TIFFIN, OHIO – November 7, 2023 – The Downtown Tiffin Marketing Committee under the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is planning its annual Kris Kringle Markt on December 1 and 2. The festival will highlight an open-air holiday market with German/Bavarian-inspired Christmas offerings.
Visitors can enjoy the sounds of live holiday music, traditional German food, late-night retail shopping, children’s activities, and the ambiance of an old-world German Christmas.
Court Street will be transformed to take on a traditional European Christmas market, or Weihnachtsmarkt, featuring local vendors in white tents adorned with holiday lights offering fresh greens, garland and wreaths, handcrafted gifts, Christmas ornaments, and more. Local downtown retailers will stay open later to offer holiday shopping specials and complimentary treats.
Downtown Tiffin restaurants and bars will feature German-style food, beer selections, mulled wine (Glühwein), and specialty hot chocolate beverages. City Lots 5 & 7 and the County RTA Lot will host a variety of food trucks offering unique Bavarian dishes and beverages.
Santa will be available for pictures at Pan Yan Bookstore, and several other activities will be spread throughout downtown including strolling Christmas carolers, live ice sculpture carvings, live reindeer, complimentary holiday wagon rides, and a parking lot dedicated to donations for the Salvation Army of Tiffin. Cherry Alley will feature live Christmas trees for sale that are being sponsored by local businesses along with “S'mores Land” featuring characters: Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa.
Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “The Kris Kringle Markt is the perfect way to welcome everyone into Downtown Tiffin for the festivities. The two-day celebration kicks off with the lighting of the courthouse tree. This is truly a special event that all residents and visitors alike will enjoy!”
The Kris Kringle Markt will be open Friday, December 1st from 5 pm – 9 pm in conjunction with the Holiday Tree Lighting Experience at the Justice Center and Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am – 3 pm following the Tiffin Kiwanis Christmas Parade.
About Downtown Tiffin
The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to form “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in Downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the City of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.
About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio promotes economic growth through the preservation and revitalization of downtowns and neighborhoods across Ohio. Heritage Ohio is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program and is the designated statewide Ohio preservation partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through saving the places that matter we can all build a community and live better. Learn more about how to become involved by visiting www.heritageohio.org.
About Main Street America
Main Street America leads a movement committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. For more than 40 years, Main Street America has provided a practical, adaptable, and impactful framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Our network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have generated more than $101.58 billion in new public and private investment, generated 168,693 net new businesses and 746,897 net new jobs, rehabilitated more than 325,119 buildings, and levered over 33.7 million volunteer hours. Main Street America is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information, visit mainstreet.org.