2023 Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show

Friday, November 10, 2023 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 11, 2023 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Celebrate the start of the season with a traditional German Christmas Market in the quintessential New England town of Sutton!

We are pleased to announce the Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show featuring America’s most respected and detailed artists alongside authentic German food and drink during a European-style outdoor Christmas Market.

As with past years, admission will be staggered throughout the day to ensure a comfortable pace for shopping, eating, and merriment; your time in attendance is not limited. Tickets grant access to the entire experience: the outdoor food and beverage pavilion, the inside Artisan Hall, and the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery.

Inspired by trips to the European Christmas markets, the Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show will help usher in the start of the holiday season.

Artists & Brands Represented include…

Will Moses

(Eagle Bridge, New York)

As a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a natural tradition for Will, who began painting when he was four years old. Encouraged by his grandfather, a well-known folk painter in his own right, young Will was allowed to experiment freely with paints. Forrest K. Moses was totally committed to self-expression and passed this freedom of spirit along to his young grandson. Stimulated by his grandfather’s confident approach, Will developed his own unique style of Americana. Today, Will continues to carry on the family tradition. Although his style is reminiscent of that of his celebrated great-grandmother, it is more complex and sophisticated.

Pamela Dalton Scherenschnitte

(Ghent, New York)

Pamela Dalton has been perfecting the craft of Scherenschnitte ever since discovering the craft in Europe many years ago. What began as a hobby eventually evolved into a full time career. Now, decades later, collectors world wide enjoy her intricate paper creations. In addition, her work has illustrated numerous children’s books. This includes “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten most beautifully illustrated children’s books of 2011.

Cut from a single piece of paper , her compositions incorporate traditional themes from the early 19th century . Nautical and patriotic images, scenes from rural life, as well as Biblical passages are favorites.

As seen in the tradition of papercuts from the Pennsylvania German region, many pieces are illuminated with color. Others remain unpainted, although they are “antiqued” to replicate the look of 19th century paper.

Her work can be found in numerous galleries and museum shops and is available at select artisan events.
Pamela has lived in the village of Harlemville, New York, for nearly 40 years, a “town with more cows than people.”She operates a studio near her home, accompanied by two butterscotch tomcats.

Dad’s Follies Antique Chocolate Molds

(Gibsonville, North Carolina)

Dad’s Follies is the oldest and largest antique dealer specializing in antique metal chocolate moulds in the world. For over 45 years Dad’s Follies has been specializing in buying and selling antique metal chocolate and pewter ice cream moulds and are a family owned company that is currently in its second generation of Mould Experts. They currently exhibit at private shows and offer their moulds online.

Stenciling by Michele

(Hollis, New Hampshire)

Michele Hollick has been stenciling for more than 30 years. What started as a simple “kitchen table” hobby, blossomed into a full time business for her. She started making floorcloths when she became interested in Colonial-era furnishings and accessories. Michele has the distinction of being a Certified Stenciler through the International Group Stencil Artisans League, Inc. Less than 100 people world-wide have passes this difficult test. Some of her best classes have been at the annual Stencil Artisans League Convention, the Stencil Decorative Artists Guild Convention, Sanborn Mills Farm, the League of NH Sandwich Gallery, as well as various shops throughout the Northeast.

Kathy Rossacci (Create-It Art Studio)

(Milford, Massachusetts)

Kathy Rossacci is an American artist who has been experimenting in multiple mediums for many years. For the Christkindlemarkt & Artisan Show, Kathy is showcasing her hand made collectibles featuring felted wool and mixed medium sculptures which include woodland and nautical themed animals, holiday ornaments and holiday themed figurines.

ASL Pewter Foundry

(Genevieve, Missouri)

As one of the oldest known alloys, dating back to the Bronze Age, modern pewter serves as an elegant yet historical reflection of the times. For 2023, a selection of pewter made by ASL Pewter will be available for purchase. Casted, spun, and welded in their Missouri based foundry, husband and wife team, Tom and Pat, adhere to the London Pewter’s Guild of Fine Pewter, 92% tin, 2% copper, 6% antimony. This pewter selection is entirely lead free thus intended to be used for food and beverages.

