa and his helpful elves were around, giving out free hugs and getting photos with the kids whose faces were glowing with happiness.
The markets have been on for the past 2 days and today is their last day of trading, so if you have the opportunity, make sure you check them out and get some beautiful, cute pressies for your loved ones. Make sure you stick around till the end of the event, because the markets come to life under fairy lights once the sun sets. The Carols by Candlelight, which is made up of volunteers from the C3 Adelaide Hills Worship Team, is a fitting end to a beautiful event and you can purchase candles for $3 each or $5 for 2 candles.
The markets offer free entry and is a smoke-free event. While there is an ATM on the premises and some local businesses may have Paypal/EFTPOS facilities, it is best to withdraw some cash beforehand.
Also, while the event does not allow pets (sad eyes), you can still get treats for your furry friends at home by getting a gift bag of treats for $15 or individual treats starting at the low price of $2 from One For Each Paw.
Starting at 4pm, there will be live entertainment:
5:30pm – Dance Fusion
6:15pm – Live Nativity
6:45pm – Carols for Kids (with Santa)
7:45pm – Seymour Family Band
9:15pm – Carols by Candlelight with the C3 Church Band
Address: Cnr Main Street & Auricht Road Hahndorf SA 5245
December 16-18, 2016:
5pm – 10pm Friday (Dec 16)
4pm – 10pm Saturday (Dec 17)
4pm – 10pm Sunday (Dec 18)
Event: 2016 Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt
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Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan, Ryan Gardiner, & Victoria Scales