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Day 18

Everyone collects something. Many of our visitors collect memories, then return again and again to relive them.
We'd love to hear about your favourite Christkindl memories.

Today's Concert

The Beyers (Klaus & Marion), From Germany

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.

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A Memory From 2019

Ah, the memories... Your nose tingles with the smells of schnitzel, apple fritters and mulled wine.
Voices singing Silent Night rise and fall. You are entranced and transported.
You are here in 2019, and you are there, 700 years ago, when Christkindl Markets first began in Germany.

You take a selfie with Christkindl, two beautiful Angels and Knecht Ruprecht.
Wide-eyed wee ones delight at the G-scale Model Railway.
Craft workshops and Kinderecke are busy with children and parents
making Christmas keepsakes. Kids marvel at Klaus the antique organ
grinder/concertina player. Blacksmiths warm up the square.

In four days, 30 folk dancers, choirs and bands present nonstop entertainment.

Remembering our Friends of the Christkindl Market

Over the years, Christkindl Market has had many dedicated friends volunteering to help grow this renowned festival.
Sadly, some are no longer with us and we remember them with fondness and gratitude.

Joseph Vladers photo

photo of the sausage man booth helpers
Fred Sr.

Memories of one of our original photographers, Joseph Vladars

Josef began his adventures during WWII and ultimately settled in Canada where he met his wife during their ocean passage. Josef was a teacher for over 30 years and retired from Cameron Heights Collegiate in 1992. He was generous with his time and in his spare time, loved to photograph his many friends at Christkindl Market. He was a mentor to thousands and a friend to more. The photographic memories he captured in the early years of Christkindl Market live on today.

In Memory of two helpers for 'The Sausage Man,' Bruce Emmerson & Gunther Cweklinskiv

Both started as volunteers at Christkindl Market in 1998. They left this world too soon. Gunther is missed as are his energy and contribution to the Festival.

Bruce Emmerson (right), would say "Change the things you can, and don't worry about the things you have no control over!" Bruce was very involved with The Concordia Club, Oktoberfest, and Christkindl Market! 

Memories of a passionate collector and lover of all things TRAINS, Alfred Aldred Sr. 

Fred Aldred, Sr. started the passion for Garden Scale Model Railway train displays and after he passed away, he passed it on to his son Fred Jr. and his wife Jenny. Fred built a huge following of kids of all ages at Christkindl Market. The Festival was 4-days long plus it took at least two days to set it all up and a day to take it down. "We watch kids in strollers who later return as adults with with their own kids," he would say.

German Traditions

My husband's family is German and up until we visited the Christkindl Market a few years ago I only had stories and some samplings of the different Christmas foods from Germany from his family. Until we visited your wonderful market I never really understood the fascination my husband has always had for German Christmas. Since that first visit my husband starts planning our next visit in October! He wouldn't miss it for the world and I have come to appreciate his heritage even more through experiencing this bit of Germany in Canada! Every year we bring our teenagers and invite our friends. Thank you for all your hard work - Christmas isn't Christmas for us now without the Christkindl Market!
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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.