Christkindl Market

Christkindl Market

November 29, 2012 18:40 ET

Traditional Characters Welcome 40,000 Visitors to Kitchener's 16th Annual "Christkindl Market"

A Festival of German Christmas:

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - Canada's original festival of German Christmas, "Christkindl Market," is a feast for the senses and a special place for families and friends to share the magic of the season.

The scents of cinnamon, apple fritters, mulled wine, and grilled sausages; the sights of twinkling lights, a huge Christmas tree, wooden huts, glittering ornaments; and baked Christmas specialties, combined with the sounds of choirs and brass bands, create a magical meeting place.

Visitors to Kitchener's Christkindl Market will see familiar characters from long ago: Christkindl and the twin angels dressed in beautiful gold and white gowns with wings and crowns. This tradition goes back to the reformation of the Church in the 16th Century when Nikolaus, the gift giver, was replaced by the Christkindl or Christ Child.

There's Knecht Ruprecht, a companion of Nikolaus from German folklore. And, always popular with young and old is Klaus with his hand-cranked, hand-painted, antique street organ which goes back to the 18th Century. He and his monkey stroll throughout the Christkindl Market entertaining gathering onlookers with cheerful tunes.

Railway enthusiasts can meet Fred Aldred, the train conductor of the huge Garden-Scale model train display inside City Hall on the main floor. Fred returns each year to help kids relive the wonder and make memories. Outside in the centre of Civic Square visitors can learn from blacksmiths as they skillfully create artistic and practical works. An outing to the Kitchener Christkindl Market would not be complete without visiting the live nativity scene to see Mary, Joseph and their two donkeys outside on the square.

Canada's original Christkindl Market welcomes over 27 bands, choirs and dance groups onstage, over 70 vendors indoors and outside on the square, and about 40,000 visitors.

December 6th - 9th, 2012 Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West
Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Candlelight Procession & Opening at 6PM)
Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Grand Prize Draw & Closing at 4PM)
Free admission. Parking is free on City of Kitchener lots on Saturday & Sunday
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