Update on 2020 German Christmas Market!
Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19
It will be back in 2021!
The Harmony Museum’s annual WeihnachtsMarkt, a Christmas market in the German tradition that has become a major regional attraction, but due to COVID-19 we are unable to have the market this year in the way we are used to. This decision is devastating to us, as our market is our prime annual fundraiser for the Harmony Museum and the 9 properties we own and maintain to keep history alive for generations to come.
The thousands of visitors who attend each year found handcrafted and German imports. Artisans and vendors have been chosen to participate based on the quality of their offerings; no stereotypical “shopping mall festival” stuff here. Entertainment, food and refreshments have also reflected Harmony’s German heritage.
Almost 50 artisans and specialty vendors provide the market part of WeihnachtsMarkt. And frankly – we didn’t want to let them down either….
2020 Dates, - What We Are Doing Instead....
- ARTISAN’S SATURDAYS IN HARMONY
What we are proposing for this year is multiple Mini-Markets which we call Artisan’s Saturdays in Harmony. There will be a weekly setup of some of our Christmas Market vendors outside in our parking lot and yard and Bottlebrush vendors also every weekend that the weather cooperates, up to November 14, where the town will join us with a Christmas Kickoff!
Parking is Easier than Ever this Year! Not applicable for 2020.
NEW for this year – if you come off I-79 Exit 88, just turn right, then left onto Mercer Road and right onto Wise Road. Park in the Steamfitters parking lot on the right. The shuttle will pick you up from there.
If you come off I-79 Exit 87, just turn left onto Rt. 68 and turn left into Sysco’s parking lot. The shuttle will pick you up there. You can also park in the small lot on Liberty Street and US Liner at the end of Mercer St., though the US Liner lot will most likely be filled by our vendors and volunteers.
WeihnachtsMarkt 2020 Menu
(will post later date)
2020 IS CANCELED - BELOW IS LAST YEARS INFO
Black Dog Winery offers tastings and sales. McLaughlin’s distillery offers tastings and sales as well.
Several market artisans demonstrate their skills while offering items as diverse as embroidery; dolls; wood ware and boxes; jewelry; linens; games; wood carvings and furniture; ornaments; paintings, drawings, silhouettes and sculpture; foodstuffs, including German roasted nuts, German-style tatting, and knitted and woven goods; glassware; red ware, stone ware and other pottery; greeting cards and stationary; salves, cosmetics and teas; books and historical maps; punched tin; clocks; soaps and lotions; stained glass; and lots more.
Letters to Santa are always a huge hit!! – kids can bring their letter to Santa to mail in our Reindeer Express Mailbox! There will be a table set up with writing supplies if they didn’t bring one with them outside the Kids Crafts Tent, located directly across from the Harmony Museum Shop.
Harmony’s specialty shops present even more opportunities for visitors who collect or enjoy giving works by regional artists, collectibles, jewelry, or vintage/distinctive clothing and accessories.
Harmony is located at I-79, exits 87-88, about 10 miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh’s Downtown Point and 30 miles south of I-80. Follow directional signs to plentiful free parking; several lots are linked to the market by continuous free shuttle service. The architectural character of Harmony reflects that of the German villages from which its founders came. Many area Harmonist and Mennonite buildings survive; the community’s award-winning preservation efforts have long attracted recognition.
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