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2021 - Links to News, Articles & Interviews

News, December 15, 2021- - A Letter from Christkindl in 2021 + Still lots of things to do 'til Dec. 25 + Letter from a Visitor Kitchener, ON – "As someone who started volunteering at the Market a decade ago and is now enjoying her sixth year of being a part of it, I can attest to how much of an impact Christkindl Market has..."   
"Each morning in December, me and my family around the world, pour ourselves a cup of coffee then open up a new door on Christkindl‘s Online Advent Calendar..." Read the articles (pdf)

News, December 1, 2021 - The Record - KITCHENER, By LIZ MONTEIRO, Record Reporter 

Kit­chener’s down­town Christ­kindl Mar­ket goes out­doors on Gaukel Street Kit­chener’s annual down­town event will fea­ture 25 wooden huts, vir­tual shop­ping

The Christ­kindl Mar­ket is going ahead this year, mov­ing out­doors with 25 wooden huts offer­ing food, decor and arts and crafts on Gaukel Street.

“I love the fact that we are going back to our roots. The mar­ket belongs out­side,” said Mon­ica Reid, pres­id­ent of Christ­kindl Mar­ket, in an inter­view Tues­day. The Christ­kindl Mar­ket begins Thursday and ends Sunday near city hall between Charles and Joseph streets. The fest­ival marks 25 years in down­town Kit­chener.

Last year, the COVID-19 pan­demic can­celled the four-day in-per­son mar­ket at Kit­chener City Hall and Carl Zehr Square and forced it online at christ­ This year, the mar­ket will be held out­side and con­tin­ues online with about 60 vendors selling their goods vir­tu­ally. The online sale will con­tinue until the end of the month.

The annual Christ­mas mar­ket is a tra­di­tion dat­ing back to 1310 in Munich, Ger­many. In Europe, most Christ­mas mar­kets are held out­doors.
Reid said the pan­demic com­pelled mar­ket organ­izers to pro­mote the Christ­mas event in other ways. “COVID was such a crisis in people’s lives and sad for fam­il­ies and busi­nesses. It forced us to do things dif­fer­ently,” Reid said.

“It has been a cata­lyst for really cool stuff we would never have done.” Some of the activ­it­ies intro­duced last year and con­tinu­ing this year include the 25-day online advent cal­en­dar which starts Wed­nes­day. It fea­tures videos and con­certs.

Sub­scrip­tion boxes — Christ­kindl Mar­ket in a Box — filled with tra­di­tional mar­ket items such as stollen and the pop­u­lar glüh­wein mulled wine are also avail­able. The boxes can be pur­chased online and will be avail­able for curb­side pickup in Vic­toria Park while the mar­ket is on.

The centre of the fest­ival this year is on Gaukel Street where the wooden huts will be dec­or­ated and lit with Christ­mas lights.
“It will be magical,” Reid said. “It will come alive.”

Some of the fest­ival’s long­time vendors, such as Stickley’s Spe­cialty Bakery based in Peter­bor­ough, will have a hut and will also take orders online. The fam­ily has been at the mar­ket since it star­ted down­town and offers fruity Christ­mas stollen, short­bread cook­ies, and Leb­kuchen, a honey-sweetened Ger­man cookie sim­ilar to ginger­bread.

In addi­tion, Christ­mas trees will be avail­able for pur­chase out­side of Bobby O’Brien’s, along with live music. Con­cor­dia Club on Ott­awa Street will also fea­ture an indoor mar­ket with 17 vendors.

Singing of Han­del’s Hal­le­lu­jah Chorus by the Grand Phil­har­monic Choir will be pro­jec­ted on a video wall on Gaukel Street. There will also be self-guided walk­ing tours and a wooden nutcracker gal­lery painted by local artists. Mem­bers of Canada’s national ice-stock team will be on Gaukel Street on the week­end. The sport, which is sim­ilar to curl­ing and has been played in Ger­many since the 1600s, is slated to become an Olympic sport in 2026. About 20 down­town store­fronts will be dec­or­ated for the Christ­mas mar­ket. Read the article.

News, November 13, 201 - CTV NewsCheck these off your Christmas List: Upcoming holiday events in Waterloo Region. Read the article

TV Interview, October 2021 - CTV News - Oktoberfest Virtual Parade

KITCHENER, Watch the complete interview with CTV and Monica Reid, President, Christkindl Market. Watch the video above.

News, August 12, 2021 - The Record - Province gives $1.2 million for festivals and events in region

KITCHENER, By Terry Pender, Record Reporter - Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris formally announced grants totalling $1.2 million Wednesday as part of a larger program that injects $50 million into 439 festivals and events across the province. “Investing in these events will both revitalize the tourism industry and support our local economy as it recovers from COVID-19,” said Harris during a news conference. Read the article.

News, August 4, 2021 - Province pumping over $40M into events, festivals

The announcement was made Wednesday morning in Toronto by Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “For more than a year, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture – two major industries that bring people together and our communities to life,” said MacLeod. “Increasing our annual support for festival and events will give the sector a much-needed boost as we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. Our government is supporting organizations that are finding new ways to safely engage and reconnect Ontarians with their local communities while creating local jobs.” Read the article.

