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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

An der Weihnachtsecke: At the Christmas Corner

With just nine weeks until Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019, we’d like to help you get prepared for your visit by reminding you of our holiday store called “An der Weihnachtsecke”. In German, this means, “At the Christmas Corner”. In it, we will feature:

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 Commemorative Mugs

This year’s commemorative mug will be available for sale an der Weihnachtsecke and at the Glühwein/Kinderpunsch points of sale. Be sure to purchase yours before they run out. You can make a donation of $25/mug before November 28th to guarantee your mug and pick it up at the event.

For this year’s mug design, we again collaborated with German designer Sabine Voigt. She previously worked for Rolling Stone Magazine and continues to design mugs for Christmas markets around the world.

Steinbach Nutcrackers

The history of the Steinbach Nutcracker family starts in 1284 with Erwin Steinbach, a famous architect and master builder who lived in Strasburg, Germany. The Steinbach family settled in Erzgebirge, Germany and worked as silver, iron, tin and nickel miners.

As the supply of metal to be mined dried up, the Steinbach family turned to their other skills to make a living. Most of them had previously worked as woodcarvers, so it only made sense for them to return to carving to create practical use items.

As time went on, they began to master the art of ornamental carving and the women began to hand-paint these decorative creations. Today, the Steinbach family still hand-carves and hand-paints these beautiful nutcracker creations from their own forest from wood cut in their own sawmill.

Steinbach’s high standards and resourcefulness are what have helped make their nutcrackers world famous. The subjects of the Steinbach Nutcrackers are also unique and are taken from art, literature and folklore from all over the world. This, along with their limited production, makes them highly collectible.

Beer Steins and Glassware

From glass to stoneware, from boot to Maß, we’ve got your beer drinking vessels covered. With a variety of price points, you’re sure to find something for the casual drinker or collector in your life. There are also several limited edition pieces available.


Thewalt Steins

Many of the steins sold at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 are original productions from original Thewalt molds. These steins are produced in the same time-honored tradition, entirely made in the Westerwald (“Western Forest”), just a few kilometers from the original Thewalt factory. Several original skilled Thewalt workers are still making these new steins. Established in 1893 and producing steins until 2009, the Thewalt factory earned global recognition with emphasis on unsurpassed quality, using only the best materials and workmanship.




Gerz & Corzelius Steins

These steins were made from molds acquired from the original factory of Paul Werner Corzelius (some of which are over 100 years old!). These steins was made just a few kilometers from the original Gerz Sessenbach and Corzelius Hoehr Grenzhausen factory sites.

European Confections

We will be offering advents calendars, Irish whiskey-filled chocolate, Mozart Kugeln, Asbach brandy-filled chocolate, a variety of marzipan confections, Toblerone, clotted cream fudge, Haribo gummi bears, Lebkuchen, German/Danish/English cookies, stollen, English tea, Lingonberry jam, honey, German mustard, AND MORE!

INGE Glass Ornaments

Inge-Glas of Germany is the oldest Christmas ornament company in the world!! They started in the mid-1850’s in Lauscha, Germany.

Inge’s Christmas Heirloom glass ornaments are the result of 14 generations of glass blowing expertise and a cache of over 6,000 antique and new molds. These German mouth-blown and hand-painted ornaments represent the skill, heart, and effort of over 250 craftsmen employed by Inge-Glas. Inge ornaments are easily recognizable by their trademark STAR CAP.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Merchandise

We had a great time working with Straub Marketing, to design our Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. We will be offering totes, tumblers, knit caps, beanies, mittens and scarves.

BySuzanne Hull

Volunteer at #CDM2019

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) invites you to be a part of something great: Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from whether you’re looking for just yourself or a group. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!

After your shift, turn in your credential for: a ticket worth 5% off your purchase in “An der Weihnachtsecke”, a ticket for one free Usinger sausage or one free drink ticket. Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down volunteers will receive a pizza supper while tearing down Sunday night. At the end of the weekend, all volunteers will be entered in a drawing. One lucky winner will get to choose either a piece of DMEHA merchandise or imported food.

Sign up here!

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, you may put out your own “tip” box for donations for your organization during that shift. Please email christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com with proof of tax-exempt status and the location/date/time of your filled shift.

