Events

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling and Open House

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2019 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sip the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 vendors. Other Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will also be available for purchase.

The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2019 mug will receive a goody bag. A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year. The mug design will be revealed at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), the non-profit that produced Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Sign up to become a Silver or Gold member and show your support for an association whose mission is to connect Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences.

Feeling festive? Bring your own Glühwein mug (0.2 liters) from a past Christmas market.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

BySuzanne Hull

‘Twas the Night Before #CDM2019

Be one of the first to experience Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 during this private, ticketed preview party at Principal Park, on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 9pm.

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This event grants you exclusive access to the market before it officially opens to the public.

Be one of the first to get your 2019 commemorative mug, meet and mingle with select vendors and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Pick from two ticket packages:

VIP guests:

  • Enjoy a sit down, authentic German holiday buffet dinner in Yuletide Hall, our heated, outdoor entertainment venue with performances by DSM Dueling Fiddles and Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen.
  • Buffet dinner will include: reuben bites, pretzel bites, green salad with German pickles, beef rouladen with roasted brussel sprouts, carrots and new potatoes, pork schnitzel with mushroom cream sauce, Käsespätzle and red cabbage with apples.
  • Receive two drink coupons for European beer, warm, mulled Glühwein (don’t forget the amaretto, orange liqueur and apple liqueur add-ins!), Kinderpunsch (non-alcoholic mulled cider) or assorted sodas.
  • Receive a gift bag featuring hand-selected items from our vendors and partners.
  • Guaranteed free parking
  • One 2019 commemorative Glühwein mug

General Admission guests:

  • Receive one entree, one dessert, and two drink coupons valid at all Christkindlmarket Des Moines food and drink vendors.
  • Additional food and drink items may be purchased from vendors throughout the evening.
  • Guaranteed free parking
  • One 2019 commemorative mug

For guests with families, we offer a special Kid’s Package:

  • One entrée and one drink coupon.
  • One 2019 commemorative mug.

Please Note: The Kid’s Package is only valid for children 10 years of age or younger. (Children 0-4 years of age are free.) Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Event details:

  • 5:00 pm – Doors open – Enter venue from the north side of the Main Lot only
  • 5:30 pm – VIP dinner begins with entertainment in Yuletide Hall
  • 8:30 pm – Buffet closes

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are non-transferable, and all ticket purchases are final at time of purchase. Buy your tickets TODAY before they sell out!

We look forward to celebrating the 4th Annual Christkindlmarket Des Moines with you at our 2019 Preview Event!

BySuzanne Hull

European Cultural Heritage “Meet-Up”

Enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of European Cultural Heritage Organizations for a “Meet-Up” at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Meet in Yuletide Hall (an outdoor, forced-air heated entertainment tent) as you sip on Glühwein, enjoy a seasonal craft beer or nosh on bratwurst.

 

 

Represent your European Cultural Heritage Organization to the Des Moines community with your traditional attire, beer steins, and Glühwein mugs as you get to know other cultural heritage organizations in Central Iowa.

 


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.

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BySuzanne Hull

Afternoon Tea Along the River

Take afternoon tea like a Londoner here in Des Moines!

Afternoon Tea Along the River is a British tea event in an elegant setting with views of the Des Moines River. Tickets are $50 each, including ticketing fees. All proceeds will go towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017, 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!

Entertainment to be announced.

When: Sunday, September 23 from 2 – 4pm

Where: The Riverwalk Hub, 215 Water St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Get your tickets on Eventbrite!

BySuzanne Hull

Christmas in July Full Moon Ride Wrap Up

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) partnered with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 28 from 4-8pm.

Riding in either direction, riders stopped at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest!

Donations to participate in the European games and silent auction, will support DMEHA’s production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018.

Thanks to Gail’s Photography & Designs for the photos!

BySuzanne Hull

Christmas in July Full Moon Ride

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) is partnering with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for games and an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 28th.

Riding in either direction, stop at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest! Games will be available to play from 4-8 pm at each bar!

Post your pictures to our event page with #christmasinjulyDSM to be entered in for the costume contest!

With your donations to participate in the European games, you will be supporting DMEHA’s production of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 . Get your team together and come out for a great time and to support our annual community event.

Helmet and bike lights required to ride!

BySuzanne Hull

European Amazing Race presented by Des Moines European Heritage Association

Celebrate European heritage and culture in the heart of downtown Des Moines!

During the Des Moines European Heritage Association’s European Amazing Race, follow clues (on foot and by driving yourselves in either teams of two or four) that will lead you to several downtown Des Moines locations while participating in challenges and activities that will help you learn about European heritage and culture.

Adults and children 12 and over are ticketed, children 11 and under are free. Bring your smartphone to take pictures and wear comfortable shoes!

A prize will be awarded to the winning team. The winning team will be determined based on race completion time and if the challenges were successfully executed.

Click here to Register!

Registration closes June 6, 2018 at midnight. You may not register on site.

DATE: June 9, 2018

TIME: 1pm – 4pm

START/END LOCATION: Capitol Square (400 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309)

FEES: $30 for a team of two / $60 for a team of four

Click here to Register!

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party a Huge Success

Several people were the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2018 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, April 17.

They sipped the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 vendors. The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2018 mug received a goody bag. Make your donation today!

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.

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BySuzanne Hull

European Classics at Le Jardin a Huge Success!

Huge thank you to the Le Jardin team for hosting a three-course European Classics dinner on Thursday, March 22 again this year to help raise funds for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018!

Several specialty dishes were prepared by chef Tag Grandgeorge. He also talked about his European experiences and how they influenced the food.

Thank you to #CDM2018 sponsor Gail’s Photography and Designs who was on hand to take photos. Check out all the fun we had:

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2018 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sip the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 vendors. Other Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will also be available for purchase.

The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2018 mug will receive a goody bag. A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year. The mug design will be revealed at 6:30 p.m.

Feeling festive? Bring your own Glühwein mug (0.2 liters) from a past Christmas market.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

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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.

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