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DECEMBER 2004 NEWSLETTER

Dear Guests & Friends,

When the first settlers arrived in Hermann, they wanted their town to be "German in every way". This tradition has continued for 168 years, and is most evident during the Christmas season. Join us in Hermann and experience the sights, sounds, and scents of the holidays.

Kristkindl Markt
Kristkindl Markt (authentic German market) highlights the first two weekends in December. It features unique Christmas gifts, traditional holiday music and entertainment, and hearty food and drink. Kristkindl Markt is free to the public.

On Dec. 4-5, Kristkindl Markt is held at the Stone Hill Winery pavilion. The market brims with a wide array of holiday treasures made by area artists and locally made sausages and wines. Under twinkling white lights, visitors can enjoy steaming soups, homemade cookies and mulled cider sold at the Schnellimbuss (food stand) while being serenaded by the Victorian Carolers. Hours are from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.

The following weekend, Dec. 11-12, the Hermannhof Festhalle is the place to be. More than 20 vendors display their wares. Gluhwein (spiced wine) is served up in special souvenir Kristkindl Markt mugs and "Taste of Hermann" foods are available for purchase. Area musicians are scheduled throughout the two days to play and sing Christmas music. Look for costumed participants roasting chestnuts on an open fire, and other surprises. Hours are from 10-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday.

O Tannenbaum
Twenty Hermann artists have created unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas trees or art with a Christmas tree theme that will be sold in a silent auction that benefits the Hermann Community Food Pantry. Bids are accepted until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at which time successful bidders will be announced at the Hermannhof Festhalle. Travel the Tannenbaum Trail to see the trees and artwork displayed in store windows throughout the historic district in downtown Hermann. The trail follows part of the Hermann Hill three-mile walk route.

A spectacular display of Christmas trees can be seen at the St. George Rectory on Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon-8 p.m. Father Bill Debo and the St. George Parishioners decorate the many rooms and hallways with a collection of art, statuary, angelic images, and more, turning the rectory into one of the most inspiring places in Hermann during the Advent season. A free-will offering at the event benefits the Hermann Ministerial Alliance, an organization comprised of all Hermann area churches that offers help to needy members of the community.

Choose and cut your own Christmas tree at Pea Ridge Forest Christmas Tree Farm just a few miles northeast of Hermann. The Rood family farm features 100 acres of Scotch pine trees ranging in size from 5 to 12 feet. Don't worry about bringing your own saw, the Roods will furnish one for you. Also open is a well-stocked gift shop featuring wreaths, greenery, and holiday decorations. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to dark until Christmas.

Other holiday festivities
Weihnachtstrasse, located in the Hermann City Park, is open daily through December. Christmas Street features thousands of lights that create animated Christmas and winter scenes. 

Weihnachtsfest is celebrated at Deutschheim State Historic Site on the first two weekends in December.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" will be presented at the Showboat Theatre on Dec. 3-4.

Historic homes decked in holiday finery open their doors to guests for the Holiday House Tour on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Learn about Hermann's heritage at the German School Open House on Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12. 

The Columbia Handbell Ensemble will play holiday music at St. Paul United Church of Christ on Saturday, Dec. 11. 

For more details about Hermann's holiday events, check out the Kristkindl Markt web site.

Holiday greetings from the Hermann Hill staff

Our reputation for cleanliness, attention to detail, and service depends on our great staff whose goal is to provide an exceptional stay for each guest. From our Hermann Hill family to yours, we wish you the best of holiday seasons.

Give a memorable gift: You can call us to purchase Hermann Hill gift certificates or order online through our secure website. We can either send the gift certificate to you with the "from" left open, or fill in the "from" and send it directly to the recipient.

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Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

711 Wein Street - P.O. Box 555
Hermann, Missouri (MO) 65041
Phone: (573) 486-HILL (573-486-4455)  |  Fax: (573) 486-5373
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