Prepare for the holidays by attending Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill, IL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 2. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 3. The daily attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, holiday music, craft activities, and Christmas gifts for sale. All our shops, museums, and restaurants will be open to satisfy your holiday needs.  See Tomten, our Swedish elves, looking through windows and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits.  If you are lucky, you might see our Julbock, Christmas goat, roaming around town.  A working model railroad will also be in the Steeple Building Museum, along with a Christmas display.  The Vasa National Archives will have Take Home Dala Horse Kits available to purchase.  Each kit has a horse, three colors of paint, and two brushes.  Supplies are limited and visitors can reserve them by calling 309 927-3898 or emailing   In addition, visitors to the Vasa National Archives can participate at the Make and Take Dala Horse Painting Station where people can paint their Dala Horses and let them dry while shopping and exploring Bishop Hill.  Dala Horses at the station are $8 each.  All of the above activities will happen each and every day of Julmarknad.

On Saturday December 2 only, a Chocolate Walk will be held at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase quality homemade chocolates by the pound. Also, the BHHA volunteers are sponsoring a make it/take it Christmas tree ornament workshop for children ages 12 and under at the Steeple Building Museum. Kids will have a choice of several types of ornaments to make and to take home to put on their Christmas tree. This is a free activity occurring from 1- 3 p.m.

For more information about Julmarknad activities, please call 309-927-3899 or email Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. American Rescue Plan Funds from Henry County, approved by the Henry County Board, were used to partially support this event.