Belsnickel Regulations
    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.
  • No displaying of signs discounting the price of craft items
  • 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
  • Crafts made by or originating from a group or collective do not qualify.  Individual work only!
  • No commercially made or re-sale items including clothing, 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, including machined embroidery, on commercially manufactured
    clothing or cloth items.
  • No sale of artificial wreaths, garland, or floral designs.
  • No sweat shirts 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.   
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Der Belsnickel Craft Show
Boyertown Area Historical Society
Bachert Pottery
Jonathan's Wooden Spoons
Jack Paolini Historic
The Belsnickel
supports the
preservation, cultural,
historical, and
genealogical activities
of the Boyertown
Area Historical
2019 Belsnickel
Registration is closed for the
2019 Show. Because of the reduced
number of spaces, the Belsnickel
is full and there is an
extensive wait list.  
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.
Rosalie Birt's Belsnickels
About 4,000 people attend this annual
Ukranian Egg Art by Pysanky Collectibles
Copyright 2017    Boyertown Area Historical Society
Der Belsnickel is a Juried Craft
Show.  Jury sessions are held three
times a year.
Those attending a jury session
should know that:
  • tables are provided to display   
  • interested individuals should
    bring samples of the items they
    would like to sell at the show.  
  • they should be prepared to
    answer questions about their
    creative efforts.
  • the process takes about ten
Der Belsnickel
Ways to contact the Society:
The Boyertown Area Historical Society
43 South Chestnut Street
Boyertown, PA  19512
Email is preferred!