Free Children’s Craft Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy

BySuzanne Hull

Free Children’s Craft Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy

Pick up a free Halloween inspired Christmas craft kit from CDM Curbside presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines and sponsored by MidAmerican Energy at the Drive-Through Bite-Size Market on October 31st.

Learn about the Italian Christmas witch as you craft her broom and wrap it around a sweet treat or discover the wonder of the Ukrainian Christmas Spider and it’s tree decorating skills.

Kits will be available at the entry to the market while supplies last. If you are interested in more cultural Christmas crafts, visit our Kinderkorner pop up on November 15th at the Salisbury House and don’t forget to add a kit as you shop the CDM Curbside online marketplace November 9 – 23 with Curbside Pickup at Principal Park December 3 – 6.

BySuzanne Hull

#CDMCurbside Gift Guide | Cozy Logo Wear

Use this guide to find gift ideas from “an der Weihnachtsecke”, our CDM Curbside online store within the CDM Curbside online marketplace of vendors.

Is there an outdoor-lover on your gift list? How about a set of cozy convertible mitten/gloves, a scarf, and a hat or beanie all with the Christkindlmarket Des Moines logo? Think of how they’ll enjoy staying toasty and warm on a winter walk or while creating that epic snowman?

CDM Gloves – size large, $20

Christkindlmarket Des Moines mitten/glove combo – size large


CDM Gloves – size extra-large, $20

Christkindlmarket Des Moines mitten/glove combo – size XL


CDM Scarf, $15

Soccer/Football style Christkindlmarket Des Moines scarf


CDM Knit Hat with Cuff, $11

Christkindlmarket Des Moines knit hat with cuff and pom-pom


CDM Beanie, $12

Christkindlmarket Des Moines blue beanie

BySuzanne Hull

#CDMCurbside Gift Guide | Scottish Tea Time

Use this guide to find gift ideas from “an der Weihnachtsecke”, our CDM Curbside online store within the CDM Curbside online marketplace of vendors.

Experience the best of the afternoon tea traditions with Shortbread Biscuits from Shortbread House of Edinburgh and carefully crafted tea from The Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company. 

Hazelnut & White Chocolate Shortbread, $12.50

Truly handmade all butter shortbread biscuits made by Shortbread House of Edinburgh with crunchy pieces of roasted hazelnut and white chocolate chunks. An all butter shortbread recipe using only the finest ingredients.

Salted Caramel Shortbread, $12.50

Truly handmade all butter shortbread biscuits made by Shortbread House of Edinburgh with the classic combination of sweet caramel blending perfectly with the salt and buttery shortbread biscuit. An all butter shortbread recipe using only the finest ingredients.


Clotted Cream Shortbread, $12.50

Truly handmade all butter shortbread biscuits made by Shortbread House of Edinburgh made even more indulgent with the addition of Clotted Cream. An all butter shortbread recipe using only the finest ingredients.


Shortbread Fingers with Dark Chocolate, $8.00

Made by Shortbread House of Edinburgh each box contains a sealed tray of eight shortbread fingers with chocolate chips. These biscuits are irresistible with satisfyingly rich dark chocolate chunks, a treat for everyone.


Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Companies’ Tartan Trio, $20.00

This modern gift pack combines the best of premium Whisky flavored tea, coffee and fudge.


Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Companies’ Scottish Collection, $12.50

A selection of traditional Scottish brews, featuring: Thistle, Scottish Breakfast, Heather and Whisky flavored tea. Each teabag comes with string & tag design and is individually wrapped to keep the high quality leaf teas fresh.

BySuzanne Hull

#CDMCurbside Gift Guide | Traditional Christmas Stollen

Use this guide to find gift ideas from “an der Weihnachtsecke”, our CDM Curbside online store within the CDM Curbside online marketplace of vendors.

Originally from Saxony, Germany this Christmas specialty is a long, shallow, yeasted cake packed with spices, dried fruit and nuts with a thick roll of marzipan in the middle. Discover these delicious stollen which are perfect for sharing.

Kuchenmeister’s Butter Almond Stollen, $13

Finest ingredients like butter, almonds, raisins and candied fruit give this stollen its typical Christmas flavor.


Kuchenmeister’s Christollen, $10

Kuchenmeister Christmas tollen is a specialty and is baked for generations based on a traditional recipe. Popular in this classical way it is filled with raisins and candied fruit.


Kuchenmeister’s Luxury Marzipan Stollen, $11

Based on a traditional recipe and filled with moist marzipan. Raisins and candied fruit add the finishing touch to this classic stollen.


