Yukon hosts Christmas market in Czech ‘village’

Live Czech music, dancing featured Saturday along with 60 vendors

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Oklahoma Czechs’ members perform a dance during October’s Oklahoma Czech Festival in Yukon: Clockwise from left, Laci Francel, Madison Woolley, Jamie Fraser, Emma Fraser, Natalie Woolley, Athena Francel, and Gaia Francel. Oklahoma Czech dancers will entertain this Saturday, Dec. 4 during Yukon’s third Czech Christmas Market in the parking lot at 10 W Main. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Performances by Czech dancers and the Bohemian Knights band and appearances by Czech royalty will highlight this Saturday’s annual “Czech Christmas Market” in downtown Yukon.

Shoppers will visit 60 “village” vendors featured in this increasingly popular yuletide festivity presented by Yukon 66 Main Street.

The 2021 Czech Christmas Market will be presented from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the 10 West Main parking lot.

This special event is an outdoor market in the fashion of the “old-world markets” where holiday fare, gifts and food items are sold from small booths set up in a village setting where people gather to shop and socialize.

“The Czech Christmas Market is something that’s very unique, specifically to our community as the ‘Czech Capital of Oklahoma’,” Yukon Main Street director Vicki Davis said.

“This is the third year for the Czech Christmas Market. We had maybe 10 vendors for our ‘tester’ market in 2019. Last year, even in the height of COVID, we had more than 30 vendors, so we were excited about that.”

Organizers had anticipated about 40 vendors this time.

“We have absolutely exploded this year with a full market,” Davis said. “We ‘maxed out’ our booth space with 60 vendors.

“We’ve had many, many applications and that’s allowed us to select the ‘best of the best’ vendors.”

Visitors will shop for a wide array of local arts, crafts and holiday items.

Businesses in the 10 West Main shopping center will be part of Saturday’s big event.

“They are all excited and will stay open late,” Davis shared.

Heather Samuels, a Main Street business owner and volunteer, has been event coordinator for this Czech Christmas Market since its inception.

In fact, Samuels brought the idea to Yukon after visiting the Czech Republic several years ago.

“We’ve been able to grow this event with her leadership,” Davis said.

Members of the Bohemian Knights band will perform at this Saturday’s Czech Christmas Market on Yukon’s Main Street. The group is led by Yukon’s Milo Shedeck. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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CZECH CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT

Event organizers are incorporating more Czech culture and entertainment to this year’s Czech Christmas Market.

The Bohemian Knights – led by Yukon’s Milo Shedeck – will perform live from 1-3:30 p.m. this Saturday.

The Oklahoma Czechs’ folk dancers will dance to the band’s music for about 30 minutes, then offer some dance demonstrations and teach a few steps.

As if that wasn’t enough, members of the newly crowned Oklahoma Czech-Slovak royalty will stroll across the event grounds.

Meanwhile, a vintage Santa and fire truck will be featured from 3-5 p.m. along with selfie photos.

Another highlight of Yukon’s Czech Christmas Market will be a fresh Christmas tree provided by Christmas to Remember.

“That is typical of a Czech market – to have one large event tree that’s central to the vendor area,” Davis explained.

Yukon’s Farfalla Wines and Flower Shop Winery will sell Svarene’ Vino (hot mulled wine) and hot cider for attendees.

Attendees will enjoy Czech pastries and Christmas music.

In the tradition of a European market, a limited number of commemorative event mugs ($14 each) will be offered to support the Yukon Main Street program. This year’s mug has a colorful Czech theme.

Anyone who buys a mug will receive a discount on the hot wine and cider.

“We’ll have the mugs and Route 66 ornaments at our Main Street booth,” Davis said. “This year, we also have ornaments featuring a graphic of our ‘Creative Crosswalk’. Proceeds from those will benefit our downtown beautification fund.”

Guests are welcomed to attend this Saturday’s Czech Christmas Market in traditional Czech attire.

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