Category Archive Christmas Markets

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

Tour Christmas Markets via DMEHA in 2021

CHRISTMAS MARKETS
December 6-13, 2021

In the Heart of Europe you will find a wonderful surprise – colorful Christmas Markets just waiting to be explored. The dramatic architecture of Europe’s spectacular cities is the perfect backdrop to the charming stalls that offer traditional items from handmade crafts to tasty foods and unexpected joys.

Highlights:
Prague tour & Christmas markets; Cesky Krumlov tour & Christmas market;
Vienna tour & Christmas markets; Schloss Hof tour & Christmas market;
Bratislava tour & Christmas markets, Budapest tour & Christmas markets

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Download Registration Form

Join us for a virtual travel show on May 22 to learn more about the trip. Register here.

BySuzanne Hull

Lithia VW of Des Moines: Exclusive and Official Printing Partner of the Limited Edition, Commemorative “Weihnachtszeit Magazin”

The idea of a keepsake holiday magazine from Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM) has been around for a couple of years.

To create a more complete holiday experience in 2020, we have created and published CDM’s very first Weihnachtszeit Magazin (Christmastime magazine). This English-language magazine includes the history of European Christmas markets, Des Moines’ fascination with CDM, recipes, first-hand stories of visits to European Christkindlmarkets along with market culture and etiquette.


Thanks to the generous support of Lithia VW of Des Moines, we are offering this print publication FREE to the first 2000 customers of the CDM Curbside online marketplace. Place an order with any of our vendors and you will receive this historic, keepsake issue.

Through this collaboration, Lithia VW of Des Moines continues its commitment to strengthen and grow Des Moines’ cultural offerings and add to the quality of life that makes Iowa so special.

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

Travel Show: Visit European Christmas Markets in 2020 via DMEHA

Learn more about visiting European Christmas Markets via an organized tour in 2020. Deadline to reserve to attend this event: April 17, 2020

About this Event

In the Heart of Europe you will find a wonderful surprise – colorful Christmas Markets just waiting to be explored. The dramatic architecture of Europe’s spectacular cities is the perfect backdrop to the charming stalls that offer traditional items from handmade crafts to tasty foods and unexpected joys.

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association for a tour of European Christmas Markets December 7 – 14, 2020. During this tour, you will enjoy the following:

  • Prague walking tour and Christmas Markets
  • Walking tour of Cesky Krumlov and time at the Christmas Markets
  • Vienna walking tour and Christmas Markets
  • Schloss Hof tour and Christmas Market
  • Walking tour of Bratislava and time at the Christmas Markets
  • Budapest city tour and Christmas Markets

Download the complete brochure

Download the registration form

We hope you can join in the fun. Space is limited, so reserve today!

BySuzanne Hull

Visit European Christmas Markets in 2020 with DMEHA

In the Heart of Europe you will find a wonderful surprise – colorful Christmas Markets just waiting to be explored. The dramatic architecture of Europe’s spectacular cities is the perfect backdrop to the charming stalls that offer traditional items from handmade crafts to tasty foods and unexpected joys.

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association for a tour of European Christmas Markets December 7 – 14, 2020. During this tour, you will enjoy the following:

Prague walking tour and Christmas Markets
Walking tour of Cesky Krumlov and time at the Christmas Markets
Vienna walking tour and Christmas Markets
Schloss Hof tour and Christmas Market
Walking tour of Bratislava and time at the Christmas Markets
Budapest city tour and Christmas Markets

Download the complete brochure
Download the registration form

We hope you can join in the fun. Space is limited, so reserve today!

BySuzanne Hull

2019 Christkindlmarket Des Moines Christkind Application

Welcome! We appreciate your interest in applying to be the 2019 Christkind at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM) taking place December 6 – 8, 2019 at Principal Park. Please complete the 2019 application PRIOR to your interview. You will receive a confirmation email with additional details upon successful application submission. Learn more about the Christkind and its history.

