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Day 21

 Christmas isn't Christmas without trains!
We missed experiencing Fred & Jenny Aldred's train room for the past two years. Please enjoy the pictures and videos as you relive some of the earlier years.

Today's Concert

Trillium Alphorns

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 Train & Toy Stories!

Join us on social and look for today's post to share your Christmas train and toy memories, stories, pictures and traditions with us.

Join our community on Facebook & Instagram
(and you could WIN)!

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 20.

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.

Join Us On Social

Join Us Online

Share your traditions!

Join our online community on Facebook and share your favourite, funny or heartwarming Christmas train stories. 

  • Does someone have the special responsibility of setting it up every year? 
  • Does your train hold anything like candy canes or nuts?
  • If you have one, is it an heirloom or new for your family?
  • Where is your favourite display of model trains? 

  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

Crafts & Activities


Easy Christmas Candy Train (Made out of biscuits!)

Since Christmas isn't Christmas without trains, why not make them candy? This sweet activity is fun for all ages. Make a Christmas Candy Train using store bought biscuits, candy and icing.

Feeling more adventurous? Make a Gingerbread Train

DIY Train Ornament

A great activity for any train lover! With your favourite salt dough recipe, use a train cookie cutter to create a train-shaped ornament and decorate it how you wish. Need some inspiration? Follow this guide on How to Make a DIY Train Ornament with Your Kids (using cinnamon salt dough!).

Listen to an episode of the Model Railway Radio Show

Curl up and listen to a lively, fast-paced podcast dealing with topics of interest to the model railway community. These well-researched podcasts feature some of model railway hobby's best-known names, along with the hard workers and innovators who keep the exciting hobby of model railroading moving ahead. For more information, visit the website.

How many of these Train Songs do you know?

Check out this list on Wikipedia.

Garden Railway Display Photo Gallery

The online Advent Calendar is such a great way to start each pre-Christmas day....informative and entertaining - hmmmm let me just get another piece of chocolate before watching the video, browsing the Marketplace of shops and artisans, as well as listening to 'Today's Concert.'
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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.