Dublin’s Christkindlmarket is getting shoppers ready for a holly, jolly Christmas this year.

It's a 600-year-old German tradition where craftsmen sell authentic items like dolls and trinkets, but this is only the second time in Central Georgia.

The market opened around 3 p.m. Saturday with free admission and the opportunity to indulge in German foods and drinks while shopping.

Event organizer, Heinz Krassnig, say it’s important to expose people to different cultures.

“Many people coming from Florida or the Carolinas or Tennessee just to see, ‘Is it really German? Are there Germans there? Can I speak to them in German?’ Because many people were stationed there or lived in Germany and know the language. So, I hope that will happen again this year…that people will come from all over the southeast,” said Krassnig.

If you missed the excitement of opening day, you can still visit the market for the next three weekends.

It's open from Friday to Sunday from 1-7 p.m. in downtown Dublin.

The address is 314 Carnegie Ave. Dublin,Ga. 31021

Admission and parking is free.