German Christmas Market
A Popular Harmony Tradition
The Harmony Museum’s Christmas Market, WeihnachtsMarkt, returns on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9, as a family attraction presenting quality artisans and vendors, entertainment and edibles-drinkables reminiscent of annual holiday markets common across Germany.
The annual fundraising festival celebrates the community’s German heritage. Harmony was founded in 1804 by pacifist Lutheran Separatists from the Stuttgart area fleeing militarism and religious intolerance of a state-church system.
Market participants include scores of specialty vendors -- traditional crafters as well as sellers of German and other European goods -- selected for the quality of their offerings. There also are museum quilters and weavers at work, and tastings of locally produced wine and beer.
The museum’s Christmas season model railroad displays are unveiled at the market, and adults and children enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through Harmony’s old-town section, much of which comprises a National Historic Landmark District and larger local historic district.
WeihnachtsMarkt hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission provides all-day market, museum and entertainment access, as well as unlimited wagon rides.
Musical performers are Alpen Schuhplattlers of the Pittsburgh Teutonia Mannerchor, Augsburg German Band and Burke’s Bavarian Brass.
Market goers are invited to sing Christmas carols at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Girls Chorus as the live Christmas Giving Tree outside the museum is lighted for the season. A longtime Christmastime museum fundraiser, the tree is trimmed with ornaments in recognition of donations.
Many artisans demonstrate their crafts. There are too many to be listed, but their diverse offerings include treen ware, wood carvings, Shaker boxes and other woodcrafts; jewelry and metal ware; artwork; foodstuffs, from roasted nuts and pretzels to candies, teas, oils and vinegars; pottery and glass; hand worked fiber goods; clocks; Jackware leather goods; soaps and lotions; candles; dolls and toys; forged iron ware; baskets; ornaments, wreaths, garlands and decoratives; bird houses.
Harmony is at I-79 exits 87-88, about 10 miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 30 miles south of I-80. Follow directional signs to plentiful free parking linked to the Christmas market by free shuttle service.Visit Event Website for More Info