German Holiday Market
Presented by GISSV
Ornaments from Germany
Lebkuchen & Süßigkeiten
German Holiday Treats
Our Favorite Vendors
Shop Locally Made
German Holiday Market
Presented by GISSV
Ornaments from Germany
Lebkuchen & Süßigkeiten
German Holiday Treats
Our Favorite Vendors
Shop Locally Made

advent is now

Fresh Handmade Wreaths plus Holiday Favorites

Fresh Advent Wreaths - PICKUP ONLY in Mtn View
  • $70.00
  • $50.00
Advent Candleholder with Star
  • $70.00
Sternenschweif Zauberlichter Adventskalender
  • $11.00
Original Herrnhuter Advent and Christmas Star
  • $35.00

Our Favorite Vendors

Handcrafted Gifts by Local Artisans

Vintage Jewelry Redesigned
Goudy's French Cuisine
Anne Beate Collectibles
Illusive Comics & Games
Cultural Threads
Essence of O
Cashmere and Gifts
Scented Designs
Judy's Folk Art Painting
Gila Glass
Barbara Bussler Mosaics and More
Manuel Paulus Photography
Little Creations by Emma
Katzprints Photography
Fairy Dream Ceramics
Usborne Books and More
Nicasio Woodworks
Jade and Jewelry
ITSPHUN Geometric Art
Limited Chocolate


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).

German International School of Silicon Valley

United by a desire for a German and California accredited curriculum, six German and American families formed and incorporated the German International School of Silicon Valley in November of 1999.

Instruction began in February 2000 with 34 students.

Our Story

'Tis the - German - Season

Advent Calendar

Children are given Advent calendars prior to Christmas. These are usually made of thick paper and display a seasonal scene with 24 doors. Each day...

Advent Wreath and Christmas Tree

The Advent Wreath Traditionally advent wreaths are circular, representing God's infinite love. They are usually made of evergreen leaves with four...

Stollen, Christmas Cookies & Co

Stollen (or Stolle) ... (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtɔlən] or [ʃtɔln] is a fruit bread of nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit, coated with pow...

Mulled Wine, Flaming Spiced Wine and Punch

Glühwein  ... (roughly translated as "smouldering-wine", from the temperature the wine is heated to) is popular in German-speaking countries and ...

Smoker and Nutcracker Doll

Räuchermännchen The Räuchermann (diminutive Räuchermännchen), erzgebirgisch Raachermannel is an incense smoker, the invention of toy makers in the...

Christmas Pyramid

Weihnachtspyramiden are Christmas decorations that have their roots in the folklore and customs of the Ore Mountain region of Germany, but which h...

Holiday Music

Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice c...

Weihnachtsmann, Saint Nicholas and Krampus

Santa Claus - Der Weihnachtsmann The term Weihnachtsmann is a very generic German term for Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus. The Ge...

German Holiday/Christmas Markets

Weihnachtsmarkt A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt (literally: Christ Child Market, but the term Christkind usually refers to an a...

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve (Heiliger Abend) is celebrated in Germany on December 24. It is the last day of Advent and the start of the Christmas season. Many p...

Annual German Holiday Market Tradition

In the past years GISSV welcomed every year 10,000+ visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to its cozy, two-block German Holiday Market in Downtown Mountain View.

To keep everyone safe and healthy this year - and to keep the Holiday Market spirit alive - we've moved our 8th German Holiday Market online!

We are happy you are here! Welcome!


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The Virtual German Holiday Market is brought to you by the amazing volunteers from GISSV!

Welcome from the German International School of Silicon Valley!

Preschool-12th Grade Dual-Language Education

with Locations in Mountain View & San Francisco

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Thank you to our sponors!