Kuchenmeister’s Orange Stollen, $8

Baked with a scrumptious sprinkling of raisins, candied orange and lemon peels and marzipan filling infused into rich bread and covered in powdered sugar.


Kuchenmeister’s Rum Stollen, $11

Kuchenmeister’s ready made cakes are a delight for the afternoon or as after-dinner dessert. Made with the finest ingredients and over 100 years of baking experience, this rum cake is destined to please your palate.


Kuchenmeister’s Black Forest Cherry Brandy Stollen, $17

The Black Forest Stollen features cherries and other authentic ingredients destined to please your palate.

BySuzanne Hull

Volunteer at #CDMCurbside

Christkindlmarket Des Moines

CDM Curbside presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines

November 29th – December 6th, 2020
Principal Park

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) invites you to be a part of something great: CDM Curbside presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from whether you are looking for just yourself or a group, indoors or outdoors. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!

Click here to sign up!

For 2020, DMEHA has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside”. CDM Curbside will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor online stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times at Principal Park’s Main Lot from Dec. 3 to 6.

CDM Curbside will allow customers to pick up their purchases from multiple vendors at one place and time from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. Prior to pick up, vendors will deliver the customers’ orders to one location allowing volunteers to then group the orders together by customer. Vendors will not be on site for curbside pickup.

Shop the Virtual Marketplace: Nov 9, 12:01am – Nov 22, 11:59pm

CDM Curbside pickup day and time:
Thursday, December 3: 5pm – 8pm
Friday, December 4: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 5: 9am – 6pm
Sunday, December 6: 12pm – 5pm

Volunteer no-shows can cause great difficulties for the planning and production of CDM Curbside. We ask that you report on time and remain on task for the duration of your shift(s). All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.

YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST: We will be following the CDC’s latest COVID-19 guidance. Face coverings are required, social distancing is encouraged as much as possible and volunteer managers will wipe down high-touch areas between shifts. Should you forget your face covering, a limited number will be available.

Click here to sign up!

Redeem your volunteer points for a small token of our appreciation (1 Shift volunteered per day = 1 Point):

White – 1 Point
2020 commemorative pin
Mini Rittersport (chocolate)
Blue – 2 Points
Spray hand sanitizer
Full size candy bar
Gold – 3 Points
CDM branded pint glass
2020 commemorative ornament

Order Fulfillment – Sorter – Indoors: Vendors will ship or deliver customer orders to Principal Park’s Cub Club. Sorters will unpack the customer orders and place them on individual vendor tables alphabetically by last name. Each volunteer will be assigned to one vendor table to allow for social distancing.

Order Fulfillment – Picker – Indoors: Attention to detail is a must! Pickers will be provided a customer order pick sheet and assemble the customer orders from various vendors. The customer orders will be organized by customer last name on individual vendor tables.

Order Fulfillment – Checker – Indoors: Attention to detail is a must! The Checker works with the Bagger to confirm the customer orders picked by the Picker. The Checker writes the customer name on each bag and adds a few stickers. The Checker also identifies orders that are incomplete and escalates any issues to a Manager.

Order Fulfillment – Bagger – Indoors: The Bagger works with the Checker to confirm the customer orders picked by the Picker. The Bagger adds printed materials and ribbon to the bag and transports the orders to a holding area adjacent to the fulfillment area while organizing the orders alphabetically by last name by pickup day.

Transporter – Indoors/Outside: Transports fulfilled customer orders from Principal Park’s Cub Club Suites to Principal Park’s Main Lot using a hand cart and Caryall Utility Cart while keeping the orders organized alphabetically.

Production Set Up – Outside: Do you have an eye for detail? Work with a team to set up Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights, decorate wooden vendor stalls, etc. **Some heavy lifting required**

Curbside Pickup – Traffic Controller – Outside: Stationed at the entrance to Principal Park’s Main Lot, the Traffic Controller will make sure people pulling into the Main Lot are CDM Curbside customers. If not, send them off with a friendly smile and a flyer for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021.

Curbside Pickup – Greeter – Outside: Checks in customers driving through the Principal Park Main Lot to pick up their online orders. Customers will be instructed to write their name and where they want their order placed (back seat or trunk) on a piece of paper in their windshield for contactless delivery. The Greeter will direct the customer to the shortest pickup lane and call ahead via walkie talkie to a Manager with the customer name and pickup lane.

Curbside Pickup – Stager – Outside: Collates customer orders and delivers to assigned pickup lane.

Curbside Pickup – Checker – Outside: This volunteer role needs to complete online I-PACT (Iowa – Program for Alcohol Compliance) Training. Attention to detail is a must! Once the customer’s vehicle pulls up to the loading area, the Checker will confirm the customer’s identity and tell the Runner which name to grab. If the customer ordered alcohol, the Checker will need to check an ID. The Checker will verify the order one final time and mark it as “Delivered”.

