Community Engagement

BySuzanne Hull

Get Excited and Ready to Bid!

Over the last few weeks, we have been introducing you to the 15 non-profit organizations who will be participating in this years’ Christkindlmarket Des Moines Christmas Tree Silent Auction. Below are the names and themes of all 15 trees you can have a chance to take home at the end of CDM 2019.

Item 0101: Military and First Reponders presented by Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes & Drums of Iowa

Decorated with ornaments show casing the different branches of military and first responders

Item 0102: Hearts and Hands presented by Mosaic in Central Iowa

“Christmas will always be as long we stand heart to heart and hand in hand” -Dr. Seuss

Everyone loves Dr Seuss & this is a perfect quote to compliment the values of belonging and connection.   The people supported by Mosaic will be partnering with friends of Mosaic (volunteers) to create ornaments using their artwork.

Item 0103: Red White and Blue presented by Veterans in Agriculture

After serving throughout the world, our nation’s military is always happy to return to the Red, White, and Blue.  This tree is all decked out in those colors and not only are these decorations for Christmas, but many can be used to celebrate other national holidays, like the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and others

Item 0104: A Gift for the Birds presented by the Pet Project Midwest

Ornaments are made to feed the birds. Place this tree in your yard and watch as the birds feast on a cold winter day. Each ornament in wrapped in cellophane and festive ribbon to protect the ornaments for the duration of the Silent Auction.

Item 0105: A Traditional Danish Christmas presented by The Danish Sisterhood

This tree is decorated with all things to create a traditional Danish Christmas

Item 0106: Julehygge (Christmas “Hygge”) presented by The Danish Brotherhood Lodge #15

“Hygge” is the Danish secret to happy living. This tree is adorned with traditional handmade ornaments. The woven hearts were first made by Hans Christian Andersen in 1860. He also was known for “papirklip” intricate cut out designs made from paper. Straw ornaments and garlands of Danish flags are traditional Christmas tree decorations.

Item 0107: Scottish Heritage presented by the Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa

White lights, tartan ribbon, balls, bells, white Westie Scotty Dogs, and empty mini-whiskey bottles dress up this tree.

Item 0108: French Christmas presented by Alliance Française of Central Iowa

This tree was inspired by the French language and culture

Item 0109: Christmas in Norway presented by Sons of Norway, Marstienen Lodge

The tree is decked out in culturally appropriate decorations of vikings, viking ships, Nisse and Norwegian flags.

Item 0110: Pups at Play presented by Taysia Blue Rescue

Leashes, treat filled ornaments, toys/tennis balls. All these decorations can be used to interact with your dog. Other ornaments include the names of dogs that have been in foster with Taysia Blue rescue in Iowa

Item 0111: Funkel, funkel kleiner Stern (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) presented by DMEHA Samstagsschule

A tree decorated to the “tune” of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Item 0112: Home for the Pawlidayz presented by Hope Animal Rescue

Warm country chic feel with highlights of our adoptables and showing rescued is our favorite breed

Item 0113: Deutschland 2020 (Germany 2020) presented by Waukee High School International Club

Deutschland 2020 uses bulbs and ribbons in the German flag colors – Black, Red, and Gold (Schwarz, Rot, Gold). The colors celebrate the unity of West and East Germany on the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Soft white lights shine a beacon for all countries that Democracy will prevail and unite the people. Using clear ornaments and pretzels highlight German Culture that brings Joy during the year.

Item 0114: Rockstar/VIP presented by Star Treatments

Children served by Star Treatments are referred to as “VIP” “Rockstar” so this tree will be adorned with Gold/Red Ribbon, Guitar picks, Bass Guitar Strings, Lanyards, Camera’s…and other items that relate to VIP treatment.

Item 0115: Guardian Angels and Scandinavian Gnomes presented by Daughters of Norway, Eva Nansen Lodge 46

This tree is decorated with a variety of Winter Solstice guardian angels and Scandinavian Mythological guardian gnomes that charmingly characterize the Christmas holidays and accented with lights and ornament balls.

Bidding will open Thursday, December 5th at 5pm during our preview party “Twas the Night Before CDM” and will continue through Sunday, December 8th at 3pm. Bidding is available online and via text.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Alliance Française of Central Iowa

Alliance Française of Central Iowa is another new addition to the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction.

The Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit, educational, and cultural organization whose mission is to help foster friendship and collaboration between the people of Central Iowa and the French speaking world. They work to develop knowledge and appreciation of the French culture and the French language.

Alliance Française of Central Iowa, established in 1994, is part of the Alliance Française global network that dates from 1883, when the Alliance de Paris was created. Today, there are over 1200 Alliance chapters established in 112 countries.

Come to Christkindlmarekt Des Moines December 6th-8th to enjoy this French inspired tree and make a bid to support this organization.

For more information on Alliance Française of Central Iowa, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

How to Bid on a Silent Auction Christmas Tree

You will once again be able to bid on silent auction items via text and online at event.gives/cdm2019.

