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An old German tradition will delight your senses and warm your heart with local artists, German imports, German baking, entertainment, and much more.
Since 1985 the German-Canadian Congress has been holding their annual "Christkindlmarkt" (German Christmas Market), the oldest running German Christmas Market in Canada.
We have moved to a new location at the Holy Cross Hall, 290 Dubuc Steet, in St. Boniface and the market will be open on Saturday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m..
Our usual favourites will still be offered, such as German chocolates, "Stollen", "Glühwein" (mulled wine), and many other German specialities, as well as, for the first time this year, hot German foods. Entertainment is planned all weekend long and on 88 tables Manitoba crafters and vendors are going to tempt visitors with those special Christmas gifts. German foods and cake can be purchased upstairs in the main hall and downstairs, where the café is located.
The Story of the Famous German Christmas Market
Funds made from the Winnipeg Christkindlmarkt is supporting German culture, education and events in Manitoba.
The Christmas Market still takes place every year in the time of the advent in many German speaking regions.
The origin of the Christmas Market goes back to the Middle Ages, where sales fairs and markets were held in the fall for citizens to purchase meats and other products needed in the winter months. The Christmas Market as we know it was first recorded in the 12th century, and became an important pre-Christmas tradition during the first half of the 20th century. The Christmas Market usually closes before Christmas Day.
A typical Christmas Market consists of many kiosks placed along the streets and on squares of a city. There you can buy baked goods and regional specialties like Printen, ginger bread, Berlin doughnuts, Spekulatius, Stollen. Sweets like chocolate figures, cotton candy, roasted almonds, hot maroons, as well as warm dishes are also being offered. Very traditional are also drinks like the “Gluehwein”, or hot wine, and the “Weihnachtsbock”, which is a especially rich tasting beer. Usually, you will also find kiosks selling Christmas decor, Christmas tree decor like glass ornaments, poinsettia, and tinsels, or even handcrafted goods like Christmas cribs, candle arches, and fume figurines.
At most Christmas Markets there will be an artistic and cultural entertaining program. A St. Nicolas, Santa Claus or the “Christkind” is there to give little presents to the children. Sometimes there will be groups of figures to depict the Christmas scene or fable scenes. And there are orchestras or drama groups, entertaining on a stage or the balcony of the townhall.
The big Christmas tree and festive lightning that stand in contrast to the darkness give the Christmas market a special charm.
Christkindlmarkt in Winnipeg
Since 1985, with the help of many volunteers, the German-Canadian Congress plans a Christkindlmarkt every year. This is meant to uphold German traditions and to collect funds for cultural events and purposes in Manitoba throughout the year. For example, the Congress often issues scholarships for skilled students, awards grants for study trips, supports the German school and other Educational institutions that relate to the German language or culture.