Czech Christmas village market open Saturday

Yukon Main Street ushers in yuletide season; 60-plus vendors confirmed

Alexander Martinez roasts a marshmallow during the 2021 Yukon Czech Christmas Market. The fourth annual celebration will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3 in the parking lot at 10 W Main. (Photo by Traci Chapman)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon Main Street will usher in the yuletide season this weekend with the first of two much-anticipated special events.

As the official Czech Capital of Oklahoma, the Yukon Main Street program will present its fourth annual “Yukon Czech Christmas Market” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3 in the parking lot at 10 W Main.

“Our Czech Christmas Market is an ‘old-world’ European-style outdoor holiday market,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said.

“This is where holiday fare, gifts and food items are sold from small booths in a ‘village’ setting as people gather to shop and socialize.”

Yukon’s rich Czech heritage makes this community the “perfect setting” for this popular annual event, she noted.

Yukon Main Street Board Member Heather Samuels confirmed there will be more than 60 vendors at this Saturday’s Yukon Czech Christmas Market.

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

Oklahoma Czechs folk dancer London Lippencott performs while wearing her native kroj (Czech attire) at last year’s Yukon Czech Christmas Market. The Mustang girl was crowned Oklahoma Czech Princess this October at Yukon’s annual Czech Day celebration (Photo by Traci Chapman)


Among featured event attractions are:

  • Oklahoma Czechs’ dancers and royalty (1:30-3 p.m.)
  • Village Santa (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • Bohemian Knights Band (1:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Marshmallow roasting station
  • Mulled wine and Bohemian Beer
  • Kolache, the favorite Czech pastry
  • Pivo (beer) garden
  • Vintage fire truck and Christmas trees

Commemorative Yukon Czech Christmas Market mugs and steins will be on sale – while supplies last.

People are welcome to attend Saturday’s festivities wearing traditional Czech attire.

Samuels, a Main Street business owner, has been event coordinator for this Christmas market since it started in 2019. She brought the idea to Yukon after visiting the Czech Republic.

Also coming up soon is the fourth annual “Christmas on Main” holiday festival set 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in downtown Yukon. See upcoming edition of The Yukon Progress for more details.

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Diane Bowman shows off her holiday spirit during last year’s Yukon Main Street Czech Christmas Market. The fourth annual event is this Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 W Main. (Photo by Traci Chapman)
Santa Claus will be back this Saturday, Dec. 3 for free photos at Yukon Main Street’s fourth Czech Christmas Market. A vintage Yukon fire truck provides an ideal backdrop. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)