Relive the tastes and smells of the specialty foods at previous Christkindl Markets.
Good food is central to most people’s Christmas celebrations. In Germany, St. Nicholas delivers treats – sweets and nuts for good children – on December 5. During the afternoon of Christmas Eve, many families gather to sing Christmas carols and eat Stollen – a traditional holiday fruit bread. And on Christmas Eve itself, when the decorated Christmas tree and gifts are revealed, there will likely be more treats – apples, nuts, and chocolate, plus Bunte Teller – plates filled with cookies and sweets.
Traditional Christmas meals vary across the regions of Germany – but the Christmas season isn’t complete without sausage – Bratwurst or Leberkaese, Sauerkraut, goulash, Schnitzel, Reibekuchen or potato pancakes, and warm pretzels.
Typically, a simple meal of herring or sausages is served on Christmas Eve and a holiday feast featuring roast goose is served on Christmas Day. On the sweet side there’s Stollen or fruit bread, Lebkuchen – a cake sweetened with honey, large quantities of Zimtsterne or cinnamon star cookies, Dominosteine – layers of cake and confection wrapped in chocolate, and Pfeffernüsse spice cookies
Want to know more about the history and traditions of the Christmas foods you love? Ask your local library to borrow:
The History of Christmas Food and Feasts, written by Claire Hopley, published by Remember When in 2009.
Every year, the German Evangelical Alliance Choir comes together to perform at the Christkindl Market. Its members are drawn from many churches of various denominations, each with its own distinct German musical heritage.
Fortunately, it’s easy to put together a program of familiar German hymns that proclaim the message of Christmas. These traditional German carols stir up fond memories, and create a festive mood for both the listening audience and choir.
Let the music reawaken your fondest festive memories. It's Christmas!
Join our online community on Facebook and share your favourite, funny or heartwarming Christmas food stories.
Food is a highlight of the Christkindl Market. Looking for some inspiration to bring the taste of Germany at Christmas time to your kitchen? Check out The Curious Creature's Christmas Market Foods: What To Eat & Drink In Germany.
Whether you're entertaining your own family this year or looking for snack ideas for video chat nights, check out Piller's Recipes. Find recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as unique ideas for charcuterie boards and appetizers!
Join our very special guest, Mrs. Claus for a special edition of Kids in the Kitchen with Chef Nicole! Watch live on the City of Kitchener Facebook page as Mrs. Claus and Chef Nicole show you how to make the perfect sugar cookies, ready for decorating. Mrs. Claus will also be sharing some of her favourite holiday stories. Keep those tasty holiday traditions alive with the Christkindl and Kitchener Markets! And don’t forget to show us how they turn out! Post to social media using the hashtag #ChristkindlCA and #KitchenerMarket.
For more information about this free online event, visit the Kitchener Market's website.