Blog - Christkindlmarket Des Moines

BySuzanne Hull

CDM 2022 Silent Auction Tree Participation

As a part of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we are presenting Iowa nonprofits with a unique fundraising opportunity.

We will have 12 – six to eight foot cut trees* available for decoration that will be displayed outside during the market and sold via a silent auction. The organization that decorates the tree will receive the funds earned from Iowa European Cultural Connection following the event and minimum bids will start at $65.

Individual organizations are responsible for all tree decorations including lights (if you choose to use them). All items used on the tree will be given to the winning bidder. Please make sure decorations are able to withstand the temperamental Iowa weather (snow, sleet, rain, and/or wind). We will do our best to protect what we can, but the trees will remain outside for the duration of Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Tree decorating will take place before the event on Wednesday, November 30th.

Please use this link to register your nonprofit organization as a participant at the Chistkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction tree decorating. Once you have submitted your form, you will be contacted via email with acceptance status and additional information.

If you have any questions, contact Missy Mootz at mkmootz@gmail.com.

* Cut trees are not perfect and will have a tendency to lean. We will present the trees in the most positive way given our circumstances. Please manage your expectations accordingly.

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2022 Venue Performers Announced

Friday, December 2, 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm AND 5pm – 5:30pm: Top Hat Carolers is a local singing group that has performed holiday music for over 25 years. They sing traditional Christmas carols and contemporary holiday tunes dressed in Victorian garb.


Saturday, December 3, 2022

1:30pm – 2pm AND 3pm – 3:30pm: Betruken Messing is the perfect accompaniment to a Christkindlmarket Bier or two. They are a local Des Moines low brass quintet who specializes in holiday music, polkas and polka-ized versions of various music.

BySuzanne Hull

2022 Christkindlmarket Des Moines Christkind Application

Welcome! We appreciate your interest in applying to be the 2022 Christkind at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM) taking place December 1 – 4, 2022 at Principal Park. Please complete this application PRIOR to your interview. You will receive a confirmation email with additional details upon successful application submission. We are pleased to offer a $300 scholarship to this year’s Christkind. Learn more about the Christkind and its history.

IMPORTANT DATES:

• Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
• Interviews Held: Week of September 23, 2022
• 2022 Christkind Announcement: October 1, 2022

To Apply

  1. Register and complete this official online application
  2. Please email video of applicant reading opening ceremony proclamation to christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com
  3. Please email head shot of applicant to christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com

Note: CDM will provide the costume, wig and accessories; Christkind can wear their own shoes.

To be eligible to be the 2022 Christkind, all of the following criteria must be met:

• Must be at least 16 years of age by December 31, 2022, and no more than 22 years of age before January 5, 2023
• A resident of Iowa (or attending an Iowa-based school/university) able to provide verification of residence and/or enrollment
• A student in high school or enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 units) in any accredited school or college in Iowa
• Possess at least a 2.0 grade point average in both the current and previous years’ course work and able to provide verification
• Available to participate in-person or via video during scheduled interview
• Must be able to memorize and recite opening ceremony proclamation in front of 200 people without visual or auditory aid
• Must enjoy working with others and talking with the public, including children of all ages
• Must be able to provide own transportation to and from appearances
• Available to attend the following functions/appearances as the 2022 Christkind
5:30pm – 7:30pm, December 2, 2022 | Opening Ceremony
2pm – 4pm, December 3, 2022 | CDM appearance
2pm – 4pm, December 4, 2022 | CDM appearance

BySuzanne Hull

EXIT Realty Capital City | 2022 Yuletide Hall Stage Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome EXIT Realty Capital City as the Yuletide Hall Stage Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022.

EXIT Realty Capital City is comprised of a team of local real estate professionals committed to fast, professional and courteous service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home buying and selling process.

EXIT Realty Capital City is interested in serving property buyers and sellers throughout Iowa. When you’re looking to buy a house, their agents will help match you with the perfect home for your family and help you navigate the complex transaction process. EXIT Realty agents provide guidance on everything from making the initial offer to fulfilling all the lender’s requirements and closing the deal. Home buyers are also encouraged to take advantage of a free home loan analysis to get the process started for approved financing.

