This photo features the most famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg, Germany,
which dates back to the mid 16th century
and celebrates the Advent season.
Learn more about the most famous Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.
Memories of our 20th Annual Festival.
The Christmas Market in Merano, Italy.
Many of the Christmas traditions we follow today in North America have their roots centuries ago in Germany. Christmas markets have been part of this festive time of year for centuries in Germany. The oldest recorded market dates to 1310 in Munich. It was called Nikolausdult and was very different from the markets of today; it was an opportunity for farmers to come to town, do some shopping and at the same time, sell their wares.
The reformation of the church in the 1500s brought changes to Christmas markets. Nikolaus was replaced by the Christkindl (Christchild) as the gift giver and the Nikolaus markets became Christkindl markets. This custom began in the Protestant areas of Bavaria with Nuremberg being the first city to call its market "Christkindlesmarkt." Munich, a largely Catholic city, changed its Nikolausdult to "Christkindlmarkt" in 1805.
There are many books about the history and traditions of Christmas. Ask your local library to borrow:
Christmas Past, written by Barbara Kissinger, published by Pelican Publishing Company in 2005.
Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History, written by Joe Perry, published by University of North Carolina Press in 2010.
Mulled wine, doughnuts, candlelight
– every year we enjoy this delight
The Queen Street Singers began in 2013 with five members and a shared love for singing. Their name stems from members rehearsing and working on Queen Street. They sing jazz, gospel, spirituals, and pop music.
They are under the capable direction of Ann-Marie MacDairmid, and are a vocal ensemble that exists for the enjoyment of singing, practicing and performing. They are available for a nominal fee to churches, community groups and special occasions. They are a singing group who sing to raise the money for new musical instruments and to meet other expenses. And, sometimes they even sing for their supper.
Music brings everyone together and they look forward to continuing and growing in this community. For more information about the Queen Street Singers, visit their Facebook page.
It's been 25 years since the first Christkindl Market in Kitchener. Join our online community on Instagram & Facebook and answer the questions below! Let's relive a few of our special memories on Day 12 of our Advent Calendar.
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Take a virtual trip with Rick Steves and discover colourful, musical celebrations of Christmas across Europe, from England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. You'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families and even play in the snow.
Let's relive some memories in this two-minute video showcasing our Christkindl Market. This video was produced for CGIQ by a student in the School of Creative Industries Radio and Journalism Program at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario.
Memories of our original Postmaster, Konrad Uwe Maiterth
Growing up in a communist country, collecting stamps was a hobby every kid dreamed of. He started this at 12 years of age and his geographic and historic horizon expanded in a way that helped him find friends around the world - and through his friends found a life of freedom in Kitchener. In 2001 he started Christkindl's Post Office with its own official Canada Post round cancels. His dreams came to a halt November 12, 2016.
In Memory of an incredible volunteer, artist and valued Christkindl Market helper, Vic Braun
We've missed Vic since October 6, 2016. He was a world traveller, dedicated volunteer, awarded Senior of Distinction by City of Kitchener, a gifted artist, and always ready with a helping hand for Christkindl Market President, Astrid Braun. Seen here helping kids making a wooden craft at the Kinderecke.
Memories of an outstanding artisan and vendor, Dieter Heller
The authentic artists were at the centre of our indoor booths. Dieter's fine Eastern German hand-crafted woodwork of authentic pyramids and Swiboggen were at the centre of Christkindl's indoor booths for 17 years. He and his wife Renate were interviewed by Grand Magazine. (Read the article here.) Dieter said his last goodbye March 15, 2019.