The Best Christmas Markets in America

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Everyone who has ever visited a Christmas Market in Germany knows how romantic and traditional these markets are. All the markets are held in the center of the town or city and often around the church, castle, dome or cathedral. Such a place would be called the “Marktplatz” as in the past, and of course also as of today, local markets are held throughout the year. Christmas markets are held rain or shine, that means if it snows it is not a reason to close them.
The good thing is that every Christmas Market has a remedy for cold hands and feet: Glühwein or Mulled wine. For almost  one month the Christmas markets or called in German “Christkindl Markets” or “Weihnachtsmärkte”  the center piece of local and national entertainment.
You can buy local Christmas crafts and gifts and enjoy local delicatessen like Thueringer Bratwurst, Schupfnudeln, Reibekuchen and the hot mulled wine or the Feuerzangenbowle – a hot holiday punch. The flavor of gingerbread, roasted almonds, fried bratwurst and potato pancakes is in the air.  That’s the scene in Germany. What about the scene in the USA?

What are the Best Christmas Markets in America?

The most popular and biggest Christmas Market is the one in Chicago.
November 24 – December 24
Visit the website – Christkindlmarket Chicago

The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the largest and most renowned Christmas market in the United States, attracting more than one million visitors annually from the Chicagoland area, across the US, and around the world. This yearly event, which has taken place since 1996, celebrates the city’s friendship with Nuremberg, home to one of Germany’s most famous traditional Christmas markets, with traditional German specialties, music, and decorations. The official grand opening festivities on November 27 even feature the Christkind from Nuremberg. (The market opens beforehand for two “sneek peak” days on November 25-26.)

Part of the Winterland at Gallagher Way – Click here  for details- 
November 17 – December 31
Monday through Thursday: 3 pm – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Special Opening Hours:
Thanksgiving (November 23): 11 am – 4 pm
Christmas Eve (December 24): 11 am – 4 pm
Christmas Day (December 25): CLOSED
December 26 through December 28: 11 am – 9 pm
New Year’s Eve (December 31): 11 am – 4 pm

Saturday Nov 11 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday Nov 12 – 10 am to 4 pm
Historic Harmony Weihnachtsmarkt
Admission includes all-day access to a market, museum, entertainment and horse drawn wagon rides. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Historic Harmony, the local historical society and preservation advocate, and its Harmony Museum operations. For a new antiques show and sale, dealers from throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio have come together in a Weihnachsmarkt first in 2010 to offer hundreds of extraordinary items. This market also includes a Biergarten; hot pretzels; hands-on activities and demonstrations; crafts for kids to make and take home; local spinners and weavers demonstrating time-honored arts; and a quilting program.

Visitors can find out more about Harmony’s history anytime of year by visiting the Harmony Museum. Exhibit rooms in the 200-year-old main museum building, now decorated for the holiday season, are open for self-guided tours. Museum exhibits interpret the area’s history, which includes Harmony’s 1804 founding by freedom-seeking Germans.

Mo, Tue closed – Wed & Thu 4-9pm – Fr & Sat 12-9pm – Sun 12-8pm
Nov 22 (Wed): Noon – 9 pm
Dec 18 (Mon): 4 pm – 9 pm
Dec 19 (Tue): 4 pm – 9pm
Dec 24 (Sun): Noon – 4 pm
Stroll through the market and enjoy delicious German food and beverage offerings from over 20 vendors, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy holiday music performed by artists from around the world.

Friday, Nov 3, 2023 | 5pm-10pm

Saturday, Nov 4, 2023 | 11am-10pm
Sunday, Nov 5, 2023 | 12pm-5pm
Christkindlmarkt Cincinnati
Presented by the Germania Society, this Christmas market celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2009 features crafts, entertainment and traditional food, including full dinners, all under a covered, closed and heated pavilion at Germania Park, as well as free carriage rides.

