Prepare for the holidays by attending Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill, IL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 25, November 26, and December 3.  On November 27 and December 4, 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.

Every day of Julmarknad, 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.  Kits are $5 each.  Supplies are limited and visitors can reserve them by calling 309 927-3898 or emailing email   In addition, visitors to the Vasa National Archives can participate at the Make and Take Dala Horse Station where people can paint their Dala Horses in the basement and let them dry while shopping and exploring Bishop Hill.  Dala Horses are $5 each and painting is free.

For more information about Julmarknad activities, please call 309-927-3899 or visit  Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.