Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) invites you to be a part of something great: Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from whether you’re looking for just yourself or a group. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!
After your shift, turn in your credential for: a ticket worth 5% off your purchase in “An der Weihnachtsecke”, a ticket for one free Usinger sausage or one free drink ticket. Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down volunteers will receive a pizza supper while tearing down Sunday night. At the end of the weekend, all volunteers will be entered in a drawing. One lucky winner will get to choose either a piece of DMEHA merchandise or imported food.
NON-PROFITS: If your non-profit signs up and shows up to fill a shift (volunteers need not be directly associated with your non-profit) to serve Glühwein, beer or Usinger sausages, you may put out your own “tip” box for donations for your organization during that shift. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of tax-exempt status and the location/date/time of your filled shift.
No-shows can cause great difficulties for the planning and production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. We ask that you report on time and remain on task for the duration of your shift(s). All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift. Those dealing with alcohol must be at least 18 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.
Christkindlmarket Des Moines Setup: Do you have an eye for detail? Work with a team to set up Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights, decorate wooden vendor stalls, etc. Some lifting may be required
Sales Associate: For two of our owned and operated locations, operate a point of sale system on an iPad, take cash, stock shelves and interact with customers.
Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt: Grill and serve Usinger brats.
Beer Pourers: Work with the Iowa Beer Bus team to serve beer to attendees.
Glühwein & Kinderpunsch Sales: Serve warm, mulled wine and mulled cider from a tent or in Yuletide Hall to eager attendees.
Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down: Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls. Some lifting may be required
Parking Attendant: Manage parking for free and fee-based parking lots.
CDM Preview Ticket Takers: At the venue entrance, welcome attendees to ‘Twas the Night Before CDM, our ticketed preview party. Check attendees against guest list, sell tickets via Square and hand out tickets and goodie bags.
CDM Preview Ushers: Welcome VIP attendees into Yuletide Hall for dinner and a show!
KinderKorner: Lead children in European-centric activities. Supplies provided.
Yuletide Hall: Assist the Yuletide Hall site leaders to ensure that performers have arrived, are prepared to take the stage and have what they need to perform.
Non-Profit Trees: Remove ornaments and lights from non-profit trees and help silent auction winners transport these items and possibly the tree to their vehicles.
Information Area: Answer attendee’s questions, provide info about DMEHA, hand out site maps, entertainment schedules, etc.
Vendor Stall Setup: Construct prefabricated wooden vendor stalls. Heavy lifting definitely required
Waste Removal Elves: Empty the waste receptacles into a large roll-off bin.
Volunteer Relations: Greet and check-in volunteers, direct volunteers to assigned areas, and keep Volunteer Headquarters organized.
Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to feature Verak X.O. as a Glühwein add-in at #CDM2019. This brandy comes to us all the way from Stone Castle Winery in Kosovo. Have it added to your Glühwein for that added “kick”!
Kosovo has contributed to the culture and heritage of Europe and has some of the most historic locations in the Western Balkans. Artan Duraku, Chief of Mission, Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo adds, “We are young, dynamic and ready to share some of our best goods with Iowans. Verak embodies the richness of our climate, soil and spirit. Enjoy!”
Verak X.O is a brandy made by Stone
Castle Winery’s old Cognac methodology from the distillate obtained by
handpicked and carefully selected varieties of white grapes. It is preserved
for 10 to 25 years in five hundred-liter wooden oak barrels and stored in the
underground cellars of Stone Castle Winery.
Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery is a hidden gem in the heart of Rahovec Valley, a region that has more than 2.000 years of winemaking culture. Stone Castle takes great pride in growing the highest quality grapes and premium quality wines by combining the latest technological advancements with traditional winemaking methods. From handpicking grapes that surpass quality standards to de-stemming and fermenting, aging in oak barrels, bottling, corking and labeling. Stone Castle gives it’s very best that every bottle is unique, made with passion and love for the product.
With the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we hope to show attendees how the items they purchase are made and to bring attention to heritage crafts. To that end, we have seven vendors who will be providing demonstrations throughout the weekend. We hope you’re inspired!
Andy Klindt creates using wood and iron, utilizing anything from chainsaws to traditional hand tools when working in wood and time honored methods of blacksmithing when working with metal.
