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2019 Vendors

100 vendors in Christkindl's Outdoor Village of huts on Carl Zehr Square, along King Street and inside Kitchener City Hall on the 1st & 2nd floors!

VENDOR MAPS, 3 PDFs:  Outdoor Village of Huts      Inside Kitchener City Hall (1st fl)       Inside Kitchener City Hall (2nd fl)

Food & Bakery | Christmas Decor/Arts & Crafts | Toys & Games | Clothing | Jewellery | Health & Body | Non-profit | Misc

Food & Bakery

  • Attilio's Foods oils, antipasto, etc.
  • Baron Haus Events Apple fritters from "Das Fritter Haus" 
  • Bittersweettart "Creating pleasure one bite at a time" Traditional German baked goods Facebook Twitter
  • Carla's Cookie Box butter tarts, shortbread cookies
  • ChocoSol is a local horizontal trade chocolate and coffee company with an emphasis on ecology and direct sourcing from Mexican forest gardens tended by Indigenous farmers
  • Christkindl Market Fundraisers - Glühwein selling non-alcoholic gluhwein, available by the bottle and the glass and gift wrapped bottles ready for gift giving. 2019 Christmas tree ornaments, embroidered aprons (while supplies last), cloth shopping bags
  • Cinnamon Hill Farm prepackaged mixes for dips, cheeseballs, desserts, deasonings, cheesecakes, crackers
  • Cloverleaf Farms Summer Sausage, Pepperoni, BBQ sausages, hot soups, cider, cabbage rolls, Schnitzel on a bun  Facebook Twitter 
  • Concordia Club Glühwein (hot mulled wine), hot apple cider, brandy & Jaegermeister  Facebook Twitter    
  • Crazy Canucks  Hot foods & beverages, poutine, pulled pork, Taco in a bag 
  • Ellison’s BistroPumpkin Soup, Samosa, Jamaican Pattie, Black Cake
  • Elevenses Packaged tea, cookies, honey, pottery mugs, gift baskets 
  • Esta Chocolates Canadian made chocolate truffles with European quality and taste  Facebook
  • Fat Sparrow Group Blend of traditional but unique German food items with a twist Facebook Twitter
  • Festival Food INC. Funnel cakes, jumbo ears, pastries 
  • Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd. Free milk and cookie samples, butter coupons & delicious cookie recipes (Thursday only)
  • Grainharvest Breadhouse Breads, buns, soft pretzels, cookies, Stollen, & gluten free products Facebook Twitter
  • Harry Ten Shilling Baked goods
  • Italo Foods German Christmas food, chocolates, cookies, specialties 
  • Kokken Village Café / Focheezy Danish Ableskivers (Nordic dessert), Viking dog, grilled cheese, tomato soup, apple cider  
  • Laepple Organic Farm Turkey legs, goulash, potato pancakes 
  • Little Rock Honey Farm Honey and beeswax products Facebook
  • Maple Tap Farm Maple syrup and Maple products Facebook
  • Nith Valley Apiaries Honey and candles Facebook
  • Nougat Bakery Holiday specialties and baked goods Facebook
  • Oktoberfest Beer Nuts Beernuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, candy apples, candy floss, caramel corn 
  • Queen Shawarma - Hot foods, baklava, samosa, veggie patty, grape leaves Facebook
  • Roller Roaster BBQ  Pulled pork on a bun, the original smoked turkey drumsticks, German beer burger, homemade chili, German poato soup and hot apple cider. (see photo)
  • Salt + Mustard Artisinal mustards and salts Facebook
  • Sausage Man Various German food 
  • Scrumptious Spuds Baked potatoes Facebook Twitter  
  • Squirrel Duck Tea Loose lead tea and tea accessories
  • Starbucks  - Coffee & Sweet & Savory foods 
  • Stickling's Bakery Seasonal baked specialties including Stollen, Marzipan Stollen, Lebkuchen, Hutzelbrot, Spitzkuchen, Marzipan Spelt Fruit & Nut Cake, Vanilla Crescents, Hazelnut Macaroons, Speculatius, Hazelnut Honey Cake, Domino Stones, Chocolate Gingers, Marzipan Fruits, Elisen Lebkuchen and more Facebook Twitter
  • Strudel Ladies Apple, cherry and blueberry strudels
  • The Crumby Cookie Dough Co. Cookie dough - edible and bakeable
  • Tracey's Kandy Korner Sweets & candy
  • Waffle Haus Waffles in various sizes, with various toppings, gluten free options, beverages

