For a bit of Germany a little closer to home, Lemont’s sixth annual “Weihnachtsmarkt” celebrates the season with local crafts, music and German food.
Music will fill the air in the grain elevator to get shoppers and vendors in the holiday spirit as the market opens Dec. 6.
From handmade soaps, note cards and painted birdhouses to polished stones and crystals, milk-made soaps, handmade jewelry, blown glass, dyed yarn, paintings, seasonal wreaths and warm clothing, vendors will sell their goods.
And what’s a good German festival without bratwurst?
Hungry visitors can enjoy grilled Otto’s Pub and Brewery’s brats or warm up with hot spiced wine called Glühwein, cocoa or cider.
And, if the warm beverages don’t take the chill off, Cody Martin is offering rides in the speeder he and his father, Troy Martin, restored.
The speeder, which is painted blue and white like the Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad engines, has a heated cab, and, for a small fee, Martin, 16, of Howard, will take passengers on a half-mile run on the tracks toward Dale Summit.
It will be the second run for the speeder rides. Martin debuted his railroad car, which, he says, is “no bigger than a Smart car,” at the Lemont Strawberry Festival in the spring.
Lemont Village Association President Sue Smith said it was a big hit. This time around, on Dec. 6, Miller will collect donations for Toys for Tots.
It doesn’t get more festive than that — a little shopping, good food, warm drinks, a short ride and a chance to give a gift.