Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 9:53 am
Enjoy the holidays with Swedish traditions at Bishop Hill
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Press release submitted by Bishop Hill
Swedish Christmas Market opens holiday season November 23 at Bishop Hill
BISHOP HILL – The holiday season will open the traditional Swedish way during Julmarknad, or Christmas Market, in the historic community of Bishop Hill. That means cookies, chocolate, elves and even trains.
The festive event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25, and again Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.
Attractions include tomten, the Swedish elves who roam through town shaking hands with tourists, and traditional holiday decorations and quality gifts to buy for friends and family.
The exhibit "Locomotives, Depots, Trestles, and Bishop Hill" will be on display in the Steeple Building. This includes a working model railroad for the kids and artifacts about Bishop Hill's railroad past.
A Christmas Cookie Walk, with homemade cookies and baked goods that can be purchased by the pound, will be held from 9 to 4 on Nov. 24 and 25 at the Colony School. A Chocolate Walk, featuring delights from area chocolatiers, will be held from 10 to 5 the next weekend at the historic 1854 Steeple Building.
Children can visit with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Blacksmith Shop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., courtesy of the Prairie Arts Center.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency operates the Bishop Hill Historic Site. Many of the holiday activities there are co-sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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.