Arts, Crafts & Christmas Decor

  • All Through The House Muslin angels 
  • Andrew Mora Hand crafted wooden folk art, pine trays, toys, cradles 
  • Arisan Woods candle holders, high end premium charcuterie & cutting boards, carved & painted signs and maps etc.
  • Artesano Canada handcrafted designer enamelware
  • Art of Ken Daley, The Original paintings, prints, greeting cards 
  • Blown Away Glass Studio Blown glass ornaments etc. 
  • Blue Iris Studios Potter/ceramics  Facebook
  • Cobblestone Gallery Euroliving products, Christmas Decor Facebook Twitter
  • Collectible Things Handmade wraps, wall décor, placemats, runners, eye bags, kids' boo boo boys
  • Deutsch Direct Handcrafted folk art, Tree decorations, music boxes, pyramids, candle holders, smokers, jewelry 
  • Dundee Pottery Mugs, bowls, serving platters, Christmas ornaments, beer steins, etc. Facebook
  • Glow by 4Bs Star lanterns and decorative lighting
  • Gnomes by Mari decorative standing handmade felt gnomes
  • Hanscomb Glass Flame-worked glass ornaments, glass stars, chimes, angels Facebook
  • Inca Imports Xmas christmas decor
  • Knights of Columbus handmade wooden nativity scenes, snowmen and angels
  • Koka-Bora Creations Domestic & exotic hardwood products Facebook Twitter
  • Lartina Figures, Santa Clauses, Angels & Yodelling Pickle 
  • LEN: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things Arts, crafts & gifts Facebook Twitter  
  • Living Fresh Flower Studio Holiday ornaments and decor, fresh greens, arrangements and wreaths
  • Mila Vero Glass hand painted ornaments, dishes, candle holders, décor
  • Metallic Evolution Metal home accents, Christmas ornaments, artful serving utensils Facebook
  • Prism Patch Glass Ornaments and decor 
  • Roses Without Thorns pop-up greeting cards
  • Sherry Zersch Authentic handcrafted wooden imports from Germany. Including a variety of nutcrackers, pyramids, angels, smokers, candleholders &  large selection of Christmas Tree ornaments.
  • Studio Honami Wine glasses, ornaments Facebook
  • The Green Frogg Christmas Décor - santas, wreaths, snowmen, angels, sleds, pillos, xmas tress, xmas signs, reindeer, etc.
  • The Turning Point Woodcrafted bowls, cutting boards, plates and platters

Toys & Games

  • The Silver Thistle Children's toys, historical wooden toys, period costume dolls Facebook
  • Wooden Toys by Ingrid and Lad Wooden Toys imported from Germany 
  • Wood Works Canadian hand-crafted wooden toys, including trains, planes and automobiles 

Clothing & Accessories


Health & Body


  • Downtown Kitchener BIA - Christmas Tree Sales, in Christkindl's Outdoor Village 
  • Children's Wish Foundation Say hello to the volunteers from Wish at the WIN Booth on the main floor inside Kitchener City Hall Rotunda (watch for their red Tshirts). It's where you fill in a ballot to WIN great prizes.  
  • Christkindl Market's Glühwein (non-alcoholic) Sip as you stroll with a cup of hot mulled wine, or take-home a bottle.  It's a Christkindl Market's fundraiser. Located inside on the main floor. You can also purchase Christkindl Markets own collectible handmade wooden ornament for 2019 ($5).
  • German Evangelical Alliance Christian books and literature inside 
  • Waterloo County Shrine Club Christmas cake, shortbread and pudding

And More 

December 5-8, 2019 at Kitchener City Hall

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5   10:00 am - 9:00 pm
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6   10:00 am - 9:00 pm
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7   9:00 am - 9:00 pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8  10:00 am- 4:00 pm

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.
Excellent community spirit and great event for family. Loved the food, gluhwein, apple fritters, sauerkraut..
The joy is yours!
Love the market, reminds me of my time living in Germany
Ich Liebe Christkindl Markt
Love it. Traditional December event we all look forward to at our house. Thanks!
Wonderful! My husband is German- was like home for him! Visiting is becoming a yearly tradition! Thanks!
Love this festival - begins Christmas!
Nice! I just moved back from living in Europe for 9 years, this was so nice!
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
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.
Think Oktoberfest, except that the beer is replaced with Christmas cheer.
I'm now feeling the Christmas Spirit. Thank you!
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.
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
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.
Vielen Dank dass Sie diese herrliche Tradition aus Deutschland herueber gebracht haben. Ich wuenschte wir koennten jaehrlich kommen um den Christkindl Markt zu besuchen.
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.
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.
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!
...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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nice to preserve our cultural heritage. We really enjoyed the train room
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.
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.
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.
It brings back memories of Germany during the Christmas season!
Just like Germany! Love the organ grinder!
We love it! It gets us in the Christmas spirit!
Love it-part of my yearly Christmas tradition!
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!
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!
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kitchener
"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.
Wonderful Tradition!
It was amazing what wonders it did for us! From the lights and the music and the smells and watching everyone smiling and 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
"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."
It is well organized
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 over 20 years ago, and all that played a role over the years to making Christkindl a success.
Love your market!!
I will be there again to enjoy my childhood memories all over again, not to forget the food and smells of this special time.
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
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!
Great Job - Christkindl Market! Saves us a trip to Germany!
Can you please do a candlelight precession on Friday and Saturday nights too?
Wonderful - An annual event for myself!
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.
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...
Love the Market! It's my first time here and it's been awesome! Thank you!
Beautiful. Love the nativity and ornaments. Everything ist wunderbar

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