Vail Today: Vail’s Kris Kingle Market makes gift giving easy (video) |

Vail Today: Vail’s Kris Kingle Market makes gift giving easy (video)

Is shopping for gifts this holiday season stressing you out? Tackle your long list by attending the Kris Kringle Market in Vail Village.

Featuring over 30 local and regional vendors, the Kris Kringle Market showcased handmade toys, ornaments, clothing and accessories, sweets and unique, handcrafted products.

“We started this market last year with just a few vendors and decided to grow it for this year and have a waiting list for next year,” said Angela Mueller of Ren Productions, the company who organizes the Kris Kringle Market. “The vendors love it and the public really likes the variety of the items offered here. It’s so different than shopping in a mall.”

Krista Schoenberg is with Edwards-based KS Designs, which makes handbags out of Pendelton wool that is adorned with recycled horse tack and authentic antler buttons.

“A lot of people will recognize that my handbags are made from Pendelton wool, and they may have a story about owning the same blanket or have a memory from the pattern. I use a lot of recycled horse tack as the leather straps on my handbags and people just love the idea of upcycling and using horse tack in a different way,” Schoenberg said.

Gifts for someone’s home or accessorizing your home for the holidays is made easy by visiting the Hygge Life booth. Alexandra Gove and her husband, Koen Van Renswoude are behind the wildly successful Hygge Life, which just opened their store in Eagle-Vail after being a staple at the Vail Market during the summer for years. Hygge is the Danish art of pursuing only the things and people that make you happy.

“We’ll have lots of items to make your home feel cozy, like blankets, sheepskins and candles,” said Gove. “We love being in Vail for the summer markets, but the Kris Kringle Market reminds us of the holiday markets we’ve experienced in the Netherlands,” Gove said.

The Kris Kringle Market is held outdoors on the International Bridge near Checkpoint Charlie and Solaris. This two-day event continues Sunday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a visit from Kris Kringle from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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