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Day 14

The 1st Annual Christkindl Market was in 1997, together let's relive a few of our special memories. 

Today's Concert

Queen Street Singers

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.

Share your Christmas Market Stories

Join our community on Facebook.

This photo features the most famous Christkindl Market,
Nuremberg, Germany which dates back to the mid 16th century
and celebrates the Advent season.
Learn more about the most famous Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.

Look at more pictures of Markets from around the world here.


Memories of our 20th Annual Festival.

Read Grand Magazine's special 8-page feature from 2015, written by CORAL ANDREWS.

the Grand Magazine Special

Holiday Activities & Traditions

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Share your traditions!

Join our online community on Facebook and share your favourite, funny or heartwarming Christmas Market stories. 

  • What are your favourite Christmas Market traditions?
  • Tell us about the activities you enjoy the most at the Market.
  • How long have you been coming to the City of Kitchener's Christkindl Market?
  • What are some of your other favourite Christmas Markets?

Activities

Crafting & Recipes

Rick Steves' European Christmas

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.

The Christkindl Market

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.

In Memory Of

Konrad Uwe Maiterth

In Memory of an incredible volunteer, Vic Braun
Memories of an outstanding artisan and vendor Dieter Heller

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.

Kindling the Christmas Spirit - I remember the first year of the Market. Snow falling gently, beautiful German music playing outside, high quality Christmas goods for purchase from friendly vendors, hot-mulled cider, the nativity scene, the skaters - what atmosphere!!! The magic has hooked me ever since. So much different from the mall! Thanks for kindling the Christmas spirit.
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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.