Members of your community have been working hard over the past few years to lay the groundwork for this cultural event. Various Des Moines-based cultural heritage festivals have experienced huge success in recent years and now we would like to extend the celebration to the ever-present European cultures that established communities in Iowa over 150 years ago.
Christkindlmarket Des Moines is a German-inspired Christmas market whose goal is to educate and entertain the community by exposing them to European-style foods, products and activities. We plan on having regional vendors sell their hand-crafted wares and ethnic foods from traditional wooden stalls, an entertainment area where polka bands, choirs, and bell ringers can perform, a kid’s area where they can participate in various cultural activities and a beer tent offering European-style beverages.
Mission: Educate, entertain and delight the Midwest by producing Iowa’s premiere German-inspired Christmas market