Author Archives: Suzanne Hull

BySuzanne Hull

Krampuslauf (Running of the Krampuses)

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 for additional information.

Who is Krampus?
• Hear the proper pronunciation: Krampus is pronounced “krohm-poo-s” as in “con & puss,” NOT “kram-puh-s” as in “campus.
• Krampus | Wikipedia:
• Video: Top 5 Krampus Facts and Origin:
• Video: Krampus parade in Hollabrunn, Austria:
• Video: Who Is Krampus? | National Geographic:

Don’t have a Krampus costume? Here are a few resources:
• Amazon:

BySuzanne Hull

Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. | Silver Sponsor

Many thanks to the Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, P.C. law firm in Ankeny for their support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019. 

LGL values being a part of their community and welcomes the opportunity to support their office family in their interests. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is an event that their employee Erin Baldwin is actively involved in and passionate about and they are happy to be a part of the event.

Their firm has been serving the law needs of businesses and individuals in Ankeny and throughout Iowa for over 20 years. Whether you are starting a business, changing custody agreements or getting your affairs in order, an expert at Ankeny Law will be at your service.

BySuzanne Hull

NB Golf Cars | Bronze Sponsor

Cheers to NB Golf Cars for donating the use of one of their vehicles to help us move materials and product around Principal Park during Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019! With a larger venue footprint, we’ll definitely make good use of this donation.

NB Golf Cars was founded in 1972 by the Ness Brothers (NB) from Hendricks, Minnesota.

In 1970, Omer Ness purchased a golf car after he injured his leg. The golf car made it easy for him to navigate around the golf course. Several people inquired about Ness’ golf car and eventually the idea for NB Golf Cars was born. In 1988, Omer’s son, Jim Ness, joined forces with his father to carry on the tradition of the Ness family business. NB is one of the oldest Club Car distributors in existence today.

When Omer Ness retired in 2007, the McGowan Capital Group of Sioux Falls put their faith in the NB name and became co-owners of this thriving golf car business. NB Golf has consistently grown in service and sales throughout their 40 years in business. In addition to the original Hendricks, MN store location, we have added two new stores in Des Moines, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. NB Golf Cars has won several awards for sales and customer service distinction from Club Car. Most recently, we were awarded a Distributor of Distinction Award. We proudly added this to our Overall Superior Performance Award (2008) and our Superior After-Market Performance Award (2009). Together, these awards represent our commitment to our customers.

We are proud to serve this region and we hope to see you soon in one of our stores.

BySuzanne Hull

The Office (American TV series) Trivia (Ticketed Event)

Join Global Brew and Des Moines European Heritage Association for “The Office (American TV series) Trivia” event! Tickets are $10/person and includes food from Cyd’s Catering.

Get Tickets!

Impress your friends with your Office knowledge in teams of 2-6 players. We’ll have 5 rounds with 10 questions each. Round of drinks for the winning team.Ticket proceeds will fund Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 ( taking place December 6 – 8 at Principal Park.

BySuzanne Hull



Free parking is available in Lots 3 and 4 (see map below) west of Principal Park (between SW 2nd St and SW 3rd St and south of W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy) during the following days/times:

Friday, December 6: 11am – 5pm
Saturday, December 7: 11am – 5pm
Sunday, December 8: 11am – 5pm

Park Downtown Des Moines:
ON-STREET: FREE parking all-day in these areas. Vehicles must move every 24 Hours.

Pennsylvania Avenue, E Court to Des Moines Street
River Bridges: Walnut, Locust, and Grand
North Side of Locust, from 15th to 17th (look for the Green “FREE Parking” Meter Bags)


$5 parking is available in Lots 3 and 4 (see map below) west of Principal Park (between SW 2nd St and SW 3rd St and south of W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy) during the following days/times:

Friday, December 6: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, December 7: 5pm – 9pm

Lot B at 325 SW 5th Street. Rates are $5/hour and are paid on exit by credit card. Lot is open 24/7.
Lot C at 444 SW 5th Street. Rates are $2/hour and are paid on exit by credit card. Lot is open 24/7.

Park Downtown Des Moines – Downtown Parking Rates

Parking Garages
Parking Garages: Parking Ramp – Market and SW 4th St
Parking Garages: Parking Ramp – 3rd & Court

BySuzanne Hull

British Afternoon Tea Among the Vines

Back by popular demand, this cultural experience makes for a great afternoon outing! Seating is limited, so get your ticket today!

