Christkindl Market celebrates 20 years of recreating tastes, smells, sights, sounds and 700-year-old traditions of German Christmas Markets. December 1-4 downtown Kitchener transforms into a fanfare of food, shopping and entertainment for the whole family with 90 vendors, including huts outside Kitchener City Hall. 40,000 visitors enjoy 30 bands, choirs, dancers, puppet shows, trains, children's workshops, blacksmiths, live nativity and horse-drawn carriages. Awarded Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. Win a trip to Germany! Free admission.
Kitchener Post: Christkindl Market open for 20th anniversary season - By Bill Jackson, Kitchener Post - November 30, 2016
uwimprint (Univerisity of Waterloo): Christmas comes early to the market By Leanna Walsh - November 8, 2016
ResortsAndLodges.com: Kitchener Christkindl Market: A Christmas Shopping Event with German Flair, By Thomas Schultz posted November 16, 2016
Kitchener Record & Hamilton Spectator - Twelve days of Christmas in Waterloo region: One castle, two trains, three plays and several festivals of lights brighten the night By Anne Bokma, posted November 19, 2016
Find us on Chill Wall - http://bit.ly/2fY69fl
Canadian Affairs: The Best Christmas Markets in Canada - November 22, 2016 - http://www.canadianaffair.com/blog/best-christmas-markets-canada/
|Thursday, December 1, 2016||10 am – 9 pm (Official Opening, 6 pm)|
|Friday, December 2, 2016||10 am – 9 pm|
|Saturday, December 3, 2016||9 am – 9 pm|
|Sunday, December 4, 2016
10 am – 4 pm (Official Closing and Draw, 4 pm)
Grand Magazine: November 1, 2015 - Behind the scene of Kitchener's Christkindl - Merry Christkindl
It was an Old World wonderland, with everything from dazzling live entertainment to mouth-watering seasonal treats.
In 1996, the City of Kitchener was looking for ways to enliven a struggling downtown core. Bergmeier approached council with a Canadian vision of his idyllic childhood Christmas. And as Kitchener, formerly Berlin, possessed a strong German heritage, collaborations began for the creation of a new city centre festival."
"...On behalf of Children's Wish, I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that this years' Christkindl Market raised the highest donations to date in the history of the event. How proud you all must be to learn that $5,512. was raised through the "Trip to Germany" draw. That is so amazing and I sincerely hope that you are as excited about that total as the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is. Congratulations to you all for a job well done and for helping us to grant a very special wish to a very brave and deserving child. Wishing you all the best of the Holiday Season and hopefully knowing that you have helped a child's wish become a reality will make it even brighter." - Anne Boehm, The Children's Wish Foundation, Kitchener