Kitchener City Hall is home to Canada's original Festival of German Christmas. Come experience our traditional 4-day "Christkindl Market." Every Christmas, since medieval times, towns and cities across Germany come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Join us!
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Entertainment Over 27 bands, choirs, and dance groups entertain you on the outdoor stage. There are also blacksmiths on the square. All live entertainment takes place on the stage outdoors on the square. Please dress appropriate for the weather.
History & Folklore When you visit Kitchener, you will be welcomed by the oldest and largest German community in Canada, and by folkloric Christmas characters that walk around the festival outside and inside. Feel free to take a selfie wtih them. Be sure to chat with them in English or German. You'll meet Christkindl, her Angels, Knecht Ruprecht and Klaus the Organ Grinder. On Saturday, even the Haribo Bear (of gummie bear fame) makes a guest appearance. Yes, and we hear he'll have free samples again this year.
Vendors Cute wooden huts and indoor booths boast over 70 vendors with traditional handmade Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, wood carved toys, pyramids, figurines, jewelry, clothing and delicious German food, to eat here and take home. Vendors are located in huts outside on the square and inside the Rotunda of Kitchener City Hall. More vendors on the 2nd floor inside.
Trains No visit is complete until you've seen the wondrous "G" Scale Garden Railway display by Jenny and Fred Aldred. The train room is on the first floor in the Conestoga Room.
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Be sure to mark these upcoming dates on your calendar:
19th Annual ~ December 3-6, 2015
20th Annual ~ December 1-4, 2016