Julmarknad hours on Sunday December 1 are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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, with a Christmas display. At the Peasant Works, there will be a festive Swedish Folklore DIY Photo Booth in the barnyard, featuring tomten and julbock attire. At the Bishop Hill State Museum each day, participate in the Olof Krans Paintings Scavenger Hunt. Starting the first week of Julmarknad, the Bishop Hill Creative Commons is collecting name suggestions for their two giant Tomten, with public voting to follow. Please stop in at The Commons and add your ideas.
Also on Sunday December 1 only, experience a LIVE BLUES Concert at the Bishop Hill Creative Commons with Chris Stevens and Greg Weinberg performing from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and David Bechtold from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please view the Bishop Hill Creative Commons Facebook page for more details. In addition, Cookie baking will continue at the Bjorklund Hotel kitchen. Sample freshly baked cookies from 1 to 3 p.m.