Meet at Kitchener's clock tower for a sing-along with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the official lighting of Victoria Park.
Everyone is welcome! Pick up your candle and holder, available FREE for all participants in the procession, or bring your own homemade lantern. You can also purchase one of our colourful lanterns with a light, candlestand and carrying-stick.
(Did you know? At the Christkindl Market procession in Nuremberg, Germany, thousands of schoolchildren march through the old city’s streets with their own handmade or purchased lanterns.)
Mary, Joseph and the donkey lead the candlelight procession to Kitchener's Carl Zehr Square where fanfares, church bells and trumpets welcome their arrival to the nativity. Join hundreds of visitors in the magic of this wonderful event. Carol-singing continues with the Grand Philharmonic Choir. Depart from the clock tower in Victoria Park, proceed past the clock tower along Gaukel Street to Kitchener City Hall, Civic Square.
Kitchener City Hall - Official welcome by Astrid Braun, President; Tony Bergmeier, Founder; Mayor Carl Zehr and dignitaries, onstage in Carl Zehr Square.
Re-enactment of the poem by T. Storm of Knecht Ruprecht (the one who knows ‘if you’ve been bad or good’).
Opening Prologue by Christkindl (Christ child) and two angels from the balcony of Kitchener City Hall.
Official lighting of the Christmas tree and the entire Square.
Members of the Grand Philharmonic Choir sing the Hallelujah Chorus from the balcony. The official opening is one of the highlights of Canada’s original Christkindl Market.
Kitchener City Hall, Carl Zehr Square - Official closing by Astrid Braun, President; Tony Bergmeier, Founder; Mayor Carl Zehr and dignitaries.
Presentation of donation to Children's Wish Foundation.
Draw for Prizes. Telephone the winners!