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Day 7

Peer through frosty decorated windows to see the winter wonders inside.
Let these storefront window displays capture your imagination and transport you to a world of holiday magic and make-believe. Do it with the kids, do it anytime!

Today's Concert

Grand Philharmonic Youth & 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.

Storefront Window Walk

For the second year in a row, the businesses of downtown Kitchener hope you enjoy a Holiday Walking Tour. The Downtown Kitchener BIA team has decorated storefronts along King Street, Ontario Street and Queen Street. May this gift of brightness bring joy to everyone who walks in our community.

As you take a stroll downtown, be sure to share your photos on social media by tagging @DTKitchener.

View the photo gallery below to see a few storefronts decorated in 2020.

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Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Cate McGahey, Kitchener, ON | Instagram @catemcgahey |

Cate is a semi-abstract floral painter who works in oils. She is known for her dark, sultry, romantic highly textured work. She tends to work on predominantly large, oversized canvases. Cate resides in Kitchener and is the President of the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists. Graphic, glorious, lush and edgy. Cate has taken a whimsical, floral holiday approach in the creation of these nutcrackers. She brought them to life by dabbling and experimenting with different mediums and a bespoke touch from her children Lucy and Teddy- all while, naturally, having the most fun possible.

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 Storefront Window Walk Pictures!

The Downtown Kitchener BIA team decorated storefronts along King Street, Ontario Street and Queen Street for this festive season. Day 7 of our Advent Calendar features the Storefront Window Walk.

  • Share with us your storefront window walk pictures and what you think of this year's displays. 
  • What are your favourites? Be sure to tag the business in your comment.

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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.