Here, you can view and bid on silent auction trees starting December 5th at 5pm during our preview event, “Twas the Night Before CDM 2019” and through the duration of the market December 6th– 8th with bidding closing at 3pm Sunday, December 8th. If you are lucky enough to place the winning bid, you can pick the tree up Sunday evening, December 8th between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

You will notice that once you join the auction, you will receive a link to view all the items. Because you are bidding via text, you will receive a notification each time someone outbids you, and when you are the winning bidder. You can pay and receive your items more quickly than ever before. 

Here’s how to join the auction.

Text the keyword cdm2019 to 843.606.5995 or go online to register and start bidding on December 5th at 5pm.

1. If you already have a Bidr account, you will be ready to bid! If not, the text will welcome you to the auction and ask for your name.  

2. Once you have provided your name, Bidr will invite you to bid on an item by entering an item ID or by clicking on the link to the event website.

3. You can find item numbers on the Item Cards set up at the event.

4. Once you have texted the item number, Bidr will tell you what the current bid is.

5. Then you simply text in your bid, no dollar signs or commas needed.  

6. Bidr will confirm your bid AND give you the opportunity to text “delete bid” if you entered your bid incorrectly.

7. Bidr will notify you through text each time you are outbid and give you the opportunity to bid again.

**Should you have any problems bidding, contact the auction organizer by emailing Missy at mkmootz@gmail.com

Note: All item numbers will have a zero first. The zero must be input for the system to register this as an item and not a bid.

BySuzanne Hull

O Tannenbaum! Help Give Our Non-Profit Holiday Trees a Better Home

For 2019, Christkindlmarket Des Moines is excited to be moving to its new home at Principal Park. As part of this move, we want to give our 15 non-profit partners* a better, safer and more weather-proof venue to display the holiday trees they have so thoughtfully decorated for our annual Non-Profit Tree Silent Auction (event.gives/cdm2019). 

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As a true, outdoor German-style Christmas market, we are at the mercy of the elements to some extent, but we think we have a solution—our first-ever covered Weihnachtswald (Christmas Forest). It would keep both our beautifully decorated evergreens and our marketgoers a bit cozier and more protected from potential weather issues and hopefully help us raise even more money for so many worthwhile causes across Iowa. 

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Won’t you please consider helping us create this amazing new place for our non-profit partners to showcase their amazing Tannenbaum Silent Auction from Dec. 5 -8 at Christkindlmarket Des Moines? Danke schön! 

p.s. Have you reserved your limited-edition 2019 Christkindlmarket Des Moines collectible mug yet? It’s not too late. Get yours today before they’re gone.

*These include: Mackenzie Highlanders Pipes & Drums of Iowa, Mosaic in Central Iowa, Veterans In Agriculture, Greater Des Moines Sister City Commission, The Pet Project Midwest, Danish Brotherhood/Danish Sisterhood, Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa, Alliance Francais of Central Iowa, Marstienen Lodge, Sons of Norway, Taysia Blue Rescue, Urban Heights Covenant, DMEHA Samstagsschule, Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa, Waukee School District – International Club

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BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa

Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa is a new addition to the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Silent Auction. They are excited for market patrons to see their “Home for the Pawlidayz” tree, which will be decorated with a warm, country chic feel and highlight their adoptables.

Providing “Hope” is the main goal of this animal rescue which was founded in June 2014. According to their website, they are “a no-kill rescue whose mission is to rescue, protect, and provide hope as we search for loving homes for stray and neglected animals.”

Bidding on this tree will give Hope Animal Rescue much needed funds to continue providing care for their animals. Ninety percent of all money raised within the organization is used for medical care while the other ten percent is used for food and supplies while forever homes are found.

For more information on Hope Animal Rescue of Iowa, please visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes & Drums

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 is returning to Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ Silent Auction for the second year in a row. 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. 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,” explains Dawn Baldwin, the organization’s representative.

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.

Money earned from the Silent Auction will be used to upkeep uniforms and equipment for the band and to help offset start-up costs for new members.

The Silent Auction bidding will take place during Christkindlmarket Des Moines December 5th– December 8th.

For more information on the MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums, visit their website.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Feature

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 will be here before we know it, which means it’s time to start meeting our Silent Auction participants. In the coming weeks, we will be introducing you to the organizations who will be beautifying Christkindlmarket Des Moines by decorating trees for bids to further their missions.

Every year, Iowa non-profits are invited to decorate a live cut tree, which adds to Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ festive flare. Each organization receives 100% of the proceeds garnered by their unique tree.  

We will be using text-to-bid and website bidding again this year on bidr.co. The event website will go live and bidding will begin Thursday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

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!

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2019 Keg Tapping!

Be one of the first to experience the 2019 Christkindlmarket Des Moines beer developed and masterfully brewed by 515 Brewing Company – “O Tannenbock”.

A handful of 2019 Christkindlmarket Des Moines vendors will be on hand to help usher in the holiday spirit.

During this event, a percentage of O Tannenbock sales will be donated to Des Moines European Heritage Association in support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Confirmed vendors include: Held Companies, Quilted Gardens and Nursery, The Kringle Man and Swede Point Creamery

BySuzanne Hull

Non-Profit Volunteer for Tips!

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 christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.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!

BySuzanne Hull

Magical Mystical Tea

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.

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.

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 annamvanw@gmail.com.