Blog - Christkindlmarket Des Moines

BySuzanne Hull

Yuletide Hall Entertainment

Thursday, December 2, 2021

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen are based out of Mt Vernon, IA and have been performing all over the country for 31 years. We play polkas, waltzes, big band, old country and party songs! We like to have fun and hope you do too!

GET TICKETS: Host Your Holiday Party in Yuletide Hall at Christkindlmarket Des Moines

Friday, December 3, 2021

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen are based out of Mt Vernon, IA and have been performing all over the country for 31 years. We play polkas, waltzes, big band, old country and party songs! We like to have fun and hope you do too!

4:00 pm – 5:00pm – Top Hat Carolers Carolers in Victorian garb. Traditional to contemporary Christmas carols.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Jim Kucera Band has been performing since 1984. The group has not only performed in Iowa and Nebraska, but throughout the Midwest. The group has 5 recordings on CD, one of which (Play A Polka Daddy), was featured in the Polka Countdown top 10 recordings in 2001. The group specializes in all styles of polka music, and enjoys playing many Oktoberfest celebrations each year throughout the Midwest.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes & Drums Bagpipes and drums

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss German-Bavarian & Austrian Folk Dancing

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Heartland Youth Choir Our singers will provide choral music of the holiday season. Our selections will include traditional Christmas tunes as well as lesser known melodies including those from other countries. Our singers will be the ages of 2nd-4th grade.

2:45pm – 3:15pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance Celebrate Irish culture with the Foy School of Irish Dance. The revelry includes delightful traditional dances and contemporary choreographed numbers that both enchant and entertain!

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Malek’s Fishermen Band European Dance Music

Sunday, December 5, 2021

11:30 am – 12:10 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm – The Metro Brass Quintet performs a fun variety of music from polkas to jazz and has been entertaining the Des Moines metro since 2014.

2:30 pm – 3:10 pm – Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Dueling Fiddles The Dueling Fiddles are an energetic and engaging performance group that mix the rich sounds of the violin with layered accompaniment for fun shows that audiences of all ages will enjoy. We perform a variety of music, ranging from World folk music to fiddle to modern pop covers. We performed at Christkindlmarket Des Moines in 2019, and we received so many wonderful compliments from the crowd that they loved our show and music. We would love the opportunity to come back in 2021!


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BySuzanne Hull

Online Pre-sale for Christkindlmarket Des Moines

An der Weihnachtsecke (our store at Christkindlmarket Des Moines) is hosting an online pre-sale event. Items available during the pre-sale can be purchased online and picked up at the festival (you can choose your pickup day!). The specialty food items below and bottles of Glühwein will only be offered online, so act fast!

The online portal will open Friday, November 12 at 8am and close Friday, November 26 at midnight.

Happy shopping!

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BySuzanne Hull

What is Feuerzangenbowle?

We enjoy bringing European culture to Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

We’re featuring a Feuerzangenbowle mug in An der Weihnachtsecke (Christkindlmarket Des Moines store). A rum-soaked sugar cube sits over the handle. Once lit, the caramelized sugar flows straight into your Glühwein!

Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink in which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine. It is often part of a Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition. The name translates literally as fire-tongs punch. Our Feuerzangenbowle mug allows for a single serving of this holiday tradition!

Feuerzangenbowle (click here for a recipe) is prepared in a bowl, similar to a fondue set, which usually is suspended over a small burner (rechaud). The bowl is filled with heated dry red wine spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and orange peel, similar to mulled wine. The Feuerzange was originally a pair of tongs, but nowadays it is common for a purpose-designed metal grate mounted on top of the bowl to hold the Zuckerhut (sugarloaf), a 250-gram (9 oz) lump of sugar. The sugar is soaked with rum and set alight, melting and caramelizing. More rum is poured with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine. For some the ceremony is more important than the drink itself, celebrating the gathering of friends and conveying a notion of Gemütlichkeit.

