Enjoy revisiting our opening ceremonies over the years, and watching part of this year's pre-recorded spectacular performance in our daily video above.
To watch the full 2021 performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus by The Grand Philharmonic Choir, watch the video below.
Watch the full performance of the Hallelujah Chorus by the Grand Philharmonic Choir (click the >PLAY button).
During the evening hours of our Outdoor Festivities at Gaukel Street, watch this performance projected on the Video Wall at 5PM, 6PM and 7PM on December 2, 3 and 4. During the day, relive the sounds of some of the performances by our bands and choirs over the past 25 years.
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.
Experience the magic and splendor of our outdoor festival! We have many wonderful activities this year for you and your family to enjoy.
Explore our outdoor village of 25 wooden huts and vendors, meet members of the Ice-Stock team, savour a Glühwein with friends outdoors, pick your Christmas tree and so much more.
Don't miss our new video wall! Relive highlights of the past 25 years on our video wall and experience this year's new recording of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, sung by The Grand Philharmonic Choir, Christkindl & her helper Knecht Ruprecht.
Processions held during the days before Christmas symbolize the search, as told in the Bible, by Joseph and Mary for a place to spend the night in Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus. Often these processions and other seasonal activities are accompanied by candlelight – a reflection of the statement by Jesus that “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. And a procession of people carrying lit candles at nighttime is wondrous to behold.
Want to know more about processions as part of the Christmas season? Ask your local library to borrow:
The Christmas Creche: Treasure of Faith, Art, and Theater, written by Matthew Powell, published by Pauline Books in 1997.
Doors and windows open ajar,
everyone is welcome under the Christmas star
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Starting at 5:00 PM relive highlights of the past 25 years on our video wall, including our new opening ceremony recording of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, sung by The Grand Philharmonic Choir, Christkindl & her helper Knecht Ruprecht.
Instead of a candle, turn on your flashlight on your phone and participate in this year's opening ceremony.
Experience the magic and splendor of our outdoor village of 25 wooden huts and take your holiday photos with Christkindl and her helper Knecht Ruprecht.
Don't forget your letter to Santa! Visit our Official Christkindl Post Office with your pre-stamped holiday mail.
Be sure to share your photos with us on social!
From the "Merry Christkindl" article in 2015 Grand Magazine, by CORAL ANDREWS
"For the opening ceremonies, people gather at Victoria Park’s Clock Tower for a singalong and the illumination of the trees in the park during the Festival of Lights. Led by Mary, Joseph and their donkeys, the crowd — carrying candles and lanterns - leaves the clock tower to the sound of church bells and trumpet fanfare, in honour of the holy couple looking for the inn and the birth of the Christ child. Christmas carols ring out as everyone parades along Gaukel Street to Carl Zehr Square and the Live Nativity, where German “gift bringer” Christkindl, her two angels and St. Nick’s folkloric companion Knecht Ruprecht await.
“Christkindl is the Christ child, basically. She is usually a teenage girl and she walks with two angels,” says Monica Reid, marketing chair for Christkindl Market.
Traditional welcomes trill from the balcony, followed by an opening prologue by Christkindl and her angels. “Christkindl declares her market open with the wave of her hand and says: ‘Let there be light,’ which then turns on the tree lights in the square,” says Astrid Braun. As the towering Tannenbaum sparkles, the Grand Philharmonic Choir sings a rousing Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”