The Creamery of Kennett Square is a magical setting for the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market.

Of all the adjectives used to describe the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at The Creamery, “magical” seems the most apt. The event recreates the atmosphere of the German Christkindlmarkt, which traces its history back to the Middle Ages. Local tradespeople sold their handcrafted wares at these markets where local food and drink were also sold—giving the market in each town its own distinctive flavor and character. What Christkindlmarkts have in common across Europe today is this magical ambiance—beautiful lighting, crisp air carrying the suggestion or promise of snow, the sweet and spicy aroma of Glühwein (mulled wine), the timeless anticipation of holiday celebrations.

The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market brings the Christkindlmarkt experience to Southern Chester County once again this year. Dozens of artisan and vintage vendors are at the heart of the event, each stall a tiny feast of beautiful and unique handcrafted items that promise to delight the recipient and bring a sprinkling of this magic home. Live music, ice sculptures, fire pits, Santa Claus, food trucks, handcrafted and warming drinks and cocktails from The Creamery, and more are all part of the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market experience.

Shopping for the holidays—for gifts and for holiday decor—is an enjoyable community experience at the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market.

“Kennett Collaborative is happy to be able to bring back this beloved community event this year,” says Kennett Collaborative Executive Director Bo Wright. “One of the reasons Historic Kennett Square recently changed its name to Kennett Collaborative is because that’s exactly what we do—we lead and facilitate collaborations that help Kennett become a more beautiful and welcoming community where all can belong and prosper. Part of what we particularly love about the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market is that it’s a symbiotic collaboration that brings together people and organizations to create something that not one of us could do on our own. The beautiful setting of The Creamery here in Kennett Square is a key component of that, and we’re grateful for their partnership in hosting the event, as well as for Meredith Langer’s expert curation that brings together the unique talents of all of the vendors, musicians, and performers to create something that really is magical and one-of-a-kind. Our volunteers are key to making the event run so smoothly, and we’re also thankful this year to Krapf Coaches, Inc. for providing a complimentary shuttle between Birch Street and State Street so that shoppers can experience all that Kennett Square has to offer.”

Meredith Langer, of Merely Mere, curates and manages the event to offer a different experience, with a different mix of vendors, musicians, food trucks, and activities, on each of the four days (December 4, 5, 11, and 12). “After our hiatus last year, we’re so excited to bring this community event back to The Creamery and to Kennett Square!” Langer says. “Expect to see some of your favorite vendors from the past as well as some new surprises. I can’t wait—it doesn’t feel like the holidays until I’m watching snow falling at The Creamery while people shop from talented vendors and celebrate the season with hot cider in their hands (in our Kennett Square Holiday Village Market mugs, of course)!”

A new necklace design joeyfivecents will be bringing to the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market. (Photo: Avi Loren Fox Photography)

After the Market was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID concerns, returning vendors are just as eager as shoppers to return to the Market this year. “I’m beyond excited for the return of the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market, with its magical curated grounds and festive atmosphere,” says jewelry designer Susan Forker of joeyfivecents. “It’s always such a treat to participate! In additional to my staple joey cursive initial necklaces, I’ll be bringing my newer minimalist botanical designs along with fan favorite belt buckles featuring Western Sci-Fi and kitsch themed vintage book covers.”

Bethany Rusen, of Stanley Chester & Albert Ceramics, has attended every day of every Kennett Square Holiday Village Market since it started in 2016 “The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market has always been one of my favorite shows to vend at and I missed it so much last year!” she says. “From the ice sculptures to the campfires and the live music, it’s a beautiful holiday atmosphere with something for everyone. This year I’ll be returning to the show with my perennial favorite handmade mugs and ornaments, with some new things thrown into the mix, including some beautiful planters and new speckled mugs.”

Local small business Bee Our Guest will be at the Market all four days this year. Natural beeswax wraps make wonderful holiday and hostess gifts, and they’re also perfect for wrapping gifts.

Forker and Rusen, who will be at the Market all four days, will be joined by Kennett Square locals Bee Our Guest, with their natural beeswax wraps, as well as TEXTILE, bringing vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories, in addition to dozens of others including Annie Sinton Glass, Green Meadows Florist, Laura K. Murdoch prints, As the Crow Flies & Co., Inc. with vintage china jewelry, Stone Spring Suri Farm LLC with knit alpaca products, Brandywine Bee Company, and many more. So many of these vendors bring a uniquely Chester County flavor to their products, and in these times of normalizing repurposed, handcrafted, and consumable gifts, shoppers will find thoughtful and beautiful gifts that delight the recipients in addition to supporting local makers and small businesses and being gentle on the environment.

“We want people to come to experience the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market and enjoy what Birch Street has to offer, including the hidden gem of Chaikhana Chai, tucked in beside Braeloch Brewing, and then make their way to Cannery Row, where they’ll find Grō Supply Co., Evergreen Café, and Textile, in addition to nearby Café de Thai and award-winning Mexican restaurant La Peña, and then up to State, Union, and Broad Streets to enjoy the great shopping and restaurants in the festive décor that Kennett Collaborative is bringing through our Christmas in Kennett program,” says Wright. “This year Christmas in Kennett will include the beautifully lit trees, which help make the connection between Longwood Gardens and its hometown, the 20-foot town tree HKS buys for the town every year, professionally designed planters, community-decorated trees, selfie stations, and more to engage and delight shoppers and diners.”

The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market is a magical experience for all ages.

The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market will be at The Creamery of Kennett Square from 11am to 5pm to December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th 2021.

Kennett Collaborative makes Kennett thrive. We intentionally create programs and events that help Kennett become a more beautiful and welcoming community where all can belong and prosper.