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Day 1

Welcome to a few stories of Christmas Trees to help you start off the holiday season.    

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!


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  • What's your favourite story about getting your tree, putting up your tree or decorating it?
  • What have you used for garland? (e.g. dried oranges, popcorn & cranberries, etc.)
  • What's on top of your tree? (e.g. star, angel, etc.)

Crafts & Recipes

Crafting & Recipes

Christmas Tree Alternatives

Sometimes, bringing a Christmas tree home just doesn't work out. You can still participate in the tradition of a Christmas tree even if you don't get one! Here are 35+ alternative Christmas tree ideas to decorate your home.

Make Your Own Tree Decorations

Staying at home may have its challenges, but don't let that stop your creativity! Grab your family and spend some time crafting your own Christmas tree decorations. Here are 75 homemade Christmas ornaments to inspire you this year.

My husband's family is German and up until we visited the Christkindl Market a few years ago I only had stories and some samplings of the different Christmas foods from Germany from his family. Until we visited your wonderful market I never really understood the fascination my husband has always had for German Christmas. Since that first visit my husband starts planning our next visit in October! He wouldn't miss it for the world and I have come to appreciate his heritage even more through experiencing this bit of Germany in Canada! Every year we bring our teenagers and invite our friends. Thank you for all your hard work - Christmas isn't Christmas for us now without the Christkindl Market!
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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 are online only.