The Des Moines Christkindlmarket is a German/European inspired Christmas Market! I grew up in Germany, and have distant memories of the real deal. This winter, I finally made the time to hit up this winter extravaganza. Although smaller than the market I've visited in Chicago, Des Moines' Christmas Market warmed my soul and stomach. 

My camera made the trip with me, but I honestly was having too much fun enjoying hot spiced nuts (SO GOOD!), Gluhwein (hot mulled wine) and perogies to take many photos! Besides drinks and dishes, a variety of local Iowa and midwestern businesses had stands, selling their wares. One of my favorites was Wild Cherry Spoon Co, a woodworker with gorgeous spoons, cutting boards, and other kitchen utensils! Other activities included demonstrations from vendors, and live music and dancing inside the large mainframe tent. Located in Cowles Commons in the heart of downtown Des Moines, the Christmas Market is a short walk from a number of restaurants, bars, and hotels in DSM. Park on the bridge, like we did, or in a variety of metered lots or parking garages! Make sure to bring cash, or expect to use an ATM and pay a fee. Finally, bundle up. Winter weather varies, and once the sun sets, it's sure to get chilly!

sunset over the Des Moines river at Christmas
Des Moines Christkindlmarket 2018 dates and times
what to do in Des Moines in the winter outside ice skating and Christkindlmarket
Visit Des Moines in December and experience a blend of European Christmas traditison at the DSM Christkindlmarket! Live music, hot drinks, snacks and food, and a kids tent make this an enjoyable event for the entire family. Make sure to bundle up--once the sun goes down, it gets cold. 
Four Iowa State University students visit Cowles Commons during the Des Moines Christkindlmarket in December.