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Christmas Market Information

Information for the Christmas Market on December 1st, 10 am until 5 pm

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10 am         

Official opening of the Christmas Market in the Assembly Hall.

The Children and Adult Choir of the German International School Washington D.C., led by Mr. Endenich and Ms. Linnenbrink, will provide a musical welcome. Ms. Sedlmayer, Chair of the FRIENDS of der German School, German Ambassador Haber, and Ms. Palenzatis, Head of School open the Christmas Market.

10:30 am   

Opening of the students’ activities on the upper level. These activities are organized by the students and need to be paid with tickets. You can buy the tickets at the Students’ Council’s booth (SMV) at the main entrance.

5 pm           

End of the Christmas Market

6 pm            

The last shuttle bus to the Bolger Center Lot #2 is leaving. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Please park your car at the Bolger Center Lot 2. Shuttle service to the main entrance of the GISW will be provided. Holders of disability placards are asked to inform the police officers on site. Please follow the directions of the officers and our staff. Thank you!

Access to Chateau Drive will be closed from 7.00 am until 6.00 pm.


Upper Hallway / Main Entrance

Here you will find GISW merchandise, the German butcher, “Binkert’s Meat Products”, as well as the “Swiss Bakery”. There is also a marked meeting point for families, who got separated that also serves as the lost-and-found location.   

Assembly Hall

Here you will find all third-party vendor booths, a raffle and the beautiful “Wooden crafts” from the Erzgebirge. The FRIENDS’ room offers Advent wreaths, door wreaths and other festive candle arrangements. All profits from the market booths go to the FRIENDS and our vendors contribute a portion of their proceeds to the FRIENDS as well.


The kitchen area awaits you with German meatloaf (Leberkäse), brats, wieners, sauerkraut, potato salad and pretzels. In the smaller part, you’ll find tea and coffee as well as our huge cake buffet, which is donated by the families of our students. Sale of soft drinks, beer and wine is outside in front of the cake buffet, as well as the second food sale (the same as inside). The 12th graders sell homemade cotton candy near the exit facing the Elementary School. Please return your used dishes to the table to the left of the kitchen. Thank you!

In front of the Cafeteria

In front of the cafeteria we have the Arts&Crafts Group, the “Wooden craft” from the Erzgebirge, our Advent wreaths and our famous authentic German mulled wine (Glühwein). At the booth of the “German Embassy” you can buy homemade Christmas cookies and homemade gingerbread houses.

Methods of Payment

Cash and/or checks are accepted at all booths of the FRIENDS as well as in the Cafeteria. Please make your checks payable to “FRIENDS of the German International School”. All profits of these sales go to the FRIENDS. Accepted methods of payment may differ at our vendors’ booths.


We have two police officers and three private security officers monitoring the entire school. The school nurse will also be on duty at the Christmas Market.  A marked meeting point (entrance area, upper school) is for families, who got separated and also serves as the lost-and-found location.

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