German Christmas Market Comes to Rollins

One student's love for Germany and its traditions transformed Rollins into a winter wonderland fundraiser.

On Friday, December 6, the Rollins College German Student Society hosted its first-ever German Christmas Market. Opened to the public, the event featured 40 vendors selling German cuisine, crafts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, and other German-themed items. The event also offered live entertainment and activities for children, such as a Santa Claus station, craft-making and Christmas card-making booths, a face-painting station, and a storytelling station (in English and German).

The event was organized by Maria Primera-Darwich ’14, who is minoring in German.

While a first year student, Primera-Darwich visited Germany as part of an RCC course, taught by professors Nancy Decker and Anna Lohaus. The course was an intensive-German language course, and students traveled throughout Germany, visiting Christmas markets in Quedlinburg, Wartburg, Leipzig, Dresden, and Berlin.

“After going on a field study […] and also studying abroad for a year in Bremen, I fell in love with Germany and their great traditions,” she says. “My favorite one was to visit their Christmas Markets, which I have to say, are the most beautiful thing I have seen put together by humans. The way that I can describe it is that it feels that you are inside of a snow globe. I have never seen so many beautiful lights, decorations, and cheerful people together, with so much positive energy in one place to celebrate the holidays.”

The market raised nearly $3,500 and proceeds went to Paragon School for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.