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Press Release - Nov. 15 2018, Kitchener Ontario
Since 1997 - Christkindl Market in Kitchener attracts some 40,000 visitors annually to its four-day celebration of authentic German gifts, food, songs and dance - with free admission and entertainment.
From the moment you arrive you are transported to an old-world of sparkling ornaments, high-stepping folk dancers in swirling skirts, the insistence of brass bands and barrel-chested entertainers singing a gentle German lullaby as snow flakes drift down to settle on your hat and melt off your nose.
And everywhere, the smells of food: roasted beer nuts, bratwurst, goulash soup, sauerkraut, schnitzel and schinken, potato pancakes, funnel cakes, apple fritters and so much more. It is a magical feeling to experience - all the smells, tastes, sights and the sounds of Christkindl that bring back great memories of childhood Christmases.
The opening ceremonies on the evening of December 6th, start with a sing-a-long with the Grand Philharmonic Choir. Meet at Hall's Lane and Gaukel Street at 5:45 PM (our meeting place used to be Victoria Park, however the lower part of Gaukel Street to Victoria Park is now closed to traffic due to construction) and pick up a candle, or bring your own lantern. The candlelight procession is led by Mary, Joseph and the choir, and proceeds up to Kitchener's City Hall to the sounds of the church bells ringing. Once Mary and Joseph are settled in the manger, the official opening ceremonies begin onstage. The choir sings Handel's Hallelujah Chorus which is followed by a few introductions, and then the skit between Knecht Ruprecht and Christkindl is performed. What follows is the official lighting of the gorgeous blue spruce Christmas tree and the square.
Christkindl Market, sponsored by Heffner Lexus Toyota, take place on Carl Zehr Square, in little huts and eating stands along King Street and inside Kitchener City Hall on the 1st and 2nd floors. Onstage entertainment, sponsored by Desjardins Financial Security, includes 35 performances by bands, choirs and dance groups - so dress warm. Also featured are a working model railway, listed on GardenRailway.com as one of the world's top holiday displays, a live Nativity and our own post office with custom Christkindl postmarking, which appeals to both children mailing letters to Santa and philatelists (stamp enthusiasts). Blacksmith demonstrations and lots of kids programming throughout.
New this year and just for the kids is our Kinder Iglu, sponsored by W. Ristau Construction. 3 days of puppet shows, storytelling, photo opportunities with our folklore characters, music, crafts and workshops! Kinder Iglu arrives Friday!
The new Magic Forest is next to the stage where you can have fun finding all the wildlife. It's also a great place for a family photo opp. Horse-drawn carriage rides from the Boathouse in Victoria Park. Bring your skates and enjoy the rink at Carl Zehr Square. Be sure to enter the draw at the Children's Wish booth to win a Broil King BBQ, or one of three Eat/Stay/Play prizes. And pick up a collectible Christkindl 2018 hand-made wooden ornament souvenir. On your way home choose your own special Christmas tree from The Tree Lot (6-7' $25 & 7-8' $30) nestled in under Williams overhang.
Come for the joy and stay for the delicious food & gluhwein.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION, FREE ENTERTAINMENT
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