No-shows can cause great difficulties for the planning and production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. We ask that you report on time and remain on task for the duration of your shift(s). All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift. Those dealing with alcohol must be at least 18 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.

Sign up here!

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Setup: Do you have an eye for detail? Work with a team to set up Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights, decorate wooden vendor stalls, etc. Some lifting may be required

Sales Associate: For two of our owned and operated locations, operate a point of sale system on an iPad, take cash, stock shelves and interact with customers.

Bratwurst Imbiss am Markt: Grill and serve Usinger brats.

Beer Pourers: Work with the Iowa Beer Bus team to serve beer to attendees.

Glühwein & Kinderpunsch Sales: Serve warm, mulled wine and mulled cider from a tent or in Yuletide Hall to eager attendees.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down: Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls. Some lifting may be required

Parking Attendant: Manage parking for free and fee-based parking lots.

CDM Preview Ticket Takers: At the venue entrance, welcome attendees to ‘Twas the Night Before CDM, our ticketed preview party. Check attendees against guest list, sell tickets via Square and hand out tickets and goodie bags.

CDM Preview Ushers: Welcome VIP attendees into Yuletide Hall for dinner and a show!

KinderKorner: Lead children in European-centric activities. Supplies provided.

Yuletide Hall: Assist the Yuletide Hall site leaders to ensure that performers have arrived, are prepared to take the stage and have what they need to perform.

Non-Profit Trees: Remove ornaments and lights from non-profit trees and help silent auction winners transport these items and possibly the tree to their vehicles.

Information Area: Answer attendee’s questions, provide info about DMEHA, hand out site maps, entertainment schedules, etc.

Vendor Stall Setup: Construct prefabricated wooden vendor stalls. Heavy lifting definitely required

Waste Removal Elves: Empty the waste receptacles into a large roll-off bin.

Volunteer Relations: Greet and check-in volunteers, direct volunteers to assigned areas, and keep Volunteer Headquarters organized.

Sign up here!

BySuzanne Hull

Kosovo-Produced Verak X.O Featured at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to feature Verak X.O. as a Glühwein add-in at #CDM2019. This brandy comes to us all the way from Stone Castle Winery in Kosovo. Have it added to your Glühwein for that added “kick”!

Kosovo has contributed to the culture and heritage of Europe and has some of the most historic locations in the Western Balkans. Artan Duraku, Chief of Mission, Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo adds, “We are young, dynamic and ready to share some of our best goods with Iowans. Verak embodies the richness of our climate, soil and spirit. Enjoy!”

Verak X.O is a brandy made by Stone Castle Winery’s old Cognac methodology from the distillate obtained by handpicked and carefully selected varieties of white grapes. It is preserved for 10 to 25 years in five hundred-liter wooden oak barrels and stored in the underground cellars of Stone Castle Winery.

Stone Castle Vineyards and Winery is a hidden gem in the heart of Rahovec Valley, a region that has more than 2.000 years of winemaking culture. Stone Castle takes great pride in growing the highest quality grapes and premium quality wines by combining the latest technological advancements with traditional winemaking methods. From handpicking grapes that surpass quality standards to de-stemming and fermenting, aging in oak barrels, bottling, corking and labeling. Stone Castle gives it’s very best that every bottle is unique, made with passion and love for the product.

BySuzanne Hull

Vendor Demonstration Schedule Announced!

With the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, we hope to show attendees how the items they purchase are made and to bring attention to heritage crafts. To that end, we have seven vendors who will be providing demonstrations throughout the weekend. We hope you’re inspired!

Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Andy Klindt creates using wood and iron, utilizing anything from chainsaws to traditional hand tools when working in wood and time honored methods of blacksmithing when working with metal.

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, Wooden ornaments, Hand forged kitchen ware, decorations, tools, knives, jewelry, Hand carved wooden kitchen ware, Handmade wooden boxes, totes, tables

Price Range: $7 – $3000

Thursday: 6pm, 8pm
Friday: 11am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm,
Saturday: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

We make everything we sell in Indianola, Iowa. They are one of a kind fused and stained glass jewelry and home decor pieces. Will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Fused glass pendants, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, pop sockets, tie-tac’s, tie-bars, money clips & key chains. Fused glass plates, bowls, soap dish, spoon rest, business card holder, napkin holder Christmas ornaments. Stained glass Christmas ornaments pendants, earrings, picture frames and small panels. Blown glass ornaments, hand painted glass Christmas ornaments and hand painted wine bottle lights with winter scene.

Price Range: $8 – $150

Thursday: 6:45pm
Friday: 1:45pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm, 8pm
Saturday: 11:15am, 12:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 7:45pm
Sunday: 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm

Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Handcarved wooden home, kitchen, and lifestyle goods made from ethically harvested urban lumber.

Offering: Hand-carved wooden: spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils, cutting, serving, and presentation boards and trays, pizza cutters and paddles, shaving razors, shaving brushes, shaving stands, baby spoons, coffee scoops, beer flights, bottle openers, muddlers, wooden bowls.

Price Range: $5 – $125

Thursday: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 11:15am, 12:15am, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm,
Saturday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Sunday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm

Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.

Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, pierced tin candle covers, tin candle sconces, tin cups, earring using tinplate and copper and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150

Thursday: 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm
Friday: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

Quilted Gardens Nursery, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, glass bird and Fair trade gourd ornaments.

Offering: Fresh Wreaths and Greens, Glass Christmas Ornaments, Iowa-made leather Christmas Door Bells, Ice Globe Kits, German inspired Paper Cutout art, Fair trade gourd ornaments and boxes.

Price Range: $15 – $75

Thursday: 5:30pm, 8pm
Friday: 1pm, 3:45pm, 7pm
Saturday: 1pm, 3:45pm, 7pm
Sunday: 1pm, 4pm

Swede Point Creamery, Madrid, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Swede Point Creamery’s Scandinavian Christmas. Locally produced goat cheeses, lotions, soaps, Swedish cookies and kringla. Come meet some of our “goaty girls” at milking time.

Offering: Goat cheeses (flavored chevres, feta, cheese curds, etc), goat milk lotions and soaps produced from our farm where we milk 50 head of goats. Swedish Rye Crisp, Swedish Wish cookies, spritz cookies, kringla, Lingonberry jam, Christmas decorations: wheat goats, tomtes, dala horses and Scandinavian
sweaters, books.

Price Range: $5 – $160

Friday: 12pm, 3:30pm, 7:45pm
Saturday: 4pm, 8pm
Sunday: 3:30pm

Nymph In The Woods, Boone, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Nymph in the Woods creates one-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping! See how the pieces are created during wire wrapping demonstrations!

Offering: Jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more!

Price Range: $15 – $150

Thursday: 5:45pm, 7pm
Friday: 2:45pm, 4:45pm
Saturday: 12pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 5pm
Sunday: 1:45pm

BySuzanne Hull

Siegwerk | Platinum Sponsor

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2019 is pleased to have Siegwerk USA Inc. as a Platinum Sponsor for #CDM2019.

“Siegwerk is proud to support a festival with deep roots and ties to Europe. Founded in Cologne, Germany almost 200 years ago, we’re thankful our employees have the opportunity to visit this cultural experience right here in Des Moines and look forward to growing our partnership in the coming years.”

The origins of Siegwerk date back to the 1820s. This was when, together with his brother-in-law, Christian Gottlieb Rolffs founded the retailer of manufactured goods, “Rolffs & Poensgen”, in Cologne, Germany. Rolffs and his successors concentrated on successful trends from an early stage and furthered the growth of the printing industry with many innovations. In doing so, they laid the foundations for a successful, market-leading printing ink business, which today brings color to everyday life throughout the world. In 2003, Siegwerk acquired the Des Moines-based company Color Converting, making its North American headquarters rooted in Iowa.

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!


-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!

Gail's Logo
BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2018 Planning Committee Receives Group Governor’s Volunteer Award

The #CDM2018 Planning Committee is honored to have been chosen to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award.

We are extremely thankful to those who have given the precious gift of their time. Thank you for your dedication and for contributing your talent.

Awards will be handed out in person during a special recognition ceremony on Friday, September 27 at 4:30pm at Southeast Polk High School Auditorium.

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.