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Day 18

On Day 18 of our Advent Calendar, the video feature of the day is Kitchener's Art Walk guided by Warren Stauch and sponsored by Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area, in partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. As you venture outside to shop, dine or stroll, we hope you find joy in these installations. Download a PDF, "flip" through the gorgeous 90-page guidebook – or better yet, let Warren be your video guide to some of the destinations. Links to all three are below.

Today's concert features Klaus and Marion Beyer, direct from Berlin, a brother and sister duo who made a special visit to the Kitchener for Christkindl Market in 2019.

In case you missed it, we've added the complete Historical Walking Tour Video, guided by Warren (see the bottom of this page).

Today's Concert

The Beyers (Klaus & Marion), From Germany

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 New Christmas Memories

Have you started a new tradition this year? Or have you created new memories on a downtown walking tour? Share your new Christmas memories, stories, pictures, and traditions with us.

A Visitor's Memory

Ah, the memories... Your nose tingles with the smells of schnitzel, potato pancakes and mulled wine.
Voices singing Silent Night rise and fall. You are entranced and transported.
You are here in 2021, and you are there, 700 years ago, when Christkindl Markets first began in Germany.

You take a selfie with Christkindl and Knecht Ruprecht at the sleigh surrounded by magical woodland characters and lighted trees.
Wide-eyed wee ones delight at picking up Christmas keepsakes from artisans in the wooden huts. Kids twirl to the live music as the family selects the right Christmas tree to take home. 

In four short days, Christkindl Market is over, but the joy continues until the big day.

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DTK Art Walk

Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Arlene McCarthy, Kitchener, ON | Instagram @artbyarlene

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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Art Walk - Halls Lane #3

Artist: Bruno Smoky (@brunosmoky)
Location: 61 Halls Lane (behind DNA Screen Printing)
Medium: Mixed media mural and spray paint

Share Your New Christmas Memories

Have you started a new tradition this year? Or have you created new memories on a downtown walking tour? Join our online community on Facebook and Instagram and share your new Christmas memories, stories, pictures, and traditions with us.

  • What tradition have you started in 2021?
  • What new memories have you made so far this year? Maybe the Christkindl Market?
  • Have you gone on the Historical or Art walking tours?

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More Walking Tours

In case you missed it....

Join Warren Stauch, a well-known retired Geography teacher, historian and creator of shunpiking tours, as he takes us on a guided video tour in Kitchener. Take two hours to do it all, or break it up into shorter walks throughout the winter. Warren's step-by-step video tells you all the great stories hidden behind each landmark. View the video above.

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.

Wonderful! My husband is German - was like home for him! Visiting is becoming a yearly tradition! Thanks!
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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.