"Finding St. Nicholas’ Shoes" Scavenger Hunt (Thursday & Friday)
"The Beyer's" listen to the Christmas show by Marion & Klaus Beyer onstage - direct from Germany!
Kinderecke (Kids' Corner) lots of indoor entertainment, and workshops for kids
Come for a few hours, stay overnight, visit with your group or make it a weekend tradition. Use these links to help you plan your day and your stay in KW. Festival location is Kitchener City Hall.
Places to Play:
Places to Eat:
Concordia Club, Kitchener (Schenke Restaurant) Specialty is German food, lots of free parking, near Mill Street ION stop)
Places to Stay:
More Places to Play:
More Places to Eat:
Schwaben Club German Club
Metro Restaurant Specialty is Schnitzel - 168 Victoria Street North 519-578-9189
Restaurants within a few blocks:
271 West Restaurant 271 King Street West 519-954-8821
Yo Sushi 103 King Street West 519-568-7566
Bobby O’Briens 125 King Street West 519-743-5657
Kinkaku Izakaya 217 King Street West 519-208-2688
Union Burger 281King Street West 519-741-9900
Slices Family Restaurant 300 King Street West 519-576-3760
Subway Restaurant in the 200 block beside Shopper’s Drug Mart
McCabe’s Irish Pub 352 King Street West at Francis St. 519-743-3400
Queen Street Commons 43 Queen Street S. 519-749-9177
Northern Thai 95 Queen Street S. 519-745-4451
Farmers' Markets: Kitchener St. Jacobs Cambridge
Food & Shopping
Christkindl Market offers a one-of-a kind holiday shopping experience. We've grown to 100 food and gift vendors – many of whom are clustered within tiny huts in Christkindl's OutdoorVillage. Grab a bratwurst, schnitzel or pretzel and stroll the Square to find unique, European-themed gifts and decorations you won’t find in a chain store. Like the outdoor markets in Germany, the irresistible smells of fresh baked pastries, traditional mulled Glühwein and stick-to-your-ribs German cuisine cooked outside in the open air will have you drooling.
Culture & Traditions
Christmas markets in the central square of their cities and towns made of tiny wooden huts where cooks, artisans and merchants could peddle their wares is a 700-year old German tradition. As Canada’s original festival of German Christmas, Christkindl Market has honoured tradition with a candlelight procession and sig-along, lighting of the Christmas tree, live nativity scene, and folklore characters passed down through generations. Take a photo with one of our folklore characters who will have treats - sponsored by Ritter Sport. Founded by Canada’s largest German community, Kitchener’s Christkindl Market is a rare and authentic glimpse of timeless European Christmas traditions to be experienced and relived year after year.
New this year... join us Friday & Saturday night for a free outdoor Christmas concert by "The Beyer's." Marion and Klaus Beyer are direct from Berlin, Germany. Throughout Thursday and Friday you can hear the unique sounds of the "Trillium Alphorns." Over 35 performance on the outdoor stage by Choirs, Bands and Dance groups will move you to sway, sing-along, twirl or just close your eyes and feel their music - sponsored by Desjardins Financial Security, Independent Network SW Ontario. Take in Fred & Jenny's train room, blacksmiths demonstrations, live nativity and skating. There’s something new to experience almost every hour throughout the 4-day festival.
For the Children
Christkindl Market is a wonderful venue to create lasting memories with your children and there’s so much for them to see and do. Join us in the Kinderecke (Kid's Corner) for indoor programming, entertainment, puppet shows and workshops for children throughout Friday to Sunday - sponsored by W. Ristau Construction. Blacksmith demonstrations, live nativity and a Garden-scale model railway will captivate everyone. Come create family memories you'll cherish for years to come.