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Day 24

In Germany, celebrations take place on Christmas Eve or 'Heiligen Abend.' Peace be with you and your loved ones throughout this holiday season.  

Today's Concert

German Language School Children's 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 Christmas Eve stories!

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

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

Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Carol Van Houten, Waterloo ON

Carol Van Houten is a photographer and collage enthusiast who lives in
uptown Waterloo. Her inspiraton for this Nutcracker was the traditional Christmas story.  Her work can be viewed at:

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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Share your traditions!

Join our online community on Facebook and Instagram and share your favourite, funny or heartwarming Christmas Eve and Silent Night stories. 

  • Do you have any special traditions on Christmas Eve?
  • Do you open presents on Christmas Eve? 

  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



André Rieu - Home for Christmas

Listen to the beautiful melodies of André Rieu's Christmas recording Home for Christmas. Skipping ahead to Silent Night? Find it near the end around 56:30.

Outstanding Miniature Christmas Village 

Visit SandyTowne, an extraordinary miniature Dickens-style Christmas Village set in the timeframe from 1890 to 1920. Enjoy the tour featuring a 255-square-foot village, complete with 115 miniature buildings, 269 animals, 750 trees, 973 people and five pounds of snow. Imagine how much passion and labour was invested in this village which was built within a home. Watch the SandyTowne Video Tour.

Learn How to Sign "Silent Night"

Learn how to sign "Silent Night" using American Sign language with this easy-to-follow ASL instruction. 

Silent Night Song & Story by The Temptations

The Temptations recorded their rendition of Silent Night (A Temptations Montage) in Los Angeles in the summer of 1980.

Our family tradition involves going to this amazing event each year. In 2020, we will participate and shop online!
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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.