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Day 22

This year, "Today's Concert" is a chance for us to feature all 24 talented choirs and bands. Relive all their performances from Christkindl Market in 2019.
We hope you continue to enjoy a new concert each day! 

Today's Concert

The Swiss Farmer Band

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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Fun Facts About Christmas Carols

Why do we sing Christmas carols?

When Christians began replacing pagan winter festivals with Christmas, bishops across Europe requested certain hymns to be sung at Christmas services. 
Many composers wanted to write their own carols, but since they were always in Latin, they weren’t terribly popular. 
Then in 1233, St. Francis of Assisi started putting on Nativity plays, which included canticles that told the story of Christ’s birth. 
These were usually all in a language that audience members could understand, so they sang along.

What are the top 10 Christmas Carols of all time?

Silent Night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Holy Night
What Child Is This?
We Three Kings
The First Noel
Away In A Manger
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Joy To The World

History of O Tannenbaum

The modern lyrics were written in 1824, by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree. The lyrics do not actually refer to Christmas, or describe a decorated Christmas tree. Instead, they refer to the fir's evergreen quality as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.

Fun facts about some Christmas songs

Did you know that while we associate "Jingle Bells" with Christmas, the song was written by James Lord Pierpont to celebrate Thanksgiving.

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is one of the oldest Christmas hymns to still get airplay. Originally composed in Latin during the twelfth century, it was translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1851.

As we entered the building, we saw so many beautiful Angels, and so many beautiful ornaments, so unique to this event that you couldn't buy them anywhere else. What a memory. My daughter and I attend this event each and every year. It's like our own tradition, just for the 2 of us. It's a night out together to bond, celebrate the holidays and of course to look for that very special Christmas ornament for this year.
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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.