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 fanfares, church bells and trumpets welcome their arrival to the nativity. Join hundreds of visitors in the magic of this wonderful event. Singing continues with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.
Kitchener City Hall - Official welcome by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, presenting sponsor Heffner Lexus Toyota, dignitaries and members of the Christkindl Market committee - onstage.
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 balcony of Kitchener City Hall.
Official lighting of the Christmas tree and the Square.
Members of the Grand Philharmonic Choir sing the Hallelujah Chorus from the balcony. These official opening festivities are one of the highlights of Canada’s original Christkindl Market.
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. Draw for Prizes - join us as we phone the winner!