Christmastime in Hermann

Learn about Christmas customs in Germany


Pea Ridge Forest Christmas Tree Farm

November 17 through December 23

A great family outing. Enjoy a hayride to the field to pick out and cut the perfect tree. Back at the barn, warm up with cocoa and homemade goodies. Santa visits on weekends. Located on Highway 94 east of Hermann. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to dark.


Children’s Lantern Parade

Friday, November 23
Starting at First & Gutenberg

Hermann’s Christmas season officially opens with a Lantern Parade through the historic district, beginning at First and Gutenberg and ending at the Gerald Engemann Memorial Park, where Pelze Nichol will arrive, courtesy of Wine Country Wagons. Line-up begins at 6:00, parade starts at 6:30. All ages welcome. For information call Mary Brennell, 314-766-0012.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 23
Corner of First and Market

Held immediately after the Lantern Parade, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Gerald Engemann Memorial Garden at the corner of First and Market streets marks the official start of Hermann’s holiday season. Festivities begin at 7:30 with caroling and a visit from Santa, who will hand out treats. Afterward, stroll through downtown to admire the lights.

The Sounds of Starkenburg

Saturday, November 24

This free concert at St. Martin’s Church in Starkenburg is a beloved Hermann holiday tradition. Performers include organist Barry Bierwirth, the St. Paul UCC Handbell Choir and guest vocalists and instrumentalists. Concerts are at 1:00, 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. There will be a soup supper in Valentine Hall from 2:00 to 6:00.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 24

The Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to shop small this holiday season. Enjoy special savings offered by a wide variety of merchants.

25th Annual Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill

Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2

A traditional German Christmas market in Stone Hill’s heated Pavilion. Crafts, Christmas goodies, carolers, hot soups and mulled wine. Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by Stone Hill Winery. Free admission.

Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery

Holiday House Tours

Saturday, December 1
2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Tour Hermann homes decked out for the holidays, then enjoy refreshments. Purchase tickets ($10/person) at the Welcome Center, 312 Market Street.  Sponsored by the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hermann MO holiday house tour

Deutschheim Weihnachtsfest

First two weekends of December
Deutschheim State Historic Site

Experience a 19th-century German Christmas celebration. The Pommer-Gentner House is decorated with greenery and lit by lamplight. Its historic rooms feature Christmas trees decorated with authentic German ornaments. Visitors are invited to sample traditional German Christmas cookies and to learn how Christmas customs of the German immigrants became American traditions still celebrated today. A special Christmas gift shop features unique German heritage items. Hours are 10:00 to 4:00.

Historic Hermann Museum and German Bake Sale

First two weekends of December
Historic Hermann Museum, Fourth & Schiller

Historic Hermann presents “Ein Blick in die Vergangenheit—A Look into the Past.” Tours of museum rooms are $5 for adults, $3 for students, free for children 5 and under. A German bake sale features traditional holiday baked items. Free admission to bake sale and gift shop. Hours are 10:00 to 4:00 Saturday and noon to 4:00 Sunday.

Historic Hermann German Bake Sale

Christmas Tablescapes

First two weekends of December
City Park Rotunda Building

The historic Rotunda Building in the city Park sparkles with elaborate Christmas table displays. Warm cider and Christmas carols add to the festivities. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group tours available by appointment. Adults $5, children free. Fundraiser for the Gasconade County Historical Society.

Christmas tablescapes

Christmas Traditions at Hermann Farm

First two weekends of December

Herman Farm invites visitors to experience Christmas as it was celebrated in the 19th-century Hermann. The Farm will be open from 10:00 to 5:00, with tram tours departing at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Festivities include self-guided walking tours of First Settlement Village, holiday decorations and refreshments.

christmas traditions at hermann farm

Holiday Carriage Rides

Saturday afternoons — December 1, 8, 15 and 16

Take a horse-drawn carriage tour and hear the story of Hermann. Rides last about 20 minutes and depart every half-hour from the corner of Gutenberg and First Streets, between the red caboose and Amtrak station. Walk-ups welcome but reservations suggested. $10 per person; children 3 and under on laps free. Private rides available. Call for information, 636-667-1174.


The Spirit of CHRISTmas Concerts at Starkenburg

December 6, 7, and 8
St. Martin’s Church at Starkenburg

Mezzo-soprano Carrie Kirchhofer-Tilly sings holiday favorites and Jonie Loehnig plays selections on the 1860 Pfeffer pipe organ at the beautiful St. Martin’s Church, six miles west of Hermann. Concerts are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy sing-a-longs during the performance and refreshments and a vendor market afterward. Bus tours and groups please contact Kay at 573-690-7779. Adults $7, ages 18 and under $3.

Holiday Bazaar at Hog’s Head

Thursday, December 6
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The December Ladies First Night at Hog’s Head features local vendor booths, wines and snacks to sample and buy, gift ideas and personal care items.

