German Holiday Market - Weihnachtsmarkt
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 11 am - 9 pm | Mountain View City Hall Plaza
Have you always wanted to experience the holidays in Europe? Miss the holiday traditions of your European homeland? Simply want to enjoy good food and beverages or shop for unique, handmade items?
Then come to the German International School of Silicon Valley’s German Holiday Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11 am to 9 pm, at City Hall Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. The German Holiday Market recreates the festive and inviting atmosphere of the open-air winter markets found in villages throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
The annual Holiday Market offers warm hospitality and gastronomical delights, including Glühwein (warm mulled wine) and Kinderpunsch (warm cider), Würste (sausages), Bier (beer), Bretzln (pretzels), Stollen (cake with candied fruit and dusted with powdered sugar), Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Gebrannte Mandeln (toasted candied almonds).
German, European and local artisans and merchants will offer unique gifts, including an array of handcrafted ornaments, jewelry, clothing, artwork, sweets and toys. Attractions for the whole family include amusement games and activities, a petting zoo, a choo-choo train, face painting and more. Enjoy live entertainment, including orchestral and choral performances of holiday favorites. And practice speaking German: Noch einen Glühwein, bitte! (Another warm mulled wine, please!)
Admission is free and everyone is invited to visit this unique village market. Proceeds from the event benefit the German International School of Silicon Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, bilingual school that inspires students from preschool through high school to become global citizens. GISSV offers a stimulating and challenging curriculum in English and German on campuses in Mountain View, Berkeley and San Francisco. GISSV’s programs culminate in U.S. and German diplomas, preparing its graduates for worldwide opportunities.