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Experience a German-inspired Christmas Market at Cowles Commons December 1-3. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 700 year old tradition.
Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls; enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance and choirs in the entertainment tent; participate in children's activities; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European-style Iowa craft beer.
Des Moines European Heritage Association, a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit, produces Christkindlmarket Des Moines. This event is free and open to the public. Dates and times are as follows:
Friday, December 1: 11am – 9pm
Saturday, December 2: 11am – 9pm
Sunday, December 3: 11am – 5pm
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Des Moines European Heritage Association
We connect Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and we support cultural heritage organizations with resources and tools to maintain and grow their memberships. Our signature event is Christkindlmarket Des Moines, a European-style Christmas market which takes place in Western Gateway Park. Like us on Facebook!