Every year, Bishop Hill continually looks for 4th thru 6th graders who would like to be tomten for our Christmas Market weekends in November and December. Tomten are Swedish elves.  Bishop Hill tomten basically walk through town shaking hands with tourists, look through windows, peek around corners, and look a little mischievous.  Tourists love taking photographs of the tomten. Each shift is 2 hours.  We have outfits for them with red caps, grey sweatshirts, red sashes, and pants, which they wear over their clothes. Tomten are portrayed by both boys and girls.

If you are interested in having your child be a Tomten, please call Todd DeDecker at the the Steeple Building Museum at (309) 927-3899 asap. The child will receive a $5 gift certificate from the Colony Store for helping us out. Light refreshments are also provided to the children. We look forward to hearing from you!