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December 9

Hartville Heart & Home for the Holiday’s Market
Twelve charming cottages house some 40 vendors – including craftsmen, entertainers and chefs – from Chemnitz, Germany, Akron’s sister city, and feature handcrafted wares, including Moravian stars, Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) arts and crafts, and hand-blown glass ornaments as well as seasonal fare.

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Saturday, December 9th from 10 am-5 pm

Sunday, December 12 pm-4 pm
Christmas Market  Liederkranz-Turner
Celebrate Christmas at the Dayton Christmas market featuring hand-crafted ornaments and gift items, German food and beverages, a Christmas raffle, and concerts by the Dayton Liederkranz children’s, women’s, and men’s choirs.

There are 23 Christmas Markets in Ohio Click here for all the details – 

Christkindl Market
Held in the Buckhead Village centrally located and accessible from all over the Greater ATL.
Nov 17 – Nov 19 (pre-weekend)
Black Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 24, 2023 (four weeks daily)
Friday – Sunday 11 am to 9 pm
Monday – Thursday 3 pm to 8 pm

There are 14 Christmas markets at different locations in NY.

Union Square Holiday Market (November 25 – December 24)
This Christmas market was initially modeled after European Christmas markets and despite some changes since its original inception it still mirrors its cousins across the Atlantic pretty closely. It is one of the largest Christmas markets in New York and a holiday tradition for any visitor.
November 16 – December 24, 2023
Monday-Friday 11 am – 8 pm / Saturday 10 am – 8 pm / Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

Columbus Circle Holiday Market (November 19 – December 24)
Located at Central Park’s southwest corner, in close proximity to the iconic Wollmann ice skating rink, you will find the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. It’s featuring about 100 booths and this makes this market to the best but also to the largest holiday markets in NYC.
November 28 – December 31, 2023

New York City, NY  – December 4
Zion St. Mark’s
A one-day indoor market held at the Zion St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 339 East 84th Street in New York also features traditional German Lebkuchen, Christstollen, cookies, ornaments, hot beverages, including coffee and Glühwein, and more.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
October 27, 2023 – March, 2024
Monday – Friday 11 am – 8 pm / Saturday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm

It started in 2002, the Winter Village in Bryant Park is one of the most festive Christmas markets in NYC. The center of the city is a truly inspiring place to drink in the splendor of winter as you and your loved ones stroll down aisle after aisle of specialty vendors and themed attractions. Winter Village has lots to offer: an ice skating rink with free admission, holiday stands to offer seasonal bites, beverages to refuel, local crafts, jewelry, clothes, and many more cute baubles.

NY – Grand Central Vanderbilt Holiday Fair
November 13 – December 24, 2023
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
Fabulous indoor Christmas markets in NYC at the Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central. It’s a large 1 month-long indoor holiday market that’s perfect for those who prefer to stay snuggled in warmth regardless of outdoor conditions.
More than 1 million shoppers pass through the holiday fair each day. The iconic transport hub is a convenient location for a jolly extravaganza!

— For more Christmas market in NY visit this website which is covering them all —

November 18 – December 24
Christmas Village at Love Park and City Hall
Started in 2008 with some 150,000 visitors and continued again in 2009, Christmas Village is coming back to Philadelphia’s Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall in 2010. Vendors in more than 50 wooden booths and timber houses which form a medieval village will sell European food, sweets and drinks as well as international seasonal holiday gifts, ornaments and high quality arts and crafts. Thousands of lights at booths and trees will integrate Dilworth Plaza into the scenery of the illuminated city hall. A central stage will be the place for live performances of local choirs, orchestras and bands. (Opens for a sneak peek on November 25, 2010.)

November 26-28

Leavenworth Bavarian Village
Visitors come back year after year for the famous Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival, held in the “Bavarian Village.” Everyone gathers at dusk to sing Silent Night and witness the lighting of the village as it is transformed into a magical wonderland of lights. Booths with holiday fare and a variety of music and entertainment round out the festival.

