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210 Days ‘til our 20th Annual Christkindl Market!

2016 Vendor Application Form - Download NOW!

2016 Vendor application form

  1. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: 2016 Christkindl Market Vendor Application Form for our 20th Annual! 

  2. Complete the form.

  3. Mail to City of Kitchener, due June 24th, 2016.

Join over 100 vendors in our Festival of German Christmas in downtown Kitchener. Vendor Applications now accepted for our 20th Annual Christkindll Market   

Thank you! Christkindl Market Committee & City of Kitchener

Vendors (from 2015)

Over 95 Vendors in outdoor huts, 1st and 2nd floor and on King St.

Food & Bakery | Christmas Decor/Arts & Crafts | Toys & Games | Clothing | Jewellery | Health & Body | Non-profit | Misc

Food & Bakery

  • Adri's Chocolates Gifts, candy kabobs and chocolate novelties - main floor
  • Baron Haus Events Apple fritters from "Das Fritter Haus" - outside
  • bittersweettart NEW "creating pleasure one bite at a time" Traditional German baked goods - main floor 
  • Christkindl Market's Glühwein selling non-alcoholic gluhwein, available by the bottle and the glass, the official Christkindl Market mugs, and gift wrapped bottles and mugs ready for gift giving - main floor
  • Cinnamon Hill Farm Prepackaged mixes for dips, cheeseballs, desserts, seasonings, cheesecakes, & crackers
  • Cloverleaf Farms Summer Sausage, Pepperoni, BBQ sausages, hot soups, cider, cabbage rolls, Schnitzel on a bun - outside & upstairs
  • Concordia Club Hot mulled wine - outside
  • Festival Food Service Funnel cakes, jumbo ears, pastries - outside
  • Grainharvest Breadhouse Breads, buns, soft pretzels, cookies, Stollen, & gluten free products - main floor
  • Italo Foods German Christmas food, chocolates, cookies, specialties - main floor
  • Lapelle Organic Farm Turkey legs, goulash, potato pancakes
  • Little Rock Honey Farm Honey and beeswax products
  • Maple Tap Farm Maple syrup & Maple products
  • Nougat Bakery Holiday specialties and baked goods - upstairs
  • Oktoberfest Beer Nuts Beernuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, candy apples, candy floss, caramel corn - main floor
  • Roller Roaster BBQ Catering Pulled pork on a bun, the original smoked turkey drumsticks, German beer burger, homemade chili, German poato soup and hot apple cider. (see photo) - outside
  • Sausage Man Various German food
  • Scrumptious Spuds Baked potatoes
  • Stickling's Bakery Seasonal baked specialties including Stollen, Marzipan Stollen, Lebkuchen, Hutzelbrot, Spitzkuchen, Marzipan Spelt Fruit & Nut Cake, Vanilla Cresents, Hazelnut Macaroons, Speculatius, Hazelnut Honey Cake, Domino Stones, Chocolate Gingers, Marzipan Fruits, Elisen Lebkuchen and more - upstairs
  • The Bee and Me Honey, and honey products - upstairs
  • Tiger Chocolates Handmade fine Belgian chocolate bon-bons, truffles and chocolate bars
  • Tracey's Kandy Korner Sweets & candy - main floor
  • Waffle Hut Famous light and fluffy tasting Waffles - outside
  • Waterloo County Shrine Club Christmas cakes, Christmas pudding and sauce, cherry cake, nuts, chocolate covered almonds, shortbreads - main floor

Christmas Decor/Arts & Crafts

  • All Through The House Muslin angels - inside - main floor
  • Alpine Gift & Sound German music, CDs, gifts - main floor
  • Andrew Mora Hand crafted wooden folk art, pine trays, toys, cradles - main floor
  • Art of Ken Daley, The Original paintings, prints, greeting cards - upstairs
  • Bethlehem Nativity Crafts NEW Olive wood crafts made in Bethlehem - upstairs
  • Blown Away Glass Studio Blown glass ornaments etc. - main floor
  • Blue Iris Studios NEW Potter/ceremics - upstairs
  • Collectible Critters and Things Hot/cold wraps & wall hangings
  • Deutsch Direct Handcrafted folk art, Tree decorations, music boxes, pyramids, candle holders, smokers, jewellery - main floor
  • Elio's Creative Carvings Wood carved canes, walking sticks - upsatairs
  • Euro Living Wooden gifts, ornaments, nativities, trees, moose, owls, rollies, window pictures, cards & more from the Black Forest. Children's smoke houses, pyramids & arches from the Ore Mountains. Santas from Ino Schaller. Raeder hearts & finger puppets, toys, musical hearts - upstairs - upstairs
  • Fairtrade and Handmade Leather journals, purses, bags
  • Fork N Things Silver plated antique cutlery, jewellery, bracelets, earrings, pendants, wind chimes, & key rings
  • Hamro Village Fair trade and handmade gifts
  • Hanscomb Glass Flame-worked glass ornaments, glass stars, chimes, angels - upstairs
  • Lartina Figures, Santa Clauses & Angels - main floor
  • Linens and Lace Bedding, curtains, table linen
  • Living Fresh Flower Studio & School NEW Christmas décor
  • Meadowview Alpaca Farm Alpaca products
  • Merrily Designs NEW Cards, tags, art prints/wall art - upstairs
  • Metallic Evolution Metal home accents, Christmas ornaments, artful serving utensils
  • Nharo! Wood figurines, lotion
  • Once Upon A Tree Fine woodworking - main floor
  • Prism Patch Glass Ornaments and decor
  • Ring Imports Christmas gifts, music boxes, nutcrackers, tree decorations, wooden angels - main floor
  • The Old Etonia Schoolhouse Studio Hand painted Christmas ornaments - upstairs
  • The Green Frogg Christmas decor - upstairs
  • Three Oak Crafts, Dieter Heller Handcrafted items - main floor
  • Your Time Boutique Beeswax candles - main floor

