Frohe Festtage! The German Christmas Market Of Oconomowoc Lake Country Family Fun Oconomowoc Wisconsin

Frohe Festtage! The German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc

Featured Photo used courtesy of Joe Haas Media, board member of the German Christmas Market. Photos below are property of Lake Country Family Fun.

This year the community is celebrating the 12th Anniversary of the German Christmas Market, and will be opening the Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 5pm and Big Al & the Hi Fi’s play from 7-10pm. Then on Friday, November 24, 2023 the entire market will open at 10 AM.

Downtown Oconomowoc will be the place to be Thanksgiving Weekend in 2023! In fact, it’ll be the 12th anniversary celebration and they are going to make it more family-friendly. Woot!

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

Wednesday, November 22nd – 5pm – 10pm (Entertainment Tent Only)

Friday, November 24th, 2023 – Hours 10AM – 10PM

Saturday, November 25th, 2023 – Hours 10AM – 10PM

Sunday, November 26th, 2023 – Hours 10AM – 4PM

The German Christmas Market in downtown Oconomowoc is a must experience event. 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 parking offered through street parking and municipal lots.

Our tips from attending is to visit during the day with kiddos to see Santa and visit the shops. The heated tent with the band gets VERY PACKED with adults and busy at night. We love to take the kids on a carriage house around downtown just it gets dark, and the kids find it magical. 

German Christmas Market

2023 German Christmas Market Details

Santa will be making appearances at the German Christmas Market again this year in the heated German Christmas Market tent.  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.

*Everyone has been asking about who the Santa will be. The pre-2020 German Christmas Market Santa has retired. The 2023 Santa will be the same as the 2022 and 2021 Santa. 

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 2023

In the heated GCM Santa Tent, You are the Photographer! Take pictures of Santa with your camera.

Santa’s Hours:
Friday & Saturday – 10am to 5pm
Sunday – 10am to 3pm

2023 Special Attractions: 

  • Gingerbread Decorating for Kids (by St. Paul’s Church and proceeds benefiting the Oconomowoc Food Pantry)
  • Hot Drinks (all proceeds go to local non-profits)

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. Plus, you will be within walking distance to downtown restaurants.

Please note that there is a $3 hand stamp, for all persons 21 and over, for entry into the heated Wintergarten. 

Weissgerber Restaurants

Lisa Marks

Lisa return for her fifth season! Providing excellent, authentic German cuisine, this is the gold standard in the Lake Country area and The Golden Mast is their flagship. This year the team is tackling sausage (wurst), chicken schnitzel, kraut and strudel.

Bryants on the Round

Chef Bryant has been in the culinary field for more than thirty years. He has established and held head chef and executive chef positions at many high-end restaurants in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Ft. Lauderdale. Having served many local and Hollywood celebrities, as well as U.S. presidents, Chef Bryant has pleased some of the pickiest of palates.

Kleines Bayern Nuts

Ray and Carrie Stelzer
Roughly translated, their business name means “Little Bavaria” and it correlates well to what they bring to the German Market. Using an authentic Bavarian family recipe, Ray and Carrie roast almonds, pecans, cashews and more from their stately Bavarian themed trailer. Once you taste them you are hooked. It’s a rich tradition and a fundamental staple of any authentic market. They are also great folks and fun to work with. We are thrilled to see them back this year and we know you will be too.

Gluhwein by Marijo

Gluhwein is traditional mulled wine made with red wine and mulling spices (usually cloves, grated nutmeg, and cinnamon or mace.) The wine is served hot with a beautiful smile. 

Say Cheese Wisconsin

Welcome to Say Cheese WI! We are a family owned business with a passion for cheese. We travel around Wisconsin frying cheese curds for customers like you. We love attending local markets and have developed special relationships with our loyal customers. As our family grows so has our business, From our humble beginnings frying curds in one fryer under a tent to our new yellow concession trailers, your love for curds has made our growth possible. Now, we are able to take our curds to dozens of locations across the state, and are always seeking out more. Thank you for loving cheese as much as we do!

T-Best Kettle Corn

We pop and sell the finest quality Kettle corn, caramel corn and cheese corn at events in Wisconsin.

Plus, you are within walking distance to some of our favorites in downtown Oconomowoc:

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.

2023 Music Schedule coming!

For kids:

In the Kinder Cookie Haus kids can decorate gingerbread cookies & all proceeds go the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. 

The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association will once again be sponsoring a carriage ride to take a ride around downtown Oconomowoc. 

We do this every year with the kiddos. Pick up will be on the south side of Wisconsin Avenue, in front of Sobie’s Restaurant

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Hours

Friday and Saturday 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm  

Here is a list of the vendors that are scheduled to be at The German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc for the 2023 season.


Ada’s Accessories
Al Johnson’s Swedish Items
Alkota Russian Treasures
Bestowed Gift Box
Brew City Pickles
C Squared Wood Products
Community Bakers
Copperhead Metallurgy
Cream City Caramels
Creative Fire Pottery
Dirks Socking Design
European Trading Co.
Felted Soap Lady
German Club

Heart Honey Elderberry
Hiawatha Woodworks
High Home Foods
Honey Acres
Hope of the Heart
JackAngeline LLC
Lake Country Growers
Marijo Weissgerber with Gluhwein
Mystic Ireland Gifts
Oak and Elizabeth
Plain Jane Hats
Prairie Junction Farms
Present Not Perfect
Sassy Sweets

Silver Creek Alpaca
Steenhagen Studios & Evelyn Fine Art
Steppin Out Foods
Swiss Frau Farm Products
Vegan Bakery
Weather Vane
Wizard of Woodworking

German Christmas Market

German Christmas Market


For more Information on the German Christmas Market

For more information, including frequently asked questions about The German Christmas of Oconomowoc visit their website. If you go let them know you heard about it from Lake Country Family Fun!

Read about Lake Country Family Fun owner, Erin’s husband winning the 2016 stein holding competition and winning a trip to NYC!

Watch this video, where Lake Country Family Fun owner, Erin’s husband is interviewed on how their family enjoys the German Christmas Market every year.

Now it’s time to pack up the car with the whole family and share in the joy that is to be the 2023 German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc.

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