IMPORTANT DATES:

• Application Deadline: September 15, 2019
• Interviews Held: Week of September 23, 2019
• 2019 Christkind Announcement: October 1, 2019

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 headshot 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 2019 Christkind, all of the following criteria must be met:

Must be at least 16 years of age by December 31, 2019, and no more than 22 years of age before January 5, 2020
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 2,500 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 2019 Christkind
6pm – 8pm, December 5, 2019 | ‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019 Preview Event
5:30pm – 7:30pm, December 6, 2019 | Opening Ceremony
2pm – 4pm, December 7, 2019 | CDM appearance
2pm – 4pm, December 8, 2019 | CDM appearance

Please fill out and submit this application; all fields with red asterisks (*) are required.

BySuzanne Hull

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines…

What: Christkindlmarket Des Moines (A German-Inspired Outdoor Christmas Market)

When: Dec. 2 to 4 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat.; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.)

Where: Cowles Commons in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

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  1. Experience the sights and sounds of a real German Christmas-themed market, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, without even having to “cross the pond.”
  2. Witness the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. as the Christkind (the Christmas Angel) who officially opens the market with her proclamation and is helped by the Kinder (children) on a procession with luminaria.
  3. See the quaint village-like huts, built by Waukee High School industrial arts students that will offer wares such as handmade stationery, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, teas, hand-knitted items, chainsaw carvings, and much more.
  4. Hear the local, state and regional music ensembles from high school choirs to professional entertainers entertain Christkindlmarket guests with holiday music.
  5. Gather around the “Tannenbaum Tables” made by Johnston High School industrial arts students and taste the delicious holiday treats from chocolate and toasted nuts to savory wursts and potatoes.
  6. Toast your friends and warm your spirits with authentic German Glühwein (gloo-vine) just like they do in Deutschland in December.
  7. Take home a piece of real European art with the market’s inaugural collectible Glühwein mug that features original artwork by a German artist.

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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ByRebecca Banger

Volunteer at Christkindlmarket Des Moines

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) invites you to be a part of something great: The inaugural 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’re looking for just yourself or a group. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!

No-shows can cause great difficulties for the planning and production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. 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. Those dealing with alcohol must be at least 21 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.

Volunteer shifts range of 2-3 hours and an estimated 400+ volunteers will be needed to make #CDM2016 possible.

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Christkindlmarket Des Moines Setup

Install Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights, decorate wooden vendor stalls, etc. **Some lifting may be required**

Vendor Stall Setup

Construct pre-fabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**

Vendor Assistant

Help vendors unload their merchandise as well as with vendor set up and tear down.

Vendor Relations

Watch vendor’s booths should they need to take a break.

Waste Removal Elves

Empty the waste receptacles into a large roll-off bin as needed.

DMEHA KinderKorner Booth

Provide a European-centric activity for children. All supplies provided.

DMEHA Information Area

Answer attendee’s questions, provide information on DMEHA, hand out site maps, entertainment schedules, etc.

Programming Stage Volunteer

Assist the Programming site leaders to ensure that performers have arrived, are prepared to take the stage and have what they need to perform.

Arts Project Grant Survey Deployment

Circulate throughout the programming area during performances to deploy a survey to capture attendee demographic information.

ID Checkers

Check the IDs of attendees who would like to drink alcoholic beverages.

Beer Pourers

Work with the Iowa Beer Bus team to serve beer to attendees.

Glühwein Sales

Serve warm, mulled wine from a wooden vendor stall to eager attendees.

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales

Sell hot chocolate, hot cider, water, etc. to attendees.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down

Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls. **Some lifting may be required**

Vendor Stall Tear Down

Tear down pre-fabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**

Volunteer Relations

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

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Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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ByRebecca Banger

Platinum Sponsor | Ingersoll Wine and Spirits

DMEHA is proud to announce the support of Ingersoll Wine & Spirits as a Platinum sponsor. Ingersoll Wine & Spirits is a locally-owned and family operated business that has been around the Des Moines area for 19 years. Due to their success, Ingersoll Wine & Spirits opened their second store in October of 2001 and continues to commit their business to providing their customers with “quality products at a reasonable price.”

In addition to being a Platinum sponsor for Christkindlmarket Des Moines, Ingersoll Wine & Spirits is providing the Glühwein for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016. Glühwein is a traditional German red wine that is heated, flavored with seasonal spices such as cinnamon sticks, orange juice, cloves, zest, and sugar.

Thank you Ingersoll Wine & Spirits for being a Platinum sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines and we look forward to their support for the first annual event.

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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