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German Christmas markets in Canada

Nutcracker of all kinds - of course with moose antler
Nutcracker of all kinds - of course with moose antler

Christmas markets in Canada

There are only a few countries that have so many cultures from all over the world as Canada does. No city where people from all over the world are at home - in one particularly diverse, such as in Toronto, where almost exactly half of the inhabitants in other regions of the world were born, in the other less. And there are cities and regions in which entire ethnic groups have settled, which shape the events there decisively. And I'm not just talking about the French-speaking regions of eastern Canada. In Alberta there are areas where a lot of Ukrainians live. Vancouver is known for its Chinese population. And there are certainly other regions in which one or the other group of settlers is in the majority. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that several Canadian cities can afford a German Christmas market. This is usually organized by the German community of the city, which wants to arouse a little German sense of homeland or at least wants to promote the community of German -born citizens in the respective city.

Nutcracker as a Christmas tree decoration
Nutcracker as a Christmas tree decoration

The Christkindlmarkt in Kitchener, Ontario

The town of Kitchener about 100 km west of Toronto and 133 km west of Niagara Falls is certainly the city in which one expects most likely a German Christmas market, the place was once called Berlin. The city was founded by German Mennonites, who are still traveling in the area with their horse-drawn carriages and are known for their agricultural and home-made products. On a stroll through Kitchener I notice the German names everywhere. And I'm happy about the German baker, where there are not only German rye bread, but also typical types of cake such as crumble cake and for Christmas, of course, stollen and Christmas cookies.

The Christmas market is probably the one in Canada where the German roots are best seen: there is even a living crib, a Christkindl post office and a Rupprecht servant. Christmas songs can be heard above everything, including “Silent Night”. The Christkindlmarkt in Kitchener takes place every year and lasts four days.

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Here comes Santa Claus as a cowboy
Here comes Santa Claus as a cowboy

The Quebec City German Christmas Market

The German Christmas market in Quebec City lasts ten days. Perhaps that's because Quebec is Canada's most European city, with cobblestone streets, numerous churches and quaint squares that host a German Christmas market. In any case, the venue is well-chosen: in front of the Quebec City Hall and the Old Quebec basilica, the scents of mulled wine, cookies, sausages and roasted chestnuts fly through the air. If you like, you can choose a suitable Christmas present for the family at the stands of Quebec artisans and artists. And in the Christmas shop of Quebec, the Boutique de Noel, which is also in this square, you can stock up on typical Quebec Christmas decorations.

Christmas tree lighting with Indian Madonna
Christmas tree lighting with Indian Madonna

The German Christmas market of Vancouver

The city in which one would least suspect a German Christmas market is Vancouver. With its large number of Chinese inhabitants dominate there rather Asian influences. But the Christmas market must also have the German community of Vancouver: there is a Christmas village built on the square in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theater from log cabins, from which flow Christmas flavors. Christmas carols, bells and trumpet sounds enhance the Christmas atmosphere. And of course there are Christmas crafts to buy here. Incidentally, the German Christmas market in Vancouver is the only one that has been around throughout Advent until the 24. December is held. further information you can find it here.

Source: own research

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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