Curbside Pickup – Runner – Outside: The Runner brings the customer order from the staging area (adjacent hut) to the Checker for final verification and then places the order in the vehicle’s back seat or trunk.

Production Tear Down – Outside: Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls. **Some heavy lifting required**

BySuzanne Hull

#CDMCurbside Gift Guide | Steins to Represent Your Culture

Use this guide to find gift ideas from “an der Weihnachtsecke”, our CDM Curbside online store within the CDM Curbside online marketplace of vendors.

Situated between the Rhine River, the mouth of the Lahn River and Saynbach Creek, Kannenbackerland has exceptional clay deposits. Known for its pottery since the 1400s, they have been creating unique and varied styles for centuries. Now YOU can have one of these original German beer steins celebrating your personal heritage.

Kannenbaeck – Irish Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above an Ireland banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – Scottish Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above a Scotland banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – Italian Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above an Italian banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – English Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above an English banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – Danish Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above a Denmark banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – Finnish Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above a Finland banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – Swedish Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above a Sweden banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.


Kannenbaeck – German Crest, $20

This half-liter, classic gray stoneware kannenbaecker mug is decorated with a pewter embossed appliqué depicting an eagle with crown above a German banner.

Material: Stoneware
Origin: China
Volume: 0.5 L
Dimensions: 5-1/4 in.

BySuzanne Hull

What is Feuerzangenbowle?

We enjoy bringing European culture to Christkindlmarket Des Moines! New this year, we’re featuring a Feuerzangenbowle mug in An der Weihnachtsecke (Christkindlmarket Des Moines store) in the CDM Curbside online marketplace. The 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

#CDMCurbside Vendor Announcement

We’re pleased to announce the vendors participating in CDM Curbside presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Click through to learn more about their businesses and what they will be selling in the online marketplace.

Food & Beverage Vendors

Gift & Specialty Items

The CDM Curbside online marketplace will be open November 9 at 12:01am – November 22 at 11:59pm. You must schedule curbside pickup at Principal Park December 3 – 6. Vendors will not be on site during curbside pickup.


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.

CDM Curbside customers can pre-order all of their favorite items traditionally found at Christkindlmarkets from the vendors they’ve come to know and love AND a few new faces. Customers can peruse traditional food and hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts in advance and pick up their purchases at Principal Park during the Curbside Pickup.

No need to leave your vehicle
No need to schedule multiple pickups from multiple vendors

Shop the online marketplace virtually from the comfort and warmth of your own home November 9 at 12:01am – November 22 at 11:59pm. At checkout, schedule your curbside pickup at Principal Park on one of the following days:

Thursday, December 3: 5pm – 8pm
Friday, December 4: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 5: 9am – 6pm
Sunday, December 6: 12pm – 5pm

BySuzanne Hull

Nymph in the Woods | #CDMCurbside Vendor

1.    Tell us about your business
I create wearable art that brings out your own beauty and helps you meet the day with confidence! Finding jewelry that really speaks to you can help you show off your true self and feel fantastic doing it! All of my work is entirely made by me from fused glass and wire wrapping.

2.    What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at CDM Curbside?
I loved participating in Christkindlmarket Des Moines last year and am so excited to get to participate in this different form this year! The enthusiasm and support of all the people involved is wonderful to experience, whether volunteers, staff, vendors, or customers!

3. What products will you be selling at CDM Curbside and why did you choose them?
I will have all sorts of jewelry available and ready to give as gifts! Necklaces, rings, earrings and more!

4.    Anything else you’d like to share?
This will be my first virtual show and I’m thrilled that I get to try it out with CDM Curbside!

BySuzanne Hull

Indianola Glass Creations | #CDMCurbside Vendor

  1. Tell us about your business.

We love glass here at Indianola Glass Creations. We make stained & fused glass items. We carry home decor, jewelry, knick – knacks and so much more. We strive to create one of a kind items, anything from everyday items to larger art pieces. We also sell stained and fused glass supplies so you can make your own projects. And if you don’t know how to work with glass we also teach glass classes.

  1. What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at CDM Curbside?

We just loved the idea of a Winter market. Glass has always been a part of German culture and we thought our one of a kind glass pieces would be a good fit for CDM Curbside.

  1. What products will you be selling at CDM Curbside and why did you choose them?

We will sell a variety of Christmas stained and fused glass ornaments as well as glass jewelry & home decor pieces. We chose these items to give the customer a variety to choose from for gift giving. It is a small sampling of the many items in our store.