News, June 30, 2021- (article is in German) - OTF Zuschuss für die Deutsch-Kanadische Gedachtnis Stiftung unterstützt den Christkindlmarkt in Kitchener.

Kitchener, ON – (Übersetzung von Regan Kat, UofW) 2019 gewährte die Ontario Trillium Foundation der Deutsch-Kanadischen Gedächtnis Stiftung einen Zuschuss in Höhe von 60.000 Dollar für die Anschaffung von acht neuen Weihnachtsmarkthütten und acht neuen begehbaren Bayerischen Essensständen zur Unterstützung ihrer weihnachtlichen Kulturinitiative, dem Christkindlmarkt... Read the June 30th article on pg 10 (PDF)

News, June 25, 2021- Press Release - OTF grant to the German-Canadian Remembrance Society supports Christkindl Market in Kitchener
Kitchener, ON - In 2019, Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded the German-Canadian Remembrance Society a Capital grant of $60,000 to purchase eight new huts and eight new accessible Bavarian food stands in support of its Christmas cultural initiative, the Christkindl Market. This new infrastructure will hopefully be presented during this year’s festival. In celebration of its 25th annual, Kitchener’s 4-day festival, December 2nd to 5th, will also expand to a 25-day online format due to the pandemic. While the organizing committee awaits public health updates, planning is underway regarding potential entertainment and vendor opportunities. Read the Press Release (PDF)

New Accessible Bavarian Eating Stands for Christkindl Market  - "...Designed to give people a place to eat and drink while attending the market, these stands will feature two foldable shelves and one fixed shelf – one for the able bodied at about 40″ off the ground, and another for those in wheelchairs and for children, where a 30″ surface is more appropriate, and with sufficient clearance to allow the wheelchairs to glide easily underneath without bumping into structural members..." Scott Gooch See photos and read more about these cute and accessible eating stands

Festivals Events Ontario (FEO) 2021 Award Winners - In December 2020, the Board of Directors of Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) made the decision to Adapt, Pivot and Evolve from the scheduled in-person annual FEO Conference on February 22-24, 2021 in the beautiful city of Niagara Falls, to a Virtual on-line Summit... FEO recognized that many of our supplier members showed great ingenuity and courage by pivoting away from their usual line of business to embrace the need for PPE, hand sanitation, fencing, barriers and more to assist municipalities and private sector with COVID-19 protocols. Individuals and organizations needed to be recognized and congratulated for bravely jumping into the unknown, learning the ropes and successfully keeping their business or event alive during these troubling times. We were pleased to unveil the FEO Achievement Program specifically for our FEO Members in 2019 and 2020 that were able to Adapt - Pivot - Evolve. These aren’t just buzz words; they are strong pillars for our industry as it navigates its way through an unprecedented global pandemic.

WINNER - 2021 FEO ACHIEVEMENT Award - Kitchener, Christkindl Market

WINNER - 2021 FEO VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Award - Monica Reid, President - Christkindl Market, Kitchener

We congratulate all the FEO Award winners and hope that this recognition helps generate some enthusiasm in their community and anticipation that we are one step closer to a return to normal where we can gather, celebrate and enjoy festivals and events together in person. Dave MacNeil, CEO Festivals and Events Ontario  Read the FEO Press Release (PDF)

Pioneers Day recognition:
"As we eagerly await the Christkindl Market, I would like to recognize and honour the Market for keeping the spirit of German Christmas alive in our community and in our hearts. Dozens of festive outdoor huts and food stands line our main street every year, treating residents and tourists to the sights and smells of the holiday season.
.. " Raj Saini, Liberal Candidate for Kitchener Centre

"Christkindl Market is Canada’s original German Christmas market and is touted as one of the 'Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario' that brings people together. It is this festival that fills the downtown in the fine German tradition of great food, fine artisan crafts and Christmas vendors. The presence of amazing choirs provides an experience second to none to engender a festive Christmas spirit..." Karen Redman, Waterloo Regional Chair

2020 - Links to News, Articles & Interviews

Mike Farwell, 570 RADIO News - December 23, 2020 >> Listen to the Mike Farwell & Marjorie Wood Interview

The Record, Front Page News Article, By: Liz Monteiro, Record Reporter, December. 11, 2020   >> Online Christkindl Market keeping tradition alive.  

Kitchener Today News, Dec 7, 2020 - By: Luke Schulz. >> Kitchener’s Christkindl Market goes on virtually despite COVID-19

Das Journal Article, December 2, 2020 - >>Experience Christkindl Market Online beginning Dec. 1st

Press Release - Nov 30, 2020 - >> Experience the Christkindl Market Online beginning Dec. 1 - Press Release 2, City of Kitchener

Spoke, Conestoga College News - December 9, 2020 By: Mike Reitmeier >> Cabin fever causes and cures: How to enjoy winter in lockdown

CBC News - October 30, 2020   >> Kitchener's Christkindl Market goes online Event to feature 24-day online Advent Calendar

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