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Christmas in Okauchee
November 27 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
One event on November 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
One event on November 28, 2020 at 11:00 am
One event on November 29, 2020 at 10:00 am
Many local families were saddened at the announcement of the cancellation of the popular German Christmas Market. However, the spirit of the event is coming on the same weekend, in a different location!
German Market & Holiday Festival. 4-day Outdoor Event – LIVE BANDS – SANTA CLAUS – FIRE PIT – OUTDOOR MARKET – SHOPS – VENDORS – GERMAN FOOD – KRAMPAS AND MORE
The Okauchee Lion’s Park will be the site of a German Christmas Market and holiday festival this Thanksgiving weekend.
“Christmas in Okauchee” is planned for November 25 through 29.
The event production is a collaboration between Hans Weissgerber III of HB Milwaukee, Lisa Marks of Weissgerber Restaurants and Andrew Kranick of Easy Chalet NA. The trio of Lake Country natives began exploring the idea of hosting an event in Okauchee after the cancellation of the German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc was announced in April.
Weissgerber and Marks have been the principal food and beverage vendor partners in the Oconomowoc market since its beginning. Kranick has been the event logistical coordinator and expeditor for HB Milwaukee and is the importer of the German festival table and benches used at the market. Kranick began importing authentic chalets like those used in the Christmas Markets across Europe to serve the growing trend of holiday markets here in the USA. “Fellow vendors started reaching out to see if we were planning anything, most festivals had been cancelled. Our businesses and our employees depend on these annual events for their income. We started thinking about where we could host a well-executed event in the Lake Country and the Okauchee Lion’s Park became the logical choice.”, said Hans Weissgerber III.” Lisa Marks added, “We fully intend to return to the Oconomowoc event for 2021 and strongly believe that Christmas in Okauchee will help guarantee the continuation of this Thanksgiving weekend tradition.”
Christmas in Okauchee will feature 24 specialty retail vendors split into North and South outdoor market areas featuring the authentic European market chalets. The Bertrand Family Pavilion with its multiple glass garage doors and infrared heating system will provide covered seating, food, beverage, and musical entertainment. The event will utilize the Okauchee Lions Park to create a festive indoor/outdoor holiday event.
LOCATION: Okauchee Lion’s Park
N49W34400 E Wisconsin Ave
Okauchee, WI 53069
COST: $3 wristband OR $5 weekend wristband (Adults 21 and older)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, November 25
Annual Tree Lighting
6:00-9:00pm – Down town Okauchee
Lake Country Homecoming Concert
8:00pm – Lions Park – 5 Card Studs
Masskrugstemmen – Stein Holding Contest
9:00pm – Lions Park
CLOSED THANKSGIVING – 26th
7:00pm to 11pm Copper Box
7:00pm to 11pm Austrian Express
3:30 to 6:00pm Blaskapelle Milwaukee
Plus, you can help families in our community by participating in a drive at the event. Tinus Marine of Oconomowoc will have a tent set up at the event for people to drop off donations for Baby Blessings of Oconomowoc at that location starting November 27-29th. The boat they are stuffing will be moved back to Tinus Marine on the 29th of November after the event ends, and they will continue to collect items until December 5th at their Tinus Marine location.
The letters to Santa & sleigh picture opportunity area will be open daily from fest opening to 8PM – Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there in person as hours show below – all any donations will go to Lake Country Cares. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be safely spaced in the sleigh for photo opportunities. This event is sponsored by the Petelinsek family.
- Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
If parking on the Grounds or parking along Wisconsin ave. are full, jump on the shuttle. Shuttle map and times
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