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Get your holiday fix at Christkindlsmarkt in Excelsior

We know it's really beer in Santa's coffee cup.

We know it's really beer in Santa's coffee cup.

It's not beginning to look a lot like Christmas outside, so why not check out this psychedelic movie set of a Christmas that's about as spot-on perfected as Norman Rockwell dioramas trapped in christmas bulbs hanging off an artificial tree spritzed with pine scent?

Hey, it's a fantasy. But so what? It's good, squeaky clean fun. 

The 10th annual Christkindlsmarkt (say it ten times in a row and win a trip to the North Pole!) event is modeled after the German open-air Christmas markets held during Advent. 

And since it's German, you know there will be beer. A beer garden, in fact. And now that this all-important fact has been established, here's what else they're promising at this 3-day event:

-Traditional German and holiday foods 

-Modern, vintage, and traditional German artisan gifts at the marketplace of local vendors 

-Choirs and carolers 

-Santa sightings everywhere! 

-Horse drawn buggies, trolleys, puppet shows, music, storytelling, and other kid's activities 

-Life-sized nutcrackers (Are we the only ones who find this a little spooky?)  

-Children's lighted lantern parades 

-Red and white-striped tents, Christmas figures, live evergreen garlands, wreaths, and trees, plus decorative lighting

-Live reindeer!  What haven't they thought of in this wacky winter wonderland? Go and see if you can spot it. Then, approach the organizers and say you were duly unimpressed with the lack of nog.  Thanksgiving weekend: Friday November 27, Saturday, November 28 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (beer garden open until 10 p.m.) and  Sunday, November 29 11 a.m to 4 p.m.  East Drive adjacent to the Excelsior Brewing Company in Downtown Excelsior 421 3rd St., Excelsior excelsiorchristkindlsmarkt.com Free