We look forward to welcoming you to
The Goschenhoppen Historians
Christmas Market December 2nd & 3rd, 2023
Saturday 9:30 to 4:00, Sunday Noon to 4:00
(no online orders this year)
Christmas Journey • Handcrafted and Vintage Items
Fresh Greens • Traditionally Decorated Museums
Fresh Roasted Peanuts and Chestnuts
Cookies and Kum Essa
Red Men’s Hall in Green Lane will be transformed into a “Christmas Wonderland”.
We are so very happy to present the 17th Annual Self-Guided Tour of Pennsylvania German Christmas Market Traditions along with our friends at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center in Pennsburg, the Peter Wentz Farmstead and Historic Trappe. (more info on these Christmas events below, and be sure to check their websites for details)
The Main Meeting Room of Red Men’s Hall will feature items from our antique collections. Whimsical trees will delight everyone. The stage will be filled with Matt Roan’s trains and village, and visitors will be entertained with live music on both days.
19th century decorations festoon the Country Store. Tradition has it that the storekeeper gives a free orange to each good child who visits the Store….Or is it the Belsnickle?? You’ll have to come and see!!!
The Folk Life Museum has special seasonal displays and docents will be ready to answer visitor’s questions about all the exhibits.
Beautiful, handcrafted items are for sale. New craftspeople have joined our regulars this year. Vintage, collectible Christmas ornaments, decorations, toys, vintage books and postcards as well as our own Goschenhoppen books and cards make wonderful gifts for the season to either give or keep for yourself.
Never to be missed is the Bake Sale and Kum Esse in the basement boardroom. Our membership does us proud every year with the variety and quality of cookies, pies, cakes, breads, chow chow, pickles, jams, jellies and candy. The Antes House mascot George the Grun Sow will be on display with his own sand tart cookie children.
The Peanut Roaster will be roasting fresh peanuts and chestnuts.
The Huckster will have fresh greens for sale either already be-ribboned or in loose bundles for you to make your own decorations.
Other Pennsylvania German Christmas Events
Please visit websites for the most up to date information about these events
- Stop into Reed’s Barber Shop to see his excellent antique collection next door to the Country Store.
- The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center is featuring sales of local artwork and crafts.
- The Mennonite Heritage Center
- The Peter Wentz Farmstead
- The Henry Muhlenberg House in Historic Trappe