The city of Carmel announced Tuesday night that its annual Carmel Christkindlmarkt has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
The Christkindlmarkt Board of Directors and the City of Carmel made the joint decision to cancel both the German-themed market and the winter season of ice skating at the Ice at Carter Green.
Both the market and the ice skating rink were scheduled to open in mid-November.
Christkindlmarkt was slated to last through Christmas Eve, while the ice skating rink was scheduled to stay open through March.
According to the city, both events brought in more than 300,000 people over four months during this past winter season.
Other seasonal events are still possible at the start of 2021, the city said.
Dan McFeely, president of the Christkindlmarkt Board of Directors, said by canceling the events now instead of later, the city can save thousands of dollars.
“It might seem strange to be making this announcement in July,” McFeely said, “but due to the great deal of advance work needed to install the ice rink and to work with Christkindlmarkt vendors and suppliers, we needed to act sooner, rather than later.”
Christkindlmarkt planners are working to develop a plan to still sell merchandise, such as the annual holiday mugs, perhaps online and in a local store.
The city also announced the cancellation of other community events, including Artomobilia, Oktoberfest and Holiday at Carter Green.
“These community events are loved by so many and we are grateful for the ability to provide an outlet to gather with friends in the community each year,” said Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations and Economic Development. “However, it’s important for us to prioritize the long-term health and safety of our vendors, sponsors, attendees and event coordinators.”
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