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Families Celebrate Holidays at Lakeview Christmas Market

By Serena Dai | December 9, 2012 9:18am

LAKEVIEW — Families filled the Lakeview Christmas Market Saturday afternoon, with children dancing to holiday music and adults munching on sausages.

The market, run by Special Events Management, started Friday and lasts until Sunday. It's the event's first year in Lakeview, said Alan Cervenka, a manager at Special Events. A $5 admission fee benefits St. Luke Academy, an elementary and middle school affiliated with St. Luke Church.

Coloring stations, cookie decorating, and—of course—an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus attracted parents and their young kids to the market. Six-year-old Maddy Nichols said she personally enjoyed the coloring table, where she drew snowmen and Christmas colors on Christmas papers.

Held in a heated tent by St. Luke, the market is meant to build a relationship with the community, said Laura Berndt, St Luke's fundraising director.

"People can participate in this and know they're supporting a good cause," she said.

Lakeview Christmas Market also featured many jewelry, clothing, holiday, drink and food vendors. Performers such as the Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers and band Dot Dot Dot performed during the day.

The market lasts Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. at 1550 W. Belmont Avenue, at Belmont and Ashland. Santa will be there from 1 to 4 p.m. Check out the website to see who will be entertaining.