Ferdinand, Indiana is the only town in the world to be named after Ferdinand I, a Roman emperor from Austria. To celebrate its heritage, this town holds a Bavarian style Christmas market each year. Christmas markets were a tradition that began in Europe in the 14th century. Ferdinand’s 21st century market has over 200 booths at 8 locations that sell handmade items, antiques, foods, and wines. All items and foods are holiday themed. There is also live entertainment, with acts including choruses, live glockenspiels, and visits with Santa. Additionally, while visiting the market, visitors can get tours of Ferdinand’s ornate monastery.
The christkindlmarkt is often held in mid November. For more details, including an itinerary of performances and a vendor list, visit the website: http://www.ferdinandchristkindlmarkt.com/