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Day 14

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of downtown Kitchener historical sites with your host Warren Stauch of Shunpiking Tours.
(Click the video below to start Warren's full-length tour. The video above is the intro version only.)

Reminder: Save yourself the trip to Germany this year – bring Christkindl-in-a-Box into your home! ($30 each, value $85, while supplies last) Click here for ways to buy

Today's Concert

Concordia Club Children's Choir

Listen to today's concert recorded in 2019 (click >PLAY below). 
Grab a mug of Gluhwein. 
Enjoy the stories and activities on this page including
today's German saying and today's Nutcracker. Visit our Christkindl Marketplace of artisans and shops.

Share your Downtown Kitchener Memories

Share your favourite urban spots, green spaces, restaurants, markets, festivals and traditions with us. We want to see your old photos!

Join our community on Facebook & Instagram
(and you could WIN)!

Kitchener Historical Walking Tour

Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Elvan Suzer, Kitchener, ON | Instagram @elvanart | Website

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, it is at a very young age that Elvan discovers her love for drawing and painting. In her own culture the name that is given to a child represents her or his personality for the rest of her/his life. Elvan means ‘COLORFUL’ in her own language, and she lives the full extent of that meaning. Elvan is a local multi-genre artist with experience and education on many diverse art forms, including acrylic, oil, encaustic (beeswax + oil paint), mixed media, sculpture and Turkish traditional art called ‘EBRU’. She has participated in numerous juried, and group shows as well as conducted workshops to teach others in her studio and at Homer Watson Gallery. Elvan has also received various recognition and awards for her work. She incorporates different mediums to express her artistic voice. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings and gets combined with her need to express herself as an 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.

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Share your traditions!

Join our online community on Facebook and Instagram and share your Downtown Kitchener photos and memories.

  • What's your favourite spot to visit in the Christmas season? 
  • We have so many wonderful places to visit. What are some of your top urban spots, green spaces and restaurants?
  • Do you have any traditions that you do in the city?
  • What are your favourite festivals and markets that take place downtown?

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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

More Downtown Walking Tours

Art Walking Tour - Past Present Furture

One of the best ways to explore and truly experience Kitchener is by walking through our neighbourhoods and visiting the places that have helped shape our city. Self-guided tours allow you to learn about our rich history, vibrant culture, great diversity and modern amenities - at your own pace and in your own time. Learn more.

Let the attractive book, published by  BIA, guide you to the art features throughout our beautiful city on an Art Walk. Or, better yet, let Warren be your video guide to some of the destinations See more.

Take a walk in downtown and follow the Downtown Heritage Walking Tour.

The Downtown Stroll begins at Victoria Park and continues in a clockwise direction to City Hall, the Civic District and King Street East before returning to the downtown core.

Follow the Victoria Park Historical Walking Tour takes you through Victoria Park using the pathways designed to afford scenic views.

Learn more about exploring downtown the Downtown Kitchener website.

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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.