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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

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

Host Your Holiday Party in Yuletide Hall at Christkindlmarket Des Moines

‘Tis the season for celebrating! Your reserved table in Yuletide Hall (heated) comes with drink tickets and souvenirs.

Get your tickets now!

Reserve an 8-person table in Yuletide Hall at Christkindlmarket Des Moines on Thursday, December 2 and get into the holiday spirit as you enjoy performances by Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen. Perfect for families, social club outings, corporate holiday parties, volunteer appreciation outings, social hours, etc.

Each ticket comes with the following:

  1. A reserved 8-person table in Yuletide Hall, our heated entertainment tent at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (CDM)
  2. 2 food/drink vouchers PER PERSON that can be used for Glühwein (warm mulled wine), Kinderpunsch (warm mulled cider), Iowa craft beers, International beers, and brats
  3. A 2021 commemorative Glühwein mug OR CDM pint glass PER PERSON
  4. A 2021 commemorative pin OR ornament PER PERSON

Choose from two seatings on Thursday, December 2, 2021:

5:30pm – 7:30pm

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Early bird pricing per table before October 1, 2021: $225

Pricing per table after October 1, 2021: $250

Your purchase will support Des Moines European Heritage Association, the 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling and Open House

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2021 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Sunday, August 22 from 2 – 4pm. The mug design will be revealed at 3pm, following a special announcement from Des Moines European Heritage Association Board President, Suzanne Hull.

Shop a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2021 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 2021 mug will receive a goody bag.

Learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Find out about what we do and how to get involved.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

BySuzanne Hull

CDM Online Popup Store


The CDM Online Popup Store will be open Jan. 1 – Jan. 6 at midnight.

If you weren’t able to pick up from Principal Park, we didn’t want you to miss out! Maybe you’ve run out of your sweet treats and Glühwein already. Support a local non-profit while shopping safely from the comfort of your own home. Get co-workers and/or friends/family to place an order with you and receive free delivery to one location with orders over $50!

The CDM Online Popup Store will include:

All products will be available for purchase
50% off European food (prices listed include the 50% discount)

Delivery: For orders over $50, FREE delivery to Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Saylorville, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. Choose from Jan. 4, 6, 8.

Pickup: For orders less than $50, pick up from Pleasant Hill, Jan 2 – 8.

  1. Click on the Shop Now button. ​Once in the CDM Online Popup Store, first time users can submit their information to create an account.
  2. Returning users can sign in with their username and password.
  3. After signing in, browse the CDM Online Popup Store products. For items you would like to purchase, add them to your shopping cart.
  4. ***Pro Tip: Use the “Search for products” search box under “Products” to search by keyword if you know what you’re looking for.
  5. Click on the Checkout button once you are ready to purchase your items.
  6. When on the Checkout page, you can view pickup and delivery options.
  7. You’ll then be asked to submit payment.
  8. Enjoy!
BySuzanne Hull

Watch the Virtual Christkindlmarket DSM 2020 Mug Unveiling

Several people were the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2020 Glühwein mug design during a virtual event on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Enjoy the full presentation below:

As always, you can guarantee your limited-edition 2020 commemorative mug by becoming a Marktengel (or market angel) with a gift of $25 either tonight or online through November 15–but since we can and have run out, it’s always better to act sooner rather than later. We fully expect this 5-year anniversary mug to run out early, so don’t delay. As always, the mugs can be picked up at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Don’t miss out on our 5th anniversary mug! Make your donation today!

BySuzanne Hull

Virtual Christkindlmarket DSM 2020 Mug Unveiling

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2020 5th anniversary Glühwein mug design during our virtual mug unveiling via Zoom and Facebook Live on Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm.

Register to view on Zoom
Go to the FB Event to view live

Learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Find out about what we do and how to get involved.

Hear from Farmboy, the Des Moines-based design agency who developed the 2020 mug design along with video messages from our vendor partners.

To ensure that CDM can thrive, please consider becoming a CDM Marktengel (market angel). For just $25, you can be a part of something that brings holiday cheer and cherished memories in 2020 and beyond. And, as a special thank-you for your donation, we will reserve a limited-edition 2020 CDM Glühwein mug for you to be picked up at this year’s market before they run out.

Earn your “halo” starting today by becoming a CDM Marktengel. It’s a good deed that can keep Christkindlmarket Des Moines alive and growing for years to come!

BySuzanne Hull

Qs & Brews Trivia Night at 515 Brewing Company

Do you know it all? Do you like beer? Are you interested in supporting a good cause?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should come join us for a fun-filled evening of trivial pursuit style trivia at 515 Brewing Company on Tuesday, March 24th. Participation is $10 a person with proceeds going towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2020, a free, annual event in downtown Des Moines.

Movie buffs are encouraged, but you’ll want a well-rounded team to make sure to get as many points as you can as there were will questions covering everything from geography to science.

Check in starts at 6pm and trivia kicks off at 6:30. Maximum team size is 4 people.

We’re looking forward to having you!

Register now!

Date and Time

Tue, March 24, 2020

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

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515 Brewing Company

7700 University Avenue

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Clive, IA 50325

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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

#CDM2019 Volunteer Appreciation

Last Saturday we held our volunteer appreciation event to thank those that helped produce Christkindlmarket Des Moines. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Thank you to 515 Brewing Company for hosting us! It was a lot of fun.

Are you interested in getting involved to help plan this year’s event? Complete our volunteer interest form indicating your committee interests.

Are you interested in volunteering at the event this December? Opt in to our e-newsletter to be notified when opportunities are available. The Glühwein serving shifts go fast!