Demonstration Schedule

With the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we hope to show attendees how the items they purchase are made. To that end, we have five vendors who will also be demonstrating their craft. We hope you’re inspired!

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

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

Offering: Handmade tinware and copperware of various kinds: tin and copper Christmas ornaments, tin and copper tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, pierced tin candle covers, tin candle sconces, tin cups, earrings using tinplate and copper, and tin candle lanterns. Also tin photo frames. Selected ornaments made from brushed aluminum (similar to the ones from from tinplate, but in sheet aluminum).

Price Range: $6 – $450


Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Friday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Saturday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sunday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Quilted Gardens & Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

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

Offering: Fresh made wreaths and Bundles of greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather sleigh and Door Bells, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes, Straw ornaments, Ice Globe kits, Holiday optic Specs, Table top Christmas trees

Price Range: $2 – $75


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

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Wild Cherry Spoon Co. is a line of hand-carved kitchen, home, and lifestyle goods. New this year laser cut ornaments, nativities and wood toys.

Wood kitchen utensils, cutting boards, razors, wooden shot cups, bottle openers, beer flights and other home and lifestyle goods. New items this year laser engraved wood ornaments, wooden nativity sets, and wood toys.

Price Range: $3 – $125


Thursday: 5pm, 7pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
Saturday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
Sunday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Wearable art to help you show off your style! Handmade from fused glass and wire wrapping, each piece is unique. Perfect as a gift to a loved one or yourself!

Wearable art made from fused glass and wire wrapping – Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and circlets.

Price Range: $15 – $300+


Thursday: 6pm
Friday: 12pm, 3pm, 6pm
Saturday: 12pm, 3pm, 6pm
Sunday: 12pm, 2:45pm

Swede Point Creamery, Madrid, IA | DEMONSTRATION

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

Offering: Goat Cheeses, Goat Milk Soap and Lotion, Krampus Socks, Apple Butter, Strawberry Jam, Knit Stocking Hat, Kringla and Spritz Cookies Christmas Decorations, Peanut Brittle, Mint Tins, Aronia Berry Jam

Price Range: $5 – $45


Thursday: 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm

Friday: 11:15am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm

Saturday: 1 11:15am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm

Sunday: 11:15am, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

Pinicon Farm Craft, Milo, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Family business run by Marlys and Jeff Sowers, specializing in making Willow, Nantucket and Reed Baskets. They also handmake Shaker Boxes and Dovetail Boxes.

Offering: Willow baskets, shaker boxes, doveltailboxes, Nantucket baskets

Price Range: $25 – $350



Thursday: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7pm

Friday: 11am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm

Saturday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm

Sunday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA

Step into a world of glass. We have a wonderful assortment of one-of-a-kind handmade stained & fused glass to liven and decorate your home.

Offering: Fused & Stained glass ornaments, fused glass home decor (spoon rests, card holders, nightlights, sun catchers, napkin holders, wall art, bowls and platters), Fused and stained glass jewelry & accessories (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair barrettes), Wire wrapped glass jewelry. Fused glass Pop-sockets, Stained glass art pieces, and recycled glass home decor (wine bottle clocks, lamps and wind chimes).Fused & Stained Glass Garden Art

Price Range: $10 – $200


Thursday: 5:15pm, 7:30pm

Friday: 11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm

Saturday: 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:45pm

Sunday: 12:45pm, 3:45pm

Meet The Team

Amanda Milloy

Tammera Pierson

Margaret Townsend

Dan Johnson

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Mike King

Tasha Jackson

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Suzanne Hull

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Be sure to visit their websites to learn more.