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Day 23

Hurdy-Gurdy Klaus Wehrenberg, the Organ Grinder with his hand-cranked melodies, brings joy to Christkindl Market visitors of all ages. We hope you enjoy reliving some of those memories. 

Today's Concert

Ruth Anna Lindemeir, Zither

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: Ama Liyanage, Kitchener ON | Instagram @greyishteal

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.

A Message from Klaus and His Two Monkeys

Hurdy-Gurdy Klaus Wehrenberg the organ grinder

"Greetings from Ovambo, Wurzelsepp, and Hurdy Gurdy Klaus. The little monkey would like to jump in step with the traditional tunes, and the wooden dwarf wants to belt out those tunes in his quiet way, but we all, and the barrel Organ, shall take another Covid rest - until next year‘s 26th annual Christkindl Market. We shall miss your smiles and your helping us crank the hurdy gurdy, but trust that we shall have a good time again. We are giving you a virtual embrace, and wish you and your families the best possible Merry Christmas!“

Hurdy-Gurdy Klaus Wehrenberg, The Organ Grinder, Ovambo and Wurzelsepp


A Message from Astrid Braun

Astrid Braun Former President Christkindl Market

"One of my greatest joys as former President (from 2007 to 2016), of this Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, was to greet our visitors that would return each year. They would remind us that we had become a part of one big family. And, that the holiday season was not complete until we had a chance to enjoy catching up on each other's lives. Christkindl Market somehow has the ability to bring out the warmth, wonder and joy in our visitors, volunteers, vendors, entertainers and sponsors. It's almost magical.

I think that is one of the reasons the Christkindl Market Committee members are so committed to ensuring the festival continues to present a traditional festival of German Christmas - for decades to come."

Sincerely, Astrid Braun

Remembering our Friends of the Christkindl Market

Over the years, Christkindl Market has had many dedicated friends volunteering to help grow this renowned festival.
Sadly, some are no longer with us and we remember them with fondness and gratitude.

We attend every year, I was looking for our favourite vendor, their products are one of our family's annual traditions that I need to keep alive in 2020. Thank you. I called them today and was able to get what I needed. I'm going to have some happy family!!
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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.