Author Archives: Suzanne Hull

BySuzanne Hull

Siegwerk | Platinum Sponsor

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to have Siegwerk USA Inc. as a Platinum Sponsor for #CDM2019.

“Siegwerk is proud to support a festival with deep roots and ties to Europe. Founded in Cologne, Germany almost 200 years ago, we’re thankful our employees have the opportunity to visit this cultural experience right here in Des Moines and look forward to growing our partnership in the coming years.”

The origins of Siegwerk date back to the 1820s. This was when, together with his brother-in-law, Christian Gottlieb Rolffs founded the retailer of manufactured goods, “Rolffs & Poensgen”, in Cologne, Germany. Rolffs and his successors concentrated on successful trends from an early stage and furthered the growth of the printing industry with many innovations. In doing so, they laid the foundations for a successful, market-leading printing ink business, which today brings color to everyday life throughout the world. In 2003, Siegwerk acquired the Des Moines-based company Color Converting, making its North American headquarters rooted in Iowa.

BySuzanne Hull

British Afternoon Tea Among the Vines – Wrap Up!

We had so much fun taking afternoon tea like a Londoner here in Des Moines on Sunday, September 8 from 2 – 4pm at Jasper Winery!


-Loose-leaf British teas.

-Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and petite desserts.

-Live music

-Presentation on traditional British tea culture

-Contest for the best hat or fascinator (decorative headpiece commonly worn by Brits)

-Silent auction

Special thanks to Gail’s Photography and Designs for being on hand to capture the afternoon!

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BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2018 Planning Committee Receives Group Governor’s Volunteer Award

The #CDM2018 Planning Committee is honored to have been chosen to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award.

We are extremely thankful to those who have given the precious gift of their time. Thank you for your dedication and for contributing your talent.

Awards will be handed out in person during a special recognition ceremony on Friday, September 27 at 4:30pm at Southeast Polk High School Auditorium.

BySuzanne Hull

Non-Profit Volunteer for Tips!

Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. Christkindlmarket Des Moines needs your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from.

NON-PROFITS: If your non-profit signs up and shows up to fill a shift (volunteers need not be directly associated with your non-profit) to serve Glühwein, beer or Usinger sausages at the Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt, you may put out your own “tip” box for donations for your organization during that shift. Please contact Suzanne at if you’re interested. Must be able to show proof of non-profit status.

Shifts will open via VolunteerLocal on October 1, 2019, so get your group together!

BySuzanne Hull

Magical Mystical Tea

Seating is limited. Get your ticket today!

New this year, the Magical Mystical Tea! Join us for this exclusive Fall event Sunday, October 13th from 2-4pm at Jasper Winery. This is a time of year shrouded in superstition and stories, so come take a deep dive with this curated event. You’ll learn about where some of the current traditions we call on this time of year got their start, learn history and insight on Tarot Cards from an experienced teacher, and more all while you enjoy specially selected tea and themed treats from a renowned local chef. This event is for those 12 years of age and older.

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As the Des Moines European Heritage Association it is our mission to connect Iowans European traditions, language education and cultural experiences. Come along while we fulfill that mission with an October twist!

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association as a member and receive an additional 5% – 10% off. Visit

All proceeds will go towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019, the Des Moines European Heritage Association‘s signature event and the city’s only German-inspired Christmas market.

When booking, please indicate the names of all guests in your party so that we can do our best to seat you together. Parties of two will be seated with other guests.

Please indicate dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket; we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you have questions, please email

BySuzanne Hull

Signature Beer to be Brewed for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to be working with 515 Brewing Company to brew a “Christmas Bock” for #CDM2019.

Originating in the Northern German city of Einbeck, the Bock style of beer is a malty German lager that emphasizes rich maltiness with toasty overtones, slight caramel notes, very low hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the finish. While it is still too early in the fermentation process to tell exactly how the 515 Christmas Bock will turn out, we are anticipating it being very close to a true Bock style.

Starting with a three-barrel system, 515 opened its doors for the first time in March of 2013. From the very beginning, the community embraced them whole-heartedly. It soon became apparent they couldn’t brew beer fast enough. In June of 2015, 515 expanded by adding a brand new seven-barrel system along with additional fermenters and brite tanks.