Toys & Games

  • The Silver Thistle Children's toys, historical wooden toys, period costume dolls - upstairs
  • Wooden Toys by Ingrid and Lad Wooden Toys imported from Germany
  • Wood Works Canadian hand-crafted wooden toys, including: trains, planes and automobiles - upstairs

Clothing

  • Asiri's Treasures Specializing in woollen clothing for children, handmade sweaters, capes & winter accessories - main floor
  • B&D Marketing (David & Betty Winkler) Leather goods, Canadian made gloves, hats, scarves, Engbers sweaters & socks (made in Germany) and Leather Belts (made locally) - main floor
  • Chill-Beater Scarves Fleece-lined scarves - main floor
  • EL Tambache Woollen items - downstairs
  • Fairtrade and Handmade Leather journals, purses and bags
  • Inca Imports Alpaca wool clothing
  • Liesl's Dirndls Dirndls, skirts, blouses mieders and mannsvasts. Oll in Trachtensteyle!
  • Meadowview Alpaca Farm Alpaca products
  • Scarf Lady Fashions Handmade metallic yard Gemlace scarves - main floor
  • Sunnyside Up Leather Sheepskin leather goods - main floor
  • Trachten Quelle Traditional men's and women's casual and dresswear - main floor

Jewellery

  • Bijoux Gems Joy NEW Jewellery - main floor
  • Bluefrog Creations Glass bead and silver jewellery
  • Deb's Designs Handcrafted jewellery & accessories - main floor
  • E & A Karaket Comp/Smyrna Silver Handmade jewellery
  • Fork N Things Silver plated antique cutlery, jewellery, bracelets, earrings, pendants, wind chimes, & key rings
  • Jacquelynes Inc Handmade jewelry
  • Jewel of the Sea Amber Jewellery

Health & Body

  • Collectible Critters and Things Hot/cold wraps & wall hangings
  • EarthSplash Soaps & candles Natural skin care products - main floor
  • Muskoka Soaps Soaps/candles
  • Nharo! Wood figurines, lotion
  • The Body Blessed Handcrafted bath and beauty products - upstairs
  • The Healing Bath Theraputic Dead Sea products - main floor

Non-profit

  • Children's Wish Foundation Say hello to our volunteers when you enter our DRAW for $2,000 Via Rail Pass - inside, main floor (Can't make it to the event? Make a Children's Wish Foundation donation online)
  • Concordia German Language School Charity/Fundraiser, Coffee and information about learning to speak German - upstairs. 
  • Christkindl Market's Gluehwein Samples & Sales In support of N.A.'s largest Saturday German School - Concordia German Language School. Visit Christkindl Market's Glühwein table sampling non-alcoholic gluhwein, and & selling by the bottle and the glass,the official Christkindl Market mugs, and gift wrapped bottles and mugs ready for gift giving - main floor
  • German Evangelical Alliance Christian books and literature inside - main floor
  • Waterloo County Shrine Club Christmas cakes - main floor  
    Support the Shrine Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Misc

BIA Huts (on King St.) 

  • 10 new huts with specialty local vendors selling slippers to fresh bouquets to maple taffy...

