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The Most Charming Holiday Markets in America

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Winter Village | New York
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European-Style Holiday Markets

Rediscover the appeal of holiday shopping at one of the fun outdoor markets that pop up before Christmas. Traditional German markets, called Christkindlmarkt, have been a European staple for centuries, but there's no need to take a transatlantic flight. Many U.S. markets feature German-inspired treats and entertainment, as well as European-style gifts. Here are 20 of the best-known holiday markets across the nation. 


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Germania Christkindlmarkt | Cincinnati
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Germania Christkindlmarkt | Cincinnati

Cincinnati is holding its 23rd annual traditional German market, Germania Christkindlmarkt November 4-6 in Colerain Township. There will be live entertainment, traditional food and drink, and a lantern parade on Saturday. Bring the kids for visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, St. Nick, and Christkind. There's a petting zoo, too.


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Carmel Christkindlmarkt | Carmel, Indiana
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Carmel Christkindlmarkt | Carmel, Indiana

Indianapolis’ northside neighbor is home to a Christkindlmarkt (November 23, December 19-22, 24, 26-29) that features entertainment like alphorn performances and woodworking demonstrations, as well as hearty German fare. There will be more than gift and ornament vendors on hand, and plenty of food vendors offering spätzle, schnitzel, glühwein,  Bavarian pretzels, and more. Visitors to this Hoosier winter wonderland can also enjoy ice skating. 


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Winter Village | New York
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Winter Village | New York

This fantastical holiday shopping destination, located by Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, combines free ice skating and more than 125 jewel-box kiosks that seem to sell every holiday gift imaginable, as well as sustenance for hungry shoppers. Winter Village opens early in the shopping season October 28, 2022-March 5, 2023, giving visitors who are spending the holidays in New York plenty of time to grab goodies.



The Great Dickens Christmas Fair | San Francisco
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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair | San Francisco

Go back in time to Victorian London at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair (weekends between November 19 and December 18) as it turns three acres of San Francisco into a Dickensian fantasy as seen through your windshield. Tickets must be purchased in advance online and are $45 for adults, and there are season passes for frequent visitors.. This event goes beyond holiday gifts to include hundreds of costumed characters singing carols, dancing, and reenacting the famed "A Christmas Carol." Hearty English food is available for purchase by giving your order to a cashier.


Christkindlmarkt | Helen, Georgia
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Christkindlmarkt | Helen, Georgia

This traditional Christkindlmarkt gives Southerners a chance to get their dose of European holiday markets in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now in its 15th year, the event runs November 26-27 and December 3-4 and features everything from gifts and holiday decorations to a variety of sweet and savory foods.

Christkindlmarket Chicago
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Christkindlmarket Chicago

Stroll the Chicago Loop before the air gets too chilly, then eat and shop to your heart's content at Christkindlmarket Chicago (November 18 to December 24), a traditional German-inspired outdoor market started in 1996. Christkind, a gift-giving angel from German folklore, wanders the grounds greeting children and shoppers as well as reciting a prologue translated from the original German.


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CraftBoston Holiday Show
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CraftBoston Holiday Show

Fans of unique arts and crafts will want to visit CraftBoston Holiday Show (November 11 - January 8). It's an indoor holiday market in the Back Bay neighborhood that features more than 175 exhibitors, many selling one-of-a-kind wares. 

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Denver Christkindl Market
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Christmas Village Philadelphia
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Christmas Village Philadelphia

Located in the JFK Plaza fronting City Hall, Christmas Village in Philadelphia (November 19 to December 24) is modeled on traditional German holiday markets, complete with a wandering Christkind and Santa. Vendors sell European-inspired Christmas treats such as lebkuchen (gingerbread), glühwein (hot spiced wine), and imported gifts that can be found only at the market.

Christmas Village | Baltimore
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Christmas Village | Baltimore

Located in the city's Inner Harbor area, Christmas Village in Baltimore (November 19 to December 24) started in 2013 as a sister market to Philadelphia's fair and is already becoming a seasonal must-see. The combination indoor and outdoor market has more than 50 booths selling European-style food, drinks, trinkets, and arts and crafts in wooden huts and a heated festival tent.

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European Christmas Market | St. Paul, Minnesota

The East Plaza at Union Depot is home to St. Paul’s free, outdoor European Christmas Market held Friday through Sunday for four weekends starting November 25 and ending December 18. The St. Paul area is known for its deep Germanic and Nordic roots, and the annual market is a nod to that heritage. This year’s entertainment includes a horn quartet, a cappela singers, and a Swedish mens chorus. Festival food treats include spaetzle, brats, pierogi, and artisan cheeses.

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Georgetown Christmas Market | Colorado

Take in an old-world-style holiday fair set against a stunning backdrop of snowy mountains at Georgetown Christmas Market (December 3-4 and 10-11). Enjoy hot chestnuts, baked goods, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, performers, and a visit from jolly old St. Nick while shopping for the perfect gifts for all those on your list.

Christkindlmarkt | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Christkindlmarkt | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

This holiday market has been offering visitors end-of-year cheer for more than two decades in the historic town of Bethlehem. View the wares offered by dozens of artisans, retailers, and food vendors, and enjoy traditional entertainment on weekends November 18 to January 8 (also open Thursdays in December). Ice sculpting and glassblowing demonstrations are free to watch, and there are outdoor artisan huts, fire pits, and igloos in the Outdoor Village. Visitors pay a daily fee of $10-$12 and children under 5 are free.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market | New York
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Columbus Circle Holiday Market | New York

Try a handmade pretzel while browsing Manhattan's Columbus Circle Market (November 29 to December 24), located on the edge of Central Park West. This holiday tradition features about 140 booths filled with artisan gifts and treats galore. The market promotes local, U.S.-made, organic, and fair-trade items.

Old World Christmas Market
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Old World Christmas Market | Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Take a break from the seasonal hustle and bustle to visit this European-style market at the lovely Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. What makes the Old World Christmas Market (December 2-11) unique is that it's both a market and a getaway — visitors can book family-friendly packages that feature sleigh rides, children's holiday craft workshops, and more. Admission is $7 per adult, and kids 14 and under are free with paid adult admission. 

Union Square Holiday Market | New York
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Union Square Holiday Market | New York

Want a socially conscious gift? Union Square Holiday Market (November 17 to December 24) in Manhattan lets sellers apply Artisan Pledge stickers to products that meet an earth-friendly standard. Visit any of the more than 160 booths, grab a snack from vendors such as Sigmund's Pretzels, or just enjoy the positive vibe.

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Tomball German Christmas Market | Texas

The traditional holiday market gets a Texas twist at the Tomball German Christmas Market (December 9-11). Tomball, the sister city to the German town Telgte, offers free parking and shuttle service to the site. This year's open-air market hosts more than 163 merchants, and street performers and a petting zoo (as well as German beer) will be on tap.



Mifflinburg Christkindl Market | Pennsylvania
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Mifflinburg Christkindl Market | Pennsylvania

The Mifflinburg Christkindl Market runs only the weekend of December 8-10, but those few days are packed with holiday tradition. Enjoy perusing holiday items while snacking on Christmas breads, goat's milk goodies, mint hot chocolate, and German sausage.