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Christkindlmarket Des Moines

  • Cowles Commons
  • Address: 313 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016
  • Friday 11am-11pm; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Phone: (515) 250-6366
  • Price: FREE

Experience a German-inspired Christmas Market at Cowles Commons in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe. Munich held its first Christmas market in 1310, over 700 years ago!


Visit vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from traditional wooden vendor stalls; enjoy polka music, traditional dance and choirs on the entertainment stage; have your kids visit the KinderKorner to hear storytelling or sing songs in another language; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) or a European-style Iowa craft beer.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is produced by Des Moines European Heritage Association, a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit. This event is free and open to the public. Dates and times are as follows:

Friday, December 2: 11am – 11pm
Saturday, December 3: 11am – 10pm
Sunday, December 4: 11am – 5pm

Christkindlmarket Des Moines