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Christmas Candle Carousel

  1. Grades 3-5
  2. Grades 6-8


Use aerodynamics to make a holiday decoration that spins! Celebrate the winter season by building a candle carousel inspired by a traditional German Weihnachtspyramide. Build your platform and watch as the heat of the candles spins the blades of the fan, making the penguin and friends dance around the Christmas tree.

Why it’s awesome

  1. kiwico candle carousel

    Christmas decor

    An adorable winter decoration to enjoy year after year.

  2. spinning candle carousel

    Amazing aerodynamics

    Learn about convection currents, aerodynamics, and the power of heat.

  3. tinkering with carousel fans

    Holiday tradition

    Bring a charming European custom home and make it your own.

What’s included?

  • 4 candles

  • 4 candle holders

  • pole

  • pole bowl

  • 8 fan blades

  • hub

  • tree

  • pipette

  • wood stand set

  • 2 sticky foam sheets

  • 4 bolts

  • 2 spacers

  • 4 festive friends

  • 2 sticker sheets

  • illustrated instruction booklet

Topics explored

  1. Convection currents

  2. Aerodynamics

  3. Holiday fun

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

Get festive —- build a candle-powered carousel, decorate your own Christmas tree, and learn about convection current. All while spreading holiday cheer!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Number of tries it took to say Weihnachtspyramide right


Total time spent spinning in days


Number of candles burned during testing



114 reviews

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    This is so cool and a really nice Christmas decoration



    My family had a little metal Christmas carousel which my mom brought out each November. It was so beautiful and mysterious to me as a child. I am so happy to being this joy to my kids. It has lasted three Christmases so far. This is a great learning tool and pretty little item to add to the Christmas table.



    It was a good balance of ease to assemble and following directions. My kids loved having it on the table every night and lighting the candles!



    Amazing! She had so much fun making it, her engineer father was beyond thrilled to explain the science behind it and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new family favourite Christmas ornament!



    My grand daughter loved this carousel so much! This was a great bonding experience with her. The materials are so sturdy and exceeded our expectations. The directions were clear and this will be a decoration that we will enjoy for years and remember the fun we had creating it and learning about the science involved in it. Thank you for creating such a wonderful educational product.



    It looks wonderful and of the same high quality as other Kiwi Crate items in our subscriptions. I cannot give a full review because I have put them away to give to give to our grandchildren for next Christmas!

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