Prepare for the holidays by attending the second weekend of Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday December 5 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday December 6.  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.  All our shops and restaurants will be open to satisfy your holiday needs. 

Due to COVID-19, we do ask our guests to please social distance.  Our businesses do require masks indoors and have capacity limits.  Restaurants are currently doing outdoor seating, take out, and curbside pickup only, no indoor seating.   In addition, 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, or visit  Information will also be posted on various Facebook pages including the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Bishop Hill Arts Council Facebook pages.  Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.