Offering: Chainsaw carvings, Wooden ornaments, Hand forged kitchen ware, decorations, tools, knives, jewelry, Hand carved wooden kitchen ware, Handmade wooden boxes, totes, tables
Price Range: $7 – $3000
Thursday: 6pm, 8pm
Friday: 11am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm,
Saturday: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
We make everything we sell in Indianola, Iowa. They are one of a kind fused and stained glass jewelry and home decor pieces. Will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.
Offering: Fused glass pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, pop sockets, tie-tac’s, tie-bars, money clips & key chains. Fused glass plates, bowls, soap dish, spoon rest, business card holder, napkin holder Christmas ornaments. Stained glass Christmas ornaments pendants, earrings, picture frames and small panels. Blown glass ornaments, hand painted glass Christmas ornaments and hand painted wine bottle lights with winter scene.
Price Range: $8 – $150
Friday: 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm, 8pm
Saturday: 11:15am, 12:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm
Sunday: 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm
Handcarved wooden home, kitchen, and lifestyle goods made from ethically harvested urban lumber.
Offering: Hand-carved wooden: spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, cutting, serving, and presentation boards and trays, pizza cutters and paddles, shaving razors, shaving brushes, shaving stands, baby spoons, coffee scoops, beer flights, bottle openers, muddlers, wooden bowls.
Price Range: $5 – $125
Thursday: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 11:15am, 12:15am, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm,
Saturday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Sunday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm
Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.
Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, pierced tin candle covers, tin candle sconces, tin cups, earring using tinplate and copper and tin candle lanterns.
Price Range: $5 – $150
Thursday: 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, glass bird and Fair trade gourd ornaments.
Offering: Fresh Wreaths and Greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather Christmas Door Bells, Ice Globe Kits, German inspired Paper Cutout art, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes.
Price Range: $15 – $75
Thursday: 5:30pm, 8pm
Friday: 1pm, 3:45pm, 7pm
Saturday: 1pm, 3:45pm, 7pm
Sunday: 1pm, 4pm
Swede Point Creamery’s Scandinavian Christmas. Locally produced goat cheeses, lotions, soaps, Swedish cookies and kringla. Come meet some of our “goaty girls” at milking time.
Offering: Goat cheeses (flavored chevres,
feta, cheese curds, etc), goat milk lotions and soaps produced from our
farm where we milk 50 head of goats. Swedish Rye Crisp, Swedish Wish
cookies, spritz cookies, kringla, Lingonberry jam, Christmas
decorations: wheat goats, tomtes, dala horses and Scandinavian
Price Range: $5 – $160
Friday: 12pm, 3:30pm, 7:45pm
Saturday: 4pm, 8pm
Nymph in the Woods creates one-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping! See how the pieces are created during wire wrapping demonstrations!
Offering: Jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more!
Price Range: $15 – $150
Thursday: 5:45pm, 7pm
Friday: 2:45pm, 4:45pm
Saturday: 12pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 5pm
“Siegwerk is proud to support a festival with deep roots and ties to Europe. Founded in Cologne, Germany almost 200 years ago, we’re thankful our employees have the opportunity to visit this cultural experience right here in Des Moines and look forward to growing our partnership in the coming years.”
The origins of Siegwerk date back to the 1820s. This was when, together with his brother-in-law, Christian Gottlieb Rolffs founded the retailer of manufactured goods, “Rolffs & Poensgen”, in Cologne, Germany. Rolffs and his successors concentrated on successful trends from an early stage and furthered the growth of the printing industry with many innovations. In doing so, they laid the foundations for a successful, market-leading printing ink business, which today brings color to everyday life throughout the world. In 2003, Siegwerk acquired the Des Moines-based company Color Converting, making its North American headquarters rooted in Iowa.
We had so much fun taking afternoon tea like a Londoner here in Des Moines on Sunday, September 8 from 2 – 4pm at Jasper Winery!
-Loose-leaf British teas.
-Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and petite desserts.
-Presentation on traditional British tea culture
-Contest for the best hat or fascinator (decorative headpiece commonly worn by Brits)
Special thanks to Gail’s Photography and Designs for being on hand to capture the afternoon!
The #CDM2018 Planning Committee is honored to have been chosen to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award.
