Christkindl Market

6 Dec

Christkindl Market in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Chrsitkindl markets originated in Germany hundreds of years ago and is now a common occurrence leading up to Christmas. Every year Kitchener (in Canada) hosts its own version at the beginning of December.  Many of the displays at the Christkindl market reminded me of my amazing trip to Germany in June such as the miniature replicate of Germany’s famous high speed train, the ICE.

A model of Germany's fast, famous and efficient ICE trains.

An actual ICE train I travelled on during my Germany trip.

Kitchener’s Christkindl market offers traditional German fare, shiny beautiful holiday ornaments, sweet treats, fuzzy warm winter accessories, sparkling jewelry, handcrafted toys and much much more. There is also a model railway room, children’s activities, live music and a nativity scene.

Delicate and detailed dolls' dresses.

Two cute ponies that were part of the live nativity display.

One of a number of outdoor food vendors.

Most of the hot food vendors are outside while the nonfood vendors are indoors. I tried some famous apple fritters for the first time at “Das Fritter Haus”. Essentially, these are slices of apples dipped in batter and deep fried. They were made to order and tasted like sweet soft fluffy clouds that’s been coated with sugar, cinnamon and other spices.

Six apple fritters, $4.75.

Although the weather is bitterly cold, the atmosphere is warm, bright and cheerful. Everyone is in a happy and welcoming mood. The festival is charming, unique and a perfect addition to the holiday season.

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