Happy Thanksgiving to all our Bishop Hill supporters and fans! Please remember that after Thanksgiving, Bishop Hill is still having Julmarknad (Christmas Market). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 27, November 28, and December 5. On November 29 and December 6, the hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Sweden, the Julmarknad tradition started in the 14th century, with the market typically held in the town square. The attractions in Bishop Hill include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and unique Christmas gifts for sale. The traditional foods and handicrafts offered for sale give a glimpse of life in the past, as well as the opportunity to incorporate them into modern life. During the first weekend of Julmarknad, author Jannifer Powelson will have a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center on Saturday November 28. She will be signing her children books and her latest novel. Saturday November 28 is also Small Business Saturday, so please support your local economy and shop the small businesses of historic Bishop Hill. Due to COVID-19 and Illinois Tier 3 Mitigations, there has been some changes. The museums of Bishop Hill will be closed the first weekend of Julmarknad. Our restaurants are currently doing only curbside pickup, take out, and outdoor seating, weather permitting. We do ask our guests to please social distance. Our businesses do require masks indoors and have new capacity limits. Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, there is the possibility that additional modifications might be made to Julmarknad. So please check before visiting.For more information about 2020 Julmarknad activities, please call 309-927-3899, email bhha@mymctc.net, or visit www.visitbishophill.com. Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.