Kringle Holiday Market opens in Reutter Park

Market surrounds artificial skating rink moved from City Hall

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THURSDAY, Nov. 17 — Just in time for tomorrow night's annual Silver Bells in the City celebration, the city of Lansing joined with Downtown Lansing Inc. to unveil Kringle Holiday Market in Reutter Park in downtown today.

"When I was first told about this idea months ago, I was skeptical," Mayor Andy Schor told a crowd of media, city officials and vendors this afternoon before cutting a ribbon. "But they did it. It's amazing."

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and the team from Downtown Lansing, Inc. prepare to cut the ribbon to open the Kringle Holiday Market in Reutter Park. He was also joined by vendors as well as individuals who helped build the vendor buildings.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and the team from Downtown Lansing, Inc. prepare to cut the ribbon to open the Kringle Holiday Market in Reutter Park. He …

The market will have various vendors  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each vendor will have a small wooden building to sell their wares from, and the eight buildings surround the artificial ice rink moved from City Hall Plaza to the park this year. 

Vendors will operate 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.  Fridays and Saturdays through  Dec. 17. 

A sign notifying visitors to the artificial ice rink in Reutter Park that skates can be rented at the Capital Area District Library across the street.
A sign notifying visitors to the artificial ice rink in Reutter Park that skates can be rented at the Capital Area District Library across the …

Skates for the rink can be rented across the street from Reutter Park at the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library. 

Schor donned his own hockey skates to take a spin on the artificial ice. He said it had a bit more friction that actual ice, requiring slightly more energy in moving on the surface. 

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor dons his own pair of hockey skates in Reutter Park Thursday to celebrate the opening of Kringle Holiday Market and the artificial ice rink relocated from City Hall Plaza.
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor dons his own pair of hockey skates in Reutter Park Thursday to celebrate the opening of Kringle Holiday Market and the …
Schor puts on his skates to tackle the artificial ice rink Thursday evening. 

Video by Todd Heywood
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor goes for a skate on the artificial ice rink newly located to Reutter Park in downtown Lansing. A brass trio plays music for the crowd gathered for the introduction of the Kringle Holiday Market, eight separate wooden structures that will house various vendors now through Dec. 17

Schor takes the first spin around the rink Thursday evening at Reutter Park in downtown Lansing. 

Kringle Holiday Market and the City of Lansing artificial skating rink located in Reutter Park in Downtown Lansing. The Market will be open Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Dec. 17.
Kringle Holiday Market and the City of Lansing artificial skating rink located in Reutter Park in Downtown Lansing. The Market will be open Thursdays …

A view of the Kringle Holiday Market and the city of Lansing artificial ice rink in Reutter Park. 

A polar bear bench and a giant penguin will watch as guests skate in the Reutter Park artificial ice rink or visit the Kringle Holiday Market in downtown Lansing.
A polar bear bench and a giant penguin will watch as guests skate in the Reutter Park artificial ice rink or visit the Kringle Holiday Market in …
Festive and creative seating has also been added to the area, including this polar bear bench. 

Video by Todd Heywood
To get the crowd ready with some holiday spirit at the grand opening of the Kringle Holiday Market and Lansing's artificial ice rink, a brass trio played festive holiday music.
And, of course, no holiday-related event can be complete without some music. 

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