Yearly Archive 2021

BySuzanne Hull

Eisenlauer Team, Re/Max Revolution | 2021 Hut Sponsor

Many thanks to Eisenlauer Team, Re/Max Revolution for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021. 

They understand that finding a home can be hard. That’s why it’s important to have some of the best Realtors in Des Moines on your side.

When it comes to buying or selling a property, Eisenlauer Team is the name you can trust. They strive to be the best Realtors in Des Moines, delivering unmatched excellence and customer satisfaction.

Whether you are a first-time home buyer, seasoned seller, or somewhere in the middle – they gear their services to your specific needs. When buying or selling real estate, you deserve the best service for the best price. They know that moving can be both exciting and unnerving at the same time. Being leading Realtors in Des Moines, they are determined to make the process as fun and as smooth as possible.

While the average person buys or sells once every 8-10 years, they do it on a daily basis. So allow their experienced Des Moines area Realtors to assist you through the process from beginning to end. There are over 25 different contacts to coordinate during the transaction process, (more or less depending on the property). They’ll make those contacts and keep you informed along the way.

BySuzanne Hull

Iowa State Bank | 2021 Bronze Sponsor

We’re excited to announce Iowa State Bank’s support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021.

Iowa State Bank is proud to have called Des Moines home for 80 years. They have five metro banking locations, along with Investment and Trust Departments providing strong wealth management services. Although some things have changed since they opened their doors in 1941, some things never will: the bank’s commitment to this community and giving their customers the best possible banking experience.

BySuzanne Hull

Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Co | 2021 Bronze Sponsor

Ever wonder how those cute wooden vendor huts arrive at Principal Park? Special thanks to the team at Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company‘s Waukee location for transporting our huts to the venue and returning them to storage year after year.

Founded in 1856, Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company is dedicated to providing its customers with quality, consistency, value, innovation and style.

For over 150 years, their MISSION has been to succeed through unwavering focus on the success of their customers in central and eastern Iowa. They accomplish their mission by supplying customers with top-quality, high-value building products and unparalleled service. They strive to apply the highest standards of integrity to their daily business and to provide a positive, ethical working environment for their employees. Succeeding in this quest for excellence requires every employee to help create a safe, enjoyable and productive work environment.

BySuzanne Hull

Greater Iowa Credit Union | 2021 Hut Sponsor

Many thanks to Greater Iowa Credit Union for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021. 

Greater Iowa Credit Union is a federally insured, state-chartered community credit union with nine branch locations in Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines, Waukee, Denison, and Indianola! GICU is an ever-growing, member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with assets of $624 million.

The GICU story began with just nine people in June of 1932. Over the years, they have grown exponentially from humble beginnings. Today, they serve 33,900+ members throughout a 33-county area in Central and Western Iowa with a staff base of over one hundred twenty.

BySuzanne Hull

Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. | Silver Sponsor

Many thanks to the Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. law firm in Ankeny for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021. 

LGL values being a part of their community and welcomes the opportunity to support their office family in their interests. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is an event that their employee Erin Baldwin is actively involved in and passionate about and they are happy to be a part of the event.

Their firm has been serving the law needs of businesses and individuals in Ankeny and throughout Iowa for over 20 years. Whether you are starting a business, changing custody agreements or getting your affairs in order, an expert at Ankeny Law will be at your service.

BySuzanne Hull

Hessen Haus | 2021 Bronze and Hut Sponsor

We’re pleased to include Hessen Haus among our family of 2021 sponsors!

The Hessen Haus perfectly recreates the authentic atmosphere of an old-world German bier hall. The twenty-one imported German biers on tap, authentic German fare on the menu, and sounds of live music on the stage – including local bands and regional polka – create a lively yet cozy atmosphere where large crowds gather to pass the boot and small groups find themselves making new friends.

