Due to construction on Gaukel Street, meet at Hall's Lane and Gaukel Street for a sing-along with the Grand Philharmonic Choir. Everyone is welcome! Pick up your candle and holder, available FREE for participants in the procession. Or, bring your own lantern. Did you know? At the Christkindl Market procession in Nuremberg, Germany, thousands of children march through the old city’s streets with lanterns.
Depart towards City Hall with Mary, Joseph and the donkey leading the candlelight procession to Kitchener's Carl Zehr Square where the Trillium Alphorns (NEW) and church bells welcome their arrival to the nativity.
Join hundreds of visitors in the magic of this wonderful event. Singing continues with members of the Grand Philharmonic Choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus from the 2nd floor balcony. These official opening festivities are one of many of the highlights of Canada’s original Christkindl Market.
On the outdoor stage join us for a brief welcome message from presenting sponsor Heffner Lexus Toyota, a representative from City of Kitchener, downtown Kitchener BIA, German Canadian Remembrance Society, dignitaries and the Christkindl Market committee.
Re-enactment of the poem by T. Storm of Knecht Ruprecht (the one who knows ‘if you’ve been bad or good’).
Opening Prologue by Christkindl and her two angels, from the 2nd floor balcony of Kitchener City Hall.
Official lighting of the beautiful Christmas tree, Christkindl's Outdoor Village and Carl Zehr Square.
Kitchener City Hall, Carl Zehr Square - Official closing ceremony includes thank you messages from Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, dignitaries, Children's Wish Foundation and the Christkindl Market Committee including Monica Reid, President. Draw for Prizes - join us as we attempt to reach the winners!
Christkindl Market closes at 4:00 pm.