What: Christkindlmarket Des Moines (A German-Inspired Outdoor Christmas Market)
When: Dec. 2 to 4 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat.; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.)
Where: Cowles Commons in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa
- Experience the sights and sounds of a real German Christmas-themed market, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, without even having to “cross the pond.”
- Witness the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. as the Christkind (the Christmas Angel) who officially opens the market with her proclamation and is helped by the Kinder (children) on a procession with luminaria.
- See the quaint village-like huts, built by Waukee High School industrial arts students that will offer wares such as handmade stationery, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, teas, hand-knitted items, chainsaw carvings, and much more.
- Hear the local, state and regional music ensembles from high school choirs to professional entertainers entertain Christkindlmarket guests with holiday music.
- Gather around the “Tannenbaum Tables” made by Johnston High School industrial arts students and taste the delicious holiday treats from chocolate and toasted nuts to savory wursts and potatoes.
- Toast your friends and warm your spirits with authentic German Glühwein (gloo-vine) just like they do in Deutschland in December.
- Take home a piece of real European art with the market’s inaugural collectible Glühwein mug that features original artwork by a German artist.
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.