58th Annual St. George Christmas Bazaar

Friday, December 7
St. George Church & Gym, West Fourth Street

All-you-can-eat chicken fry, games for children, pictures with Santa, live and online auctions, prize drawings. Dinners are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5-10.

St. George Catholic Church

The Great Stone Hill Beast Feast

Friday, December 7
Stone Hill Winery

Wild game dinner and silent auction to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Donations of wild game greatly appreciated. Reservations required. Purchase tickets online at

Stone Hill Winery Beast Feast

Artist Reception at Uncolor Wine Bar

Friday, December 7
114 East 4th Street

See contemporary works by Dr. Gary Arthur of Denver, Colorado, and meet the artist. Free wine and appetizers

Christkindl Markt at Hermannhof

Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9
Hermannhof Festhalle 

The riverfront Festhalle evokes the ambience of European Christmas markets. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by Hermannhof Winery. Adults $5, children 15 and under free.

Say Cheese Wine Trail

Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9

Cheese-inspired food and wine pairings, from classic to creative, at seven stops on the scenic Hermann Wine Trail. Hours are Saturday 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday 11:00 to 5:00. $30/person. Advanced tickets required. Call the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687.

Say Cheese Wine Trail

Columbia Handbell Ensemble

Saturday, December 8
St. George Catholic Church

The Columbia Handbell Ensemble brings the music of Christmas to Hermann for the 10th year. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. This free event is sponsored by the Hermann Arts Council.

Santa Rampage

Saturday, December 8
Beginning and ending at Tin Mill Brewery

A fun pub crawl to benefit the Community Christmas Charity Program that provides toys and clothes to needy children. Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. Crawl includes eight stops and ends back at the brewery with dancing to the music of Last Chance. Santa or other seasonal apparel encouraged. Must be 21 to participate.

Santa Rampage in Hermann Missouri

Wine & Cheese Pairings at Röbller Vineyard


Saturday, December 8
Röbller Vineyard, New Haven

Spend a fun evening sipping and sampling offerings from Röbller winemaker Jerry Mueller and cheesemaker Tom Blatchford of Cool Cow Cheese. $25 per person. For reservations call the winery at 573-237-3986 or Cool Cow Cheese at 573-437-2699. To register online, click the store tab at

robller wine and cheese pairing

Paint & Sip Party at Uncolor Wine Bar

Thursday, December 13
114 East 4th Street

Spend a fun evening creating your own masterpiece. $35 class fee includes all supplies, expert instruction and a glass of your favorite beverage. Class starts at 6:00 p.m. Call 573-486-0227 or 573-486-2797 to reserve your space.

Holiday Movies at the Showboat

Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 p.m.

Two family-friendly holiday favorites come to the historic Showboat Theatre — Elf Friday night at 7:00 and The Polar Express Saturday at 1:00. Admission is free. Donations to the Showboat Restoration Fund accepted. Sponsored by Hermann Save-A-Lot.

Art Show at Relax & ReNew Spa

Friday, December 14
601A Market Street

Browse works of art by Keli Schaefer as you enjoy refreshments and live music by Borrowed Time. Keli will sing with the band while creating two paintings that will be sold at a silent auction.

Art Show at Relax and ReNew

Live Nativity Scene

Saturday, December 15

Local families enact a live nativity scene, complete with live animals. Join in singing Christmas carols and enjoy free refreshments. This non-denominational event is free and open to the public.

Live nativity in Hermann, Missouri

First Annual Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 15
3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Collect cookies in a decorative keepsake pail as you shop and stroll through the historic district. $20 per person. A limited number of tickets are available. Purchase tickets in person at the Welcome Center, 150 Market Street, or call 800-932-8687. Click below to purchase online. Tickets reserved online will be charged a $3 handling fee per order and may be must be picked up at the Welcome Center by 5:00 p.m. the day of the event.

Hermann Missouri Christmas Cookie Walk

Wine 101 at Uncolor Wine Bar

Saturday, December 15
114 East 4th Street

Explore the world of sparkling wines and champagnes, just in time for your holiday celebrations. $35 fee includes all wine and food pairings. Event starts at 6:00 p.m. Call 573-486-0227 or 573-486-2787 to reserve your spot at the table.

Sunday With Santa at Sugar Momma’s

Sunday, December 16
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Santa Claus makes his annual stop at Sugar Momma’s, 407 Market Street. Bring your families, your pets and your cameras! Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee bar. Reserve a wine country wagon ride for just $5 at 

Sing We Now of Christmas


Sunday, December 16
7:00 p.m
St. Paul United Church of Christ

Be inspired by the sounds of the season at a holiday concert, presented by St. Paul United Church of Christ. Featured performers include the Bell Choir, Senior Choir and Riverside Singers.