Swedish Christmas Market opens holiday season Nov. 25 at Bishop Hill

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 The holiday season will be opened the traditional Swedish way during Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25 through 27 and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4 in the historic Swedish community of Bishop Hill, Illinois.

The free event’s attractions include Swedish folk characters, traditional Swedish holiday decorations and quality gifts for the holidays that may be purchased.  There will be “Family Holiday Workshops” Nov. 25 and 26 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the historic Steeple Building.  A special holiday exhibit called “Let’s Celebrate Traditions” will be on display in the Steeple Building.  This exhibit highlights Swedish and American holiday traditions.

A Christmas Cookie Walk, with homemade cookies and baked goods that can be purchased by the pound, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26 at the Colony School.  A Chocolate Walk, featuring delights from area chocolatiers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the historic 1854 Steeple Building.

Children can visit with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the historic Blacksmith Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. courtesy of the Prairie Arts Center.  Also on Saturday, Nov. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. there will be free Belgian horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the village.

Many of the holiday events in Bishop Hill are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Another popular holiday attraction, Lucia Nights, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10 in Bishop Hill featuring the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale, the Mountain Men and more.

Bishop Hill is located 150 southwest of Chicago and 20 miles east of I-74 in Henry County.  For more information call (309) 927-3345 or (309) 927-3899, or visit www.bishophill.com.