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Who We Are

Many people in the community donate their time and effort to plan, organize and run the Market. The Committee consists of roughly 30 volunteers, each taking an active role in planning and executing one or more activities. The Committee meets monthly year-round and is managed by a Board of Trustees comprised of seven volunteers who serve 3-year terms. The Board oversees major decisions and ensures the organization's mission and objectives are met.


At the end of each Market, the Board and Committee have the privilege of distributing proceeds from the Market to local charities and nonprofits. Since we began donating in 2003, the Market has given $620,000 to Sussex County charities.


Sparkling Christmas lights and holiday music fill the venue, surrounded by Christmas trees, authentic festive foods and vendors offering their trades to brighten your holiday season. Join us at the Sussex County Fairgrounds Dec 6th-8th 2024 to celebrate our 23rd annual market. Bring your family, friends, and loved ones and let us provide you a joyous holiday experience.

The German Christmas Market of NJ Foundation Inc began in 2001 with a small group of German-American volunteers desiring to recreate an authentic German Christmas Market in Sparta, NJ, with the intention of raising funds for local Sussex County charities. Now recognized as the largest annual Christmas Market in the State of New Jersey, and one of the only German Christmas Markets in the USA whose sole mission is to donate back into the community, it has become a fixture in the local region and moved to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in 2021. Since 2013, has ranked our German Christmas Market as one of the Top 10 things to do in December.


Sabine Watson   

Susan Foy

Dawnice LaFave   

Catherine Kut    


Vice President



Judy Beelaert 

Dan Sarnowski

Sandra Meyer 





Karin Meyer

Gudrun Rank

If you wish to learn more about joining our team as a Committee member, please email us at  Thank you!

German Market volunteers
German Market volunteers
German Market volunteers
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