News Release 382

Celebrate a traditional German Christmas at open house Dec. 3 at Deutschheim State Historic Site

Volume 39-382 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., NOV. 23, 2011 -- Celebrate a traditional German Christmas and provide your input on Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann during December. Weihnachtsfest, the traditional 19th century German Christmas, will be held Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11 at the site's Pommer Gentner House. The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is free and open to the public to attend. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, the site will have an open house to seek input from the public.

During the Weihnachtsfest, the Pommer Gentner House will be decorated with Christmas trees featuring authentic German ornaments. Visitors will learn how the many Christmas customs of the German immigrants became traditions celebrated throughout Missouri today. Samples of German Christmas cookies will be available and the gift shop will feature traditional German gifts such as springerle molds, recipe books and imported "pop-up" cards.

During the open house, staff will discuss recent accomplishments at the historic site and talk about future plans. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the operation of the site. The open house is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites.

The Pommer Gentner House at Deutschheim State Historic Site is located at 110 Market St. For more information on the site or the event, call the site directly at 573-486-2200 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit