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Day 9

Bands can stir the soul. From big brass bands that trumpet the joyful sounds of the season, to the zither, accordion, guitar and drums, you'll hear it all right here in our 25-day Advent Calendar.

Today's Concert

The Polka Maestre Band

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.

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Share your favourite Christmas music, stories, memories, and traditions with us.

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Holiday Activities & Traditions



Artist: Ruthanne Hamilton, Kitchener ON

"Anna Maria Louisa" the Nutcracker

This was a collaborative art project with local artist, Marcia Bissada. Honouring traditional holiday costumes worn in Germany, these Nutcrackers have been lovingly created using mixed media elements that incorporate acrylic paint and found materials.

"Anna Maria Louisa" & "Johann Wilhelm" are friends.

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 Christmas Music!

Share your favourite Christmas music, stories, memories and traditions with us. Answer these three questions below in a comment!

What did you think of our entertainment video wall on Gaukel Street?
What's your favourite or "go-to" Christmas song?
If you could play any instrument that you currently don't know how to play, what would it be?

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Activities & Recipes 

Holiday Christmas Music, a group of women singing in the kitchen together

Christmas Karaoke

Grab your microphone-shaped objects, Glühwein (see recipe below), and get ready for a good time! Here are a few instrumental karaoke songs with lyrics on YouTube to get your Christmas Karaoke night going:

Recipe for Glühwein

Enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas Markets by making your own Glühwein. Scents of red wine, cinnamon, sugar, oranges, and cloves will bring winter magic into your home.

Learn How To Make Glühwein (pdf)

Bonus Entertainment

Enjoy our entertainment from 2017 at the Christkindl Market in Downtown Kitchener.

The online Advent Calendar is such a great way to start each pre-Christmas day....informative and entertaining - hmmmm let me just get another piece of chocolate before watching the video, browsing the Marketplace of shops and artisans, as well as listening to 'Today's Concert.'
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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.