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Day 20

Since the 17th century, Knecht Ruprecht has been a figure in the Nuremberg Christmas procession. He knows if you've been bad or good. 

Today's Concert

Golden Keys - Eric Offak

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.

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Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Tanja Almazan, Waterloo ON | Instagram @tanja.alma |

FB Group Tania's paintings

A note from the artist:

"The nutcracker doll was traditionally given to protect the family and as a hope to prosperity, but I felt that it’s not those old white bearded men who protect us and make us proud, it is our children who do that, so I made him young. Flip it over to see the beautiful girl side."

See the other side of this nutcracker on Day 21.

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, funny or heartwarming Christmas stories. 

  • Did you hear the Tale of Knecht Ruprecht or Krumpas when you were a child?
  • Nowadays, the "Elf on the Shelf" keeps an eye on children until Christmas day. Show us your "Elf on the Shelf" pictures and ideas!

  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


Crafting & Recipes

The Tale of Krampus by Pants Bear Kids Cartoons

Pants Bear and his sister hear the Tale of Krampus on the Eve of Christmas as they impatiently await their presents.

Watch this cute cartoon on YouTube or YouTube Kids

Test Your Knowledge!

Take the "Ware the Krampus" Quiz and see how much you really know about this German folklore and how you rank with other users across the world.

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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.