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The Top 8 Reasons You Should Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines
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The Top 8 Reasons You Should Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines

  1. Experience the sights and sounds of a real German Christmas-themed market, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, without even having to “cross the pond.
  2. 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.
  3. Stroll among the quaint village-like huts that were built by Waukee (Iowa) High School industrial arts students and pretend you’re in Munich.
  4. Shop for a truly unique, locally made gift from among wares such as handmade stationery, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, teas, hand-knitted items, chainsaw carvings, and much more.
  5. Hear the local, state and regional music ensembles from high school choirs to professional entertainers entertain Christkindlmarket guests with holiday music.
  6. Gather around the “Tannenbaum Tables” made by Johnston (Iowa) High School industrial arts students and taste the delicious holiday treats from chocolate and toasted nuts to savory wursts and potatoes.
  7. Toast your friends and warm your spirits with authentic German Glühwein (gloo-vine) just like they do in Deutschland in December.
  8. Take home a piece of real European art with the market’s inaugural collectible Glühwein mug that features original artwork by a German artist. 

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

Want to learn more? Click over to and visit the market's page on Facebook.

Photo credit: Matteo Paciotti via Flickr

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What a great list! Thanks for contributing to the Travel Iowa blog!
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    1. Mike King
      Mike King
      You're welcome. I hope you can make it to the market in December!
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  2. AddyGirl13
    I can't wait. I grew up in Germany going to the winter market. Thank you for bringing the experience here.
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