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...we'd like to see all of the vendors. It's a wonderful event and my Christmas spirit doesn't begin until I attend your festival.
Nice to preserve our cultural heritage. We really enjoyed the train room
As always, our family enjoyed the Christkindl Market so very much! Thank you for nurturing this tradition in Kitchener - we hope it keeps going for many, many years... Thank you once again for a wonderful Christmas experience our family has made part of our yearly tradition!
Santa does not have to be in a red suit The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kitchener: My four-year-old daughter; two-year-old son, my Mom and I had gone to Christkindl on Dec 7. My son was in total rapture as he looked upon a display of moving toys. To the right of me was a lady watching my son's gazing and dreamy state. The lady took a box with the toy inside and shoved it under my arm; my reaction was no, no, no. I looked at this kind-hearted lady and she said she wanted to buy it for the little guy, and that she was going to be thinking about him on Christmas morning as he unwraps his gift from her. I want her to know Santa does not have to be in a red suit with bells on and a beard. He could also be a she, a kind and special lady.
My mom has taken my brother and I to the Christkindl Market ever since it first opened. We felt surrounded by love and happiness and enjoyed being around the German community - especially because we could not be with our family in Germany at Christmas. I still remember and still feel the warm feelings I first felt when I visit the Christkindl Market. I always make sure I attend each year with my Mom and now take my daughter along as well. I hope she too will be able to attend for years to come and in the future, bring her children as well.
Ich Liebe Christkindl Markt
Excellent community spirit and great event for family. Loved the food, gluhwein, apple fritters, sauerkraut..
It is awesome! This reminds me of all of the traditional Christmas markets I saw in Germany. I loved the markets in Germany and miss them a great deal, how nice it is to relive a bit of the atmosphere here in Kitchener.
Wonderful! My husband is German- was like home for him! Visiting is becoming a yearly tradition! Thanks!
Love it-part of my yearly Christmas tradition!
Wonderful - An annual event for myself!
I'm now feeling the Christmas Spirit. Thank you!
It was amazing what wonders it did for us! From the lights and the music and the smells and watching everyone smiling and laughing...it instantly lifted our spirits and helped us keep them there through the whole holiday. Now we can't wait year to year for the first ads and we rush to mark it on the calendars. We always go the Friday night, no kids or friends, just us - to sit and take it all in. You don't know what you are missing until you have been there!" - Letter from
Just like Germany! Love the organ grinder!
Love your market!!
As the rest of the world gallops forward, there is a tradition that keeps people in Waterloo Region firmly rooted in the past, at least during Christmas. The annual four-day Christkindl Market opens Thursday in front of Kitchener City Hall, recreating a Bavarian tradition first officially recorded in 1310. The original market, called Nikolausdult, was designed as a temporary affair constructed from wood and canvas and erected in front of a church. Visitors from far and wide would arrive to both sell and purchase items, some from other countries, giving the market an international flavour. Then in a few days, it would all disappear. "It's about tradition," she said. "That's what people are looking for." The market features vendors, selling all manner of items: German-made toys, handcrafted jewelry, art glass items, gift baskets, beeswax candles, gifts, chocolate and marzipan, original art, music, leather, hand-painted wearable art, tree decorations, music boxes and everyone's favourite, apple fritters. Christkindl Market takes over much of city hall, both inside and out, with gift vendors indoors and food outdoors on Civic Square, where they will pander to anyone with a hankering for Germanic food, including schnitzel, marinated herring and Schinken on a bun as well as the regular crowd pleasers such as sausage, potato pancakes, stollen and waffles. This is no time to go on a diet. And for those needing a rest, the 10th floor has been turned into a place to sit, relax and eat your goodies.
Wonderful Tradition!
My husband's family is German and up until we visited the Christkindl Market a few years ago I only had stories and some samplings of the different Christmas foods from Germany from his family. Until we visited your wonderful market I never really understood the fascination my husband has always had for German Christmas. Since that first visit my husband starts planning our next visit in October! He wouldn't miss it for the world and I have come to appreciate his heritage even more through experiencing this bit of Germany in Canada! Every year we bring our teenagers and invite our friends. Thank you for all your hard work - Christmas isn't Christmas for us now without the Christkindl Market!
Love it. Traditional December event we all look forward to at our house. Thanks!
Can you please do a candlelight precession on Friday and Saturday nights too?
Ich war nur mal zu einem Christkindl Markt. Das war circa 1975 in Pforzheim im Schwarzen Wald. Ich kann mich noch nach all diesen Jahren an die wunderbaren Lichter und Aromas, so wie all die schoene Musik und die Weihnachts Stimmung, ganz gut erinnern, als wenn es gestern war. Vielen Dank dass Sie diese herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland herueber gebracht haben. Ich wuenschte wir koennten jaehrlich kommen um den Christkindl Markt zu besuchen.
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kitchener
