Superior holiday market moves to Winter Street

Longtime organizer Heike McDonald is teaming up with Thirsty Pagan Brewing to host Christkindlmarkt.
Thirsty Pagan Brewing hosts this year's holiday market the first three Saturdays in December. (Jed Carlson /

Superior’s Christkindlmarkt, the German-style holiday market, is opening in a new location this year.

Heike McDonald, who has organized the outdoor market for the last nine years, is partnering with Thirsty Pagan Brewing to hold the event.

“The main organizer of the event, as in years past, is Heike McDonald,” said Ineke Sclavi of Thirsty Pagan. “Being German, she really tries to bring the spirit of the Christmas markets found in Germany to Superior through this market.”

For the first three Saturdays in December people will find local vendors, fires, food and drink, and Santa Claus at Thirsty Pagan instead of the community garden on the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street.

“We enjoyed very much having the Christmas Market in the community gardens but after meeting with Steve (Knauss) and Deb (Emory) from the Thirsty Pagan, and seeing how excited they were of the idea of having the market at their place, we felt it was an ideal fit,” said McDonald, who planned the markets with her husband, Steve. “For nine years, we have done this on our own, and now we have great partners with a perfect location.”


She said by holding the market there, they will be able to serve a larger variety of hot beverages to shoppers, including Tom and Jerry’s and mulled wine, in addition to hot chocolate and cider.

This year customers can expect to find everything from scroll saw art, jewelry, pottery, driftwood art, German incense burners, straw stars, scarves and mittens, to princess pine wreaths and Christmas decorations, to name a few, McDonald said. Santa will be there, too, with small gifts for kids, she said.

Emory said they are happy to host the market this year, so the community has something nice to look forward to this holiday season.

The market runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18 at Thirsty Pagan Brewing, 1615 Winter St.

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