Christkindlmarket Des Moines

For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

This year’s event will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times from Dec. 3 to 6, the weekend the traditional in-person market would have taken place.

Members of your community have been working hard over the past few years to lay the groundwork for this cultural event. Various Des Moines-based cultural heritage festivals have experienced huge success in recent years and now we would like to extend the celebration to the ever-present European cultures that established communities in Iowa over 150 years ago.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is a German-inspired Christmas market whose goal is to educate and entertain the community by exposing them to European-style foods, products and activities. We have regional vendors sell their hand-crafted wares and European foods from traditional wooden stalls, an entertainment area where polka bands, choirs, and bell ringers can perform, a kid’s area where they can participate in various cultural activities and a beer tent offering European-style beverages.

Mission:  Educate, entertain and delight the Midwest by producing Iowa’s premiere German-inspired Christmas market.

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Meet The Team

Tammera Pierson

Margaret Townsend

Dan Johnson

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Mike King

Tasha Jackson

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Suzanne Hull

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Be sure to visit their websites to learn more.