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2019 - Christkindl IN THE NEWS

ARTICLE: Reader's Digest readersdigest.ca  by The Best Christmas Markets in Canada

"...Kitchener, Ontario, has a strong German heritage. Is it any wonder, then, that it hosted Canada’s first annual holiday market, Christkindl, back in 1997? This flurry of festive activity opens with a philharmonic choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus from a balcony at City Hall, followed by a tree lighting and candlelight procession. Over the next few days, you can come and see actual blacksmiths at work, skate on an ice rink and visit a live nativity scene. Don’t miss this gorgeous gallery of Canadian winter photography."

TRAVEL BLOG: Narcity by Amber Van Wort, 7 Magical Events That Make Kitchener-Waterloo A Must-Visit This Winter

"...If you didn't get your fill of German treats at the iconic Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, don't worry. They have an epic outdoor German-inspired Christmas market that will definitely hit the spot. And even if you don't live nearby, you can rest assured that Kitchener and Waterloo are totally worth the drive this winter... So, if you're looking to make this winter one of the best, don't wait.This German-inspired Christmas market is full of holiday charm. You can browse through 100 vendors, indulge in tasty German drinks and snacks, listen to live entertainment, enjoy a free carriage ride, and more."

TRAVEL BLOG: Postmedia O Canada, by Jody Robbins, November 21, 2019 8 Canadian Christmas markets not to miss     

"It’s a seasonal sensory overload at this Christkindl put on by the oldest and largest German community in Canada, December 5 to 8, 2019. The scent of cinnamon, apple cider and grilled sausages waft through the air as orchestras, brass bands and carollers belt out holiday tunes. Indulge in sugar-coated Stollen fruit cakes while strolling around the town square, where dancing in the streets and skating under the stars is encouraged."

BLOG: Explore Waterloo Region, November 14, 2019   Start your holiday shopping at these 12 festive markets in Waterloo Region

ARTICLE: Global News, 10 fun Christmas activities in Waterloo region

ARTICLE: The Record, by Valerie Hill, November 12, 2019  Christmas comes to Kitchener


2018 - Christkindl IN THE NEWS

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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERIES & NEWS STORY: Conestoga College SPOKE Community News: "Christkindl Market celebration comes to a close," Story, Photo, Video and Narration by Terry Foster, Conestoga College.

TV INTERVIEW: Couple Marks Anniversary with Marraige Proposal at Christkindl Market, by CTV Kitchener's Natalie Van Rooy. Video by Rob Currie, C to C Productions. Photos by Monica Reid, Emerge2 Digital. 

TV INTERVIEW: RogersTV  In Studio with Natasha McKenty, Interview with Marjorie Wood. Watch the interview with Marjorie.  

PARLIAMENTARY ADDRESS from MP, Raj Saini: "...Residents come together in the heart of our community for the annual ChristKindl Market to celebrate Kitchener's German heritage..."

PHOTO GALLERY: Snapd at Christkindl Market

TRAVEL BLOG: Narcity 6 Adorable Ontario Towns That Will Make You Feel Like You’re In Europe For The Holidays

TRAVEL BLOG:  9 Holiday Markets that'll get you into the Spirit :  Ontario Travel

TRAVEL BLOG: Festive Festival Fun is Wunderbar by Jim Fox, One-Tank Trips/Out to Sea columns, Postmedia Network/Sun Media

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Regina Leader Post

Ottawa Citizen

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RADIO INTERVIEW: https://magic106.com/event/1923/christkindl-market-kitchener

ARTICLE: Waterloo Regional Tourism Association Read Fall, Festivals, Things to Do, Winter

ARTICLE: Kitchener Post Four Christmas events you shouldn't miss in downtown Kitchener 

ARTICLE: The Record, by Anam Latif   Christkindl Market returns to Kitchener City Hall

ARTICLE: The Record, Christkindl Market Attracts 40,000 Shoppers (full page editorial) by Terry Pender  

ARTICLE: The Record, Eternal damnation with your hot cider? No thanks. by Luisa D’Amato Waterloo Region Record


2017 - Christkindl IN THE NEWS

TV INTERVIEW: CTV Made right here  To watch the show, you may need to search for this title: What to expect at the Christkindl Market

BLOG: WRX Real Estate's Spotlight on Christkindl Marekt, "Things To Do in Kitchener-Waterloo"

RADIO INTERVIEW: 107.5 Dave Rocks: December 7, 2017 Marjorie Wood is with Kitchener's Christkindl Market Committee and she stopped by The Morning Buzz to talk about the opening ceremonies, food and schnapps that can be found at this weekend's festivities. Listen to the interview.

