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BySuzanne Hull

Post #CDM2018 Food Sale!

Not able to make it to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018? Already worked your way through the sweet treats you purchased an der Weihnachtsecke?


From now through December 11 at noon, place your order for perishable food to be picked up on either December 13 or 17 (exact locations on the order form).
Click here to fill out an order form. Please complete all shaded fields.
Email the completed order form to by noon on December 11. You can also print and mail to 37 Liberty Bell Blvd, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 with a check. We will fill the order once payment is received.
BySuzanne Hull

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Community Supporters

The Patty & Jim Cownie Charitable Fund

The Deb and Paul Hayes Charitable Fund



2018 Bravo Cultural Enrichment Grant Recipient



Iowa Arts Council 2018 Cultural Heritage Project Grant Recipient

Support for Yuletide Hall at Christkindlmarket Des Moines provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


2018 Sponsors


KinderKorner Sponsor

Creative Sponsor

Photography Sponsor

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Gail's Photography & Design

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Centennial Warehousing Corporation



Grand View University



Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Co.

Star Equipment

Wixted & Associates

Lincoln Savings Bank

Iowa State Bank

EMC Insurance Foundation

Wartburg College

Iowa Sister States

Christmas Tree Sponsor


Vendor Stall Sponsors



Prairie Meadows






BySuzanne Hull

JDRF- Greater Iowa Chapter

We would like to welcome another new organization to the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction, JDRF- Greater Iowa Chapter.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Since being founded in 1970, JDRF has made it their mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

JDRF Greater Iowa Chapter will be honoring “The Heroes of Type 1 Diabetes” with their tree decorated in shades of white and blue, JDRF’s signature color. The tree will feature photos of JDRF youth ambassadors – children who live with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and collector’s edition “Jolly Wrap Junior” Christopher Radko ornaments exclusively designed for JDRF.

For more information on JDRF- Greater Iowa Chapter, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Plan Your Visit to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018

Always be prepared…Let us help you plan your visit to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018.

  • Wander to Walnut for additional food, beer and Glühwein. We’ve grown and have expanded the venue due to the community’s continued support;
  • Enjoy a 1/4 lb, coarse-ground, German–style pork bratwurst grilled to perfection from our stand, Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt. Usinger‘s produces many kinds of sausages and meats, in many cases using traditional 19th-century recipes provided by its founder, Fred Usinger of Wehen, Germany. The family-owned company, now in it’s fourth generation, continues to live its slogan of providing “America’s Finest Sausage”;
  • Visit our first international vendor, Steinbach, joining us all the way from Marienberg (Erzgebirge region), Germany, for their world-famous nutcrackers, smokers, small pyramids and ornaments;
  • Visit our vendors in traditional wooden vendor stalls | Food & Beverage | Gift & Specialty Items;
  • Spend time at the KinderKorner sponsored by MidAmerican Energy Company learning about European cultures through crafts, stories and activities;
  • Support Iowa-based non-profits by texting CDM2018 to (855)735.2437 to start bidding on themed trees they have decorated. The item number can be found near each tree. Can’t make it to Christkindlmarket Des Moines? Bid online,;
  • Enjoy three serving areas for Glühwein & Kinderpunsch (and purchase your 2018 commemorative mug!): On Cowles Commons, in Yuletide Hall and on Walnut Street;
  • And two serving areas for beer: On Cowles Commons and in Yuletide Hall;
  • Enhance your Glühwein and Kinderpunsch experience with amaretto, apple liqueur and orange liqueur add-ins;
  • Learn how products are made by taking in six demonstrations;
  • Shop an der Weihnachtsecke (at the Christmas Corner) for 2018 commemorative mugs, beer steins and glassware, European confections, hand-painted, hand-blown glass ornaments from Glaszauber Lauscha, and Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise;
  • Tap your toes in Yuletide Hall – our heated entertainment tent – as you take in folk dancers, choirs, instrumental performances and bands;
  • Sip St. Nick’s Christkindlbier, brewed especially for Christkindlmarket Des Moines by Confluence Brewing Company. We’ll have a firkin tapping on Friday of the market at 4pm. The beer will be on tap while supplies last;
  • Attend the Opening ceremony and tree lighting on Friday, November 30th at 6pm as the Christkind delivers her holiday season proclamation accompanied by St. Nicholas. Both will be strolling the market on Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 2pm;
  • Learn about other European cultures during a European Cultural Heritage “Meet Up” on Saturday, December 1, 6 – 8pm in Yuletide Hall;
  • Follow us on Instagram @christmasdesmoines and Twitter @christmasdsm;
  • Grab a bingo card at the Information Tent and our other hosted locations throughout the venue. Return the completed card to the Information Tent for a chance to win a 2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines commemorative mug;
  • Grab a survey at the Information Tent and our other hosted locations throughout the venue. Return the completed survey to the Information Tent for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card;
  • Bring cash! Many vendors will be taking payment via credit and debit cards and we’ll have an ATM on site.


