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Christmas Market History

The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We hosted our first Christmas Market festival on the town square in December 1990. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions - all set amid the charm of Carlinville's historic town square and its own special shops.

While it retains its focus on family fun in a romantic, small-town setting, the festival has grown in variety and reputation. The Christmas Market attracts over 10,000 visitors and generates $1 million in local revenue.

Learn more about the Christmas Market in our general brochure and event-specific rack card.

Christmas Market Brochure

Christmas Market Foundation

The Carlinville Christmas Market Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages the festival. Its board of directors includes a diverse group of civic leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to a family-oriented celebration of the season and to the well-being of their community.


Under the auspices of the Carlinville Christmas Market Foundation, the Carlinville Christmas Market will be recognized as an indispensable Carlinville and Macoupin County holiday event. It will generate significant local revenue and support the economic development of both entities.


The Carlinville Christmas Market Foundation will be a sustainable organization that will plan, organize, and produce the annual Christmas Market festival and sponsor other events and activities that will help ensure the success of the Market. The Foundation also will provide opportunities for volunteer efforts, help build social capital, support Carlinville and Macoupin County in their economic endeavors, support charitable causes by other than financial means, and enhance community spirit and cooperation.

Read More About Christmas Market History

  Market Highlights

Founder - Danley Vlasich

Past Chairpersons

1990, Danley Vlasich, John Fettick, Harry Starr IV
1991, Patty Ambrose
1992, Patty Ambrose
1993, Patty Ambrose
1994, Patty Ambrose
1995, Deanna Demuzio, Harry Starr IV
1996, Deanna Demuzio, Harry Starr IV
1997, Debbie Zilm, Harry Starr IV
1998, Debbie Zilm, Harry Starr IV
1999, Jodie Padgett, Harry Starr IV, Debbie Zilm
2000, Kelli Chasteen, Angela Pauline, Debbie Zilm
2001, Kelli Chasteen, Debbie Zilm, Angela Pauline
2002, Kelli Chasteen, Angela Pauline, Brian Tieman
2003, Kelli Chasteen, Judy Decker, Brian Tieman
2004, Jaime Hammann, Jeff Link
2005, Jeff Link, Lesa Sanson
2006, Deanna Demuzio, Honorary Chairman
2007, Mim Pride, Honorary Chairman
2008, Dan & Susan Millard, Honorary Co-Chairmen
2009, Harry & Betty Starr, Honorary Co-Chairmen
2010, Prairie Sound, Honorary Co-Chairmen
2011, Jos. F. Boente & Sons, Inc., Honorary Chairmen

2015 Christmas Market Team

Joyce Atteberry, Team Leader
Pete Genta, Treasurer
Diane Hardy
Char Genta

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