In Germany, outdoor Weihnachtsmarkte take over public squares for much of the month of December, transforming ordinary plazas into vibrant holiday markets. A few years ago, the Charles County Fair Board decided to replicate this tradition in La Plata, resulting in the annual Kris Kingle Market. This year's edition of the market will be held from Dec. 13-15 and promises a range of activities, attractions, and entertainment. Holiday light shows, booths from local artists and vendors, performances by local community groups, and family-friendly entertainment are all returning to the market this year, along with plenty of festive decorations and treats.
Check the website for a map and schedule of attractions, including winter fireworks. A small admission fee of $3 goes to support local charities like the Southern Maryland Food Bank, the Charles County Association of Emergency Medical Services, and the Charles County Volunteer Firemen.