November 25 & 26, 2023

December 2 & 3.2023 (varies every year)
Helen, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. Helen invites you to come and do your Christmas shopping in the festive atmosphere of our Alpine Village decorated for the season. Running for 16 yers now.

November 26 – December 12

Festival of Gingerbread
Held at the History Center each year during the holiday season, the annual Festival of Gingerbread features hundreds of gingerbread creations, from those made by area grade school children to master bakers. Weekend activities during the Festival include visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, gingerbread cookie sales and more. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

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November 26 – December 19

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem
This Christmas market, located in Bethlehem’s historic downtown district, is a heartwarming holiday event for the whole family. It features live holiday music, great food, and old St. Nicholas as well as vendors of exquisite handmade gifts by artisans from around the country. Open Thursdays to Sundays. Bethlehem also bills itself as “Christmas City” and features a host of related seasonal events. Weekends Only.

Christkindl Market Denver
November 17 – December 23, 2023
Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm / Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Since 1999, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the city of Denver has held an annual Christkindl Market with a variety of concerts and entertainment as well as vendors selling holiday goodies and gifts.

November 27

Old Tyme Christmas Celebration
Patterned after the historically European tradition of Christmas Markets; holiday crafters, entertainment & wagon rides are just a few of the activities around the village. Featuring a spectacular “Parade of Lights.”

December 2, 2023 to December 3, 2023

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas in Historic Hermann
Enjoy German Christmas traditions at this event featuring food and craft demonstrations, story telling, and a visit from Father Christmas as well as a select group of artists and crafters and a variety of food and entertainment. Two Kristkindl Markt’s are part of the program at the Stone Hill Winery Pavilion (December 4-5) and the Hermannhof Festhalle (December 11-12).

November 27-28

Christkindlmarkt at the Zion Church of the City of Baltimore
At this annual event at the Zion church in the heart of historic Baltimore, shoppers can feast on authentic German foods and stock their pantries with imported holiday goodies including Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars. Local craftspeople display their handmade snowflakes, Santas and floral arrangements along with commercial importers of smokers and steins. A model train garden is also part of the event.

Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor

Nov 18th – Dec 24th, 2023
12pm – 8pm daily
This Christmas Village is a combination of an outdoor and indoor holiday festival at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. Find in wooden booths traditional European food, sweets and drinks.

November 27

Christmas Market in Cape Coral
The German Christmas Market in Cape Coral (December 3-5)  and the German Christmas Market in Lehigh Acres (TBA) both feature European arts and crafts, holiday decorations, photos with Santa Claus and the “Christkindl”, traditional German food and drink including bratwurst, schnitzel, Glühwein (mulled win) and German beer and a variety of entertainment, including Latin and Country & Western acts. Both markets are organized by the European Business Council of Cape Coral.

December 3-5

The German-American Society of Tulsa creates a winter wonderland which includes many crafters displaying their wares, including booths featuring nutcrackers, smoker-männle, imported Christmas tree ornaments and Germany’s famous Christmas Stollen, as well as Wurst, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), hot apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee. The Christkindl (Christ Child) and St. Nikolaus walk among the booths to the delight of the children, who are also entertained in a special Spielstube, or playroom.

from 10 AM – 5 PM
Dec 1 – Dec 10, 2023 (days vary from year to year)
Admission is $7 per adult, 14 and under are free

Old World Christmas Market
The Osthoff Resort’s annual traditional European Christmas Market, reminiscent of the centuries-old German Christkindlesmarkt, features authentic gifts, toys, ornaments and food specialties from international and regional artisans in timber booths adorned in fresh greens and thousands of twinkling white lights.

