Christmas Fantasy and Christkindl Market open Thursday, Dec. 6
Kitchener Christmas Fantasy and Christkindl Market will share their opening ceremonies again this year, on Thursday, Dec. 6. These festive events mark the beginning of the Christmas season in downtown Kitchener.
Come and enjoy a family evening filled with Christmas tradition. It all starts at the clock tower in Victoria Park at 5 p.m. with free crafts for the children, face painting, bon fires and wagon rides and live musical performances.
The Christmas lights in the park go on at 5:45 p.m. and then the candlelit Christkindl procession heads up Gaukel Street from the park to city hall. Christmas Fantasy will continue to light up the night each evening through early January 2013, from dusk until midnight.
Several local service clubs volunteer to make this event possible including the Pioneer Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities. In addition, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro generously provides volunteer workers to put up a portion of the lights in the park.
Admission is free.
The candlelight procession up Gaukel Street from the Victoria Park clock tower to city hall for the Christkindl Market begins at 6 p.m. The opening ceremony includes appearances by Knecht Ruprecht, a companion of Saint Nicholas from German folklore, Christkindl, a child with blond hair and angelic wings representing the Christ child, and the angels.
Become immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season, and the German culture, when the Christkindl Market opens at Kitchener City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.
A centuries-old German tradition, Kitchener's Christkindl Market is Canada's original festival of German Christmas. The 15th annual celebration, now attracts some 40,000 visitors annually to this four-day celebration of authentic German gifts, food, songs and dance.
Sparkling ornaments, high-stepping folk dancers in swirling skirts, the sound of brass bands and barrel-chested men singing a gentle German lullaby are all part of the atmosphere of Christkindl. And everywhere, the smells of food: roasted beer nuts, bratwurst, goulash soup, apple fritters, potato pancakes, and more.
More than 70 food and gift vendors will be selling handicrafts throughout city hall’s main floor, and second level, and the outdoor huts including handcrafted toys, Christmas ornaments, blown glass, food and candles, plus much more.
Help raise the goal of $5,000 again this year for the Children’s Wish Foundation by filling in a ballot to win a trip for two to Germany, a $2,000 Via Rail travel credit, or an overnight stay at the Walper Hotel.
The market is open Thursday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission. Parking is free Saturday and Sunday in all City of Kitchener surface lots and parking garages.
For more information, visit www.christkindl.ca.