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Welcome to the Christkindl 25-day Advent Calendar! We're excited to have you join us each day!

Listen to today's concert, learn more about the Christmas Advent Calendar and browse the activities we have for today.

Today's Concert

Marko, The Prince of Polka

Listen to today's concert recorded in 2019 (click >PLAY below). 
Grab a Gluhwein. Enjoy the stories and activities on this page. And, visit our Christkindl Marketplace of shops.


Sing along when you hear this song: O Tannenbaum, German text, Ernst Anschütz, 1824

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!


Holiday Activities & Traditions


Nutcracker Day 1

"Nutty" the Nutcracker
Artist: Karen Dozois, Waterloo ON   l   Instagram @doz_k_art

This nutcracker was inspired by traditions! With so many changes over the last two years, returning to a tradition felt like returning home, and so in that spirit, Mrs. Dozois created a traditional nutcracker. What is more exciting than including the enthusiasm of children to assist? So returning to her teaching roots of 33 years, Mrs. Dozois asked friend and colleague, Shelly Porteous and her Grade 3 students of Sandhills Public School to help her name this character. After discussion, voting and LOTS of laughter, the student vote was “NUTTY” an appropriate name indeed!

Karen is best known for her use of colour and movement in both her acrylic and watercolour paintings. Her gestural brushstrokes add energy and movement into her acrylic works while her layering of paint reflects the artist’s love of colour in her vibrant watercolours. Her style is nuanced by a range of inspirations including historic buildings, water scenes and wildlife. Since retiring, she has been a full-time artist. 

View our whole collection in the Nutcracker Gallery and go visit the nutcrackers in all their glory displayed in downtown Kitchener on a self-guided walk.

Join Us On Social

Join Us Online

Share your traditions!

Join our online community on Facebook and Instagram and share your favourite, funny or heartwarming tradition preparing for Christmas stories.

  • How do you get ready for Christmas day? 
  • What's your favourite story about decorating your home for the holidays?
  • What are some of your traditions to anticipate Christmas Day? Hopefully, Christkindl Marketplace is on your list!

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  Follow us on Instagram and look for our "Eat Stay Play" contest posts. We'll tell you how you could be the Grand Prize winner and enjoy a night out on the town. Learn more here

Crafts & Recipes

Crafting & Recipes

DIY Advent Calendars

Let the countdown begin! This year, spend some time getting creative making your own advent calendar. Here are 20 DIY Advent Calendars to hype you and your family up for Christmas.

Bake Your Own Cookie Advent Calendar

Grab the kids and head into the kitchen for this one! You'll need your favourite cookie cutters, a straw, icing and sprinkles to decorate and a string or ribbon for hanging. Follow these instructions: Chocolate gingerbread Advent calendar or use your own cookie recipe.

Be sure to share your creations with us on social!

Fresh Christmas Trees for Sale

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Location: On King Street at the outdoor patio at Bobby O'Brien's @bobbyskitchener during Christkindl Market Dec 2-5, while supplies last. Trees are $45 no matter the size. A portion of every sale supports the St. John's Kitchen.

We attend every year, I was looking for our favourite vendor, their products are one of our family's annual traditions that I need to keep alive in 2020. Thank you. I called them today and was able to get what I needed. I'm going to have some happy family!!
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The photos, videos and concerts presented on this website are a chance for visitors to relive Christkindl Markets from 1997 through 2019. In 2020 we were online only.