Harmony Museum Hosts 22nd Annual German Style Christmas Market

The Harmony Museum’s 22nd annual WeihnachtsMarkt, a Christmas market in the German tradition that’s grown into a major regional attraction, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11 in the heart of Harmony’s National Historic landmark District.

The festival is the museum’s prime annual fundraiser. It presents seasonal gift-shopping in an atmosphere of family-fun that offers handcrafted and imported-from-Germany goods as well as an important antique show and sale. Artisans and vendors are chosen for their reputation for high-quality offerings, so don’t expect stereotypical “shopping mall festival” stuff here. Entertainment, food and refreshments also reflect Harmony’s historically significant German heritage.

Market hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, free for children younger than six. This includes all-day access to the market, museum tours, entertainment and wagon rides. Proceeds benefit Historic Harmony and its museum.

The eight-site Harmony Museum is operated by Historic Harmony, a nonprofit, volunteer historical society and preservation advocate established in 1943. Harmony, which includes Pennsylvania’s first National Historic Landmark District outside Philadelphia, is the region’s single most significant historic site. Its heritage includes Delaware Indians, George Washington and the French and Indian War’s beginning more than 250 years ago; communal Christian Germans who fled religious persecution for Pennsylvania’s separation of church and state at the dawn of the 19th century; the first Mennonite congregation west of the Alleghenies; the late 19th century oil and natural gas boom that’s being repeated with this century’s huge Marcellus natural gas play, and much more. – www.harmonymuseum.org