We are extremely thankful to those who have given the precious gift of their time. Thank you for your dedication and for contributing your talent.
Awards will be handed out in person during a special recognition ceremony on Friday, September 27 at 4:30pm at Southeast Polk High School Auditorium.
Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. Christkindlmarket Des Moines needs your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from.
NON-PROFITS: If your non-profit signs up and shows up to fill a shift (volunteers need not be directly associated with your non-profit) to serve Glühwein, beer or Usinger sausages at the Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt, you may put out your own “tip” box for donations for your organization during that shift. Please contact Suzanne at email@example.com if you’re interested. Must be able to show proof of non-profit status.
Shifts will open via VolunteerLocal on October 1, 2019, so get your group together!
Seating is limited. Get your ticket today!
New this year, the Magical Mystical Tea! Join us for this exclusive Fall event Sunday, October 13th from 2-4pm at Jasper Winery. This is a time of year shrouded in superstition and stories, so come take a deep dive with this curated event. You’ll learn about where some of the current traditions we call on this time of year got their start, learn history and insight on Tarot Cards from an experienced teacher, and more all while you enjoy specially selected tea and themed treats from a renowned local chef. This event is for those 12 years of age and older.
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As the Des Moines European Heritage Association it is our mission to connect Iowans European traditions, language education and cultural experiences. Come along while we fulfill that mission with an October twist!
Join Des Moines European Heritage Association as a member and receive an additional 5% – 10% off. Visit www.dmeha.org.
When booking, please indicate the names of all guests in your party so that we can do our best to seat you together. Parties of two will be seated with other guests.
Please indicate dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket; we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originating in the Northern German city of Einbeck, the Bock style of beer is a malty German lager that emphasizes rich maltiness with toasty overtones, slight caramel notes, very low hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the finish. While it is still too early in the fermentation process to tell exactly how the 515 Christmas Bock will turn out, we are anticipating it being very close to a true Bock style.
Starting with a three-barrel system, 515 opened its doors for the first time in March of 2013. From the very beginning, the community embraced them whole-heartedly. It soon became apparent they couldn’t brew beer fast enough. In June of 2015, 515 expanded by adding a brand new seven-barrel system along with additional fermenters and brite tanks.
515 Brewing Company has won two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF®) awards. In 2016 their agave lime wheat beer, Mexican Spring, earned gold in the Fruit Wheat Beer category and in 2017, #Quadgoals, their Belgian quadrupel won gold in the Belgian Dubbel or Quadrupel category. (Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.)
Things to look forward to:
You’ve been asking for Krampus inclusion at Christkindlmarket Des Moines for years, now here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got! In addition to being the Eve of Sankt Nikolaus day, December 5 is known as Krampusnacht (Krampus Night), during which these hairy beasts appear on the streets.
A Krampuslauf (Running of the Krampuses) is a fun run or walk of celebrants dressed as the wicked beast. Dust off your Krampus costume and parade through downtown Des Moines. Accompanied by St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus (your handlers), you’ll start at Christkindlmarket Des Moines (Principal Park Parking Lot) and then proceed to El Bait Shop, Hessen Haus and the Royal Mile. At each of these locations, those in costume will be offered a customary herbal liqueur shot which is meant to disperse winter’s ghosts.
The parade will begin at the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 private preview event, “‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019”, at Principal Park where those in costume will receive free admission. Follow St. Nikolaus and Santa Claus around the festival grounds to interact with attendees (remember, Krampus doesn’t talk; the mask will do all the talking for you!)
Spectators who want to attend “‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019” at Principal Park will need to purchase tickets.
If you will be participating in costume, please contact Suzanne Hull at email@example.com for additional information.
Who is Krampus?
• Hear the proper pronunciation: https://en.pons.com/translate/dictionary-of-german-spelling/Krampus Krampus is pronounced “krohm-poo-s” as in “con & puss,” NOT “kram-puh-s” as in “campus.
• Krampus | Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
• Video: Top 5 Krampus Facts and Origin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE_Mmy8PEc0
• Video: Krampus parade in Hollabrunn, Austria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOecWdY9OAk
• Video: Who Is Krampus? | National Geographic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrKL7D7QZRA
Don’t have a Krampus costume? Here are a few resources:
• Amazon: http://ow.ly/G15B50u3HDn