GLADE SPRING, Va. — An annual holiday market will bring international flair and local charm to the Glade Spring Town Square this year.

Resembling the German tradition of Christmas markets, the Glade Spring Christkindlmarket will feature a collection of vendors, food and music on Saturday, Dec. 8.

“We’re celebrating a holiday market that’s a warm and friendly gathering place — just like the longstanding traditional European ones,” said Leslie Peterson, president of Project Glade, a local civic organization that is sponsoring the Christkindlmarket event.

The daylong celebration includes a Christmas in the Square program, also sponsored by Project Glade, and a Christmas parade put on by the town of Glade Spring.

Peterson explained the new theme for their holiday market was named after a Christkindlmarkt, a traditional Christmas market that had its start in the town squares of 12th-century Germany.

“The term translates as ‘Christ child’s market,’” she said.

The Christkindlmarket will be open from noon to 7 p.m. in the Point Pavilion, featuring an artisan craft bazaar, baked goods, a farmers winter market, food vendors and live music.

D.J.’s Pizza and Clean Eats are among the vendors providing food at the Point Pavilion. Artisans will sell a variety of wares, including pottery, Christmas ornaments, woodworking, greenery and locally sourced herbal products.

Live music will be provided by Tammy Martin on hammered dulcimer from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and by David and Ann Ledgerwood from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Out in the square, the merchants and restaurant will be open with their Christmas offerings and specials.

The Town of Glade Spring Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m., making its way down Maple and Main streets to the town square. Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their floats or vehicles personalized to the theme “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

The town is working on securing a parade marshal.

“We have several exciting opportunities we’re pursuing,” said Dirk Moore, town council member and head of the town’s events committee.

The parade will also feature Megan Stanley, who was crowned the 2019 Miss Food City.

Pet owners and their pets are invited to march in the parade. The Glade Spring Veterinary Clinic and Glade Pet Grooming will award first-, second- and third-place prizes for the best Christmas pet costumes.

To participate in the parade, contact the Glade Spring Town Hall at 276-429-5134 or Wayne McNeil at 276-356-5380.

The parade will be followed by the traditional Christmas in the Square program at the town gazebo, where awards will be given for Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The Rebel Voices Chamber Choir from Patrick Henry High School will perform Christmas carols during the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.

The event will conclude with a visit from Santa, who will greet the children and hand out candy.

“Events like this one mean so much to the community,” said Peterson. “Project Glade really loves doing them. It’s a lot of work, but there’s so much to be enjoyed here. We need to celebrate our community every chance we get.”

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Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at news@washconews.com.

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