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Christkindls, other holiday markets on East Coast work Old World magic

Christkindls, other holiday markets on East Coast work Old World magic

Inside a grand tent shimmering in tinsel and red-and-green streamers, children shriek with delight, spinning hand-carved wooden tops around the floor. Across the room, their parents marvel at a craftsman's wood-carved Nativity scenes. Nearby, hand-blown glass ornaments cast prisms upon people strolling past. Aromas of glühwein (cinnamon and clove mulled wine), gingerbread and Weiner schnitzel fill the air. Outside in the courtyard, a group of carolers begin to sing. It's another enchanted evening at the Christkindl Market.

In search of a meaningful and memorable experience for themselves and their children, many holiday shoppers are seeking out such Christkindls and...

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