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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Wayne Wietbrock, a retired farmer from Lowell, Indiana shops for Christmas ornaments at Christkindlmarket Chicago on December 4, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Christkindlmarket Chicago is a German-themed outdoor market open during the Christmas shopping season in Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop. Vendors sell gifts, crafts, ornaments and traditional German food at the market. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Christkindlmarket in Chicago (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Downtown Des Moines will get a taste of a German Christmas over the weekend.

Cowles Commons is playing host to the Christkindlmarket, a Germen-themed outdoor market, whichwas put together by the Des Moines European Heritage Association.

The inaugural Christkindlmarket in Des Moines will feature traditional European foods, music, and unique gifts from vendors across the Midwest. Hot, spiced mulled wine, known as Glühwein, will be available along with a collectible mug.

The free event opens Friday at 11:00 a.m. and an opening ceremony is being held at 6:00 p.m. featuring the Christkind, a traditional giver of gifts. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.