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Day 5

'Twas the night before Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th)

Today's Concert

Transylvania 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 St. Nicholas Traditions

St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Baba Noel, or Père Noël are just a few gift-bringing spirits that families celebrate throughout our city. Who's your Christmas spirit? Share favourite stories, pictures, and traditions with us.

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Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Patti Borho, Kitchener ON

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!

St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, or Père Noël are just a few gift-bringing spirits families celebrate throughout our city. 

Who is your Christmas spirit? Take our poll on Facebook!

  • St. Nicholas
  • Santa Claus
  • Kris Kringle
  • Father Christmas
  • Baba Noel
  • Père Noël
  • Weihnachtsmann
  • Babbo Natale

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

Outdoor Festival

Outdoor Hut

Today is the last day of our Outdoor Festival!

There is still lots of time to explore the magic of Christkindl Market's wooden huts all decked out and ready for you to make new memories. Shop 25 of your favourite vendors. See Christkindl & Knecht Ruprecht. Join us in celebrating 25 years! Free admission.


  • Outdoor village of wooden huts

  • Food, Christmas decor, arts/crafts, & clothing

  • Relive the sounds of many of our bands and choirs over the years
  • Official Christkindl Post Office. Bring your pre-stamped holiday mail for the official Christkindl Postmaster
  • Take your holiday photos with Christkindl and her helper Knecht Ruprecht
  • Christkindl-in-a-Box are available at Victoria Park Pavillion from 10-4PM (no credit or debit accepted)


  • Savour a Glühwein with friends outdoors
  • Bar, patio & food
  • Live entertainment: Mixology

CONCORDIA CLUB is closed on Sunday

Learn more on our Outdoor Festival page. 

Kindling the Christmas Spirit - I remember the first year of the Market. Snow falling gently, beautiful German music playing outside, high quality Christmas goods for purchase from friendly vendors, hot-mulled cider, the nativity scene, the skaters - what atmosphere!!! The magic has hooked me ever since. So much different from the mall! Thanks for kindling the Christmas spirit.
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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.