Kitchener's Christkindl Market is Canada's original festival of German Christmas - a centuries-old tradition that opens the holiday season.

Kitchener's Christkindl Market runs from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9. Become immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of this one-of-a-kind market - and the German culture - at Kitchener City Hall.

Food and gift vendors sell handicrafts throughout the main floor, second level and in outdoor huts -- including handcrafted toys, Christmas ornaments, blown glass, food and candles, plus much more. Visitors also enjoy free entertainment, including performances by bands, choirs and dancers.