Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener's Christkindl Market goes online

Kitchener’s Christkindl Market is among the annual traditions that will look a little different this year amid COVID-19 as the event moves to an online-only format.

Event to feature 24-day online Advent Calendar

Workers set up the Christkindl outdoor market outside Kitchener's city hall on Wednesday, Dec . 5, 2019. Typically, thousands of people visit downtown Kitchener during the Christkindl market but the event is moving online this year as a safety precaution. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Kitchener's Christkindl Market is among the annual traditions that will look a little different this year, as the event moves to an online-only format.

Starting Dec. 1, the website will host a special advent calendar online, said Monica Reid, president of the Christkindl Market committee in a news release.  

"Each day, visitors can open a new door and uncover that day's mix of videos, entertainment, stories, interviews from past years, holiday crafts, recipes, and so much more," Reid said.

The Downtown Kitchener Business Association will sell Christmas trees for curbside pickup Dec.4 and 5. A limited number of Christkindl-Market-In-A-Box packages will also be available for sale.

The Christkindl Market isn't the only tradition that's changing this year. The annual Santa Claus parade has been reimagined as two "reverse parades" that will be held in Kitchener and Waterloo

The group Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo is also hosting its annual marketplace fundraiser online. 

The Kitchener Christkindl Market has been running since 1997. As many as 40,000 visitors typically visit the downtown over the four-day period, the city said in a release.

More information about the online plans will be available at www.christkindl.ca.

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