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BySuzanne Hull

Star Equipment | 2021 Gold Sponsor

We’re pleased to welcome Star Equipment as a Gold Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021.

Star Equipment is Iowa’s number one source for high-quality construction equipment. Family-owned, by the Bowmans since 1968, Star Equipment offers expert service and unsurpassed product knowledge for contractors across Iowa and parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, & Missouri. Star specializes in light to general construction equipment as well as specialty products to fill the needs of our customers.

Star Equipment offers a wide range of new and used construction equipment including, but not limited to, skid loaders, track loaders, excavators, telehandlers, articulating loaders, wheel loaders, service trucks, hi-reaches, power buggies, air compressors, compaction equipment, concrete saws, trowels, screed, mixers, floor preparation equipment, spray injection patchers, light towers, dust control, aerial lifts, lasers, machine control, water pumps, generators, trailers, heating & climate control, pressure washers, concrete pumps, and attachments for every job! Star Equipment also features brands such as Mustang, Gehl, Husqvarna, Takeuchi, Manitou, Topcon, Multiquip, Husqvarna, Allen Engineering, Somero, IMT, Elliott, Schwing, Sullivan Palatek, Wacker Neuson, Virnig, Paladin, and many more.

BySuzanne Hull

Krampuslauf (Running of the Krampi) at #CDM2021

Krampi handlers and those participating in costume are asked to reserve a free ticket.

Help us celebrate Krampusnacht (Krampus Night, traditionally observed on December 5) a day early with a Krampus parade at Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

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 the festival grounds. Led by Santa Claus (your handlers), take a turn through the Christkindlmarket Des Moines venue portraying traditional (and family-friendly) Krampi.

Where the parade takes you after Christkindlmarket Des Moines is up to you and your handlers. But do let the merriment continue!

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

TeaGschwendner USA | 2021 Weihnachtswald Sponsor

We’re pleased to have TeaGschwendner USA as our Weihnachtswald (Christmas forest) sponsor. The Weihnachtswald houses fifteen live fir trees decorated by local non-profits. Patrons can bid on these trees and their decorations during a silent auction held during the festival.

TeaGschwendner has a passion for excellent tea and is a 2021 Christkindlmarket Des Moines vendor. They are global tea ambassadors, sourcing the finest teas the world has to offer. Their passion for tea began when they opened their first tea shop more than forty years ago following dreams of Albert Gschwendner and his wife Gwednalina. Their goal was to bring the finest teas to a small, select group of tea connoisseurs. From those humble beginnings, TeaGschwendner has grown into a global leader in tea retail. They have invested in their tea growers and developed their own in-house laboratories to ensure that they provide only the highest quality teas. The quality of their tea speaks for itself. They have been an award-winning tea company for more than fourteen consecutive years at the World Tea Championships.

From their location in the heart of the Historic Gold Coast of Chicago, they have been able to share their passion with even more people. Their Chicago location has continued to impress for the past fifteen years. Their woman-owned local business was named “The Best Tea Shop in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine. Customers can trust they are getting the best service from an incredibly knowledgeable staff as their store is managed by a Certified Tea Sommelier. They have been trusted by Top Chefs, Local Country Clubs, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Drake Hotel, and the Chicago/Milwaukee/Carmel Christkindlmarkets to provide the perfect tea for any occasion.

TeaGschwendner is a leader in promoting organic tea production. Their tea producers actively encourage development of a caring and sustainable industry that generates income and improves the lives of millions of people. Their producers maintain the highest ethical standards regarding health, education, nutrition and environmental sustainability with Fair Trade certifications. They cultivate personal relationships with their tea growers and share their commitment to improving the lives of the people who produce their tea products. Their commitment to providing you with exceptional tea is matched by their commitment to the planet and the people who grow their tea.

They have superior knowledge of, and experience in, the tea market, with a mission to bring truly superlative teas to a growing community of tea lovers around the world and in their own neighborhood. While their company continues to grow, some things do not change. At TeaGschwendner, their Passion for Tea is at the core of everything they do.

Each shop carries a selection of more than 300 varieties including Black, Green, Oolong, White, Rooibush, Herbal and Fruit, and ranging in price from just a few cents per cup all the way up the rarest teas grown exclusively for TeaGschwendner by some of the world’s finest estates.

BySuzanne Hull

Danish Windmill | 2021 Gold Sponsor

The Danish Windmill is a proud sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 representing the Danish of Iowa.

The 1848 Danish Windmill was brought piece by piece from Denmark in 1975 and rebuilt by community volunteers as a memorial to their strong Danish Heritage. The historic 60 foot tall windmill just completed a 2-year major restoration project and now is in working condition and turns by the wind as it once did over 170 years ago in Denmark. The Danish Windmill is open daily and located in Elk Horn, Iowa.

BySuzanne Hull

Quilted Gardens Nursery | #CDM2021 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Quilted Gardens Nursery is an independent specialty nursery located south of Indianola, IA. Not only do we carry unique unusual plants and trees, we are also a Christmas tree farm, known for fresh on-site made wreaths and greens and trees. At Christmas time we specialize in glass and Fair-trade ornaments, leather door bells and straps and unique gifts not just for the gardener but everyone on your list.

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

The unique aspect of the European Christmas Market inspired us to want to be a part of it.

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

We provide fresh made wreaths and bundles of mixed greens grown on our farm, Iowa-made leather sleigh bells and hanging door bells, fine blown glass bird and other ornaments (over 20 different bird ornaments) and Fair-trade Peruvian gourd ornaments.

Anything else you’d like to share?

We really enjoy the festival atmosphere of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. It makes Winter a really awesome time of year.

BySuzanne Hull

Creative Choice Solutions | 2021 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

Bravo Greater Des Moines Arts and Culture Program Grant Recipient

The organizers of Christkindlmarket Des Moines are pleased to announce the receipt of a Bravo Greater Des Moines Arts and Culture Program Grant. These funds will be used to support the production of the 6th annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place December 2 – 5 at Principal Park.

Bravo Greater Des Moines leverages community resources to maximize the impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities. Since 2006, Bravo has awarded more than 1,000 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $45 million. Bravo is almost entirely funded through Hotel/Motel taxes.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party and Open House

We had a great time at the #CDM2021 Mug Unveiling and Open House on Sunday, August 22 from 2 – 4pm. Attendees shopped a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 vendors The Kringle Man, Three In One Artworks, Schanz Furniture, Fritz Toffee Company and Indianola Glass Creations.

A limited quantity of commemorative Glühwein mugs are ordered each year and with a donation of $25 (or more), you can guarantee your mug to be picked up at Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

BySuzanne Hull

TeaGschwendner | #CDM2021 Vendor

Tell us about your business

TeaGschwendner is a world leader in high quality loose leaf teas, based on EU standards, and US location owned and operated by local tea sommelier.

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

We love the Christmas season, and our Christmas collection reflects the family holiday tradition of Christkindlmarkets

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

Of course the Christmas collection along with the most wanted Tea Advent Calendar

Anything else you’d like to share?

Only .002 % of worldwide tea supply is good enough to be included in our collection

BySuzanne Hull

CDM At The Beaverdale Farmers Market

Come see us at the Beaverdale Farmers Market August 17 from 4 – 7pm!

48th St & Franklin Ave