1. Listen to the Cheerful Sounds of the Season
Listen to classic Christmas carols at the Spirit of Christmas concerts at St. Martin’s Church Museum (197 Hwy P, Hermann; 573-236-4390) to hear the magical sounds of the 1860s pipe organ. You’ll also want to be sure to see the bell-ringing show at the Sing We Now of Christmas Concert at St. Paul United Church of Christ (136 W. 1st St., Hermann; 573-486-5525).
2. Explore the Historic Side of Town
For the first two weekends of December, the Deutschheim State Historic Site (109 W. 2nd St., Hermann; 573-486-2200) holds an open house to celebrate a traditional 19th century German Christmas with authentic foods, a Christmas market and craft making. The Historic 1864 Rotunda (243 W. 11th St., Hermann; 573-486-5400) also transforms with Christmas tablescapes.
3. Sample Traditional German Food
At Vintage 1847 Restaurant (1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann; 573-486-3479) you can taste all the traditional flavors of Germany without leaving the state with entrees like chicken spaetzle and schwineschnitzel. Hermann Wurst Haus (234 E. 1st St., Hermann; 573-486-2266) has a deli full of award-winning meats including German sausages, bratwurst and gourmet foods.
4. Shop Charming Christmas Storefronts
Hermann was made for shopping, with a wide variety of boutiques and antiques, but here you can also find unique Christmas markets. Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery (1110 Stone Hill Hwy, Hermann; 573-486-2221) is a German Christmas market that runs December 3–4 and features vendors selling hand-crafted items, carolers and mulled wine.
5. Experience More Christmas Traditions
Stroll downtown Hermann and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Here you can catch a glimpse of their Christmas tree and maybe even have a chance to visit Santa. On December 16–17 you can partake in the Annual Hermann Cookie Walk and enjoy a wonderful selection of Christmas cookies while you stroll along the beautiful town square.