"Homesick" for the sights, smells and sounds of Germany. I had been living in a small town in the Black Forest region while I was teaching on the Canadian Forces Base in Lahr. On my return to Stratford, I found the Kitchener Christkindl Market. Somehow, I did not feel quite as "homesick" for the sights, smells and sounds of Germany! It is a wonderful experience, one I look forward to every year.
Love the market, reminds me of my time living in Germany
Great Job - Christkindl Market! Saves us a trip to Germany!
My two-year-old son, was in total rapture as he looked upon a display of moving toys. A lady was watching my son's dreamy state. This kind-hearted lady said she wanted to buy it for my little guy, and that she was going to be thinking about him on Christmas morning as he unwraps his gift from her. I want her to know Santa does not have to be in a red suit with bells on and a beard. He could also be a she, a kind and special lady.
It brings back memories of Germany during the Christmas season!
Our family has been coming to the Christkindl Market in Kitchener for five years now. We absolutely love it there. The sights, sounds and smells really put us in the Christmas spirit. This has become a very cherished part of our Christmas traditions. Three generations of our family take part in it. What a special time is had by all. Thanks for the memories...already looking forward to next year.
I will be there again to enjoy my childhood memories all over again, not to forget the food and smells of this special time.
I took my daughter for the first time 5 years ago and what a special event this was for both of us. We visited the manger live nativity scene, it was beautiful. We listened to the Christmas music, I can't believe how just humming a little Christmas song can put you in such good spirits with yourself and others. Christmas is the one time of the year that people actually look at others and smile, wishing them the very best. It's a shame we can't be like this throughout the year.
We love it! It gets us in the Christmas spirit!
We absolutely love it! It's been a family tradition to go to the German Christmas market at the Toronto International Centre since I was a small child back in the 70's and 80's. Now I have children of my own and we have been coming to the Kitchener Christkindl Market for the past 10 years. We stay at a nearby bed and breakfast go to the farmers market and then the Chirstkindl. It's a beautiful weekend that we look forward to all year long. I love the whole German feel. My mother was German from Darmstadt. We grew up speaking German with all the German customs and festivities. Christmas and Nikolaus Tag were our favourites. Your Christkindl still captures that traditional German feel with the products, food, childrens/adult choir and German people. The smell of the the roasted beer nuts, bratwurst, goulash soup, saurkraut, potato pancakes and blacksmith fire in the crisp, cold winter air creates a feeling in me that I cannot explain. It really makes me and my family feel wonderful and happy. With all the craziness in today's world, it's so good to know we can disappear for a weekend in the warmth and nostalgia of the Christkindl.
It is well organized
Kindling the Christmas Spirit -I remember the first year of the Market about 10 years ago. Snow falling gently, beautiful German music playing outside, high quality Christmas goods for purchase from friendly vendors, hot-mulled cider, the nativity scene, the skaters - what atmosphere!!! The magic has hooked me ever since. So much different from the mall! Thanks for kindling the Christmas spirit.
Christmas spirit ... we'd like to see all of the vendors. It's a wonderful event and my Christmas spirit doesn't begin until I attend your festival
Love this festival - begins Christmas!
Nice! I just moved back from living in Europe for 9 years, this was so nice!
I just want to thank the team that sets up the Christmas Tree and oversees Christkindl. What a wonderful way to spend a lunch hour! I go every year on Thursday and Friday. I LOVE it! It just lifts the spirits and is so "magical"! Thank you for such a wonderful experience, every year!
Love the Market! It's my first time here and it's been awesome! Thank you!
As we entered the building, we saw so many beautiful Angels, and so many beautiful ornaments, so unique to this event that you couldn't buy them anywhere else. What a memory. My daughter and I attend this event each and every year. It's like our own tradition, just for the 2 of us. It's a night out together to bond, celebrate the holidays and of course to look for that very special Christmas ornament for this year.
Christmas spirit ...we like to see all of the vendors. It's a wonderful event and my Christmas spirit doesn't begin until I attend your festival.
Herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland - Ich war nur mal zu einem Christkindl Markt. Das war circa 1975 in Pforzheim im Schwarzen Wald. Ich kann mich noch nach all diesen Jahren an die wunderbaren Lichter und Aromas, so wie all die schoene Musik und die Weihnachts Stimmung, ganz gut erinnern, als wenn es gestern war.
Thank you, for bringing to our community the Christkindl Market, an event that has rekindled in the hearts of so many, the wonder and joy, the excitement and awe of those memorable Christkindl Markets in Germany so many years ago. Thanks for your vision, your dream and your spirit. You make it possible for people of another age, a new generation, and varied cultures to enjoy the magic. Our hearts quicken at the sound of the fanfare at the opening ceremony and our eyes grow misty to the sweet sound of the music and song that fills the winter air...
"I will be there again on the Saturday to enjoy my childhood memories all over again, not to forget the food and smells of this special time."
Beautiful. Love the nativity and ornaments. Everything ist wunderbar
Vielen Dank dass Sie diese herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland herueber gebracht haben. Ich wuenschte wir koennten jaehrlich kommen um den Christkindl Markt zu besuchen.
Think Oktoberfest, except that the beer is replaced with Christmas cheer.
The joy is yours!

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