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Morning Call: Destination Christkindlmarkt: German-style market in Bethlehem is a unique shopping experience

This is one kindl that won’t connect you with Alexa.

But instead of using Amazon’s popular digital assistant or another device to shop online, there’s Christkindlmarkt — a hands-on experience for holiday shopping that stimulates the senses as you take in the sights, sounds, smells and textures.

Christkindlmarkt is ArtsQuest’s German-style market set up in four giant heated tents at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Opening Friday for the 26th year, it promises to be the biggest version yet, with more than 200 artisans and merchants from almost 20 states participating over six weekends.

“You literally walk in the tents and see aisle after aisle of handmade goods,” says Mark Demko, senior director of communications at ArtsQuest. “It is a unique shopping experience.”

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