Prepare for the holidays by attending the 2023 Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill, IL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 24, November 25, and December 2. On November 26 and December 3, the hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 children dress up as Jultomten, our Swedish Christmas elves, roam through the town, looking through windows, and peeking around corners in their red and grey outfits. According to Sweden’s modern Christmas traditions, the Jultomten deliver gifts to the doors of people homes on Christmas Eve, accompanied by the Julbock, Christmas goat.

For more information about other 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.