Yearly Archive 2021

BySuzanne Hull

Dueling Fiddles | #CDM2021 Performer

Tell us about your group

The Dueling Fiddles consists of two violinists, Hanna Wolle and Genevieve Salamone. Formed in 2016, Hanna and Genevieve first met as stand partners in the Des Moines Symphony. Their shared love of music led them to form the Dueling Fiddles. Over the past 5 years, this dynamic group has had the opportunity to share their music with communities and fans across the Midwest.

What are you most looking forward to at Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

We are most looking forward to getting into the holiday spirit! We are working on several new holiday arrangements and releasing a holiday EP that we will debut at Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

What’s your favorite thing about performing at events like this?

Our favorite part about performing at events like this is the opportunity to share our music with festival attendees. Having people dance at our shows and enjoy our music is the reason why we do what we do.

BySuzanne Hull

Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums of Iowa | #CDM2021 Performer

Tell us about your group

“The band was founded by Thomas S Coulson, a distinguished piper, who served during World War II, as a pipe major with the Essex Scottish 4th Brigade of Canada and as a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders,” explains Dawn Baldwin, the organization’s representative.

“He moved to Newton, Iowa and founded the Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums about the mid ’70’s. We are a paramilitary pipe and drum band and our uniforms are steeped in traditional attire worn both on Scottish and American soil. Our tartan is Ancient Mackenzie.”

The Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums, currently 11 members in size, represent the Greater Des Moines, Iowa metro area. Their primary mission is to support Active and Reserve Military Units, Law Enforcement Agencies and Fire Departments and regularly perform at the events that support these agencies.

What are you most looking forward to at Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

We’re really looking forward performing at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. It’s a fun, unique family event, and we’re looking forward to seeing the smiling faces again. The volunteers, facilities and location are top notch. We’re very honored to play at this event.

If you’re interested in learning to play please visit our web site or find us on Facebook.

BySuzanne Hull

Heartland Youth Choir | #CDM2021 Performer

Tell us about your group

Cantilena Choir is one of six choirs at Heartland Youth Choir. This year, our enrollment is 28 students! Heartland Youth Choir is in its 19th year.

What are you most looking forward to at Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

We are looking forward to performing for a live audience. After last year, any chance we get to share our music is important to us. Families of our singers look forward to the fun they have after we are done performing and can enjoy the market.

What’s your favorite thing about performing at events like this?

Cantilena choir, families, and musicians love performing at Christkindlemarket Des Moines. We love the atmosphere that it provides, and the family time we spend after we perform walking around the festival.

BySuzanne Hull

Yuletide Hall Entertainment

Thursday, December 2, 2021

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen are based out of Mt Vernon, IA and have been performing all over the country for 31 years. We play polkas, waltzes, big band, old country and party songs! We like to have fun and hope you do too!

Friday, December 3, 2021

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen are based out of Mt Vernon, IA and have been performing all over the country for 31 years. We play polkas, waltzes, big band, old country and party songs! We like to have fun and hope you do too!

4:00 pm – 5:00pm – Top Hat Carolers Carolers in Victorian garb. Traditional to contemporary Christmas carols.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Jim Kucera Band has been performing since 1984. The group has not only performed in Iowa and Nebraska, but throughout the Midwest. The group has 5 recordings on CD, one of which (Play A Polka Daddy), was featured in the Polka Countdown top 10 recordings in 2001. The group specializes in all styles of polka music, and enjoys playing many Oktoberfest celebrations each year throughout the Midwest.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes & Drums Bagpipes and drums

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss German-Bavarian & Austrian Folk Dancing

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Heartland Youth Choir Our singers will provide choral music of the holiday season. Our selections will include traditional Christmas tunes as well as lesser known melodies including those from other countries. Our singers will be the ages of 2nd-4th grade.

2:45pm – 3:15pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance Celebrate Irish culture with the Foy School of Irish Dance. The revelry includes delightful traditional dances and contemporary choreographed numbers that both enchant and entertain!

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Malek’s Fishermen Band European Dance Music

Sunday, December 5, 2021

11:30 am – 12:10 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm – The Metro Brass Quintet performs a fun variety of music from polkas to jazz and has been entertaining the Des Moines metro since 2014.

