Bishop Hill Events Calendar

November 01
Sweet Annie Christmas

Enjoy refreshments while you sample the primitive delights and Christmas handmades at this holiday open house at Sweet Annie Primitives from 10am-4pm. 309-927-3072

November 01
Clay Whistle Making Workshop

Potter Lou Hanson will be conducting a pipspel making workshop from 1pm-3pm at the Dairy Building located at 410 North Erickson Street, on the north end of Bishop Hill.  Participants will learn to make a red clay whistle… that works, called a pipspel. A pipspel is a clay whistle shaped like a bird, commonly used as a child’s toy in Sweden. Space is limited. To reserve your spot call 309 927-3899. All clay, tools, materials, and kiln firing are included in the $20.00 fee. You may pick up your pipspel two weeks after the workshop.

November 02
Birthday Celebration for Artist Olof Krans

Join us in celebrating the176th anniversary of artist Olof Krans’s birth at the Bishop Hill Museum. The recently published book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, will be available for the first time for purchase. Hammer and Pick will perform American and Swedish folk tunes at 2:30pm. Enjoy birthday cake, punch and coffee from 2pm-4pm. Sponsored by Bishop Hill State Historic Site. 309-927-3345 read more

November 28 To November 29
Christmas Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone.

November 28 To November 30
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

December 05 To December 06
Chocolate Walk

Held at the new Arts Council Welcome Center. Many Chocolate treats will be available for you to enjoy. Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm.

December 06 To December 07
Christmas Market - Julmarknad

This is the second week of the Christmas Market. Shopping for the gift items continues and the music and food is just as tantalizing. 10am-5pm

December 12 To December 13
Lucia Nights - Festival of Lights

Coffee and sweets are served in shops and museums by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Musical entertainment fills the air throughout the village. 6pm-9pm

December 25
Julotta - Candlelight Non-Denominational Church Service

Services are held in the Colony Church and conducted in Swedish and English. Coffee and rusk served following the service. 6am.