Christkindlmarket Des Moines will be held at Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines (221 Walnut St). For directions to the Market, please click here.

Dates and Times

Friday, November 30, 2018: 11am – 9pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018: 11am – 9pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018: 11am – 5pm

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is presented by the Des Moines European Heritage Association. Our mission is to connect Iowans with European experiences, language education and cultural experiences.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Mutter Chaos Flyball

Mutter Chaos Flyball has been decorating a tree for the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction every year, and this year, their dog Pickle, had a hand in the decorating.

Mutter Chaos Flyball team is an opportunity to give dogs an outlet for their abundance of energy and have fun doing so. They strive for each handler and dog to perform at the best of their ability and build a stronger relationship between the handler and the dog.

“Flyball is a relay race for dogs. Dogs compete in teams of four to run down a course, jump over four hurdles, jump on a box and grab a ball, then carry that ball back over the hurdles to their handler,” explains representative, Carol Freeman. “It is so exciting to watch dogs overcome challenges, and gain confidence that translates even beyond the game. Our dogs and handlers also all have great fun playing together!”

“A modern holiday tradition is to hide a pickle somewhere on the tree. Our little dog Pickle has a mischievous streak and while we were decorating, he decided to hide in the tree! Whoever finds Pickle will have great luck this holiday season. If you see him, please take his picture but allow him to stay hidden in the tree until he can go to his new home.”

Keep an eye out for pickle on the “Where’s Pickle?” tree and visit the Mutter Chaos Facebook page to find out more information on the organization.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46

We are happy to welcome back the Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46 for their third year of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction.

“Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46 is proud to continue the legacy of Nordic heritage throughout Iowa with cultural arts, history, and traditions that our ancestors brought to America to share among today’s children and women of all ages,” explained representative, Sandy Hansen. “The Lodge Sisters pride themselves in offering educational and festive events, cultural programs and activities, and social gatherings. Lifelong Nordic friendships have developed while sharing common interests.”

‘Scandinavian Heritage Lights Up Our Hearts’ will be the idea behind this years tree. The Scandinavian American theme will include candles, nordic stars, wooden rosemaling tree-reindeer-church ornaments, wooden ornaments with traditional heart basket design, pine cone accents, straw ornaments, mini packages, Santa stockings, lights, white snowflake ribbon laced around the tree and red tree skirt. Many of the ornaments were created by lodge members: Nadine Dobbe, Helga Kennedy, and Becky PaPerson.

For more information on the Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46, visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Sons of Norway

The Sons of Norway Marsteinen Lodge are back again to add a little Norwegian flare to this years’ Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction.

The national colors of Norway are red, white and blue, the colors of the Norwegian flag. Thus, the tree will be decorated with viking ships, Vikings, nisse, moose, and assorted other red, white and blue ornaments.

The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate relationships with other Nordic Countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to members.

To find out more information on the Sons of Norway Marsteinen Lodge, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: DMEHA Samstagsschule- German for Kinder

The Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) Samstagsschule- German for Kinder, will be a welcome addition to the third annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction.

Offering immersive German classes to ages two and up, from beginners to heritage speakers, DMEHA Samstagsschule strives to provide opportunities for kids to have fun while learning German language and culture.

The story of „Hänsel und Gretel“ von den Gebrüder Grimm (Hansel and Gretel from the Brothers Grimm), will come to life with crafted ornaments from the Hänsel and Gretel story made by German students. Wooden ornaments, cookie cutter, and other sweet treats will fill out the fairy tale Christmas tree.

Please visit the DMEHA Samstagsschule- German for Kinder for more information on classes, times, and location.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Scottish Heritage Society

Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ Silent Auction is excited to have the Scottish Heritage Society as another first-time participant. They will be decking their tree for “A Scottish Holiday.”

The Central Iowa chapter of the Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa was formed in 1975 by the children and grandchildren of members of two organizations prominent in the early days of Des Moines history – the “Robert Burns Club” and the “St. Andrews Society”.

The current membership is comprised of Scottish-Americans and others interested in preserving and honoring Scottish culture. Members want to preserve all this wonderful culture for Scottish-Americans and all Americans. They want the opportunity to gather and share their interests in this lively, historic and proud heritage.

For more information on the Scottish Heritage Society, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: A Home for EveryBunny

A Home for EveryBunny is back for a second year of tree decorating at the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction. They are putting their furry friends on pedestals with their theme: ‘Royal Rabbits.”

House bunnies know they are the kings and queens of their homes. To celebrate these royal creatures, the tree will feature a variety of handcrafted bunny ornaments set amongst a mix of silver and purple garland, lights, and ornaments.

A Home for EveryBunny is Iowa’s only rabbit-specific rescue. Though rabbits are the third most popular pet in the US, they don’t typically get the unique care that their species requires. The goal of this organization is to provide the specific care required for rabbits, as well as to raise awareness of how amazing house rabbits are.

For more information on A Home for EveryBunny, please visit their website.