If you’re looking to sell your home, use EXIT Realty’s expertise to get the full value of your house. With EXIT Realty’s innovative digital marketing strategies combined with proven direct marketing tactics, you’ll be able to sell your home faster at a rewarding price. Their agents value your time and respond promptly to your requests and questions as they come along.

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 2022. 

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 attorney at Ankeny Law will be at your service.

BySuzanne Hull

Siegwerk USA | 2022 Weihnachtswald Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome Siegwerk USA as the Weihnachtswald Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022.

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

Duke Rentals | 2022 Platinum Sponsor

We’re pleased to have Duke Rentals as a member of our team as a Platinum Sponsor.

Headquartered in Southwest Iowa, Duke Rentals is locally owned and operated, supplying the Midwest with an extensive fleet of over 9000 machines. Since modest beginnings in 2000, we continually strive to offer the best equipment, at the lowest cost, with the best customer service. Exceeding customer expectations is our goal by constantly improving quality and communications.

We provide industry-leading customer satisfaction through rentals and sales of scissor lifts, boom lifts, telehandlers, industrial forklifts, light and general dirt equipment, and most recently, the WolfLift. By offering a wide range of equipment through 14 convenient locations, we’re able to provide our services to customers in multiple industries, including construction, industrial, and entertainment to name a few. Whether you’re a contractor, a homeowner, or anything in between, we’ve got the equipment you need to get the job done quickly and safely.

BySuzanne Hull

Creative Choice Solutions | 2022 Platinum Sponsor

We’re pleased to have Choice Creative Solutions as a member of our team as a Platinum Sponsor.

Choice Creative Solutions is the brainchild of the group behind the marketing wheel at Community Choice Credit Union (CCCU) in Des Moines, IA. After over a decade of proven success and awards of recognition for raising the awareness/success level for CCCU and pushing the marketing boundaries for a financial institution, it seemed logical to work with other businesses to help them achieve success.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling and Open House

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2022 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Monday, June 13 from 5 – 7pm. The mug design will be revealed at 6pm.

Shop a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022 vendors. Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will be available for purchase.

A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year, the first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2022 mug will receive a goody bag. Learn more about Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Find out about what we do and how to get involved.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

Confirmed vendors include Quilted Gardens and Nursery, Indianola Glass Creations and DamonLayne Woodworking

BySuzanne Hull

Edward Jones – Ryan Kent, CFP® | 2022 Hut Sponsor

Many thanks to Edward Jones – Ryan Kent, CFP®for his support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2022. Learn more about Ryan:

I first joined Edward Jones in 2011, working as a branch office administrator in branches across central Iowa. After completing my MBA at Iowa State, I started as a financial advisor in 2015. I was born and raised in Fort Dodge, and I am incredibly proud to build my business in my hometown. I believe in lifetime learning, and I’m proud to have earned my AAMS™ designation in 2018, my CFP® and ChFC® designations in 2019, and my CLU® and ABFP™ in 2022. I partnered with my father for the first five years until his retirement. The knowledge and care he provided made a significant impact on my work ethic and client relationships. I am forever grateful for that time.

The key to successful investing is developing a strategy now that can help you reach your personal goals. One-size-fits-all may be fine for some investors, but we believe investments should be tailored to your needs. Using an established process, I design personalized strategies aligned to your long-term financial goals.

My work is my passion – working with clients to help achieve their personal goals. There is no better feeling than partnering with someone, working hard along the journey and getting to the end together. I believe in treating our clients how I would want to be treated, which means being transparent about the costs and risks involved with investing. I work best with clients that want help to put a long-term financial strategy in place. My vision is to build relationships by adding empathy, understanding and value to our conversations with clients.

My spouse, Sara, is a psychologist in private practice. She’s a fantastic chef, and we enjoy traveling and cooking together.