Experience the joy of our international phenomenon and Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario! Kitchener City Hall is home to Canada's original Festival of German Christmas. 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. Stay in touch: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
This year we have expanded the festival to include a King Street experience in partnership with the Downtown Kitchener BIA. Browse the beautifully constructed huts featuring a variety of vendors, including food & giftware. You can even get your greens including Christmas trees, wreaths and more along King Street in front of Kitchener City Hall.
Entertainment 30 bands, choirs, and dance groups entertain you on the outdoor stage. There are also blacksmith demonstrations, live nativity. All live entertainment takes place on the stage outdoors on the square. Please dress appropriate for the weather. (See 2016 Teaser Brochure PDF)
Trains No visit to the Christkindl Market 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.
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 with 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.
Vendors Traditional 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. This year we have expanded the festival to include a King Street Experience in partnership with the Downtown Kitchener BIA. Browse the beautifully constructed huts featuring a variety of vendors, including food, giftware and get all your Christmas greens including Christmas trees, wreaths and more along King Street in front of City Hall.
WIN a Trip for 2 to Germany plus a 2-night stay in a Maritim Hotel! Win a trip in Canada ($2,000 Via Rail voucher), Win a BBQ. All in support of Children's Wish Foundation.
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Future Festival Dates: (traditionally, our Christkindl Market runs over the weekend of 2nd Advent)
20th Annual Dec 1-4, 2016
21st Annual Dec 7-10, 2017
22nd Annual Dec 6-9, 2018
23rd Annual Dec 5-8, 2019
24th Annual Dec 3-6, 2020
25th Annual Dec 2-5, 2021