BISHOP HILL, IL – Get ready for the holidays by attending Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in Bishop Hill. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 26, November 27 and December 4. On November 28 and December 5, the hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa, crafts and Christmas gifts for sale. All our shops, museums and restaurants will be open to satisfy your vacation desires. See Tomten, our Swedish elves, roaming the town, peering out of windows and peering around corners in their red and gray outfits. Guests will also enjoy the Julbock, the Christmas goat. This trickster of the Scandinavian nations entertains young and old with his antics. A working miniature railway will also be at the Steeple Building Museum, with a Christmas exhibit. At the Bishop Hill State Museum, take part in a daily treasure hunt for Olof Krans paintings. Tim Pletkovich, author of Nuns, Nazis and Notre Dame, will be doing a book dedication on both weekends.
In addition, on Friday November 26, the National Archives of Vasa will make available Dala Horse Take and Make kits to take away. Each kit includes a horse, three colors of paint and two brushes. The kits cost $ 5 each. Supplies are limited and visitors can reserve them by calling 309 927-3898. Also at the Vasa National Archives, participate in 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 cost $ 5 each and painting is free. The cookie walk will take place at Colony School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homemade cookies and other baked goods can be bought by the pound. Finally, the cookies will be baked in the historic kitchen of the Hotel Bjorklund from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, November 27, the Cookie Walk will continue at Colony School. At the Vasa National Archives, the Make and Take Dala Horse station will continue. Mary Davidsaver, author of Shadows Over Bishop Hill, will be signing at the Prairie Arts Center. Baking of cookies will continue in the kitchen of Bjorklund Hotel. Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, so please support your local economy and shop for small businesses in historic Bishop Hill.
On Sunday, November 28, cookie baking will continue in the kitchen of the Bjorklund Hotel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Take part in the VNA’s Make and Take Dala Horse station, where people can paint their Dala Horse. Dala horses cost $ 5 each and painting is free.
On Saturday, December 4 only, Lilly Setterdahl, author of Bishop Hill Reframed, will hold a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Steeple Building Museum. Mary Davidsaver, author of Shadows Over Bishop Hill, will also be doing a book signing at the Prairie Arts Center. The Commons will host a visit from Santa Claus, with narration starting at 10 a.m. and a photo op to follow. There will also be a tomte sock-making workshop throughout the afternoon in the Commons. Then, starting at 5 p.m., Bishop Hill will have his
Julmarknad’s first Christmas parade with camels, horses and much more. This parade will pass through downtown Bishop Hill and the Village Park.
On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, 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 can be taken home or left at the hotel to be placed on the Bishop Hill Park Christmas tree while the tree is being lit during Lucia Nights. Visitors can also participate in the Make and Take Dala Horse station at the Vasa National Archives. There will also be a chocolate walk on both days at Colony School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buy quality homemade chocolates by the pound.
For more information on Julmarknad’s activities, please call 309-927-3899 or visit www.visitbishophill.com. Julmarknad events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.