The 2nd weekend of Julmarknad is this weekend. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, and Christmas gifts for sale. All our shops, museums, and restaurants will be open to satisfy your holiday needs. See Tomten, our Swedish elves, roam through the town, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. Guests will also enjoy the Julbock, the Christmas Goat. This trickster from Scandinavian entertains young and old with its antics. A working model railroad will also be in the Steeple Building Museum. At the Peasant Works, there will be a festive Julmarknad DIY Photo Booth in the barnyard, featuring tomten and julbock attire.
On Saturday December 1 only, Mary Davidsaver, author of Clouds Over Bishop Hill, will be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On both Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2, children are invited to make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Peanuts will be used. These ornaments may be taken home, or left at the Hotel to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park’s Christmas tree during the tree lighting on Lucia Nights. A Chocolate Walk will also be held at the Dairy Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Purchase quality homemade chocolates by the pound.
For more information about Julmarknad activites, please call 309-927-3899 or visit us at www.bishophill.com. Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.