Bishop Hill Events Calendar

October 28
The Bishop Hill Tapestry Celebration

Join the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at the Steeple Building from 2:30pm to 5 pm for a free program celebrating the installation of the Bishop Hill Tapestry by Swedish artist, Åsa Bengtson and weaver, Lija Rage. Speakers will open the ceremony; they include Illinois State Representative, Dan Swanson, Chicago’s Honorary Consul General for Sweden, Gerd Sjögren, President of the Carl Axel Valen Foundation, Mattias Hallendorff, and President of the American Daughters of Sweden, Janet Nelson. Hammered dulcimer music by Jon Wagner and light refreshments will follow. For more details, please call 309-927-3899.

November 11
Artist Grant Workshop

Company of Folk, in collaboration with the Bishop Hill Heritage Associatiion, will present this a FREE Grant workshop at the Dairy Building, 410 N. Erickson Street, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The workshop will focus on ways ethnic and traditional artists can pass along their art form to an apprentice. Funding sources for artists will be discussed. Sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council Agency through the National Endowment for the Arts. Find more info here.

November 24 To November 25
Holiday Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone. Come purchase holiday baked goods by the pound.

November 24 To November 26
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters causing mischief throughout the village. Music and the smell of food fills the air. Shops are filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. 10am-5pm 

November 25 To November 26
Help Build Our Tomte!

Take a break from holiday shopping; stop in at the Vasa National Archives to help make a paper mache Tomte during Bishop Hill's Julmarknad weekend. On Saturday, we will be adding layers of paper mache to the tomte. Painting will begin on Saturday. This is art project is open to children of all ages. We want the whole community to add personal touches and personality to this fantastic tomte, part of our holiday display in our gallery. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. For more info call 309-927-3898.

December 02 To December 03
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

Holiday hospitality continues during this second weekend of Christmas Market. Find Swedish folk characters roaming throughout the village. Musical entertainment. Shops brim with handmade items, antiques, folk art, and other gift items. Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

December 02 To December 03
Chocolate Walk

The Chocolate Walk will be held at the Dairy Building. A delightful assortment of homemade chocolate treats will be available for you to purchase by the pound. 309-927-3899 Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm.

December 08 To December 09
Lucia Nights - Festival of Lights

Stroll our luminary lined streets as music fills the air. Browse hospitality rooms, museums, and shops where coffee and sweets will be served by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Plan a late supper; restaurants will be open late on both Friday and Saturday. Read full schedule here. Enjoy a truly enchanted holiday experence from 6pm-9pm. 309-927-3899