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 all kinds: tin and copper Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, colored tin icicles, tin tree toppers, tin and copper cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin and copper candle holders, pierced tin and copper candle covers, tin and copper candle sconces, tin cups, earrings using tinplate and copper, and tin candle lanterns. Also tin and copper photo frames.

Price Range: $5 – $250

Times: 15 minutes long

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

Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION

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

Wearable art made from fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, rings. bracelets and headpieces.

Price Range: $14 – 400+


Thursday: 7pm
Friday: 1pm, 4pm
Saturday: 1pm, 4pm
Sunday: 1pm

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: Handmade baskets, shaker boxes, wooden carriers, wooden maps

Price Range: $5 – $400



Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

Friday: 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm

Saturday: 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm

Sunday: 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm

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, Table top Christmas trees, Seasonal linen towels and totes

Price Range: $10 – $75


Thursday: 7pm – 7:45pm

Friday: 11am – 11:45am, 3pm – 3:45pm, 7pm – 7:45pm

Saturday: 11am – 11:45am, 1pm – 1:45pm, 5pm – 5:45pm, 7pm – 7:45

Sunday: 11am – 11:45am, 2pm – 2:45pm

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Wild Cherry Spoon Co. handcarves a variety of kitchen, home, and lifestyle goods from pre-fallen urban lumber.

Wooden spoons & utensils, cutting boards/platters/charcuterie boards, single blade safety razors, ice cream scoops, pizza cutters, coffee scoops, shot cups, wood bowls, wood tumblers.

Price Range: $3 – $150


Friday: 11am – 1pm

Saturday: 11am – 1pm

Sunday: 11am – 1pm

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA

Come enjoy the wonderful world of glass. You will find a variety of stained and fused glass for your home and garden. Also an assortment of glass Christmas ornaments and tree toppers you will cherish for years

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). Stained and fused glass jewelry. Stained & fused glass home decor items. Stained and fused glass Christmas ornaments and home decor items Stained and fused glass yard decorations. Stained & fused glass Sun Catchers. Stained, fused & hand painted glass lanterns and wine bottles. Fused and stained glass art pieces

Price Range: $12 – $250


Thursday: 5:15 – 5:30pm, 7:15 – 7:30pm

Friday: 11:45am – 12:00pm, 2:15 – 2:30pm, 4:45 – 5:00pm, 7:15 – 7:30pm

Saturday: 12:45 – 1:00pm, 2:15 – 2:30pm, 4:45 – 5:00pm, 7:45 – 8:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm – 12:15pm, 2:00 – 2:15pm

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

Times: TBD

Meet The Team

Beth Grabau

Kelsey Chaves White

Samantha Ahn

Kaitlyn Wheelock

Claire Yocom

Sable Joseph

Kayla Garvin

Marissa Johnson

Marty Boesenberg

Tammera Pierson

Margaret Townsend

Mackenzie Dierks

Abby Kessler

Tasha Jackson

Missy Mootz

Dave Cox

Suzanne Hull

Our Sponsors

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