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.
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Christmas Tree sales and pickup: on King Street at Bobby O’Brien’s.
All sizes are $45.
A portion of each sale supports the St. John's Kitchen.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday only.
While supplies last.
Savour a Glühwein, enjoy live entertainment and warm up with friends outdoors, then select your Christmas tree to take home.
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For many people, one of the magical moments at Christmas is enjoying lights on the Christmas tree. Coloured lights. Twinkling lights. Blinking lights. Today there are many options when you decorate your tree.
During the latter half of the 1800s, if people wanted lights on their Christmas tree, it was strategically placed candles – often lit for only a few minutes on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – with a pail of water or sand nearby in case of fire.
The first string of electric lights used at Christmas time appeared in 1880 at Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory in New Jersey; two years later, the first string of electric lights – red, white and blue - were hung on a Christmas tree.
Boxed sets of electric lights did not become available to the public until 1903, and interestingly, you could buy or rent a string of lights. As more North American homes were wired for electricity, electric Christmas lights became more common with fire departments and insurance companies encouraging people to use them in place of candles.
Today, there are many people who collect sets of Christmas lights and even individual light bulbs – and there’s an international organization of collectors known as The Golden Glow of Christmas Past.
Want to know more about the history of Christmas lights? Ask your local library to borrow:
The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Electric Christmas Lighting: Identification & Values, written by Cindy Chipps and Greg Olson, published by Collector Books in 2004; and
Christmas Ornaments, Light and Decorations: Collector’s Identification and Value Guide, written by George Johnson, and compiled in three volumes published by Collector Books from 1987 to 1996.
Twinkling stars and candlelight, making our spirits bright
Bluevale’s Chamber Choir is an auditioned group consisting of 20 singers from all grades, who, in addition to being part of the large choir, Bluevale Singers, also come out to rehearse on Thursday mornings at 7am to further express their love for singing. They sing music of all styles, from classical, to folk songs from around the world, to pop and jazz, and are pleased to perform for you. Visit their website for more information.
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Name of Nutcracker: Rowan
See Taylor, another Nutcracker painted by this artist in our Nutcracker Gallery.
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