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Experience the joy of our international phenomenon

18th Annual  ~  December 4-7, 2014 
19th Annual  ~  December 3-6, 2015
20th Annual  ~  December 1-4, 2016

Every Christmas, since medieval times, towns and cities across Germany have come alive with
outdoor markets of cute wooden booths and stalls, full of traditional handmade Christmas ornaments,
nutcrackers, wooden figurines, delicious German foods to suit every taste, music and dancing.
These are just some of the sights, sounds and smells of your authentic German Christmas Market experience at Christkindl, where you will be welcomed by the oldest and largest German community in Canada – and by folkoric German Christmas characters like the Christkindl, Angels, Knecht Rurprect and Klaus the Organ Grinder.

Folklore, food and fun

Stalls selling mulled wine and delicious sugar-coated Stollen fruit cakes. The smell of apples,
cinnamon, baked treats and grilled sausages fill the air. Choirs sing carols and visitors join in. The sounds of blacksmiths hammers and organ grinders remind of a time long forgotten. Orchestras and brass bands play and dancing troupes dance through the streets. As night falls, a giant Christmas tree comes to life, filling the town square with twinkling lights and glittering ornaments and dancing gives way to skating under the stars. Today, Christkindl markets have been exported around the world, spreading the unique spirit and experience that is German Christmas, to millions of people seeking to create magical memories of the season for their families.

Checkout our 2013 Christkindl Market (16 pg Brochure pdf)

Kitchener City Hall  Free Admission!
Entertainment Program 28 perfomances onstage, outside on Civic Square
Vendors  80 outdoor & indoor vendors, on the 1st floor & 2nd floor

"I'm sure you'll make memories and you'll want to return time and time again. Enjoy the ambience! Jeder ist herzlich Willkommen! Good luck winning the Trip to Germany.  A special thank you to our very generous sponsors for their support. Did you visit Kitchener's Christkindl Market? Tell us about your experience."  Another special thank you to all the hundreds of volunteers that make this event possible.
- Astrid Braun, President

Christkindl Market 2012 TV Commercial

RogersTV Daytime show + Christkindl's Astrid Braun + Monica Reid

U Tube Video by Ghinel Bozek with vendors, visitors, Astrid Braun + Monica Reid

Watch 2012 TV Commercial

Watch a previous Christkindl on
Rogers TV Daytime
November 29, 2011

Or, 2010

See Ghinel Bozek's video on
 YouTube December 2009


"The joy is yours!" Founder, Tony Bergmeier

"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." Ursula, 2012

History & Awards

A centuries-old German tradition

Christmas markets have been part of this festive time for centuries in Germany. They were usually held in front of churches and were looked at as part of a church visit. The oldest recorded market dates to 1310 in Munich, Germany. It was called "Nikolausdult" and was very different from the markets of today. It was an opportunity for farmers to come to town, do some shopping and at the same time, offer their wares.

The reformation of the church in the 16th century brought changes to the Christmas markets. Nikolaus was replaced by the Christkindl (Christchild) as the gift giver and the Nikolaus markets became Christkindl markets. This custom began in the Protestant areas of Bavaria with Nuremberg being the first city to call its market "Christkindlesmarkt." Munich, a Catholic city, changed its "Nikolausdult" to "Christkindlmarkt" in 1805.

"This little town is built from wood and canvas. Its splendour's short,
will soon be gone.
But yet it is eternal.
My market is forever young..."

From Nuremberg's Prologue of the Christ Child, an essential part of the Christkindl Market opening ceremonies.

For over 600 years German communities have continued the tradition of erecting Christmas
markets in the central square their cities and towns – erecting tiny wooden huts where cooks, artisans
and merchants could peddle their wares and providing a place where people could meet to share songs
food and gifts. We’ve continued that tradition, bringing together more than 70 vendors of local artisanal
handicraft, decorations, jewellery, food and more. With an emphasis on Old World European theme and
flavour you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures – to sample on-site, or to take home for
family and friends.

Christkindl Market gives back to the Community 


Christkindl Market donates $500 towards the purchase of German books! 
Through the sale of gluehwein and Christkindl mugs in 2012, we raised $500 for the Concordia German Language Schhol. Pictured here is Richard Bruckeder, Vice President of Christkindl Market, presenting the cheque to Gerhard Griebenow, Concordia German Language School - Principal.   PHOTO courtesy of: Herr Kroisenbrunner

Founded in 1996

Christkindl Market was brought to Kitchener's City Hall by founder Tony Bergmeier. It was designed to breathe life into the core of downtown Kitchener. Today, over 35,000 visitors from across North America come to experience our award-winning festival.

