I'm 20 years old. I'm steeped in tradition.
My history goes back seven centuries to Munich, Germany, but you'll find me in the heart of your city.
For years you've come to savour my Brats & Fritters, Leberkaese & Lebkuchen, Potato Pancakes & Waffles, Schnitzel & Stollen, Pulled Pork & Pretzels, Pastries, Dominosteine & Chocolates all out of wooden Alpine huts.
I'm where you do your Christmas shopping from unique indoor vendors like Chill Beaters & Silver Thistle, Three Oak Crafts & The Green Frogg Wood Works & Blown Away Glass and The Old Etonia Schoolhouse where you'll pick up a glass-blown pickle ornament for your tree.
I am where you go to hear trumpets & accordions where you can twirl around with women in Dirndls on Carl Zehr Square while you weave between dancers in Lederhosen.
I am where you visit when you want to bring out the German in you when you want to meet the one who knows if you've been bad or good where you come to be a kid & watch trains go 'round & 'round.
I have a roaring hot fire that blacksmiths show you how to tame. I have a mulled beverage that'll warm both your toes & nose while you hum all the carols you know so well.
I'm where you'll find not one angel but two.
I am the star of this festival.
Who am I?
Let's meet at my Preview/Reception - Thursday November 3, 2016 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Berlin Tower ARTSPACE (1st floor, Kitchener City Hall, the Show runs November 1-30, 2016)
Christkindl Market, December 3-6, at Kitchener City Hall. Please visit our website www.christkindl.ca for event hours.
Admission is always free! Making it easy for people and families to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy live entertainment from about 30 bands, choirs and dance groups, partake in kids crafts & workshops, visit the model railway, and browse over 75 merchants booths filled with Christmas treats and treasures. And, meet Christkindl, her angels, Knecht Ruprecht, Klaus the Organ Grinder and even Haribo Bear.
Christkindl (pronounced “kris kindle”) sits on the list of the Top 50 Festivals and Events in Ontario, with thousands attending each year. From Dec. 3 to 6, people from around the region, and visitors from as far as the United States and Europe, experience this four-day event to signal the beginning of Advent.
Opening ceremony begins with a candlelight procession up Gaukle Street to Kitchener City Hall that departs at 6:00 p.m. On Thursday, December 3rd. Highlights include Hallelujah chorus by Grand Philharmonic Choir and Christkindl's official lighting of Carl Zehr Square.
In addition, the event provides many opportunities to give back including accepting donations to The Children's Wish Foundation, Concordia German Language School and the Waterloo County Shrine Club.
"Your first walk past all the events and venues is just magical. You have a feeling of just being hugged by the crowd -- all the smells, tastes and sights of Christkindl Market bring back great memories of childhood Christmases." Said Chair of Marketing, Monica Reid.
Christkindl Market was brought to Kitchener's City Hall by founder Tony Bergmeier in 1996. 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.
If you would like to arrange an interview, please contact us.
Christkindl Market FUN FACTS
♫ 12 Visits to Christkindl Market ♫
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On our twelfth visit to Christkindl Market
we came out to see
twelve apple fritters steaming
eleven ornaments sparkling
ten dancers dancing
nine huts with treasures
eight wooden toys
seven trumpets trumpeting
six Girlfriends singing
five model trains chugging
four festive days
three heavenly faces
two Christmas trees
and an organ grinder playing music happily.
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