Featured Photo used courtesy of Joe Haas Media, board member of the German Christmas Market. Photos below are property of Lake Country Family Fun.
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.
“Dear friends, the German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc for 2020 is cancelled. This wholeheartedly stems from a responsibility to keep our guests and stakeholders safe, and to protect our vendors from financial losses.
The Christmas Market has always been a not-for-profit event, and we require many attendees in order to ‘break even’ & help pay for the following year’s event. With distancing measures in place, this would be difficult to achieve and nearly impossible to enforce.
To our sponsors and guests, thank you all so very much for your support over the past 8 years, and we are already planning a bigger and better Christmas Market for 2021. Bis dann…” SOURCE
Thanksgiving Weekend in Downtown Oconomowoc
Friday, November 29th, 2019 – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 30th, 2019 – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, December 1st, 2019 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is the 8th anniversary for the German Christmas Market in downtown Oconomowoc. 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 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.
Looking to volunteer and give back to this great event? Sign up here!
2019 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.
What a great way to get photos with Santa and help those around you by supporting the food pantry with a kind donation. (PS. This is the BEST SANTA in Lake Country! He’s the real deal straight from the North Pole.)
Santa’s Hours 2019
Friday, November 29th – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 30th – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 1st – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
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 $2 hand stamp, for all persons 21 and over, for entry into the heated Wintergarten.
- Weissgerber Restaurants
- Serving your favorites from The Golden Mast
Kleines Bayern Nuts
- “Little Bavaria”
- If nuts are your thing, you must try these!
Old German Beer Hall
- Serving up German pretzels and hand made vats of Gluhwein (hot spiced or mulled wine)
- Pulled pork and other barbeque favorites
T-Best Kettle Corn
- We love to grab a bag and walk around or order as we are leaving for a fun snack at home.
Say Cheese Wisconsin
- Food Truck
- Cheese curds and more!
- Plus, you were 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.
2019 Music Schedule
Friday, November 29
- 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Brewhaus Polka Kings
- 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Friestadt Alte Kameraden Band
- 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Austrian Express
Saturday, November 30
- 11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Jeff Winard Trio
- 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Meisner Magic
- 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Blaskepelle Milwaukee
Sunday, December 1
- 11:00 am to 4:00 pm – A Little Bit of Heavan
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 2019 season.
Al Johnson’s Swedish Items
Alkota Russian Treasures
Annie’s Pooch Pops
Bits N Pieces
Brew City Pickles
C Squared Wood Products
Cream City Caramels
Creative Fire Pottery
European Trading Co.
Felted Soap Lady
Gebhardt Trading Company
For more Information on the German Christmas Market
New this year – join the Friends of the German Christmas Market Friday Night VIP Experience. Details HERE.
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 2019 German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc.