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BySuzanne Hull

Kosovo-Produced Verak X.O Featured at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to feature Verak X.O. as a Glühwein add-in at #CDM2019. This brandy comes to us all the way from Stone Castle Winery in Kosovo. Have it added to your Glühwein for that added “kick”!

Kosovo has contributed to the culture and heritage of Europe and has some of the most historic locations in the Western Balkans. Artan Duraku, Chief of Mission, Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo adds, “We are young, dynamic and ready to share some of our best goods with Iowans. Verak embodies the richness of our climate, soil and spirit. Enjoy!”

Verak X.O is a brandy made by Stone Castle Winery’s old Cognac methodology from the distillate obtained by handpicked and carefully selected varieties of white grapes. It is preserved for 10 to 25 years in five hundred-liter wooden oak barrels and stored in the underground cellars of Stone Castle Winery.

Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery is a hidden gem in the heart of Rahovec Valley, a region that has more than 2.000 years of winemaking culture. Stone Castle takes great pride in growing the highest quality grapes and premium quality wines by combining the latest technological advancements with traditional winemaking methods. From handpicking grapes that surpass quality standards to de-stemming and fermenting, aging in oak barrels, bottling, corking and labeling. Stone Castle gives it’s very best that every bottle is unique, made with passion and love for the product.

BySuzanne Hull

Vendor Demonstration Schedule Announced!

With the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we hope to show attendees how the items they purchase are made and to bring attention to heritage crafts. To that end, we have seven vendors who will be providing demonstrations throughout the weekend. We hope you’re inspired!

Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Andy Klindt creates using wood and iron, utilizing anything from chainsaws to traditional hand tools when working in wood and time honored methods of blacksmithing when working with metal.

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, Wooden ornaments, Hand forged kitchen ware, decorations, tools, knives, jewelry, Hand carved wooden kitchen ware, Handmade wooden boxes, totes, tables

Price Range: $7 – $3000

Thursday: 6pm, 8pm
Friday: 11am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm,
Saturday: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

We make everything we sell in Indianola, Iowa. They are one of a kind fused and stained glass jewelry and home decor pieces. Will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Fused glass pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, pop sockets, tie-tac’s, tie-bars, money clips & key chains. Fused glass plates, bowls, soap dish, spoon rest, business card holder, napkin holder Christmas ornaments. Stained glass Christmas ornaments pendants, earrings, picture frames and small panels. Blown glass ornaments, hand painted glass Christmas ornaments and hand painted wine bottle lights with winter scene.

Price Range: $8 – $150

Thursday: 6:45pm
Friday: 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm, 8pm
Saturday: 11:15am, 12:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm
Sunday: 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Handcarved wooden home, kitchen, and lifestyle goods made from ethically harvested urban lumber.

Offering: Hand-carved wooden: spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, cutting, serving, and presentation boards and trays, pizza cutters and paddles, shaving razors, shaving brushes, shaving stands, baby spoons, coffee scoops, beer flights, bottle openers, muddlers, wooden bowls.

Price Range: $5 – $125

Thursday: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 11:15am, 12:15am, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm,
Saturday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Sunday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.

Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, pierced tin candle covers, tin candle sconces, tin cups, earring using tinplate and copper and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150

Thursday: 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

Quilted Gardens Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, glass bird and Fair trade gourd ornaments.

Offering: Fresh Wreaths and Greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather Christmas Door Bells, Ice Globe Kits, German inspired Paper Cutout art, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes.

Price Range: $15 – $75

Thursday: 5:30pm, 8pm
Friday: 1pm, 3:45pm, 7pm
Saturday: 1pm, 3:45pm, 7pm
Sunday: 1pm, 4pm

Swede Point Creamery, Madrid, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Swede Point Creamery’s Scandinavian Christmas. Locally produced goat cheeses, lotions, soaps, Swedish cookies and kringla. Come meet some of our “goaty girls” at milking time.

Offering: Goat cheeses (flavored chevres, feta, cheese curds, etc), goat milk lotions and soaps produced from our farm where we milk 50 head of goats. Swedish Rye Crisp, Swedish Wish cookies, spritz cookies, kringla, Lingonberry jam, Christmas decorations: wheat goats, tomtes, dala horses and Scandinavian
sweaters, books.

Price Range: $5 – $160

Friday: 12pm, 3:30pm, 7:45pm
Saturday: 4pm, 8pm
Sunday: 3:30pm

Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Nymph in the Woods creates one-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping! See how the pieces are created during wire wrapping demonstrations!

Offering: Jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more!

Price Range: $15 – $150

Thursday: 5:45pm, 7pm
Friday: 2:45pm, 4:45pm
Saturday: 12pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 5pm
Sunday: 1:45pm

BySuzanne Hull

Siegwerk | Platinum Sponsor

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to have Siegwerk USA Inc. as a Platinum Sponsor for #CDM2019.

“Siegwerk is proud to support a festival with deep roots and ties to Europe. Founded in Cologne, Germany almost 200 years ago, we’re thankful our employees have the opportunity to visit this cultural experience right here in Des Moines and look forward to growing our partnership in the coming years.”

The origins of Siegwerk date back to the 1820s. This was when, together with his brother-in-law, Christian Gottlieb Rolffs founded the retailer of manufactured goods, “Rolffs & Poensgen”, in Cologne, Germany. Rolffs and his successors concentrated on successful trends from an early stage and furthered the growth of the printing industry with many innovations. In doing so, they laid the foundations for a successful, market-leading printing ink business, which today brings color to everyday life throughout the world. In 2003, Siegwerk acquired the Des Moines-based company Color Converting, making its North American headquarters rooted in Iowa.

