Monday, December 14, 2015

Warmest greetings of the season from your friends in Bishop Hill

Thank you 
to all who came and celebrated St. Lucia Nights in Bishop Hill this year. The unusually warm weather resulted in a mist in the air that added a magical glow to the holiday lights. We had an absolutely wonderful time and hope you made some happy holiday memories here.


Cheers to you and yours in 2016!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Market Events Schedule



Mark your calendar and plan to attend
our annual Christmas Market on
Nov 27th, 28th, 29th & Dec 5th and 6th!
 


For a relaxing holiday treat, bring the family for a visit to Bishop Hill during our annual Christmas Market weekends. Our shops are brimming with special holiday food, gifts, and crafts for sale. Catch a glimpse of our little costumed elves called Tomten, as they roam through the town, greeting guests and making merry. Stop in at the Steeple Building to see a working model railroad, woodcarving demonstrations and bring kids 12 and under to make it/take it Christmas Ornament Workshops in the afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. VagnHall Galleri in the Prairie Arts Center will showcase a special multi-artist exhibit and the Bishop Hill Welcome Center will feature a Christmas tree fully dressed in ornaments inspired by Bishop Hill’s painter, Olof Krans – as it was seen at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion in 2014. The magic of the season comes alive in this beautiful historic setting. In addition to the above mentioned revelry, you will find additional offerings on the dates and times listed below.  




Friday, November 27th – 10am to 5pm
9am to 4pm - Cookie Walk in the Colony School; home baked holiday cookies available by the pound.
1pm to 3pm
- Sample Christmas cookies baked in the kitchen of the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel.
1pm to 3pm - Old World Santa Claus will visit with children in the Welcome Center; cameras are welcome.
1pm to 3pm - Old World Santa Claus will visit with children in the Welcome Center; cameras are welcome.
Saturday, November 28th – 10am to 5pm
1pm to 3pm
- Make it/Take it Christmas ornament work shop for kids ages 12 and under in the Steeple Building.
1pm to 3pm - Sample Christmas cookies baked in the kitchen of the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel.
6pm - Welcome Center Fundraiser: A Murder Mystery Dinner Party at PL Johnsons. Die Laughing Productions presents The Mystery of the Ugly Christmas Sweater. Advanced tickets required. 309-927-3064
Sunday, November 29th – 11am to 5pm
1pm to 3pm - Old World Santa Claus will visit with children in the Welcome Center; cameras are welcome.       
Saturday, December 5th – 10am to 5pm

11am to 5pm - Chocolate Walk at the Welcome Center; purchase handmade chocolates by the pound.
1pm to 3pm - Make it/Take it Christmas ornament work shop for kids ages 12 and under in the Steeple Building.
1pm to 3pm
- Children are invited to make edible tree ornaments in the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel to be taken home or left to decorate the park Christmas tree at our Lucia celebration.
Sunday, December 6th – 11am to 5pm
1pm to 3pm
- Children are invited to make edible tree ornaments in the 1860’s Bjorklund Hotel to be taken home or left to decorate the park Christmas tree at our Lucia celebration.

11am to 5pm - Chocolate Walk at the Welcome Center; purchase handmade chocolates by the pound.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Calling All Tomten (Bishop Hill Christmas Elves)



Attention Parents:  This is a wonderful opportunity to share some of our Swedish Christmas traditions with your children!

The holiday season is fast approaching and the Bishop Hill Heritage Association is looking for 4th thru 6th boys and girls, to dress up as Tomten, the little Swedish elves that appear around town during our Christmas market weekends in November and December. Children will be provided with the traditional elf costume consisting of  red caps, grey sweatshirts, red sashes, and pants, which they wear over their clothes. As elves, they will be led around town engaging visitors in games of hide and seek and will be coached in performing other impish acts. Tomten delight our guests; over the years these folk characters have become 
festival favorites!

If you’d like your child to join the fun and become a Tomten for a day, parents/guardians are asked to call the BHHA’s Todd DeDecker at 309-927-3899 and sign tour child up for a 2 hour shift. For their help, children will be awarded a $5 gift certificate from the Colony Store. Light refreshments will be provided for the children. We look forward to sharing this time-honored tradition with you and your family.