A combination of a state in west-central Germany and the German word for house, the name Hessen Haus was chosen for its authentic origins and welcoming feel. The state of Hessen which the bier hall is named for plays home to more than six million inhabitants – which are referred to as Hesses if male or Hessins if female. In English, occupants are known as Hessians – a term affectionately applied to our more frequent visitors to the restaurant.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Receives Polk County Community Sponsorship

In 1989, Polk County and Prairie Meadows established a partnership with the goal of investing a significant portion of Prairie Meadows’ revenue back into the community. This investment is what allows them to sponsor community events, such as festivals, galas, dinners, walks, etc. to support important issues in our community. Polk County is committed to bettering our community by investing in education, arts, culture, health and economic development.

Over the past three decades, together with Prairie Meadows, they have invested over $1.8 Billion to non-profits and local infrastructure projects. These investments play a major role in your everyday life as a resident of Polk County. From your public library, daily workout at the YMCA, major roads you drive on, your child’s school and more, this partnership has invested in it all so you can thrive in the place you call home.

Thank you for your support!

BySuzanne Hull

Call for Performers

Thank you for your interest in performing at Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place December 2 – 5, 2021 at Principal Park!

Dec 2: 5pm – 9pm
Dec 3: 11am – 9pm
Dec 4: 11am – 9pm
Dec 5: 11am – 5pm

The quality of a traditional Christmas market depends on maintaining a high standard of programming. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is dedicated to immersing visitors in a world of folklore and craftsmanship as well as enticing them with traditional, seasonal culinary specialties to provide an experience filled with European elegance and charm. See Google Images of Christmas markets around the world.

CDM may offer options regarding performing spaces:

Option 1: A four-sided, forced-air heated tent at a location to be determined by the CDM event planning committee at Principal Park’s Main Lot. A lighted stage within the tent will be provided. The size of the stage in 2019 was 16x32x32″ tall.

Option 2: A three-sized, forced-air heated tent with roof at a location to be determined by the CDM event planning committee at Principal Park’s Main Lot. A lighted stage housed within the three-sized tent will be provided. The size of the stage in 2019 was 16x32x32″ tall.

Our performer guide will give you an overview of the needs assessment process and requirements. As soon as you fill out the needs assessment, it will be reviewed internally.

What is the timeline for the process?

Fill out the online needs assessment no later than May 1, 2021
Send photographs and links to audio files/videos representing you or your group to – [email protected]
Receive feedback from Christkindlmarket Des Moines staff by May 15, 2021

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 Performer Information Guide

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 Performer Needs Assessment

BySuzanne Hull

Meet CDM Lead Volunteer Dave Cox

Tell us about yourself: I am a local boy, father, husband, technician with a rich history of travel and residence in Europe, particularly Germany and the UK.

When why did you become involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines? I met the founder in another group and kept in touch about our fond memories of Christkindl Markets in Germany. When she started, I was there to help make something in Des Moines that I really enjoyed in Germany.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Christkindlmarket Des Moines? Seeing others enjoy the experience and culture that would otherwise be unavailable to Iowans.

Why should others volunteer with Christkindlmarket Des Moines? The event will not run without local volunteers making it happen. Its fun and a positive community experience.

Why is it important to volunteer (in general)? Engagement in the community. After this past year we should all see the value of community.

BySuzanne Hull

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association Today!

Silver – $100 (annual membership)

2 guaranteed Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM) commemorative mugs
Limited edition commemorative poster OR pin – voucher to give to the cashier at “An der Weihnachtsecke” store at CDM
Free CDM reusable bag
5% off purchase of two tickets to one DMEHA Event or one language school class per membership year
Recognition on our website as a “Silver” member

Gold – $250 (annual membership)
Silver Rewards plus:

Limited edition commemorative poster – voucher to give to the cashier at “An der Weihnachtsecke” store at CDM
Limited edition commemorative pin – voucher to give to the cashier at “An der Weihnachtsecke” store at CDM
Membership bracelet
Access to “express lane” for Glühwein, Beer and the DMEHA Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt (Must show membership bracelet)
10% total off purchase of two tickets to one DMEHA event or one language school class per calendar or membership year
5% off purchases at “An Der Weinachtsecke” store
Recognition as “Gold” level member at CDM


  • Membership is good for one year upon purchase of your membership.
  • Memberships must be purchased by November 2, 2021 to be included on printed materials. An “abbreviated” membership will be available for purchase at CDM 2021.

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