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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.


BySuzanne Hull

DMEHA/CDM Lunch & Learns

Bring your lunch and we’ll meet in the DSM Central Library’s 2nd floor study rooms (1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines) to talk about Des Moines European Heritage Association, Christkindlmarket Des Moines and all the ways you can be involved.

These standing meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of every month from noon – 1pm. We hope to see you there!

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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.


BySuzanne Hull

Get Involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines | Plan

Continuing in our series on how to get involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines, in addition to sponsoring and attending, you could also help plan this amazing event!

Vorosmarty Square, Budapest, Hungary

Vorosmarty Square, Budapest, Hungary

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is a German-inspired Christmas market whose goal is to educate and entertain the community by exposing them to European-style foods, products and activities. We plan on having regional vendors sell their hand-crafted wares and ethnic foods from traditional wooden stalls, an entertainment area where polka bands, choirs, and bell ringers can perform, a kid’s area where they can participate in various cultural activities and a beer tent offering European-style beverages.

The event planning committee is currently meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Des Moines Central Library from 6:45pm – 8pm. Our next meeting is Wednessday, December 9th. We anticipate the number of meetings increasing as we get closer to the event. Areas where we could use support include marketing, sponsorship, operations, vendor relations, volunteer coordination, program planning for the entertainment area, general programming for the event, the kid’s area and the beer tent.

If you’re interested in helping plan this event, please contact Suzanne Hull at She’ll answer any questions you might have and get you up to speed.

BySuzanne Hull

Get Involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines | Attend

Christkindlmarket Des Moines will take place in Western Gateway Park (just west of the downtown Des Moines Library) December 2 – 4, 2016. There will be something for everyone, so please mark your calendars and invite your friends to Like the Facebook Fan Page.

Dec 2nd, 2016: 11am – 9pm
Dec 3rd, 2016: 11am – 9pm
Dec 4th, 2016: 11am – 5pm

Christmas Market in Jena, Germany

Christmas Market in Jena, Germany


  • Mission: Educate, entertain and delight the Midwest by producing Iowa’s premiere German-inspired Christmas market
  • 30 vendors (5 food and 15 non food), vending outdoors in stalls
  • Kinder Korner: an indoor area where kids can be exposed to various European languages, sing songs, color pictures, hear traditional stories, etc.
  • Entertainment: high school choirs, church choirs, carolers dressed in period costume, traditional brass bands, blacksmith demonstrations, bell choirs, etc.
  • Google Images of Christmas Markets around the world –


  • A European-style Christmas Market in Des Moines will provide a warm, friendly gathering place for residents and tourists.
  • This experience will provide the perfect field trip opportunity for teachers and professors of European languages and cultures.
  • Children will be exposed to different cultures through crafts, songs and food, creating an awareness of other cultures.
  • Charming Christmas markets are one answer to holiday commercialism. Instead of mass-produced gifts, these markets feature unique, hand-crafted items, purchased from vendors who have often crafted the items themselves.
  • Regional businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their seasonal products.
BySuzanne Hull

Get Involved With Christkindlmarket Des Moines | Sponsor

We are currently pursuing sponsors (and writing grants!) so we can offer Christkidlmarket Des Moines free of charge to attendees. If you or your organization value the arts, culture and enriching the community in which you live, work and play, this is a great opportunity.

We have an amazing opportunity for you to see your sponsorship continue beyond next year’s event in the form of a vendor hut! We are working with Waukee High School Industrial Arts students to construct our vendor huts. A traditional Christmas market just isn’t the same without vendor huts! Funds provided by a vendor hut sponsorship will go towards the purchase of materials to produce one hut which will be used for many years to come.

General sponsorship levels start as low as $50 up to the Platinum level. Exclusive naming right opportunities are available for the Presenting Sponsor, Beer Tent, Kinder Korner, Programming Stage, Christmas Tree Sponsor and Glühwein Sponsor.

If this sounds like something you or your organization are interested in, please contact Suzanne Hull at to discuss the possibilities!