Drawing on Frankfort's German heritage, the Frankfort Historic Business Association will host the 27th annual Christkindl celebration on December 8 and 9 from 12-4 p.m. The 8th annual Cookie Walk will also take place during that time frame.
"Frankfort has German roots and it's important that we remember these things," said Pickwick Society Tearoom owner Cindy Vassell, who has been a part of the cookie walk for the past seven years and loves that St. Nicholas, Germany's version of Santa Claus, is a part of the weekend event.
"He should be here. He's part of Frankfort's Christkindl tradition," she shared.
St. Nicholas does spend the weekend in Frankfort visiting with families throughout the downtown area. In keeping with his legend, St. Nicholas passes out sweets (gingerbread cookies) to nice little children but switches (sticks) to naughty ones. St. Nicholas will also be on hand for a breakfast in his honor on Saturday, December 8. The first annual Christkindl Breakfast with St. Nicholas offers two seatings at 9:45 or 11:00 a.m. at Kup a Joe Cafe, 41 Old Frankfort Way. Advance tickets are required for children 12 and under and cost $6 each. The child's meal includes a Mickey Mouse pancake, bacon and milk or juice. Adults and older siblings may also attend and simply order off the menu at regular price. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras for pictures with St. Nicholas, who will visit each table. Tickets are available at Kup a Joe Cafe or online at http://frankfortcookiewalk.eventbrite.com.
St. Nicholas will also lead the traditional lantern parade from the Frankfort Area Historical Society down to Breidert Green, where he'll tell stories around the fire. The parade departs from the FAHS museum, 132 Kansas, at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 8.
The Cookie Walk has grown in popularity, selling out for the past several years. This year only 300 tickets are available and can be bought online for $6 each at http://frankfortcookiewalk.eventbrite.com or in person at My Sister's & Me, This & That Gifts, Lil' Surprises, Pickwick Society Tearoom and White Street Market. If any tickets remain by December 8, they will be for sale for $7 each at the check in table in the Trolley Barn, 11 White Street. Ticket holders should pick up their Cookie Walk map and bag in the Trolley Barn and then visit each of the 20+ participating merchants to receive their individually wrapped holiday cookies.
Other weekend activities include:
- horse drawn wagon rides
- cookie decorating courtesy of Kernel Sweetooth
- a holiday craft at the Kidswork Children's Museum
- a letter writing to Santa station with express delivery to the North Pole at White Street Market
- photo ops with the Sugar Plum Princesses at Fiancee Couture, St. Nicholas as he wanders around town and with the holiday cut outs in the Star Visions Photography gardens
- Santa's Secret Workshop at Star Visions Photography
- street musicians and performers
- a pet blessing on Breidert Green with St. Nicholas on Sunday
For the detailed weekend schedule, please visit the FHBA Facebook page and click on the Events tab, www.fb.com/shophistoricfrankfort. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.