Riggs Christmas Market 2021

German Style Outdoor Christmas Market with food, Craft Vendors, Hot Spiced wine, and a giant glass Christmas tree

Our History

Come celebrate the Holiday Season, German style 

– with a hot spiced wine at the Riggs Christmas Market.

 

We’re committed to providing a safe, family friendly experience. We will be following the most recent COVID regulations. 

 

Glühwein and hot chocolate will be available both inside and outside.

For all the latest updates on the festivities, follow Riggs Taproom on facebook.

Hours

The market will be open the 
four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas
First Weekend:
Friday, 11/26/21 - Sunday, 11/28/21:
Friday 4-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 2-7 pm
Second Weekend:
Thursday, 12/02/21 - Sunday, 12/05/21:
Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 2-7 pm
Third Weekend:
Thursday, 12/09/21 - Sunday, 12/12/21:
Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 2-7 pm
Fourth Weekend:
Thursday, 12/16/21 - Sunday, 12/19/21:
Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 2-7 pm

Vendors

We’ve teamed up with so many fantastic, local vendors. Come enjoy a traditional German Christmas experience with friends and get your Christmas shopping done at the same time!
 
First Weekend: Friday, 11/26/21 – Sunday, 11/28/21:
Blue Dragonfly Catering – brats, crepes, and more
Allie Janae – stained glass art and jewelry
 
 Second Weekend: Thursday, 12/02/21 – Sunday, 12/05/21:
Blue Dragonfly Catering – brats, crepes, and more

Bespoke Gift Company – custom gifts & decor
Berries and Flour – cocktail kits and syrups
Megan Parsons – holiday gifts and decor (for St. Jude)
Delight Flower Farm – Christmas wreaths
Wine & wicks – all-natural soy wine bottle candles
The Wright Soapery – small batch (beer) soap
Campbell Apiaries – honey and preserves

Third Weekend: Thursday, 12/09/21 – Sunday, 12/12/21:
Blue Dragonfly Catering – brats, crepes, and more

Bespoke Gift Company – custom gifts & decor
Berries and Flour – cocktail kits and syrups
Wine & wicks – all-natural soy wine bottle candles
The Wright Soapery – small batch (beer) soap
Campbell Apiaries – honey and preserves

Fourth Weekend: Thursday, 12/16/21 – Sunday, 12/19/21:
Blue Dragonfly Catering – brats, crepes, and more
Rose McCarthy-Stoned Impressions

Bespoke Gift Company – custom gifts & decor
Berries and Flour – cocktail kits and syrups
Wine & wicks – all-natural soy wine bottle candles
The Wright Soapery – small batch (beer) soap
Campbell Apiaries – honey and preserves

Glass Tree

Christmas Gets “Fired Up” in Urbana

Put an extra spark in your Christmas this year by giving back to the community and the environment to collectively build the world’s largest glass Christmas tree. Central Illinois artist Jason Mack is partnering with the Champaign County Environmental Stewards (CCES) and Riggs Beer Company to break his 2020 world record and build a 32-ft. tall glass Christmas tree with a blown glass star topping the tree. 

Mack will build the glass Christmas tree over four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, the tree will be hosted at the German Christmas Market at Riggs Beer Company, 1901 S. High Cross Rd. in Urbana. CCES and community volunteers will be on-site starting on Black Friday to accept and sort donated clear and green bottles, jars and vases (no window glass, please), as well as provide information on the importance of glass recycling. Mack will be using his mobile glass furnace to melt the clear and green class at a temperature of 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, and then ladle the glass on a metal frame and spin it to build the branches and needles.“We’ll take the glass bottles and jars that are donated to us, break them up and shovel them into the furnace. The labels, caps, spaghetti sauce, baby food, or whatever remains of the contents gets burned away and out comes a crystal-like substance. The community helps build the work and becomes a part of the work. That’s what makes the tree event so exciting; it’s about building something together.”

Mack’s gift shop will be open at the German Christmas Market on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m. where he will be selling hand-blown glass ornaments and smaller hand-blown glass trees for sale to support the building of the tree. These items also can be purchased online at www.mackglass.com. This is your opportunity to support a local business as well as the environment. Items made and sold in the gift shop and online are created from post-consumer glass. Mack is raising money to build the world’s first glass forest using all recycled glass.

Mack, an Illinois State University graduate, has been creating hand-blown and other types of glass projects since 2000. From 2008-2010, he built community glass Christmas trees in Bloomington, Ill. He currently lives and works in Champaign where he creates a varied body of work and teaches classes through Parkland Community College.

Food & Drink

Christmas Markets are all about food and beverages that warm your heart, literally and figuratively!

We’re working with local catering company, Blue Dragonfly Catering, to bring you some options that you would find at a traditional German Christmas Market:

  • Bratwurst
  • Currywurst
  • Potato Pancakes (sweet or savory)
  • Crepes (sweet or savory)
  • Candied Almonds
  • Lebkuchen (Gingerbread) Hearts

 

We’ll also have a food truck in the parking lot during our main hours serving their regular menus.

Riggs Beer Company will be offering hot mulled wine, hot cocoa, and a wide selection of beer, wine and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

No outside beverages are allowed.

Weather and Pro-Tips:

Dress for the weather: Christmas Markets are held outdoors. Make sure you have your gloves, scarfs, and hats ready to go. Limited indoor seating to warm up will also be available. 

And there is nothing more fun than enjoying a cup of hot wine, bundled up, with your closest friends and family when the snow starts falling…

 Beverages: Try some Glühwein. This hot, mulled wine will help keep you warm. Non-alcoholic beverages such as hot chocolate are also available for purchase. See the full menu here. Outside beverages are not allowed.

Get your Christmas shopping taken care of: Local vendors will have unique and finely crafted offerings for sale. You’ll find everything from stained glass, to beer soap, to Christmas cookies.

So, What is a German Christmas Market?

Christmas Markets in Germany date back to the late Middle Ages. The first mention of a Christmas Market in Munich can be found as early as 1310. Today, you’ll find Christmas markets in Germany in most towns and small villages in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Local clubs and organizations get together to put on this outdoor event on the town square or another public space. Different vendors sell crafts, food, and drinks.

 

Caroline Riggs moved here from Germany in 2015. After several years of missing out on Christmas markets, we decided to bring this German tradition to Urbana in 2019.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their whole family, meet their coworkers out after work, or meet with friends to get in the Christmas spirit.

Popular highlights of the market include Bratwurst and Currywurst, Potato Pancakes, Candied Almonds, and hot Mulled Wine (Gluhwein) and Hot Chocolate. All of these warm treats help to stave off the cold winter air, so the market can be enjoyed even when the temperatures drop.