BySuzanne Hull

British Afternoon Tea Among the Vines – Wrap Up!

We had so much fun taking afternoon tea like a Londoner here in Des Moines on Sunday, September 8 from 2 – 4pm at Jasper Winery!


-Loose-leaf British teas.

-Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and petite desserts.

-Live music

-Presentation on traditional British tea culture

-Contest for the best hat or fascinator (decorative headpiece commonly worn by Brits)

-Silent auction

Special thanks to Gail’s Photography and Designs for being on hand to capture the afternoon!

Gail's Logo
BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2018 Planning Committee Receives Group Governor’s Volunteer Award

The #CDM2018 Planning Committee is honored to have been chosen to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award.

We are extremely thankful to those who have given the precious gift of their time. Thank you for your dedication and for contributing your talent.

Awards will be handed out in person during a special recognition ceremony on Friday, September 27 at 4:30pm at Southeast Polk High School Auditorium.

BySuzanne Hull

Non-Profit Volunteer for Tips!

Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. Christkindlmarket Des Moines needs your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from.

NON-PROFITS: If your non-profit signs up and shows up to fill a shift (volunteers need not be directly associated with your non-profit) to serve Glühwein, beer or Usinger sausages at the Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt, you may put out your own “tip” box for donations for your organization during that shift. Please contact Suzanne at if you’re interested. Must be able to show proof of non-profit status.

Shifts will open via VolunteerLocal on October 1, 2019, so get your group together!

BySuzanne Hull

Magical Mystical Tea

Seating is limited. Get your ticket today!

New this year, the Magical Mystical Tea! Join us for this exclusive Fall event Sunday, October 13th from 2-4pm at Jasper Winery. This is a time of year shrouded in superstition and stories, so come take a deep dive with this curated event. You’ll learn about where some of the current traditions we call on this time of year got their start, learn history and insight on Tarot Cards from an experienced teacher, and more all while you enjoy specially selected tea and themed treats from a renowned local chef. This event is for those 12 years of age and older.

Click here for tickets

As the Des Moines European Heritage Association it is our mission to connect Iowans European traditions, language education and cultural experiences. Come along while we fulfill that mission with an October twist!

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association as a member and receive an additional 5% – 10% off. Visit

All proceeds will go towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019, the Des Moines European Heritage Association‘s signature event and the city’s only German-inspired Christmas market.

When booking, please indicate the names of all guests in your party so that we can do our best to seat you together. Parties of two will be seated with other guests.

Please indicate dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket; we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you have questions, please email

BySuzanne Hull

Signature Beer to be Brewed for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to be working with 515 Brewing Company to brew a “Christmas Bock” for #CDM2019.

Originating in the Northern German city of Einbeck, the Bock style of beer is a malty German lager that emphasizes rich maltiness with toasty overtones, slight caramel notes, very low hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the finish. While it is still too early in the fermentation process to tell exactly how the 515 Christmas Bock will turn out, we are anticipating it being very close to a true Bock style.

Starting with a three-barrel system, 515 opened its doors for the first time in March of 2013. From the very beginning, the community embraced them whole-heartedly. It soon became apparent they couldn’t brew beer fast enough. In June of 2015, 515 expanded by adding a brand new seven-barrel system along with additional fermenters and brite tanks.

515 Brewing Company has won two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF®) awards. In 2016 their agave lime wheat beer, Mexican Spring, earned gold in the Fruit Wheat Beer category and in 2017, #Quadgoals, their Belgian quadrupel won gold in the Belgian Dubbel or Quadrupel category. (Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.)

Things to look forward to:

  • Help us name the beer! Keep your eyes open for a Facebook post naming contest. Make your suggestions by messaging the page. The top three names will be put to Facebook for a vote. The beer name with the highest number of votes will win!
  • Beer release and #CDM2019 vendor preview at 515 Brewing Company on November 9. $1 of every pint sold will go to Des Moines European Heritage Association.
BySuzanne Hull

Krampuslauf (Running of the Krampuses)

You’ve been asking for Krampus inclusion at Christkindlmarket Des Moines for years, now here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got! In addition to being the Eve of Sankt Nikolaus day, December 5 is known as Krampusnacht (Krampus Night), during which these hairy beasts appear on the streets.

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 downtown Des Moines. Accompanied by St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus (your handlers), you’ll start at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (Principal Park Parking Lot) and then proceed to El Bait Shop, Hessen Haus and the Royal Mile. At each of these locations, those in costume will be offered a customary herbal liqueur shot which is meant to disperse winter’s ghosts.

The parade will begin at the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 private preview event, “‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019”, at Principal Park where those in costume will receive free admission. Follow St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus around the festival grounds to interact with attendees (remember, Krampus doesn’t talk; the mask will do all the talking for you!)

Spectators who want to attend “‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019” at Principal Park will need to purchase tickets.

If you will be participating in costume, please contact Suzanne Hull at for additional information.

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

Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. | Silver Sponsor

Many thanks to the Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. law firm in Ankeny for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019. 

LGL values being a part of their community and welcomes the opportunity to support their office family in their interests. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is an event that their employee Erin Baldwin is actively involved in and passionate about and they are happy to be a part of the event.

Their firm has been serving the law needs of businesses and individuals in Ankeny and throughout Iowa for over 20 years. Whether you are starting a business, changing custody agreements or getting your affairs in order, an expert at Ankeny Law will be at your service.