Meet at the Clock Tower near Gaukel and Joseph Street for a sing-along with the Grand Philharmonic Choir. Everyone is welcome! Pick up your candle and holder, available FREE for participants in the procession (or bring your own lantern). Did you know? At the Christkindl Market procession in Nuremberg, Germany, thousands of schoolchildren march through the old city’s streets with lanterns.
Depart from the clock tower in Victoria Park, proceed along Gaukel Street to Kitchener City Hall, Civic Square. 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. Singing continues with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
Kitchener City Hall - Official welcome by Astrid Braun, President; Tony Bergmeier, Founder; Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and dignitaries, onstage.
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 and her two angels, from the balcony of Kitchener City Hall.
Official lighting of the Christmas tree and the 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, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and dignitaries. Presentation of donation to Children's Wish Foundation. Draw for Prizes. Telephone the winners!