BySuzanne Hull

Siegwerk USA | Stage Naming Rights Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome Siegwerk USA as the Stage Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021.

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

Nichols Equipment | 2021 Silver Sponsor

We’re pleased to have the support of Nichols Equipment as a 2021 Silver Sponsor

Nichols Equipment, located in Des Moines, Iowa. They service local, Midwest, and nationwide customers. They offer sales, rental, and service of quality construction equipment. They stock new and used attachments from most major brands. Nichols Equipment can find any unit you need through our nationwide network!

They offer the best value in rental equipment available in daily, weekly or monthly rates. They handle the small do-it-yourselfers up to large contractors with a fleet of several machines! Nichols Equipment also offers full service for all brands of equipment! Jobs can be completed in house or have one of our mechanics come right to your job site to complete the task. They’ll make sure to keep you going!!

Their team does everything to make sure the customer “YOU” is satisfied!! Call them today and let them show you the Nichols Difference!

BySuzanne Hull

European Cultural Meet-Up Hosted by Daughters of Norway

Enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of European Cultural Organizations for a “Meet-Up” at Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Date: Saturday, December 4
Time: 6-9pm

Meet in Yuletide Hall (an outdoor, forced-air heated entertainment tent) as you sip on Glühwein, enjoy a seasonal craft beer or nosh on brats from the IECC brat stand.

Represent your European culture by wearing traditional attire (if you’d like) and get to know other cultural organizations in Central Iowa.

The Daughters of Norway – Eva Nansen Lodge #46 will be your host and a table will be reserved for the group.

BySuzanne Hull

Children Invited to Participate in Opening Ceremony Procession

Children are an integral component of any Christkindlmarket opening ceremony. Would your child (children) like to follow “Saint Nicholas” through Christkindlmarket Des Moines to participate in the opening ceremony?

Contact Dave Cox at dcox66@gmail.com with questions and interest. We would like at most 25 children to participate.

Children and parents are invited to gather in the Entrance of the venue at 5:40pm on Friday, December 3, (please be on time) to receive a luminary and battery-operated candle. Please return the luminaries to a volunteer at the end of the opening ceremony if your child does not wish to take it home.

BySuzanne Hull

Volunteer at #CDM2021

Iowa European Cultural Connection (IECC) invites you to be a part of something great: Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help, and we have several opportunities to choose from whether you’re looking for just yourself or a group team building experience. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!

NEW THIS YEAR: Refer 5 volunteers and get a drink or brat/hot dog ticket that you can pick up when you check in at the Volunteer Tent for YOUR shift. AND The individual whose referral efforts lead to the most hours volunteered will win a $100 Visa gift card.

NON-PROFITS: If your non-profit signs up to fill a shift (volunteers need not be directly associated with your non-profit) to serve Glühwein, beer or brats/hot dogs, you may put out your own “tip” jar for cash donations during that shift. Please email christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com with proof of tax-exempt status and the location/date/time of your shift.

After your shift, turn in your credential at the Volunteer Tent for: a ticket worth 5% off your purchase in “An der Weihnachtsecke”, a ticket for one free brat/hot dog or one free drink ticket. Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down volunteers will enjoy pizza on Sunday night. At the end of the weekend, all volunteers will be entered in a drawing. One lucky winner will get to choose either a piece of IECC merchandise or imported food.

All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift. Those working with alcohol must be at least 18 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.

PROMOTING A SAFE AND HEALTHY EVENT: Rest assured that CDM prioritizes the safety and health of our volunteers. We will take guidance provided by local and state health authorities under advisement and make event modifications to ensure a safe experience for all. Based on this guidance, we will provide updated COVID-19 mitigation strategies and requirements as the event approaches.

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Beer Pourers: **Great for groups/team building** Work with the Iowa Beer Bus team to serve beer to attendees.

Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt (Food preparation): **Great for groups/team building** From a canopy tent adjacent to the festival venue, grill and package brats and hot dogs to be sold at a wooden vendor hut on the venue.

Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt (Sales): **Great for groups/team building** From a wooden vendor hut, sell prepared brats and hot dogs to market patrons.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines PR: From the festival entrance, welcome patrons and hand out sitemaps.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Setup: **Great for groups/team building** Do you have an eye for detail? Work with a team to set up Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights and decorate wooden vendor stalls.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down: **Great for groups/team building** Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls.

Glühwein & Kinderpunsch Sales: **Great for groups/team building** Serve warm, mulled wine and mulled cider from a tent or in Yuletide Hall to eager attendees.

Information Tent: From a 3-sided tent, answer patron’s questions, provide festival maps, share European tourism information and provide information about Iowa European Cultural Connection.

Non-Profit Tree Setup: Place live, 6-foot fir trees in tree stands and positioning them in outdoor tent.

Non-Profit Tree Tear Down: Remove ornaments and lights from non-profit trees and help silent auction winners transport these items and possibly the tree to their vehicles.

Parking Attendant: Manage free parking lot for vendors, volunteers, performers and Principal Park employees

Sales Associate – Merchandising: For our store, help ensure that product is displayed properly and answer customer questions.

Sales Associate – Online Order Pickup: From our store, hand out orders customers have placed online when they arrive to pick them up.

Sales Associate – Point of Sale: For our store, operate a point-of-sale system on an iPad, take cash, and interact with customers.

Vendor Stall Setup: **Great for groups/team building** Construct prefabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**

Vendor Stall Tear Down: **Great for groups/team building** Tear down prefabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**

Volunteer Relations: Greet and check-in volunteers, direct volunteers to assigned areas, and keep Volunteer Headquarters organized.

Yuletide Hall (heated entertainment tent): Assist the Yuletide Hall site leaders to ensure that performers have arrived, are prepared to take the stage, have what they need to perform while maintaining a neat and tidy venue.

Yuletide Hall Setup: **Great for groups/team building** Work inside a tent, outside of the elements, as you set up and decorate an artificial, pre-lit tree, set up tables and chairs and install lights and garland.

Yuletide Hall Tear Down: **Great for groups/team building** Work inside a tent, outside of the elements, as you disassemble an artificial, pre-lit tree, tear down and stack tables and chairs and remove lights and garland.

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BySuzanne Hull

Dakota Tinworks | #CDM2021 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Now in its sixth year, Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business, specializing in traditional, handmade tinware and tin decorative items. Karl, the tinsmith in the family, uses mostly 19th century tinsmith’s tools in the creation of his tin goods. He trained as a historical tinsmith with Loren Miller at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, and with master tinsmith William McMillen at Historic Eastfield Village in New York. He’s also taken an advanced tinsmithing workshop co-taught by Steve Delisle, head tinsmith at Colonial Williamsburg.

The work he produces is split between decorative tin items, like Christmas ornaments and tree tinsel/icicles, and authentic reproduction tinware, like pierced tin lanterns and other museum-quality tinware.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021?

We were invited to participate in CDM 2017, 2018, and 2019, as well as CDM Curbside in 2020. We’ve enjoyed being part of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines family of vendors and look forward to being at the event every year. People seem to really like the tin goods we produce and sell. We enjoy meeting everyone who stops by our pop-up tents. We’re looking forward to this year’s Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 and why did you choose them?

Our tin ornaments and tree tinsel remain very popular, so we will, of course, have plenty of those on hand. We also plan to offer pierced tin candle shades, with traditional designs, cookie cutters, and pierced tin lanterns. We’ll have a full range of other tin items for sale, but we’re also planning on adding a variety of similar items made in copper, too, including ornaments and tinsel/icicles. Another new item will be colored tinsel.

Anything else you’d like to share?

We’re excited to be a part of this wonderful event once again. I hope people look for our red and white striped twin pop-up tents and come by to see a demonstration and check out our range of products!