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Local NonProfit Celebrates Holiday Tradition with #CDMCurbside

Christkindlmarket Des Moines

CDM Curbside text by Suzanne Hull.
Christkindlmarket text by Mike King.

For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

CDM Curbside customers can pre-order all of their favorite items traditionally found at Christkindlmarkets from the vendors they’ve come to know and love AND a few new faces. Customers can peruse traditional food and hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts in advance and pick up their purchases at Principal Park during the Curbside Pickup.

No need to leave your vehicle

No need to schedule multiple pickups from multiple vendors

CDM Curbside Online Marketplace

Help us celebrate our five-year anniversary by shopping the online marketplace from the comfort and warmth of your own home now through Sunday, November 22 at 11:59 p.m. At checkout, schedule your curbside pickup at Principal Park on one of the following days:

  • Thursday, December 3: 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 4: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 5: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 6: Noon – 5 p.m.

Gift Guides

We’ve created a couple of gift guides to get you started:

Meet our gift and specialty items vendors and our food vendors.

Additional Links

Wondering how to place a CDM Curbside online marketplace order? Watch the video below for more information:


As always, the DMEHA continues to seek volunteers to assist in its year-round activities, as well as Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteer shifts start at only two to three hours. All interested in volunteering should click here.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines — An “Unsurprising” Success

It might be about 700 years or so younger than some of its European counterparts, but Christkindlmarket Des Moines has already made itself a holiday tradition for many Iowans. To date, more than 130,000 people have visited the market in the four years that a live event was able to be held — something many thought not possible since most Americans expect a warm mall experience for holiday shopping rather than a largely outdoor venue.

The all-volunteer Christkindlmarket Des Moines is unique for these types of markets, with many today financed and managed by large companies or cities. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is completely financed by sponsors and grassroots donations, such as those who purchase the limited-edition Glühwein mugs each year.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines and all activities of the DMEHA are designed to help bring the state’s European cultural activities and traditions from the past alive today and share them with all people who call Iowa home, regardless of their ethnic or cultural background. Learning about all cultures has innate value and DMEHA strives to foster a welcoming inclusiveness for all to celebrate the past, present and future of European-based culture, cuisine, music, language and more.

The next Christkindlmarket Des Moines is slated for Dec. 2-5, 2021. Find more information at christkindlmarketdsm.com.

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a burgeoning city with a brilliant future. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Iowa European Cultural Connection

Suzanne Hull HeadshotMike King Headshot Suzanne Hull and Mike King work alongside a team of volunteers to produce Christkindlmarket Des Moines, an outdoor, German-inspired Christmas market celebrating its sixth year in 2021. Produced by Iowa European Cultural Connection, a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit, the festival is a family tradition for many in Greater Des Moines (DSM).