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Top 50 Festivals & Events

Christkindl Market continues to qualify as "Top 50" Festivals and Events in Ontario.

 

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Awards include
Top 10 Events & Best New Festival

Christkindl Market was awarded ‘Best New Festival by Festivals and Events Ontario and 'Top 10 Events in Ontario.' Other awards include: Oktoberfest Parade - Wunderbar, Harvest, Sponsorship and Spirit and Enthusiasm. Kitchener Downtown Business Association (KDBA) - Arts and Culture Contribution.

Tell us about your personal experience.

  

 

Ontario Volunteer Service Award Winner 2013

Christkindl Market is only possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. In 2013, Ontario Volunteer Service Award recipients included Seven (7) Christkindl Market Committee Members! *

(l to r) * Warren Stauch, * Monica Reid, * Yvonne Heidrich, John Milloy MPP, Astrid Braun President, * Herta Eichinger, * Gerhard Griebenow, * Richard Bruckeder (not in photo * Sonja Pratt)

Experience the joy of our international phenomenon

18th Annual  ~  December 4-7, 2014 
19th Annual  ~  December 3-6, 2015
20th Annual  ~  December 1-4, 2016

Every Christmas, since medieval times, towns and cities across Germany have come alive with
outdoor markets of cute wooden booths and stalls, full of traditional handmade Christmas ornaments,
nutcrackers, wooden figurines, delicious German foods to suit every taste, music and dancing.
These are just some of the sights, sounds and smells of your authentic German Christmas Market experience at Christkindl, where you will be welcomed by the oldest and largest German community in Canada – and by folkoric German Christmas characters like the Christkindl, Angels, Knecht Rurprect and Klaus the Organ Grinder.

Folklore, food and fun

Stalls selling mulled wine and delicious sugar-coated Stollen fruit cakes. The smell of apples,
cinnamon, baked treats and grilled sausages fill the air. Choirs sing carols and visitors join in. The sounds of blacksmiths hammers and organ grinders remind of a time long forgotten. Orchestras and brass bands play and dancing troupes dance through the streets. As night falls, a giant Christmas tree comes to life, filling the town square with twinkling lights and glittering ornaments and dancing gives way to skating under the stars. Today, Christkindl markets have been exported around the world, spreading the unique spirit and experience that is German Christmas, to millions of people seeking to create magical memories of the season for their families.

Checkout our 2013 Christkindl Market (16 pg Brochure pdf)

Kitchener City Hall  Free Admission!
Entertainment Program 28 perfomances onstage, outside on Civic Square
Vendors  80 outdoor & indoor vendors, on the 1st floor & 2nd floor

"I'm sure you'll make memories and you'll want to return time and time again. Enjoy the ambience! Jeder ist herzlich Willkommen! Good luck winning the Trip to Germany.  A special thank you to our very generous sponsors for their support. Did you visit Kitchener's Christkindl Market? Tell us about your experience."  Another special thank you to all the hundreds of volunteers that make this event possible.
- Astrid Braun, President

Christkindl Market 2012 TV Commercial

RogersTV Daytime show + Christkindl's Astrid Braun + Monica Reid

U Tube Video by Ghinel Bozek with vendors, visitors, Astrid Braun + Monica Reid

Watch 2012 TV Commercial

Watch a previous Christkindl on
Rogers TV Daytime
November 29, 2011

Or, 2010

See Ghinel Bozek's video on
 YouTube December 2009


"The joy is yours!" Founder, Tony Bergmeier

"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." Ursula, 2012

 

"By almost all accounts, it was a banner year for those in the business of mulled wine, donkey shows and woollen crafts who hawked their goods at Kitchener City Hall in recent days. Organizers of the Christkindl Market, in its 11th year as a traditional German Christmas bazaar, think the five-day event drew more than 35,000 people.

"I'd say it's a record year," said Astrid Braun, president of the festival committee. "We had retailers downtown who kept the same hours as us this year, because we were so busy."

The festival, which included a dozen new vendors as well as German musical acts and dancers, also hauled in more than $4,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation.

For the partially outdoor market, the weather couldn't have been much better, Reid said. Early snow helped set the Christkindl mood, and it was cool but not frigid -- an inviting temperature for skating or sipping a cup of hot apple cider.