2:30 pm – 3:10 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Dueling Fiddles The Dueling Fiddles are an energetic and engaging performance group that mix the rich sounds of the violin with layered accompaniment for fun shows that audiences of all ages will enjoy. We perform a variety of music, ranging from World folk music to fiddle to modern pop covers. We performed at Christkindlmarket Des Moines in 2019, and we received so many wonderful compliments from the crowd that they loved our show and music. We would love the opportunity to come back in 2021!


Iowa European Cultural Connection connects Iowans with European traditions, language learning and cultural experiences.

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BySuzanne Hull

What is Feuerzangenbowle?

We enjoy bringing European culture to Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

We’re featuring a Feuerzangenbowle mug in An der Weihnachtsecke (Christkindlmarket Des Moines store). A rum-soaked sugar cube sits over the handle. Once lit, the caramelized sugar flows straight into your Glühwein!

Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink in which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine. It is often part of a Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition. The name translates literally as fire-tongs punch. Our Feuerzangenbowle mug allows for a single serving of this holiday tradition!

Feuerzangenbowle (click here for a recipe) is prepared in a bowl, similar to a fondue set, which usually is suspended over a small burner (rechaud). The bowl is filled with heated dry red wine spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and orange peel, similar to mulled wine. The Feuerzange was originally a pair of tongs, but nowadays it is common for a purpose-designed metal grate mounted on top of the bowl to hold the Zuckerhut (sugarloaf), a 250-gram (9 oz) lump of sugar. The sugar is soaked with rum and set alight, melting and caramelizing. More rum is poured with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine. For some the ceremony is more important than the drink itself, celebrating the gathering of friends and conveying a notion of Gemütlichkeit.

BySuzanne Hull

Siegwerk USA | Stage Naming Rights Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome Siegwerk USA as the Stage Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021.

Siegwerk was founded in Siegburg, Germany in 1830 as a retailer of manufactured goods. The company capitalized on its expertise in printing obtained from the “Kattunfabrik”, a fabric print shop, and progressed to become one of the top international manufacturers of printing inks and coatings. Globally, Siegwerk employs over 5,000 people in 30 countries.

Siegwerk plays an important role in packaging, as we use color to bring products to life for our customers. Every day people come across Siegwerk inks no matter where they are, including walking down the grocery aisle where there are many offerings of examples including confectionery packaging, beverage bottles or food pouches.

Des Moines is the home of Siegwerk’s U.S. headquarters and is proud to sponsor this event, as having strong roots from Germany. We love seeing the European culture come to life in our city.

BySuzanne Hull

Nichols Equipment | 2021 Silver Sponsor

We’re pleased to have the support of Nichols Equipment as a 2021 Silver Sponsor

Nichols Equipment, located in Des Moines, Iowa. They service local, Midwest, and nationwide customers. They offer sales, rental, and service of quality construction equipment. They stock new and used attachments from most major brands. Nichols Equipment can find any unit you need through our nationwide network!

They offer the best value in rental equipment available in daily, weekly or monthly rates. They handle the small do-it-yourselfers up to large contractors with a fleet of several machines! Nichols Equipment also offers full service for all brands of equipment! Jobs can be completed in house or have one of our mechanics come right to your job site to complete the task. They’ll make sure to keep you going!!

Their team does everything to make sure the customer “YOU” is satisfied!! Call them today and let them show you the Nichols Difference!

BySuzanne Hull

European Cultural Meet-Up Hosted by Daughters of Norway

Enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of European Cultural Organizations for a “Meet-Up” at Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Date: Saturday, December 4
Time: 6-9pm

Meet in Yuletide Hall (an outdoor, forced-air heated entertainment tent) as you sip on Glühwein, enjoy a seasonal craft beer or nosh on brats from the IECC brat stand.

Represent your European culture by wearing traditional attire (if you’d like) and get to know other cultural organizations in Central Iowa.

The Daughters of Norway – Eva Nansen Lodge #46 will be your host and a table will be reserved for the group.

BySuzanne Hull

Children Invited to Participate in Opening Ceremony Procession

Children are an integral component of any Christkindlmarket opening ceremony. Would your child (children) like to follow “Saint Nicholas” through Christkindlmarket Des Moines to participate in the opening ceremony?

Contact Dave Cox at dcox66@gmail.com with questions and interest. We would like at most 25 children to participate.

Children and parents are invited to gather in the Entrance of the venue at 5:40pm on Friday, December 3, (please be on time) to receive a luminary and battery-operated candle. Please return the luminaries to a volunteer at the end of the opening ceremony if your child does not wish to take it home.