Yearly Archive 2022

BySuzanne Hull

Join Iowa European Cultural Connection Today!

Silver – $100 (annual membership)

2 guaranteed CDM 2022 mugs – $50 value

Limited edition CDM commemorative 2022 pin

Free CDM reusable bag – $5 value

5% off purchase of two tickets to one IECC Event or one language school class per membership year

Recognition on our website as a “Silver” member

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

2 guaranteed CDM 2022 mugs (four total, 2 at Silver level and 2 at Gold level)

Membership bracelet for CDM 2022 that secures the following benefits: Access to “express lane” at Gluehwein Sales and the Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt (Must show Member Bracelet to utilize this perk) and 5% off purchases at An der Weihnachtsecke (Must show Member Bracelet to utilize this perk)

10% off purchase of two tickets to one IECC Event or one language school class per calendar (5% in addition to Silver, not 10% on top of Silver member)

Recognition as “Gold” level member at CDM: Must be a member by November 1, 2022 to be included on the printed signage


  • Membership is good during the calendar year in which it is purchased.
  • Membership purchases will close on November 1.
BySuzanne Hull

Greater Iowa Credit Union | 2022 Hut Sponsor

Many thanks to Greater Iowa Credit Union for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022. 

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

Centennial Warehousing Corporation | In-Kind Sponsor for 2022

Centennial Warehousing Corporation has graciously agreed to continue to donate storage space for our wooden vendor stalls.

As a non-profit, community partners are extremely important. Many thanks to Centennial Warehousing Corporation!

Centennial Warehousing is a full service logistics company. Services range from a full service warehouse, over the road trucking, regional distribution, and freight brokerage. We have our own fleet of semi-trucks and 53 ft. air ride trailers driven by our own professional drivers.

BySuzanne Hull

Bravo Greater Des Moines Arts and Culture Program Grant Recipient

The organizers of Christkindlmarket Des Moines are pleased to announce the receipt of a Bravo Greater Des Moines Arts and Culture Program Grant. These funds will be used to support the production of the 7th annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place December 1 – 4 at Principal Park.

Bravo Greater Des Moines leverages community resources to maximize the impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities. Since 2006, Bravo has awarded more than 1,000 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $45 million. Bravo is almost entirely funded through Hotel/Motel taxes.

BySuzanne Hull

EMC Insurance Companies | 2022 Silver Sponsor

We’re excited to announce EMC Insurance Companies’ support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022.

EMC Insurance Companies is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities they serve. The EMC Insurance Foundation supports numerous organizations in central Iowa and around the country. Through their philanthropic efforts and team member volunteers, they’re helping create brighter, stronger futures for the communities in which we live and work.

BySuzanne Hull

Hessen Haus | 2022 Bronze and Hut Sponsor

We’re pleased to include Hessen Haus among our family of 2022 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

Iowa State Bank | 2022 Bronze Sponsor

We’re excited to announce Iowa State Bank’s support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022.

Iowa State Bank is proud to have called Des Moines home for over 80 years. They have five metro banking locations, along with Investment and Trust Departments providing strong wealth management services. Iowa State Bank has been committed to this community since opening their doors in 1941. Helping to support local organizations and giving their customers the best possible banking experience will always be their priority.

BySuzanne Hull

Lincoln Savings Bank | Annual Hut Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome Lincoln Savings Bank as an Annual Hut Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022.

Lincoln Savings Bank is owned and managed by Iowans and they’re committed to the Iowa communities they serve.

Lincoln Savings Bank (LSB) opened for business in 1902. These days, they’re a full-service bank offering deposit accounts, loans and other traditional services. They’re a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., have 17 branches and their assets total about $1.5 billion.

They operate a subsidiary, LSB Financial Services. This offshoot expands their services to include insurance, investments, trust and estate management, and more. Together, Lincoln Savings Bank and LSB Financial Services operate seamlessly to be your complete financial provider.

They also have a national footprint. LSBX provides a wide range of services to the rapidly growing financial technology industry. Clients include industry-leading firms such as Square Cash App, Qapital, M1 and Acorns.

In their century-plus transformation from a one-location agricultural bank to a diversified financial institution, LSB has enjoyed sustained growth while staying rooted in Iowa values. Today, they have banking and financial services offices throughout our home state.

BySuzanne Hull

GreenState Credit Union | Annual Hut Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome GreenState Credit Union as an Annual Hut Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022.

Organized in 1938, GreenState has grown to be Iowa’s largest credit union and one of the top financial institutions in the United States for returning profits to members in the form of better rates and lower fees. GreenState Credit Union serves over 255,000 members with 24 office locations.

BySuzanne Hull

Event Planning and Production Intern

Organization:Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC)
Job Type/Description:Event Planning and Production Intern, Christkindlmarket Des Moines (Remote)
Start/End Dates:1Apr2022 – 15Dec2022
Schedule:Monday – Friday, some evenings for optional, scheduled online meetings
Time Commitment:Approximately 5 hours/week, scaling up to optional 8hrs/day during the festival and set up/tear down
Location:Remote. Optional on-site support during the festival and set up/tear down: 28Nov2022 – 5Dec2022

You could be the next intern with Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

Who we are: The mission of IECC is to connect Iowans with European traditions, language learning and cultural experiences. Our signature event is Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM).

Inspired by a European tradition, Christkindlmarket Des Moines provides an outdoor venue for vendors to sell European handcrafted wares, foods and beverages from traditional wooden huts. Attendees learn about European culture through children’s activities, demonstrations & live entertainment. Since it began in 2016, CDM has grown to become the second largest festival of its kind in the US (based on average daily attendance). The popular outdoor event takes place at Principal Park’s Main Lot.

Here is your chance to build on your skills and turn what you’ve learned into support for a large-scale special event.

General Responsibilities

  1. Support all aspects of organizing the USs’ second largest holiday market on-site (optional) and virtually
  2. Assist with activities related to event planning and coordination, for example, the logistics behind the scenes, organizing entertainment for the market, and performing important administrative tasks   
  3. Event marketing activities such as media outreach, graphic design and social media assistance 
  4. Sponsorship research
  5. Optional on-site market support, including interacting with visitors, assisting with the support of vendor’s needs, and helping to prepare the venue for attendee experiences and performances 
  6. Interact with visitors and attendees in person (optional) and virtually

Candidates should possess the following:

  1. Creativity, organization skills and attention to detail
  2. Good work ethic, ability to multi-task, positive attitude
  3. Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment
  4. Strong research, communication, and organizational skills (verbal and written) 
  5. Strong interest in full-cycle event planning and behind the scenes logistics 
  6. Good knowledge of Microsoft office programs, Dropbox, Google Drive and MailChimp are of advantage
  7. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign are of advantage
  8. Strong customer service skills

This Internship will offer you the opportunity to become more familiar with large-scale, outdoor festival planning and production, working with external vendors, sponsors and volunteers. We hope you will help Christkindlmarket Des Moines deliver magic for the holidays!

To apply: Send resume to along with one long-form writing sample (press release, blog post, etc.) and 5 short-form writing samples (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram posts).