Events

BySuzanne Hull

Visit European Christmas Markets in 2020 with DMEHA

In the Heart of Europe you will find a wonderful surprise – colorful Christmas Markets just waiting to be explored. The dramatic architecture of Europe’s spectacular cities is the perfect backdrop to the charming stalls that offer traditional items from handmade crafts to tasty foods and unexpected joys.

Join Des Moines European Heritage Association for a tour of European Christmas Markets December 7 – 14, 2020. During this tour, you will enjoy the following:

Prague walking tour and Christmas Markets
Walking tour of Cesky Krumlov and time at the Christmas Markets
Vienna walking tour and Christmas Markets
Schloss Hof tour and Christmas Market
Walking tour of Bratislava and time at the Christmas Markets
Budapest city tour and Christmas Markets

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We hope you can join in the fun. Space is limited, so reserve today!

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

British Afternoon Tea Among the Vines – Wrap Up!

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!

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

-Loose-leaf British teas.

-Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and petite desserts.

-Live music

-Presentation on traditional British tea culture

-Contest for the best hat or fascinator (decorative headpiece commonly worn by Brits)

-Silent auction

Special thanks to Gail’s Photography and Designs for being on hand to capture the afternoon!

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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.

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 christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.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:
https://www.krampusmasks.com/
https://www.etsy.com/market/krampus_costume
http://krampuslosangeles.com/austrian-suits-masks-for-sale/
• Amazon: http://ow.ly/G15B50u3HDn

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.

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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 (www.christkindlmarketdsm.com) taking place December 6 – 8 at Principal Park.

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 annamvanw@gmail.com.

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 https://members.cyclebar.com/buy/cyclebar-jordan-creek?schedule_entry_id=piq_896327 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

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party and Open House a Huge Success

Several people were the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2019 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, May 21.

They sipped the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 vendors. The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2019 mug received a goody bag. Make your donation today!

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.