Weihnachtsfest at Deutschheim
Weinachtsfest, a traditional German Christmas celebration, is held annually the first two weekends of December at Deutschheim State Historic Site. Hours for this free event are 10:00 to 4:00, Saturday and Sunday.
On Weihnachtsfest weekends, the Pommer-Gentner House is decorated with greenery and lit by lamplight. Its historic rooms feature Christmas trees decorated with authentic German ornaments.
Visitors are invited to sample traditional German Christmas cookies, including Springerle, Lebkuchen and Zimmerschied, and to learn how Christmas customs of the German immigrants became American traditions still celebrated today.
The Weihnachtsfest gift shop features springerle molds and rolling pins, recipe books, imported German pop-up cards, and a selection of unique books for Christmas gift giving.
Christmas shoppers at Hermann’s Kristkindl Markts, held annually the first two weekends of December, will find delightful German smokers and Inge ornaments for sale at the Deutschheim Verein booth.
Reminiscent of Christmas markets in Germany, Kristkindl Markt is held the first weekend of December at Stone Hill Winery and the second weekend of December at Hermannhof Winery.