March 27, 2023

The smell of baked treats and grilled sausages will fill the air as the 22nd annual Christkindl celebration kicks off at Kitchener City Hall today. Christkindl will be making an appearance this evening during the traditional lighting of the tree ceremony at 6 p.m. at Kitchener Square.

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Market visitors can check out the live outdoor entertainment, authentic German food and traditional craft and gift vendors all evening; meanwhile, inside city hall, you can check out two floors of handmade and traditional crafts by artisans.

The kids can also see the huge model train display by collector Fred Aldred.

“I love showing off the trains every year,” Aldred said. “I started with my father in 2007 and carried on the tradition after he passed away. The kids make it all worth it.”

The event will offer lots to see and do all weekend, including a giant igloo full of crafts and activities for children, traditional German dancing performances, live blacksmith demonstrations and lots of other spectacles to celebrate Christmas in Canada’s largest German community.


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