People visit the
Oconomowoc German Christmas Market in downtown
Oconomowoc in 2016.
The event runs Friday through Sunday.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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