Oconomowoc celebrates season German style

By Syed Hasnain - Special to The Freeman

Nov. 22, 2017

 People visit the Oconomowoc German Christmas Market in downtown Oconomowoc in 2016.
The event runs Friday through Sunday.
Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff

OCONOMOWOC — The sixth annual German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc is coming to the downtown area this Thanksgiving weekend. On the corner of Main Street and Wisconsin Avenue, the GCM celebrates the prevalent German community of Wisconsin. Families and friends are encouraged to visit the festive affair, whether to briefly check out the event or spend the whole day partaking in the many available activities.

“The 2017 market is bigger and better than ever,” said GCM Co-Director Joe Haas. “Both the entertainment ‘festzelt’ and our retail tent space for vendors are around 50 percent larger. In addition, we have added several more large outdoor market huts in the retail village. This means much more space for dancing and more variety for our Christmas shoppers.”

This year’s GCM will feature over 30 unique retail vendor outdoor huts, as well as many indoor retail vendors and a large steel fire pit for gatherings. The GCM will also include over 10,000 square foot of heated tents, live polka bands and authentic German cuisine. The “Indoor Bier Garten” will offer German beer, traditional Gluhwein, German mulled wine, made fresh and other refreshments and snacks. Special event tents will allow guests to take their own pictures with Santa Claus, enjoy hot drinks and decorate gingerbread men.

 Barbara Schust of Racine discusses the glass ornaments with European Trading Co. owner Vashek Cinadr during the Oconomowoc German Christmas Market in 2016.
Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff

“Southeast Wisconsin has a largely central European heritage and we like to think that the market helps to rekindle this heritage and old-country charm for our guests,” Haas added. “It’s a good time to slow down and reconnect with family traditions of old. Another big take-a-way are the presents and stocking stuffers that shoppers will be checking off of their Christmas lists. The variety that our vendors offer is extraordinary.”

The German Christmas Market will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday. More information is available at http://www.germanchristmasmarket.org.