Many Thanks to the thousands of you that came to enjoy this years festivities.
It’s easy to see why the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market in Sparta, NJ is ranked as “One of the Top Ten Things to Do in December in the State” – it’s simply at the top of the “to do” list for festive shoppers. This magical German Christmas Market beckons to all, with beautifully crafted and unique gifts from vendors near and afar. With the perfect backdrop of beautiful Lake Mohawk…why go anywhere else? The authentic wooden huts generously created this year by a local artisan, John Kweselait of Custom Wood Furniture, simply enhanced the enchanting festive atmosphere. In the 13 years since its humble beginning of raising funds for local charities and organizations, it is now truly recognized as New Jersey’s largest Christmas Market, attracting some 18,000 to Lake Mohawk during the weekend.
To enjoy this years festivities many folks used the Park & Ride so they arrived at the Market stress free. (Parking is difficult near the Christmas Market itself as parking space are limited). Park & Ride is available from 2 locations in Sparta and drops off directly in White Deer Plaza. For more details see Directions
2014 was the 13th year of the Market and we continued to see an expansion of vendors, entertainment and authentic German food again this year. The Lake Mohawk Country Club continues to embrace the market and further real estate is being used further along the boardwalk in addition to the entire Country Club Building being dedicated to vendors to sell their quality wares. The entertainment venues were once more in both indoor and outdoor locations as visitors were serenaded by various local groups lakeside.
This Year, the Market was also a drop off point for the Marines Care Foundation collection in aid of Toys For Tots. Thank you for those that generously donated to this less fortunate.
Latest Press release in The New Jersey Herald – issued Nov 30th for Dec 1st newspaper:
Press Release January 28, 2014
2013 – Best Year Ever for Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market
On February 5, 2014 the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market Committee distributed the proceeds from the December 2013 event.
“This year we saw attendance soar to over 18,000 to the delight of vendors and shoppers alike. Spectators were delighted with the fabulous selection of quality merchants to do some Christmas shopping or stroll the boardwalk enjoying mulled Gluhwein or a German Beer with their bratwurst.
This was the 12th year of the Market and we continue to see expansion of vendors, entertainment and authentic German food again this year. The Lake Mohawk Country Club has embraced the market and utilized further real estate down the boardwalk area as well as indoor space in the Ballroom and the Papoose room for vendors to sell their quality wares. The entertainment venues were both indoors and outdoors as visitors were serenaded by various local groups lakeside.
2013 Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market Donations to Charities and Supporting Organizations:
United Way of Sussex County $2000
First Presbyterian Church of Sparta – Food Bank $2000
DASI – Domestic Abuse Services, Inc $750
Partnership for Social Services $750
Meals on Wheels $750
Samaritan Inn $750
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation $750
Coupons for the Community $1000
Manna House $750
Sussex County Arts Council $750
Center for Prevention and Counseling $750
Birth Haven $1000
Lenape Valley Regional High School – German Language Dept $300
NORWESCAP First Book $750
In-Kind Awards Recognized:
Squires of Columbus
Knights of Columbus
Boy Scout Troop # 82
German Language School of Morris County
Total Direct Donations – $15,050
In-Kind Awards – $3400
Total Donations for 2013 – $18,450
(The 16 Charities above will continue to be supported for 2014)
Since the Market was started in 2001, over $131,000 has been donated back to the local community. Volunteers, local organizations and Corporate Sponsors are an integral part of the success of the Market and we would like to thank all of them for their much appreciated participation. It is now the largest Christmas Market in the state of New Jersey, and with the continued help from our Corporate Sponsors Custom Wood Furniture of Newton, Bayer HealthCare, Eastern Propane, Newton Medical Center, and Lake Mohawk Country Club, the Market continues to grow as we continue to expand in future years. A big thank you to all of our additional sponsors and volunteers that donate their time, money and effort to make this event a success!”