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Nov 13, 2012 7:26 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Cambria gets into holiday spirit big time this year

First the locals of Cambria blew people away with their scarecrow fetsival. Well just as soon as those characters get packed away, the city will go all out with holiday spirit.

It's the first-annual Cambria Christmas Market and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 23 to December 23 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria. Admission is free.

"This is a festive, family-oriented event in the style of Germany's famed Christmas markets," said George Marschall, Cambria Christmas Market Coordinator.
Set along the scenic path that meanders between Cambria Pines Lodge and the Cambria Nursery and Florist, the Christmas Market will feature choirs, bands and singers from throughout the region; 15 to 20 artisan vendors offering candles, children's toys, art glass, driftwood sculpture, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, woolen winter accessories and more; and visits from Santa planned daily at 6 p.m.

Four food booths will offer a spread of local fare including fresh baked goods and German food such as brats and Gluhwein, a traditional European hot spiced wine that will be served in a commemorative "Cambria Christmas Market" mug. But it's likely the thousands of lights throughout the grounds that will turn heads the most.

Almost every German city celebrates the holiday season with a traditional Christmas market open from the last week of November to Christmas Eve. The fairs, which date back to the 14th century, are typically set along festive illuminated streets and include crafts vendors, German Christmas carols, old-fashioned carousel rides and holiday foods such as stollen (bread with nuts, fruits and spices), Gluhwein (mulled wine), Nurnberger Rostbratwurste (small sausages) and Maronen (roasted chestnuts). The markets are considered a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. And this year Cambria will be no exception.

For more information, call 800-966-6490 or click here.

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