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Day 3

Magical Lights & Decor + Christmas Tree Sales 

Christkindl returns to a new location this year - the pedestrian-friendly Gaukel St. (between Joseph & Charles and between City Hall & Victoria Park). 
What makes our market so magical are the 25 cute little wooden huts and outdoor vendors, all beautifully decorated, lighted and decked out with woodland animals, a sleigh and so much more. Thanks to the Downtown Kitchener BIA team, visitors are instantly transported to another time.

Plan to take your holiday photos here so you can share the memories with your family and friends. Watch for appearances by Christkindl and her helper Knecht Ruprecht.

Engage with us on Instagram and qualify to WIN our EAT l STAY l PLAY prize. 

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.

Holiday Activities & Traditions

Nutcracker-of-the-Day


Nutcracker Day 3

Artist: Samantha Gullekson, Waterloo ON

Anneelizwilliamson@gmail.com | Instagram @samanthagullekson

Name of Nutcracker: Rowan

See Taylor, another Nutcracker painted by this artist in our Nutcracker Gallery.


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 favourite, funny or heartwarming Christmas tree stories. 

  • What's your favourite story about getting your tree, putting up your tree or decorating it?
  • What have you used for garland? (e.g. dried oranges, popcorn & cranberries, etc.)
  • What's on top of your tree? (e.g. star, angel, etc.)

For a chance to WIN follow us on Instagram!  

  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 & Recipes

Crafting & Recipes

Christmas Tree Alternatives

Sometimes, bringing a Christmas tree home just doesn't work out. You can still participate in the tradition of a Christmas tree even if you don't get one! Here are 35+ alternative Christmas tree ideas to decorate your home.

Make Your Own Tree Decorations

Staying at home may have its challenges, but don't let that stop your creativity! Grab your family and spend some time crafting your own Christmas tree decorations. Here are 75 homemade Christmas ornaments to inspire you this year.

My wife and I loved going to this event. Crisp cool air outside with a hot chocolate and a local children's choir sing Christmas songs. It was a great time with our grandchildren.
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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. 

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