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Day 22

In German folklore, it's said that nutcrackers bring good luck to your family and protect your home. Nutcrackers represent power and strength, like a watchdog guarding the family against danger. It bares its teeth to evil spirits and serves as a messenger of good luck and goodwill. Today, we celebrate the Nutracker tradition and showcase our unique collection of three-foot-high wooden nutcrackers, hand-painted and decorated by local members of the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists.

Today's Concert

Bluevale Chamber Choir

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 Nutcracker stories!

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

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Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Greta Palyga, Calgary, AB | Instagram @ljgove

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 Instagram and share your nutcracker collection and heartwarming nutcracker stories. 

  • Do you have a nutcracker collection?
  • What are your favourite kinds of holiday nuts? 
    • Almonds 
    • Brazil nuts
    • Hazelnuts
    • Peanuts
    • Pecans
    • Walnuts

  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


Nutcracker Window Gallery - New this year! 

Each day, we've revealed a "Nutcracker of the Day" in our 25-Day Advent Calendar. These three-foot-high wooden nutcrackers were hand-painted and decorated by members of the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists.

Two styles of wooden bases were lasercut by Walter Marinuzzo of KW Designs. The idea started as a conversation between Lori Gove and Monica Reid on how we could help our talented local artists connect with our visitors. If you like the idea and think this should become an annual tradition, let us know on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

All of the unique nutcrackers are displayed at the corner of Benton Street and Charles Street, Kitchener. Peer through the windows to see them in all their glory!

See the Nutcracker Gallery page and scroll through the photo gallery of all the nutcrackers. You're invited to connect with the artists using the links we've provided. 

Decorate Your Own Nutcracker 

Whether you're young or old, colouring has many health benefits including reducing stress and anxiety and can help improve sleep!

We've put together three different colour pages to print out and colour, paint and decorate. After decorating, you can cut the nutcrackers out and glue them to cardboard or stock paper. You can then hang it on your christmas tree or create a stand to keep your Nutcracker safe. Share your designs with us on social! 

Download Nutcracker #1

Download Nutcracker #2

Download Nutcracker #3

Thank you for trying to keep the Christkindl spirit going during a challenging year!
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