German Holiday Market - Weihnachtsmarkt

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 --> 11am - 9pm

Mountain View Caltrain Station, 456 W. Evelyn Ave.

The German International School of Silicon Valley cordially invites you to join us in December at our annual German Holiday Market where you will find a jovial atmosphere of a traditional open-air, European winter market located in the heart of Silicon Valley. 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.

We are pleased to announce admission to the event this year is free, there are no tickets and no vaccination record checks. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Avoid the traffic! Conveniently located at the Mountain View Transit Center, take the train, light rail or one of many buses to the doorstep of this German village - just like in Europe!

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

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

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.

See you on Saturday, December 10, 2022!


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