Ticket purchase includes hot tea and traditional themed tea service accouterments in a unique setting, tables complete with their own tea pots and classic dishware.

There will be a professional photographer on site as well as photo op areas inside and outside, classical violinist, and speaker presentation on traditional tea etiquette.

Be sure to wear you best hat to be entered into a raffle.

Wine is available to taste or purchase for those guests 21 and older.

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association as a member and receive an additional 5% – 10% off. Click here to join.

All proceeds will go towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019, the Des Moines European Heritage Association‘s signature event and the city’s only German-inspired Christmas market. Gather your friends and don your fancy hats for a memorable afternoon!

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

BySuzanne Hull

CycleBar Private Charity Ride

Grab a friend and join us for a Private Charity Ride at CycleBar Jordan Creek (160 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 130, West Des Moines) in support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019.

Visit to create your account and buy your ticket.

Your $35 ticket (you may choose to give more) includes a Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 commemorative Glühwein mug that can be picked up at the festival in December.

CycleBar will provide a CycleStar Instructor and staff to facilitate the 45 minute charity ride. As always, CycleBar will provide all riders with the royal CycleBar treatment, including their amenities (complimentary cycling shoes, towels, water, fresh fruit, etc.).

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. CycleBar is located just west of the mall on Jordan Creek Pkwy. Many apps will send you to the mall parking lot. CycleBar is behind the new Giordano’s at the corner of Jordan Creek Pkway and Bridgewood Blvd.

BySuzanne Hull

The Jim Kucera Band | #CDM2019 Performer

Tell us about your group and what to expect from your performance

The Jim Kucera Band started in 1984.  Our first performance was at the Wilber Czech Festival that year.  This is our 35th year!! 

Our most unique performance:  We were asked by the University of Nebraska to play for a Husker Men’s Basketball game in 1987. The Husker team was playing an exhibition against the team from what was Czechoslovakia at the time. They wanted polka music! We alternated our brand of exciting polka music with the Husker pep band. It was great! A pep band gig!

What are you most looking forward to at the 2019 Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

We have played at Des Moines a lot the past several years. We have always been treated great by the people of Des Moines! Performing at Christkindlmarket Des Moines not only gets us to Des Moines again, but to play something different! Playing new venues and events, that’s always exciting as a performer!

What do you enjoy most about this type of venue or crowd? 

Playing events like this, we get to see old friends and have the opportunity to develop new friendships as well! We approach each gig with the mindset that it’s not just about the music, but it’s about family in the band, and it’s about the people we perform for as well. It’s about relationships with people. I guess that’s the teacher in me speaking. 

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Radio Spot!

Listen to the 30-second radio spot Suzanne Hull recorded with Ross Peterson at iHeart Radio to promote Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019. Who’s ready for the holidays to be here already?

Feel free to share with your friends and listen for the spot on select iHeart Radio stations as we get closer to Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

iHeartRadio is an Internet radioplatform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. Founded in April 2008 as the website, as of 2015 iHeartRadio functions both as a music recommender system and as a radio network that aggregates audio content from over 800 local iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States, as well as from hundreds of other stations and from various other media (with companies such as Cumulus Media, Cox Radio and Beasley Broadcast Group also utilizing this service). iHeartRadio is available online, via mobile devices, and on select video-game consoles.

BySuzanne Hull

Ruhland Strudel Haus | #CDM2019 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus has been in business since 2002. What began in a concession trailer has evolved into a frozen, take-and-bake business that serves the Twin City market through farmer’s markets, fundraisers and a variety of community events. We make over 47 varieties of strudel, both sweet and savory.

Founded in 2002, Ruhland’s Strudel Haus is a maker of fabulous sweet and savory strudel. We are inspired by the belief that food is one of life’s celebrations and is integrated in our relationship with the Earth and one another. Our mission is to provide a unique experience of common union. Our hope is that what we make will gather people around the table to celebrate the love and community found in family and friends. Our goal is to create food that brings joy and delight.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019?

We have participated the Christkindlsmarket in Excelsior, MN for the last 15 years. When we discovered Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we thought we’d be a good fit. We loved being there in 2018 and look forward to 2019.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 and why did you choose them?

We will be offering the same menu as last year. Reuben Strudel, Spinach, Feta and Artichoke Heart Strudel, Apple Strudel, Strawberry Rhubarb Strudel and handmade pretzels with beer cheese sauce. Additionally, we will be offering a new product as well, Rindergulash on a Hoagie roll with sour cream and spicy sweet pickles.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Love your event!