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Venders sell food during the 2014 Christkindlmarkt at the This Is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. This year's market will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 2.

SALT LAKE CITY — This Is the Place Heritage Park will kick off the holiday season with its annual Christkindlmarkt Wednesday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 2.

Inspired by world-famous German Christmas markets, Christkindlmarkt SLC offers a holiday shopping and cultural experience from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The event will feature 80 vendors selling everything from handcrafted items, toys, ornaments and jewelry. In addition, there will be entertainment, daily parades and activities for children, including the St. Nicholas Haus, a live Nativity and a Gnome Fest.

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On Thursday, the St. Martin’s Lantern parade will begin at 6 p.m. The parade celebrates St. Martin, who was known for cutting his coat in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm. It will include children and youth singing Christmas carols while marching through the market with illuminated lanterns.

There will also be a wide variety of food, including hot chocolate and German treats.

Entrance to the event is free. This Is the Place Heritage Park is located at 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. For more information, log on to thisistheplace.org.