515 Brewing Company has won two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF®) awards. In 2016 their agave lime wheat beer, Mexican Spring, earned gold in the Fruit Wheat Beer category and in 2017, #Quadgoals, their Belgian quadrupel won gold in the Belgian Dubbel or Quadrupel category. (Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.)

Things to look forward to:

  • Help us name the beer! Keep your eyes open for a Facebook post naming contest. Make your suggestions by messaging the page. The top three names will be put to Facebook for a vote. The beer name with the highest number of votes will win!
  • Beer release and #CDM2019 vendor preview at 515 Brewing Company on November 9. $1 of every pint sold will go to Des Moines European Heritage Association.
BySuzanne Hull

Krampuslauf (Running of the Krampuses)

You’ve been asking for Krampus inclusion at Christkindlmarket Des Moines for years, now here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got! In addition to being the Eve of Sankt Nikolaus day, December 5 is known as Krampusnacht (Krampus Night), during which these hairy beasts appear on the streets.

A Krampuslauf (Running of the Krampuses) is a fun run or walk of celebrants dressed as the wicked beast. Dust off your Krampus costume and parade through downtown Des Moines. Accompanied by St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus (your handlers), you’ll start at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (Principal Park Parking Lot) and then proceed to El Bait Shop, Hessen Haus and the Royal Mile. At each of these locations, those in costume will be offered a customary herbal liqueur shot which is meant to disperse winter’s ghosts.

The parade will begin at the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 private preview event, “‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019”, at Principal Park where those in costume will receive free admission. Follow St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus around the festival grounds to interact with attendees (remember, Krampus doesn’t talk; the mask will do all the talking for you!)

Spectators who want to attend “‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019” at Principal Park will need to purchase tickets.

If you will be participating in costume, please contact Suzanne Hull at for additional information.

Who is Krampus?
• Hear the proper pronunciation: Krampus is pronounced “krohm-poo-s” as in “con & puss,” NOT “kram-puh-s” as in “campus.
• Krampus | Wikipedia:
• Video: Top 5 Krampus Facts and Origin:
• Video: Krampus parade in Hollabrunn, Austria:
• Video: Who Is Krampus? | National Geographic:

Don’t have a Krampus costume? Here are a few resources:
• Amazon:

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 2019. 

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

NB Golf Cars | Bronze Sponsor

Cheers to NB Golf Cars for donating the use of one of their vehicles to help us move materials and product around Principal Park during Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019! With a larger venue footprint, we’ll definitely make good use of this donation.

NB Golf Cars was founded in 1972 by the Ness Brothers (NB) from Hendricks, Minnesota.

In 1970, Omer Ness purchased a golf car after he injured his leg. The golf car made it easy for him to navigate around the golf course. Several people inquired about Ness’ golf car and eventually the idea for NB Golf Cars was born. In 1988, Omer’s son, Jim Ness, joined forces with his father to carry on the tradition of the Ness family business. NB is one of the oldest Club Car distributors in existence today.

When Omer Ness retired in 2007, the McGowan Capital Group of Sioux Falls put their faith in the NB name and became co-owners of this thriving golf car business. NB Golf has consistently grown in service and sales throughout their 40 years in business. In addition to the original Hendricks, MN store location, we have added two new stores in Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. NB Golf Cars has won several awards for sales and customer service distinction from Club Car. Most recently, we were awarded a Distributor of Distinction Award. We proudly added this to our Overall Superior Performance Award (2008) and our Superior After-Market Performance Award (2009). Together, these awards represent our commitment to our customers.

We are proud to serve this region and we hope to see you soon in one of our stores.

BySuzanne Hull

The Office (American TV series) Trivia (Ticketed Event)

Join Global Brew and Des Moines European Heritage Association for “The Office (American TV series) Trivia” event! Tickets are $10/person and includes food from Cyd’s Catering.

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Impress your friends with your Office knowledge in teams of 2-6 players. We’ll have 5 rounds with 10 questions each. Round of drinks for the winning team.Ticket proceeds will fund Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 ( taking place December 6 – 8 at Principal Park.