German Holiday Market

Thank you for your support!

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Hazardous Winds force cancellation of Dec. 10 German Holiday Market.

With extremely heavy hearts—and tears— we regret that safety requires us to cancel the German Holiday Market this Saturday.  The National Weather Service forecasts winds in excess of 45 mph—wind speeds that can take out trees—on Saturday.  Rain, we can handle, no problem. However, with our village of tents and facades, the wind presents genuine hazards to which we cannot expose our community or the public. 

GISSV students, parents, teachers, staff and friends look forward each year to presenting the German Holiday Market to you, our greater community. This year, the trucks were loaded, students' songs rehearsed, sweets purchased, sausages delivered, rolls baked, and more. The losses for GISSV are tremendous. We are a nonprofit school and we are extremely grateful for your support. Donations to GISSV are fully tax deductible. Thank you!

A limited number of the 2022 mugs and the 10th anniversary limited edition steins are available for purchase online. Pick up in Mountain View or San Francisco, while supplies last.

2022 Vendors


Although we were not able to meet in person on Saturday, December 10, you can still support the wonderful German Holiday Market vendors with a virtual visit



• BeeSooYou (customizable necklaces) -

• Books & Stationery from Germany by GISSV

• CarPas Ceramics (ceramic trays, ornaments, & more)-

• Cartera Bags (handcrafted leather bags) -

• Cleverclocks USA (handcrafted clocks) -

• CU California (scarves, shawls, blankets, ornaments) -

• Cultural Threads (alpaca accessories, wool blankets) -

Emmanuel Farhat (handblown glass ornaments)

• Essence of O (natural soaps) -

• EverywhenPets (pet treats & toys) -

• Fairy Dream Ceramics (ceramic art & decor) -

• Gabrielle Heilek Studio (jewelry) -

• Gila Sagy (handmade fused glass items)

• Goethe-Institut San Francisco (activities for kids & adults)-

• Hardwood Creations -

• Handmade by Elena ZH (felted accessories & home decor, leather bags) -

• Hartstring Jewelry (jewelry) -

• Illumaison (lanterns, puppets, cards) -

• Inline Promotions (Danish Christmas dolls) -

• Jade and Jewelry by Sandra (jewelry) -

• Jeeba Jewelry (jewelry) -

• Judy’s Folk Art Painting (hand-painted trays, boxes & more) -

• Little Creations by Emma (handcrafted pillows, stockings, ornaments & more)-

• Little Explorers Petting Zoo -

• Mini Bee Beauty (handcrafted specialty soaps & lotions) -

• Nicasio Woodworks (bowls, boards, vases & more crafted from reclaimed wood)-

• Noonday (ornaments, stuffed animals, jewelry) -

• Ornaments & Decorations from Germany by GISSV (arches, ornaments, pyramids, smokers, music boxes, nutcrackers)

• Scented Designs (handcrafted soy candles) -

• Shane Tarkington Art (mugs, tea towels, totes & more) -

• Simply Handpicked (trays, ornaments, gift boxes & more)-

• Sipora Aguia (jewelry) -

• The Soap Nymph (handcrafted soaps & lotions) -

Sumaq Textiles (fine alpaca fiber clothing accessories) -

• Table Creations by Maaike (home decor with wood figures from Germany) -

• Usborne Books & More (English Language Books) -

• Utopia Gifts (hand-blown glass ornaments) -

• 3 Wishes Sukkulents (succulents) -



• Das Bierhauz (Currywurst, Döner, pretzels) -

• Black Forest Kitchen -

• Bryerton's Roasted Almonds (fresh Gebrannte Mandeln) -

• Drinks by GISSV (Glühwein, beer, warm apple cider, soda, water, Glühwein mugs, beer steins - 4 locations)

• Chavinda Honey Bee Farms (honey) -

• Coffee & Cake by GISSV

• German Food by GISSV

• Gingerbread & Sweets from Germany by GISSV

• Goudy's French Cuisine (sandwiches & skewers) -

• Kettle POP (freshly popped kettle corn) -

• Nahua Pizza (wood-fired pizza):

The German Holiday Market benefits 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. Graduates earn two high school diplomas, from California and Germany.

New student enrollment begins February 1. Limited space available for new students. Learn here how to apply for admission.

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).

German International School of Silicon Valley

Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in Two Locations in the Bay Area.

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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Annual German Holiday Market Tradition

Hazardous winds force cancellation of 10th Annual German Holiday Market on December 10, 2022.

Every year, GISSV welcomes 15,000+ visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to its cozy German Holiday Market in Downtown Mountain View.


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