Frohe Festtage! The German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc

Featured Photo used courtesy of Joe Haas Media.

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 24th – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 25th – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Sunday, November 26th – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is the 6th 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.

German Christmas Market

2017 Vendors

Here is a list of the vendors that are to be at The German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc for the 2017 season.

Annie’s Pooch Pops
Hope of the Heart
Oliva Di Vita
Creative Fire Pottery
Inspirations of Faith
Carol Jensen
Silver Creek Alpaca
Baltic Inspirations
Mittens by Design
Russian Treasures
Gebhardt Trading
That Sweater Place
Tree Ghost
South Street Soapworks
Flakey Joe
Ada’s Accessories
German Club
Felted Soap Lady
Cream City Caramels
Swiss Frau Farms
Weather Vane
European Trading
Pink Shopping Bag
Lily & Mason
T-Best Kettle Corn
Honey Acres
Stiegler Artworks
Al Johnson Scandanavian Boutik
Pop Up Rock Shop

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.

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.

German Christmas Market


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 local nonprofits. What a great way to get photos with Santa and help those around you by supporting the non-profits with a kind donation.

Santa’s Hours 2017

Friday November 24th – 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday November 25th – 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday November 26th – 11:00am to 4:00pm

German Christmas Market


FRIDAY November 24

11:00am-3:00pm – Brewhaus Polka Kings
3:30pm-6:30pm   – Friestadt Alte Kameraden Band
7:00pm-10:00pm – Austrian Express

SATURDAY November 25

11:00am-3:00pm – Jeff Winard Trio
3:30pm-6:30pm   – Meisner Magic
7:00pm-11:00pm – Blaskepelle Milwaukee

SUNDAY November 26

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 2017 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

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!

Contact Information

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!


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