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Day 16

On Day 16 of our Advent Calendar, we remember Kinderecke and learn about the history of Christmas stories.

Today's Concert


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 Christmas Crafts & Stories

Share your favourite Christmas crafts, stories, pictures, and traditions with us.

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Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Bari Parsche, Kitchener, ON | Facebook @bariparscheartist

Bari Parsche says she is attracted to surrealism and horror.
"I like to think that I bring a subtlety of both in my work."~ Bari

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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Join our online community on Facebook and Instagram and share your favourite Christmas crafts, stories and traditions. 

  • Is there a special story or poem that you read every year? 
  • Did you craft your own Christmas ornaments when you were a child? Do they still hang on your tree?
  • Share your favourite Christmas craft projects!

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Crafts & Recipes

Crafting & Recipes

Build a Gingerbread House

Inspired by the tale of Hansel and Gretel, bakeries in Germany began decorating fancy gingerbread houses in the early 1800s. You can get a fancy pattern or informal slabs glued together with icing. Decorate with all your favourite candies. Today, grocery stores carry pre-baked kits that only need to be assembled and decorated or you can go all out and make your own Lebkuchenhaus, German Swiss Chalet Gingerbread House Dough.

Salt Dough Recipe

Here's the only salt dough recipe you need for crafting ornaments and making handprint or fingerprint keep-me-sakes. Make this classic salt dough with the kids and package and give as a holiday gift for grandparents, teachers, and loved ones! Go over to the website, Yummy Tooder Food for this recipe: The Best Salt Dough Recipe

Suncatcher Nativity Scene

Grab the kids, craft supplies and turn up Today's Concert and get crafting. Make a suncatcher Nativity scene with these step-by-step instructions.

My wife and I loved going to this event. Crisp cool air outside with a hot chocolate and a local children's choir sing Christmas songs. It was a great time with our grandchildren.
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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.