Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Der Belsnickel Craft Show was
started in 1970 as a way of preserving
and promoting historic crafts.
Over the years, the show has  
grown dramatically and has been
recognized nationally for its
emphasis on high quality
traditional and modern crafts.  
It is held annually the
Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The 2014 Show will be held
November 28th  and 29th
The hours are:
11:00 AM-7:00 PM (Friday)
10:00 AM-4:00 PM (Saturday)
$5.00 Admission
No charge for children 12
and under.










Der Belsnickel is a Juried Craft Show.
Jury sessions are held twice a year,
in early spring and fall.
Those interested in being juried should bring
a sample the items they would like to sell at
the show.  Be prepared to answer questions
about your creative efforts.
The process takes about ten minutes.
Tables are provided.


Please note that every effort is made to
structure the Belsnickel as a balance
between traditional and modern crafts.  
There are established quotas for all areas.
Please note that backdrops are now
required for all participants.











The show was named for the
Pennsylvania German folk character
who traveled to farms and visited
the children at Christmas time.
Good children were rewarded
with candy and oranges.  
Naughty children received a sharp crack on the
hand from the Belsnickel's switch.












The Belsnickel supports the educational,
preservation, cultural, research,
historical, and genealogical activities
of the Boyertown Area Historical Society.

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    Participants must adhere to the
    following show regulations:        
Booths and Displays:
  • Packing up displays before the end of
    the show at 4:00 PM on Saturday is not
    permitted.
  • Floor length table covers and professional
    looking booths and displays are required.
  • Backdrops are required for all
    participants.
  • Participants must keep their booth area neat
    and clean.
  • All hanging displays must be secured
  • No open flames or burning of candles
  • Participants are financially responsible for
    any damage they cause to Boyertown
    School District property or personnel.  This
    is especially true of the gymnasium flooring
    and floor mats.  Rugs and floor covering
    are highly suggested to avoid damage to the
    floor and mats.
  • No use of artificial garland, flashing colored
    lights, or gaudy decorations.    
Craft Items:
  • 90% of the craft must be made by the
    participant.  Assembling commercially
    made items is not acceptable.
  • No commercially made or re-sale items
    including jewelry, iron work, belts,
    ceramics, textiles, soaps, food, fabric art,
    precast pottery, baskets, etc.
  • No precut wooden shapes except for shaker
    pegs.
  • No commercially made baskets or straw
    hats except as accessories for dolls and toys.
  • No plastic items, pompoms, wiggle eyes,
    pipe cleaners, or florist ribbon.
  • No mechanically applied designs on
    commercially manufactured clothing.
  • No sale of artificial wreaths, garland, or
    floral designs.
  • No sweatshirts and/or tee shirts with
    stenciled designs.
  • No pre-stamped or cheater's cloth that
    simulates quilting or pieced fabric designs.
  • No commercially made lace panels such as
    those used to make pillows or dolls.
  • Only juried items may be sold.  
Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Boyertown Area Historical Society
Bachert Pottery
Jonathan's Wooden Spoons
Jack Paolini Historic Photography
Rosalie Birt's Belsnickels
Lynne Gilbert
Redware Whimsey