Saturday, December 11, 2021

The German Holiday Market is IN PERSON at the Mountain View Caltrain Station!

11 am - 9 pm

Priority Entrance Tickets are sold out. Walk-ins are welcome (as capacity allows)!

Members of the GISSV Community, Sponsors and Performers, please contact for your tickets

Our first priority is your safety during Covid-19. All participants and attendees who are 12 years or older are required to show proof of vaccination to enter (unless ineligible for the vaccine due to age) and to wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking.

For further safety, we are using tickets to manage the crowd size. But walk-ins can enter when the crowd is not too big.

We regret, no pets allowed.

The German Holiday Market recreates the jovial atmosphere of a traditional open-air, European winter market in Mountain View's Caltrain Station. Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts from Germany and local artisans: Wood ornaments and nutcrackers from Germany, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Stollen, chocolate, toys, ceramics, and knitwear. Taste traditional German sausages and candied almonds while warming up with a mug of Glühwein (warm mulled wine), the hallmark of these winter markets. The German Holiday Market offers plenty of activities for the entire family, including live performances and arts and crafts.

You are invited to step into Germany for a day, come enjoy this seasonal celebration!

The German Holiday Market is 100% for the benefit of the German International School of Silicon Valley. With locations in Mountain View and San Francisco, GISSV offers a dual language program from preschool through grade 12.
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In the meantime, get warmed up for the German Holiday Market by exploring the German traditions below ...


During Easter time people gather at Easter Fires (Osterfeuer) - usually big bonfires that are ignited all over in Germany. Because fire is a symbol of light, of renewal, it signifies the end of Winter, and the coming of spring.

Easter Fire

On 11/11 at 11:11 am begins the carnival season, also known as the "Fifth Season" that finishes on Ash Wednesday in February of the following year with the main festivities happening around Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).

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United by a desire for a German and California accredited curriculum, six German and American families formed GISSV. Instruction began in February 2000 with 34 students.

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Stollen, Christmas Cookies & Co

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Weihnachtsmann, Saint Nicholas and Krampus

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Annual German Holiday Market Tradition

Every year, GISSV welcomes 10,000+ visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to its cozy German Holiday Market in Downtown Mountain View.

We will see you IN PERSON on
December 11, 2021, at
Mountain View's Caltrain Station.

Our first priority is your safety during Covid-19. All participants and attendees are required to show proof of vaccination to enter, unless ineligible for the vaccine, and to wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking.

For further safety, we are using tickets to manage the crowd size. But walk-ins can enter when the crowd is not too big.


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