BLOG: Stuff to do with your kids in Kitchener Waterloo Dec. 2, 2017, Those2Girls   Christkindl Market, Kitchener’s Other German Festival - Many of you are very familiar with the annual Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest German Festival, but did you know we have a second German Festival that happens during the Christmas season? We were invited to this year’s Christkindl Market Media Event and learned quite a bit about the origin of the festival and what can be expected at this year’s event. Read more.

NEWS ARTICLE: Nov 28, 2017 by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record, cthompson@therecord.com , Twitter: @ThompsonRecord  Christkindl traditions go back to 1434, but reflect modern realities The Christkindl Market, with its dozens of vendors selling spiced gluhwein, savoury sausages and sugar-dusted stollen, seems redolent of times of plenty. But the outdoor markets that are a fundamental Christmas tradition in German-speaking countries actually stem from periods of austerity.  The first record of a Christmas market in Germany dates from 1434 in Dresden, said James Skidmore, director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies at the University of Waterloo, who gave a talk about German Christmas traditions Tuesday in advance of the annual Christkindl festival. Read the complete article.

NEWS ARTICLE: Canada / SEE & DO Sahar Aman, 4 November 2017 Canada’s Best Christmas and Winter Markets For an authentic German Christmas market experience, join 35,000 others who visit Christkindl. Kitchener, Ontario’s award-winning holiday market, was founded in 1996 and has been evoking the sights, smells, and tastes of German festivities for over 20 years. Downtown Kitchener comes to life with the honoured traditions of a candlelight lantern parade, lighting of the Christmas tree, a live nativity scene, and performances from choirs, bands, and dance groups. If you are just in it for the food then you won’t be disappointed! Prepare to drool over Belgian waffles, stollen, sausages, schnitzel on a bun, and traditional glühwein. Read more.

