Saint Nicholas with his helper

Saint Nicholas with his helper

Photos: © Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures

Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures

Mesa, Arizona, USA

Christkindlmarkt

Mesa's Christkindlmarkt features European music, food, and tradition. Street entertainment includes choirs, carolers, instrumentalists, along with poetry and story telling. Stalls offer Christmas goods and German cuisine—bratwurst, speculatius cookies, gulasch soup, strudel and glühwein. Children's shoes put on the stage receive small treats from St. Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas with his helper
The good saint gives candy canes (croziers) and gold coins to each child
St. Nicholas' helper puts treats in children's shoes