A new tradition in 2018 is Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt (Brat stand at the market) run by Des Moines European Heritage Association, the non-profit responsible for the production of Christkindlamarket Des Moines.
Enjoy a 1/4 lb, coarse-ground, German–style pork bratwurst grilled to perfection.
Usinger’s produces many kinds of sausages and meats, in many cases using traditional 19th-century recipes provided by its founder, Fred Usinger of Wehen, Germany. The family-owned company, now in it’s fourth generation, continues to live its slogan of providing “America’s Finest Sausage”.
Offering: Usinger’s Bratwurst – $5, bottled water – $1
The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby Association is one of nine non-profit new to the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction this year.
“We are a great family oriented competitive racing organization,” explains representative, Maria Hackett. “Our organization promotes family teamwork where the parent is not a spectator but a team member working alongside their child. This activity strengthens family bonds and encourages spending time together.”
“We support fair/equal opportunity racing for children. This is the only sport that I can think of that allows boys and girls to compete against each other in a competitive environment.”
The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby Association are excited to bring a racing themed tree to Christkindlmarket 2018.
For more information on the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby Association, please visit their website.
The Friendship Force of Greater Des Moines was founded in 1977, and is one of 350 clubs around the world that promotes international understanding, cultural education, and citizen diplomacy through homestays and personal friendships, which makes them a perfect fit for a traditional German-inspired Christmas Market.
The Friendship Force of Greater Des Moines is a first-year participant in the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction and will be adorning their tree with a “Joy to the World” theme. The tree will include 6 laminated heart shaped maps, world globes, pine cones, and an assortment of world flags.
The club hosts at least one activity a month related to a journey such as a Welcome Party for the ambassadors or cultural programs and social activities. Please visit their website for additional information and activities.
We would like to welcome back the Des Moines Children’s Museum for their second year with the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction. They have chosen the charmed theme of Harry Potter to enchant us all this holiday season.
The Hogwarts Christmas tree will have an assortment of colorfully decorated wands, and iconic images from the Harry Potter universe. Bright garlands of house colors, a sorting hat, and a clever mischief managed tree skirt will help complete the magical tree.
“Des Moines Children’s Museum is a 501 (c)(3) that is all about the power of play,” explains co-founder, Julie Burtnette.
“Children learn when they play and having a local children’s museum in Greater Des Moines will benefit families now and in the future. DSM CM has a temporary location at Valley West Mall while it continues to educate and raise funds for a permanent location.”
“Building the foundation of lifelong learning by promoting play is so much fun!”
The Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction has recruited a new participant this year, Taysia Blue Rescue.
“Taysia Blue Husky and Malamute Rescue is a 100% volunteer and foster based organization that pulls dogs from shelters where they are at risk of being euthanized,” explains representative Erica Hellmich.
“Taysia Blue Rescue also takes on Huskies and Malamutes that have medical issues such as Heartworm and orthopedic problems. We work hard to make sure that the dogs get to live happy healthy lives.”
They will be decorating a tribute tree to the dogs who have come through the rescue in 2018. It will feature paw prints, dogs’ photos, the rescue’s logo and other miscellaneous ornaments.
If you are interested in learning more about Taysia Blue Rescue, please visit their website.
We had a great time working with Confluence Brewing Company last year to create our very own Christkindlmarket Des Moines beer called St. Nick’s Christkindlbier.
We’ll be tapping a furkin keg at Christkindlmarket Des Moines on Friday, November 30 at 4pm on our outdoor stage. Be one of the first to try this spiced beer fresh out of the cask.
Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.
Confluence Brewing Company will be releasing St. Nick’s Christkindlbier on Black Friday at the brewery and it will go out to retail locations the following week leading up to Christkindlmarket Des Moines. The new twist this year is rather than 22oz bombers the beer will be available in cans.
Look for the cans at most Hy-Vee locations in the Des Moines Metro.
Date: Friday, November 23, 2018
Location: Confluence Brewing Company, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315
Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ Silent Auction has become a fun and thoughtful tradition over the past three years. Each year, non-profit organizations across Iowa are invited to decorate a tree for display at the market.
MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes & Drums are first year participants in the Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ Silent Auction. They have chosen a “military and first responders” theme to represent their organization.
“The band was founded by Thomas S Coulson, a distinguished piper, who served during World War II, as a pipe major with the Essex Scottish 4th Brigade of Canada and as a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders,” explains Dawn Baldwin, the organization’s representative.
“He moved to Des Moines during the 1980s and founded the Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums at that time. We are a paramilitary pipe and drum band and our uniforms are steeped in traditional attire worn both on Scottish and American soil. Our tartan is Ancient Mackenzie.”
The MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums represent the Greater Des Moines, Iowa metro area. Their primary mission is to support Active and Reserve Military Units, Law Enforcement Agencies and Fire Departments and regularly perform at the events that support these agencies.
Silent Auction bidding will take place during Christkindlmarket Des Moines November 30th– December 2nd.
For more information on the MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums, visit their website.
Did you know Christkindlmarket Des Moines has a Silent Auction during their three-day event?!?!
Every year, Iowa non-profits are invited to decorate a live cut tree, which adds to the Christkindlmarket’s festive flare. Each organization receives 100% of the proceeds garnered by their unique tree.
We have 14 participants and 8 of those are new to this year’s silent auction. We will be featuring each of the non-profits and their tree themes in the weeks leading up to the event.
Another exciting addition to the Silent Auction this year is the ability to bid off-site. We are partnering with www.bidr.co to offer text-to-bid and a dedicated website, which will provide real time updates.
We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the fast growing Christkindlmarket Des Moines, and invite you to bid on a piece of the holiday magic!
We are thrilled to announce that Des Moines European Heritage Association will be GiveIowa’s selected charity for November 2018. Greater Iowa Credit Union (GICU) began GiveIowa to further its message of what being a cooperative is all about: helping the causes and non-profit organizations that are important to their/our members and coming together for the good of our communities.
GICU selects one member-nominated non-profit organization each month. They receive $250 directly from GICU and are featured on the GiveIowa.org website, a crowdfunding platform that allows donors to easily contribute via credit or debit card. Our goal is to raise an additional $250+ during the short 30 days we are featured on the site. Why $250? Because GICU will match it! That makes our total goal $500 in addition to the initial $250.
GiveIowa leverages the power of social connection to help raise money using our members’ social networks. Social media is a critical factor in crowdfunding success: for every order of magnitude increase in Facebook friends sharing your link (10, 100, 1000), the probability of successfully meeting your fundraising goals increases drastically (from 9% to 20% to 40%).
Contributors can donate as little or as much as they want—and the more donors, the more engage-ment a project gets. The GiveIowa platform allows people to work together, transforming many small contributions into overall fundraising success. This can really make a difference in our neighborhoods, communities, and cities as well as Des Moines European Heritage Association.
All funds collected by GiveIowa go to the featured charitable organizations—GICU covers any third-party credit card processing or other fees. Our organization will be featured by GiveIowa beginning on November 1. Visit www.GiveIowa.org to learn more about our specific fundraising goals, our progress and to make your donation.