Did you ever have a dream of being able to fly to Germany and see some of the old world Christmas markets that are a staple during the holiday season but you just don’t have the money? Well, now you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a plane ticket to have a traditional old world German Christmas experience. All you have to do is take a 2 hour drive to Harmony, Pennsylvania and attend their annual WeihnachtsMarkt being held on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.
Harmony Museum’s WeihnachtsMarkt Located 30 miles north of Pittsburgh in the National Historic Landmark town of Harmony, the WeihnachtsMarkt is an indoor/outdoor German-style Christmas market that brings German history and traditions to life for visitors and has been rated “The Best in the Burg.”
The Market features over 40 artisans and old time craftsmen displaying their handcrafted items for sale. Visitors will be able to purchase authentic German gifts, toys (including handmade dolls), jewelry, hand-painted pottery, quilted purses, furniture, art glass, handmade soaps, greeting cards and holiday ornaments. The Market will also feature treenware (handcrafted wooden ware) and German Beisnickles (Santas).
There will be demonstrations involving quilting (at Wagner House), spinning and weaving ( at Weaver’s Cabin) and there will be a children’s craft area in one of the Harmonist log cabins.
Make sure you don’t miss the historic miniature railroad that runs all day both days.
Also being offered are horse-drawn carriage rides around the National Historic Landmark district of Harmony.
A big attraction at the WeihnachtsMarkt will be the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus by horse-drawn wagon on Saturday afternoon. They will be spending time with the children and there will be plenty of photo opportunities.
WeihnachtsMarkt will feature lots of German music and dancers in addition to hammered dulcimers for entertainment. German food will be plentiful offering a taste of the ‘old country”. Check out the Christmas cookies and the gingerbread. In addition there will be wine tasting (with wines from Volant Mill Winery) and beer tasting (with beers from Full Pint Brewery) and the opportunity to enjoy some Gluhwien, a traditional German hot mulled spiced wine served in a souvenir mug.
Visitors will also get the chance to learn a little about the history of Harmony and the German Separatists who came to the town 200 years ago seeking religious freedom and the Mennonite Germans that followed them, by taking a free self-guided tour through the Harmony Museum.
Hours for the WeihnachtsMarkt are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 11. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students. Children 6 and under are free.
For more information about Harmony Museum’s WeihnachtsMarkt call 724-452-7341 or get online at www.HarmonyMuseum.org.
The Harmony Museum is located at 218 Mercer St. in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Harmony is 125 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2 hour drive.