Love the market, reminds me of my time living in Germany
Kindling the Christmas Spirit -I remember the first year of the Market about 10 years ago. Snow falling gently, beautiful German music playing outside, high quality Christmas goods for purchase from friendly vendors, hot-mulled cider, the nativity scene, the skaters - what atmosphere!!! The magic has hooked me ever since. So much different from the mall! Thanks for kindling the Christmas spirit.
My mom has taken my brother and I to the Christkindl Market ever since it first opened. We felt surrounded by love and happiness and enjoyed being around the German community - especially because we could not be with our family in Germany at Christmas. I still remember and still feel the warm feelings I first felt when I visit the Christkindl Market. I always make sure I attend each year with my Mom and now take my daughter along as well. I hope she too will be able to attend for years to come and in the future, bring her children as well.
"I will be there again on the Saturday to enjoy my childhood memories all over again, not to forget the food and smells of this special time."
Just like Germany! Love the organ grinder!
It brings back memories of Germany during the Christmas season!
We absolutely love it! It's been a family tradition to go to the German Christmas market at the Toronto International Centre since I was a small child back in the 70's and 80's. Now I have children of my own and we have been coming to the Kitchener Christkindl Market for the past 10 years. We stay at a nearby bed and breakfast go to the farmers market and then the Chirstkindl. It's a beautiful weekend that we look forward to all year long. I love the whole German feel. My mother was German from Darmstadt. We grew up speaking German with all the German customs and festivities. Christmas and Nikolaus Tag were our favourites. Your Christkindl still captures that traditional German feel with the products, food, childrens/adult choir and German people. The smell of the the roasted beer nuts, bratwurst, goulash soup, saurkraut, potato pancakes and blacksmith fire in the crisp, cold winter air creates a feeling in me that I cannot explain. It really makes me and my family feel wonderful and happy. With all the craziness in today's world, it's so good to know we can disappear for a weekend in the warmth and nostalgia of the Christkindl.
It is well organized
Thank you all for making this German Christmas festival a reality so that we can enjoy the Christmas season and make many special memories for ourselves and more importantly for our children. To another 100 years of Christkindl Market, Kitchener! Frohe Weihnachten
The joy is yours!
Can you please do a candlelight precession on Friday and Saturday nights too?
Every year the City Hall in Kitchener transforms into a German style Christmas Market complete with food, carollers, ice skating and lots more. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the event and it did not disappoint. City Hall was decked out with vendors, food, Christmas decorations and entertainment to convince even the meanest Grinch that this truly is the best time of the year. WONDERS OF WINTER
Santa does not have to be in a red suit The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kitchener: My four-year-old daughter; two-year-old son, my Mom and I had gone to Christkindl on Dec 7. My son was in total rapture as he looked upon a display of moving toys. To the right of me was a lady watching my son's gazing and dreamy state. The lady took a box with the toy inside and shoved it under my arm; my reaction was no, no, no. I looked at this kind-hearted lady and she said she wanted to buy it for the little guy, and that she was going to be thinking about him on Christmas morning as he unwraps his gift from her. I want her to know Santa does not have to be in a red suit with bells on and a beard. He could also be a she, a kind and special lady.
Christmas spirit ... we'd like to see all of the vendors. It's a wonderful event and my Christmas spirit doesn't begin until I attend your festival
Love it-part of my yearly Christmas tradition!
Thank you, for bringing to our community the Christkindl Market, an event that has rekindled in the hearts of so many, the wonder and joy, the excitement and awe of those memorable Christkindl Markets in Germany so many years ago. Thanks for your vision, your dream and your spirit. You make it possible for people of another age, a new generation, and varied cultures to enjoy the magic. Our hearts quicken at the sound of the fanfare at the opening ceremony and our eyes grow misty to the sweet sound of the music and song that fills the winter air...
It was amazing what wonders it did for us! From the lights and the music and the smells and watching everyone smiling and laughing...it instantly lifted our spirits and helped us keep them there through the whole holiday. Now we can't wait year to year for the first ads and we rush to mark it on the calendars. We always go the Friday night, no kids or friends, just us - to sit and take it all in. You don't know what you are missing until you have been there!" - Letter from
Herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland - Ich war nur mal zu einem Christkindl Markt. Das war circa 1975 in Pforzheim im Schwarzen Wald. Ich kann mich noch nach all diesen Jahren an die wunderbaren Lichter und Aromas, so wie all die schoene Musik und die Weihnachts Stimmung, ganz gut erinnern, als wenn es gestern war.
...we'd like to see all of the vendors. It's a wonderful event and my Christmas spirit doesn't begin until I attend your festival.
Ich Liebe Christkindl Markt
Wonderful! My husband is German- was like home for him! Visiting is becoming a yearly tradition! Thanks!
It is a magical experience for me as a vendor and all the visitors that attend. Everybody is happy and excited and enjoying all the events, food, atmosphere, entertainment, and the unique vendors wares. Thanks to those that had the vision to start Christkindl 20 years ago, and all that played a role over the years to making Christkindl a success.
I'm now feeling the Christmas Spirit. Thank you!
Love the Market! It's my first time here and it's been awesome! Thank you!
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kitchener
Wonderful Tradition!
Beautiful. Love the nativity and ornaments. Everything ist wunderbar
Christmas spirit ...we like to see all of the vendors. It's a wonderful event and my Christmas spirit doesn't begin until I attend your festival.
Love it. Traditional December event we all look forward to at our house. Thanks!
Love this festival - begins Christmas!
Great Job - Christkindl Market! Saves us a trip to Germany!
As always, our family enjoyed the Christkindl Market so very much! Thank you for nurturing this tradition in Kitchener - we hope it keeps going for many, many years... Thank you once again for a wonderful Christmas experience our family has made part of our yearly tradition!
We love it! It gets us in the Christmas spirit!