Ino Schaller

(Coburg, Germany)
Ino Schaller Collection at Vaillancourt Folk Art

A fourth generation family business, Ino Schaller has been producing paper mace figures since 1894. Still located in Coburg, Germany, the Schallers have hand selected a vast assortment of holiday figures to be made available during the Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show.

Belsnickel Bells

Daytona, FL

Belsnickel Bells is a family-run business based out of South Daytona, Florida. Originally located in Pennsylvania, Belsnickel Bells’ leather straps are made out of genuine leather by hand. The bells products, of which are 99% made in America, have some of the richest sounds of any bells we’ve carried. There will be an extended assortment of Belsnickel Bells available during this year’s market.

MAROLIN Manufaktur

Steinach, Germany
MAROLIN Manufaktur - Christmas

Founded in 1900, Richard Mahr of Steinach, Germany created the finely detailed papier-mâché figurines that have since become internationally known and collected. Marolin figurines are hand composed using a combination of kaolin, chalk, paper fibers, organic paste, and clay before being hand poured and painted. These figurines, not unlike Vaillancourt’s Chalkware, are known for their artistic quality and detail. There will be an extended assortment of MAROLIN papier-mâché and glass available during this year’s market.

Artisan publisher and author Pamela McColl spent a decade sourcing vintage editions and archival materials for the production of her tribute to the 200 year old poem Twas The Night Before Christmas (1823). McColl says that working on her new book – Twas The Night – The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem was a labor of love that incorporated her interest and education in cultural history, her fondness for the Christmas season and of the magical poem. December 2023 marks the poem’s publishing bicentennial and as part of a national celebration tour McColl is visiting Vaillancourt for Christkindlesmarkt. A special commemorative edition of the poem will also be available, along with other holiday books published by McColl’s small press publishing house.

Outdoor Food & Beverage Pavilion

Decorated with live Christmas trees and Moravian Stars—our Outdoor Food & Beverage Pavilion is a place to come together. The sights are intended to usher in the feeling of the season, the smells are intended to remind you of the warmth of family and friends, and the merriment is intended to blend the two together.

We are thrilled to be offering live music this year with two different groups each day. Tubafrau Hofbräu Band will be performing live outdoors on Friday from 11am – 2pm and Saturday from 10am – 1pm. Ludwig and Auntie Hilda will be performing Friday from 2pm – 4pm and Saturday from 3pm – 6pm.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with…

Feel the magic of the season the way they do at the traditional Christmas markets in Europe. This outdoor bar will ensure you’re warm with the piping hot glühwein—imported directly from Nürnberg, Germany and served in collectors mugs. In addition, a fine selection of Christmas beer and wine is sold alongside hot chocolate and bottled water. Stay outdoor and enjoy the scents filling the air just as they do in Germany.

Fraulein’s Bakery

(Taunton, MA)

Fraulein’s Bakery will be returning with authentic German baked goods and organic European pastries, cookies, and cakes—including Apfelstrudel, Peffernuesse, Baumkuchen, Spekulatius, Hazelnut Corners, and Schupfnudeln.

The Queen’s Cups

(Worcester, MA)

A made-from-scratch cupcakery known for their cupcakes, cakes, cookies & more. During the market, they will be featuring their Gingerbread cookies among other cookie and small desserts.

Crust Bakeshop

Worcester, MA

Artisan bakeshop known for their rotating selection of naturally leavened & rustic breads, will be selling pretzels and more to help bring the spirit of the European market to life.

Enjoy an indoor cash bar serving a fine selection of Christmas beer and wine. Looking to stay warm? Enjoy piping hot glühwein or hot chocolate inside the Artisan Hall.

The Vaillancourt Retail Gallery

As always, the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery will be open with the full splendor of the holiday season and decorated with the utmost attention to details. Most importantly, in addition to the Vaillancourt Chalkware and Ornaments, the Retail Gallery is stocked with some of the highest quality gifts and collectibles in the market. Be inspired the same way that thousands of visitors from around the world are as they come to the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery to be reminded about the spirit and magic of Christmas.

This event is rain, snow, or shine. All ticket sales are final.


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Details Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2023
11:00 am
- 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 11, 2023
10:00 am
- 6:00 pm

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