Information about the Christmas Market on December 2nd, 10 am until 5 pm

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10 am          Official opening of the Christmas Market in the Assembly Hall.

The Adult Choir of the German International School Washington D.C., led by Mr. Endenich, will provide a musical welcome. Mrs. Ursula Stocker, Chair of the FRIENDS of der German International School, Minister Holger Mahnicke, Head of Communications and Culture Department at the German Embassy, and Mrs. Palenzatis, Head of the GISW, will open the Christmas Market.

10:30 pm    Opening of the students’ activities (cookies sale, raffle, photo booth et al.)  in the upper school hallway. These events are organized by the students and need to be paid with tickets. You can buy the tickets at the Student Council’s booth at the main entrance.

5 pm            End of the Christmas Market.  The last departure of the shuttle bus to the Bolger Center Lot 2. 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 5:00 pm.

Upper Hallway / Main Entrance

Here you will find the German butcher, “Binkert’s Meat Products”, as well as the “Swiss Bakery”. The marked meeting point is for families, who got separated and also serves as the lost-and-found location.   Tours of the building with the Outreach & Admissions Coordinator leave from the GISW merchandize booth at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.


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 part of their proceeds to the FRIENDS as well.


The kitchen area awaits you with German meatloaf (Leberkäse), brats, wieners, sauerkraut, potato salad and pretzels.
The opposite area of the Cafeteria offers tea and coffee as well as our copious cake buffet featuring countless delicious cakes baked by our talented parents. Sale of soft drinks, beer and wine takes place outside, adjacent to the cake buffet. Also outside: a second food stand.  The 12th graders sell homemade cotton candy and candied apples near the exit facing the Elementary School.

In front of the Cafeteria

In front of the cafeteria we have the Arts & Crafts Group, the “Wooden craft” from the Erzgebirge and our famous authentic German mulled wine (Glühwein). At the booth of the German Embassy you can purchase 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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