Love your market!!
As we entered the building, we saw so many beautiful Angels, and so many beautiful ornaments, so unique to this event that you couldn't buy them anywhere else. What a memory. My daughter and I attend this event each and every year. It's like our own tradition, just for the 2 of us. It's a night out together to bond, celebrate the holidays and of course to look for that very special Christmas ornament for this year.
As the rest of the world gallops forward, there is a tradition that keeps people in Waterloo Region firmly rooted in the past, at least during Christmas. The annual four-day Christkindl Market opens Thursday in front of Kitchener City Hall, recreating a Bavarian tradition first officially recorded in 1310. The original market, called Nikolausdult, was designed as a temporary affair constructed from wood and canvas and erected in front of a church. Visitors from far and wide would arrive to both sell and purchase items, some from other countries, giving the market an international flavour. Then in a few days, it would all disappear. "It's about tradition," she said. "That's what people are looking for." The market features vendors, selling all manner of items: German-made toys, handcrafted jewelry, art glass items, gift baskets, beeswax candles, gifts, chocolate and marzipan, original art, music, leather, hand-painted wearable art, tree decorations, music boxes and everyone's favourite, apple fritters. Christkindl Market takes over much of city hall, both inside and out, with gift vendors indoors and food outdoors on Civic Square, where they will pander to anyone with a hankering for Germanic food, including schnitzel, marinated herring and Schinken on a bun as well as the regular crowd pleasers such as sausage, potato pancakes, stollen and waffles. This is no time to go on a diet. And for those needing a rest, the 10th floor has been turned into a place to sit, relax and eat your goodies.
Christkindl Market has a special place in my heart. I used to go every year with my Grandma as a little girl and now, I take my son every year. We look forward to getting our German cookies and treats and continuing a family tradition to officially start off our Christmas season.
I just want to thank the team that sets up the Christmas Tree and oversees Christkindl. What a wonderful way to spend a lunch hour! I go every year on Thursday and Friday. I LOVE it! It just lifts the spirits and is so "magical"! Thank you for such a wonderful experience, every year!
It is awesome! This reminds me of all of the traditional Christmas markets I saw in Germany. I loved the markets in Germany and miss them a great deal, how nice it is to relive a bit of the atmosphere here in Kitchener.
Nice! I just moved back from living in Europe for 9 years, this was so nice!
Wonderful - An annual event for myself!
Ich war nur mal zu einem Christkindl Markt. Das war circa 1975 in Pforzheim im Schwarzen Wald. Ich kann mich noch nach all diesen Jahren an die wunderbaren Lichter und Aromas, so wie all die schoene Musik und die Weihnachts Stimmung, ganz gut erinnern, als wenn es gestern war. Vielen Dank dass Sie diese herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland herueber gebracht haben. Ich wuenschte wir koennten jaehrlich kommen um den Christkindl Markt zu besuchen.
My two-year-old son, was in total rapture as he looked upon a display of moving toys. A lady was watching my son's dreamy state. This kind-hearted lady said she wanted to buy it for my little guy, and that she was going to be thinking about him on Christmas morning as he unwraps his gift from her. I want her to know Santa does not have to be in a red suit with bells on and a beard. He could also be a she, a kind and special lady.
Vielen Dank dass Sie diese herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland herueber gebracht haben. Ich wuenschte wir koennten jaehrlich kommen um den Christkindl Markt zu besuchen.
If you can't be at a Christmas Market in Germany, the Christkindl Market in Oktoberfest City (Kitchener, Ontario), is the closest it can get. They even have real, hot mulled wine, a staple at every German Weihnachtsmarkt. For us, visiting the market in Kitchener was a few hours back home away from home. Very nice!
Our family has been coming to the Christkindl Market in Kitchener for five years now. We absolutely love it there. The sights, sounds and smells really put us in the Christmas spirit. This has become a very cherished part of our Christmas traditions. Three generations of our family take part in it. What a special time is had by all. Thanks for the memories...already looking forward to next year.
I will be there again to enjoy my childhood memories all over again, not to forget the food and smells of this special time.
"Homesick" for the sights, smells and sounds of Germany. I had been living in a small town in the Black Forest region while I was teaching on the Canadian Forces Base in Lahr. On my return to Stratford, I found the Kitchener Christkindl Market. Somehow, I did not feel quite as "homesick" for the sights, smells and sounds of Germany! It is a wonderful experience, one I look forward to every year.
The Christkindl Festival has been, and still is, a very special part of our Christmas celebration for the past 17 years. We always get excited and look forward to basking in the nostalgic glow of the warm hospitality, family atmosphere, fantastic food, great products and the angelic sounds of the Christmas choir. Thank you for all the wonderful, lifelong memories!
Nice to preserve our cultural heritage. We really enjoyed the train room
I took my daughter for the first time 5 years ago and what a special event this was for both of us. We visited the manger live nativity scene, it was beautiful. We listened to the Christmas music, I can't believe how just humming a little Christmas song can put you in such good spirits with yourself and others. Christmas is the one time of the year that people actually look at others and smile, wishing them the very best. It's a shame we can't be like this throughout the year.
Excellent community spirit and great event for family. Loved the food, gluhwein, apple fritters, sauerkraut..
My husband's family is German and up until we visited the Christkindl Market a few years ago I only had stories and some samplings of the different Christmas foods from Germany from his family. Until we visited your wonderful market I never really understood the fascination my husband has always had for German Christmas. Since that first visit my husband starts planning our next visit in October! He wouldn't miss it for the world and I have come to appreciate his heritage even more through experiencing this bit of Germany in Canada! Every year we bring our teenagers and invite our friends. Thank you for all your hard work - Christmas isn't Christmas for us now without the Christkindl Market!
Think Oktoberfest, except that the beer is replaced with Christmas cheer.

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