The GISSV elves did it once again - they transformed Downtown Mountain View into an European village for our annual German Holiday Market.
Thousands of people came to Mountain View on December 14 to celebrate an authentic German "Weihnachtsmarkt" with us. Once again an amazing event! With a new layout the 2019 Holiday Market was even bigger than the years before! The market spread out from the City Hall Plaza and Pioneers Park into Castro Street.
The market was an incredible production. The entertainment schedule showcased our school community's many talents, the food and drinks were delicious, the amusement games, crafts and activities were thoroughly enjoyed by our youngest guests and the selection of toys, ornaments, sweet treats and all the vendors who sold a variety of handmade items made for a unique and fun holiday shopping experience.
Thank you to all the helping hands! It is truly amazing what the combined efforts of every member of our school community can accomplish. From being part of the event preparation to helping us to spread the word, investing your time to volunteer at the event, performing on stage, set-up and take down the Holiday Market (and returning on Sunday to unload the trucks at school) and simply attending and showing your enthusiasm for the market and GISSV—you all played an important part in the day's success.
Our deepest thank you goes to the phenomenal Holiday Market team leaders whose tireless dedication, hard work and positive spirit made this blockbuster event come to life.
A special thank you to Mayor Lisa Matichak and Consul General Hans-Ulrich Südbeck for officially opening the Holiday Market together with our Interim Head of School Mario Cimiotti.
Thank you also to our students for enthusiastically participating in the market. And a big thank you to all our teachers and staff who helped prepare for and host the market. This event was proof of our outstanding school community. Thank you again!
Photo credit: Jasmin van T and Andrea Rowe Photography