Julmarknad returns to Bishop Hill

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Bishop Hill is bringing back his Julmarknad – or Christmas market – from Friday.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 27 and December 4, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 28 and December 5, with shops, museums and restaurants open everywhere.

The market will feature Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations, holiday music, storytelling Santa Claus and craft activities. There will also be many gift purchases available on various sites.

Tomten – or the Swedish elves – will roam the village in red and gray outfits. Julbock – the Christmas goat – will also be on hand to entertain with his antics. A working model railroad will be on display at the Steeple Building Museum and a scavenger hunt of Olof Krans paintings will take place daily at the Bishop Hill State Museum.

Tim Pletkovich, author of ‘Nuns, Nazis and Notre Dame’, will also have a book signing each weekend.


On Friday, the Vasa National Archives will be donating a Dala horse making and making kit that includes a horse, three colors of paint and two brushes for $ 5. Supplies are limited and can be reserved by calling 309-927-3898. Also at the archives, a Dala Horse Making Station will allow participants to paint their Dala horses and let them dry while shopping and exploring Bishop Hill. Each horse costs $ 5; painting is free.

A cookie walk will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Colony School, with homemade cookies and other baked goods available for purchase by the pound. Baking cookies in the historic kitchen of Hotel Bjorklund will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cookie Walk, Cookie Baking and Dala Horse Takeout Station will continue on November 27, with a book signing by Mary Davidsaver, author of “Shadows Over Bishop Hill,” at the Prairie Arts Center. November 27 is also Small Business Saturday.

Activities on November 28 will include cookie baking and take-out Dala Horse station.

Lilly Setterdahl, author of “Bishop Hill Reframed”, will have a book signing from 11 am to 2 pm on December 4 at the Steeple Building Museum. Davidsaver will once again be signing copies of “Shadows Over Bishop Hill” at the Prairie Arts Center.

The Commons will also host a visit from Father Christmas on December 4, with narration starting at 10 a.m. and a photo op to follow. A tomte sock-making workshop will take place throughout the afternoon in the Communes. Starting at 5 p.m., Bishop Hill will host its first Julmarknad Christmas Parade – featuring camels, horses and other parade participants – in downtown Bishop Hill and around the village park.

On December 4 and 5, kids can make edible tree ornaments at the Bjorklund Hotel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Peanuts will be used to make the ornaments, which can be taken home or left at the hotel to be placed in Bishop Hill Christmas Tree Park while the tree is lit on Lucia Nights.

Visitors can also participate in the two days at Dala Horse Station and join a chocolate walk, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 4 and 5 at Colony School. Homemade chocolates will be available by the pound.
For more information on Julmarknad, call 309-927-3899 or go to visitbishophill.com.

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