There are 14 different Christmas Markets in Austin – check the link below

Christmas Festival
Every December, on the first Saturday of the month, the German-Texan Heritage Society puts on a Christmas festival at the German Free School in Austin, with hand-made crafts items imported from Germany. Shoppers can choose from imported German craft items such as nutcrackers, pyramids, smokers, and arches, plus a variety of other gift items, books, and ornaments. Live performances of German Christmas music take place throughout the day, plus a special visit from St. Nikolaus. Visitors can also browse our used German book selection, enjoy complimentary treats, and sip on some Glühwein.

November 27

Christmas Church Bazaar
A traditional Christmas Bazaar will be held on November 27 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Coral Gables, Florida, featuring arts and crafts, German books, music and DVD’s, childrens’ games and entertainment, traditional Christmas food and drinks and Christmas music.

December 4

Houston Street Market
The Holidays on Houston Street Market will feature a European-inspired Christkindl-style market, complete with a 15-minute drone show synced to holiday tunes. The market is free and open to the public.

Christkindl Market TX
Nov 24 – Dec 23
11 am – 8 pm Daily
The almost 70-year relationship between Arlington and its sister city, Bad Königshofen, inspired the Texas Christkindl Market to commemorate its first magical season in 2011. With several markets all over Europe for the holidays, the Texas Christkindl Market also works with its partner Christmas city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to bring the same wonderful magic and feeling to Texas. Visitors will discover handcrafted gifts and collectibles, including exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village.

Christkindl Market Mifflinburg 
December 9-11
Mifflinburg’s version of an authentic Christmas Market, inspired by the 700-year-old traditional German Christkindl Markt, or Christ Child Market, is a festive event prepared by various churches, organizations, schools, and residents. For three days, Mifflinburg’s Market Street, with its many churches, is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats.

Downtown Christmas Market
November 18 – December 23
12:00PM to 8:00PM   

Another great place to celebrate Christmas is our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. This is a favorite outdoor Christmas market since 16 years.

December 11-12

Weihnachtsmarkt Texas Style
Some 80 vendors will sell German Christmas items, arts and crafts, and more at this seasonal music/street festival and open air market set amid antique shops in the old town area and featuring hay rides and Christmas lights tours. Get into the festive spirit with Christmas musical acts and bands including Das ist Lustig and visit the German Tent featuring a beer garden serving Dunkles Bier (dark beer) and Glühwein (mulled wine). A Kinderfest including bungee-jumping and a petting zoo will provide fun for young visitors. Tomball’s sister city in Germany is Telgte: Tomball Sister City Organization

December 4-5

Coordinated by the Lovettsville German Society, this Christmas market celebrates both the town’s and Loudon County’s more than 250-year-old German heritage. All cultural activities organized by the Lovettsville German Society also aim to strengthen the relationship between Loudon County, VA, and its sister county of Main-Taunus-Kreis near Frankfurt in Germany’s central Hesse state.

First full weekend in December – Fr – Sun
We hosted our first Christmas Market festival on the town square in December 1990. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children’s activities, and other holiday attractions – all set amid the charm of Carlinville’s historic town square and its own special shops.

While it retains its focus on family fun in a romantic, small-town setting, the festival has grown in variety and reputation. The Christmas Market attracted nearly 11,000 visitors in 2010 and generates close to $1 million in local revenue.

Georgetown, Colorado
Georgetown Christmas Market
Dec 9 and Dec 10, 2023
check Facebook for the dates each year, no other website is updated
The Georgetown Christmas Market is the quintessential winter town event, right out of a Christmas movie. No, literally. In the 1980s, John Denver starred in The Christmas Gift, filmed in the snowy streets of historic Georgetown, Colorado. Nestled in the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Georgetown’s quaint Victorian era homes and atmosphere add to its festive charm.

Plant Riverside Christmas Market

Christkindl Market

Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2023
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 750-year-old tradition. Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls; enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance and choirs in Yuletide Hall; participate in children’s activities; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European beer.

roasted almonds
german potato pancakes. german vanilla cones gluhwein and stollen

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