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Two Days, Seven Christmas Markets and Fests: Which One's Right for You?

By Patty Wetli | December 4, 2015 8:14am
 The weekend is full of holiday fun from Lycee Francais' French Market to Martyrs' devilish Krampus Fest.
The weekend is full of holiday fun from Lycee Francais' French Market to Martyrs' devilish Krampus Fest.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Tis the weekend when everyone decided to schedule their holiday market or festival.

If you don't have time to enjoy them all, here's a handy guide to help you decide which event is your holiday spirit animal.

Want to Create a New Tradition?

Lycee Francais French Market, Friday through Sunday: The market's in its 11th year, but this is the first one held at Lycee's new Lincoln Square home, 1929 W. Wilson Ave.

Dozens of vendors will be selling clothing, jewelry, home decor items, gourmet foodstuffs and more. The market also features a French bistro — serving everything from quiche to boeuf bourguignon — and chef demonstrations.

Planning an Old-Fashioned Family Christmas?

Roscoe Village Winterfest, Saturday and Sunday: It doesn't get much more Currier and Ives than Winterfest, which rents out a horse drawn sleigh for the occasion. Shops up and down Roscoe Street will offer special deals and discounts throughout the weekend, as well as complimentary refreshments and entertainment. Plenty of activities for the little ones, too. Click here for the complete list of events.

Looking for a Place to Stage an Imaginary Rom-Com Montage?

St. Viator's Winterfest, Friday through Sunday, boasts an outdoor skating rink, hot cocoa and cocktail bars, photos with Santa, a craft market and Christmas tree sales. 4140 W. Addison St.

Are You Obsessed With Etsy?

Waters Elementary Craft Market, Saturday: Top-notch handmade goods from local artists and crafters, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4540 N. Campbell Ave.

Have You Been Naughty?

Krampus Fest, Saturday: Martyrs' is once again celebrating the dark side of Christmas with Krampus Fest, in honor of the character who plays devilish yin to Santa's saintly yang.

Shop the fest's artisan market noon to 5 p.m. while noshing on sausage and potato pancakes and downing gluhwein and beer. At 6 p.m., the party hits the street for a parade along Lincoln Avenue, from Berenice to Irving Park Road — Krampus costumes most definitely encouraged. A self-guided neighborhood pub crawl follows, 6-8 p.m. 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.

Still Believe in Santa (Or Want to Hedge Your Bets)?

Ravenswood Holiday Walk, Saturday: Kris Kringle will be hanging out in Ravenswood, noon to 5 p.m. Click here for Santa's schedule of appearances.

In the Mood to Treat Yourself?

Chroma K8 Beautique Pop-Up Market, Sunday: Shop skincare products, jewelry and accessories while sipping on mimosas, noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy a chair massage or astrology reading while your packages are being wrapped. 5425 N. Lincoln Ave.

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