November 22, 2016

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Celebrate German Christmas traditions at Deutschheim State Historic Site

The public is invited to celebrate a traditional 19th century German Christmas in historic Hermann at Deutschheim State Historic Site.  The event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the first two weekends in December at the Pommer Gentner House. 

The Pommer Gentner House, circa 1840, will be decorated with greenery and lit by lamplight, its historic rooms featuring Christmas trees decorated with authentic German ornaments.  The music of Christmas will be featured in the piano-making workshop where a beautiful 1830s piano forte, built by Charles Pommer in Philadelphia, will be on display.  Guests can sample traditional German Christmas cookies including springerle, Lebkuchen and zimmerschied.  

The event will also include a Weihnachtsfest gift shop with springerle molds and rolling pins, recipe books, imported German pop-up cards and a selection of unique books for Christmas gift giving.   

The Pommer Gentner House is located at 110 Market Street in Hermann.   The Deutschheim Visitor Center is located at 107 W. Second Street. The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information about the event, call Deutschheim State Historic Site at 573-486-2200. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.