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Downtown Oconomowoc will be the place to be Thanksgiving Weekend! The German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc is filling the Village Green in Downtown Oconomowoc with all things German. The park will be turned into a winter wonderland full of delights for all of your senses. There will be traditional German music filling the air. You will walk among the vendor huts that will have Christmas lists answered, the smell of roasted candied nuts in the air, and libations to delight your tongue.
Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Oconomowoc
Friday, November 23rd – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 24th – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, November 25th – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is the 7th anniversary for the German Christmas Market. There will be a variety of vendors, from handcrafted soaps, jewelry, glassware, barbarian specialty gifts, and so much more! You will be able to shop local from so many artisans, all in one location. Also, don’t forget that the market is centrally located within walking distance of the shops of Downtown Oconomowoc and tons of street parking, and municipal lots.
Here is a list of the vendors that are to be at The German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc for the 2018 season.
Al Johnson’s Swedish Items
Alkota Russian Treasures
Annie’s Pooch Pops
Brew City Pickles
C Squared Wood Products
Cream City Caramels
European Trading Co.
Felted Soap Lady
Hope of the Heart
Inspirations of Faith
Jack & Joie
Little Bison Company
Oliva di Vita
Silver Creek Alpaca
South Street Soapworks
Swiss Frau Farms
That Sweater Place
Food & Drink
If you are looking for handcrafted treats to fill your belly, no worries, The German Christmas Market has a great variety of foods available. There will be bakeries with sweet treats, and savory options, the cinnamon roasted almonds will be back, and don’t forget about the big soft German pretzels, and the other traditional German Foods. Please note that there is a $2 hand stamp, for all persons 21 and over, for entry into the heated Wintergarten.
The music is unstoppable, you will be dancing the polka through the day into the night, so to get the kids a babysitter and head out for a date night and really get into the German “Spirits”. There will be beer (of course) and also gluhwein (warm mulled wine) and specially branded wines from LoDuca Brothers. Crosspoint church will be back serving up hot chocolate and coffee.
Photos with Santa
Santa will be making appearances at the German Christmas Market again this year. As always, photos with Santa will be free (photos taken with your own phone or camera). There will be donations accepted to help fund the Oconomowoc food pantry. What a great way to get photos with Santa and help those around you by supporting the food pantry with a kind donation.
Santa’s Hours 2018
Friday November 23rd – 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday November 24th – 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday November 25th – 11:00am to 4:00pm
2018 MUSIC SCHEDULE
FRIDAY November 23
11:00am-3:00pm – Brewhaus Polka Kings
3:30pm-6:30pm – Friestadt Alte Kameraden Band
7:00pm-10:00pm – Austrian Express
SATURDAY November 24
11:00am-3:00pm – Jeff Winard Trio
3:30pm-6:30pm – Meisner Magic
7:00pm-11:00pm – Blaskepelle Milwaukee
SUNDAY November 25
11:00am-4:00pm – A Little Bit of Heaven
So pack up the car with the whole family and share in the joy that is to be the 2018 German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc.
The Christmas Village
Under a Canopy of Soft Christmas lights
Over 30 Unique Retail Vendor Outdoor Huts
Many Indoor Retail Vendors
Huge Steel Fire Pit for Gatherings
Holiday Party Tent
Over 10,000 Square Foot of Heated Tents
Live Polka Bands Throughout the Event
Authentic German Cuisine
Indoor Bier Garten
Great German Beer
Traditional Gluhwein Made Fresh
Other Libations & Snacks
Special Events Tents
Heated Santa Tent Where You’re The Photographer
(make a donation and take your own pictures of Santa with your camera!)
160′ by 30′ Long Heated Retail Tent (unique items that needed heat)
Hot Drinks (all proceeds go to local non-profits)
Gingerbread Decorating Tent for Kids (run by and proceeds benefiting the Oconomowoc Food Pantry)
And so much more!
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