Anybody who’s been to a Christmas market knows how magical it is: beautiful decorations, delicious food and drinks, and holiday cheer! The good news is you no longer need a passport to take part in the Christmas magic. Traditional Christmas markets have started popping up all around the US. So, without further ado, here are the best Christmas markets in the US, by region!
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Best Christmas Markets in the Northeast USA
Bethlehem, PA is known as “Christmas City,” so you know their Christmas market has to be good! There’s holiday art from local artists, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, hot glass-blowing experiences, and delicious food from nearby restaurants.
Dates: Weekends from November 18th-December 18th // Photo by Jeff Auger
Celebrate the holiday season in the nation’s capital! You’ll find amazing Christmas gifts from local small businesses, tasty treats, and live music all in the heart of DC.
Dates: November 18th-December 23rd (except Thanksgiving Day and December 5th)
With over 160 vendors offering unique finds from local craftsmen, hot food and drinks, and a Christmas buzz you can only find in New York City, a trip to the Union Square Holiday Market will put you in the holiday spirit!
Dates: November 17th-December 24th
Best Christmas Markets in the Southeast USA
For a traditional German Christmas market experience, you can’t miss Christkindlmarkt in Helen, Georgia. There’s German food, drinks, and handmade crafts perfect for stocking stuffers!
Dates: November 26-27 and December 3-4
Start your Christmas shopping off right in Yorktown, Virginia. In addition to shopping, there are performances by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, and a special appearance from the big man himself, Santa Claus!
Dates: December 3-4 // Photo from Facebook
Celebrate the holiday season along the beautiful waterfront of Savannah’s Plant Riverside District. There’s food, drinks, shopping, live music, a tree lighting ceremony,and more!
Dates: November 25th-January 2nd
Best Christmas Markets in the Southwest USA
Join in on the holiday fun at the Denver Christkindl Market in downtown Denver! It’s authentically German with appearances from St. Nikolaus, Krampus, and the Christkind. Plus, there’s plenty of Bavarian beers and treats to enjoy!
Dates: November 18th-December 23rd // Photo from Facebook
Set up as a traditional German village with wooden vendor booths and a mountainous backdrop, Christkindlmarkt SLC will put you in the Christmas spirit! There’s live performances, warm treats, and excellent gift shopping.
Dates: November 30th-December 3rd // Photo from Facebook
For over 60 years, the small town of Georgetown has been celebrating the holidays with their quintessential Christmas market. Watch the annual tree lighting, stroll through the small town, and warm up with traditional drinks and treats!
Dates: December 3-4th and 10th-11th // Photo from website
Best Christmas Markets in the Northwest USA
Transport yourself to Victorian London at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Part Christmas market, part immersive performance, you’ll join hundreds of players and patrons as they celebrate the holidays!
Dates: weekends from November 19th-December 18th
Christkindlmarkt in Leavenworth, Washington
In the Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth, amongst the Cascade Range of mountains, is one of the most authentically German Christmas markets in the US! Shop, play, and feast in the market, and then tour around the rest of town for amazing Christmas lights!
Dates: Thanksgiving weekend
Take a stroll through over one million lights at the Silverton Christmas Market. Then, you can rest your weary legs at any of the booths selling hot food and drinks. Or, go tubing, shop for gifts, or watch a performance!
Dates: November 25th-January 1st (except December 24th and 25th) // Photo from Facebook
Best Christmas Markets in the Midwest USA
Named USA Today’s #1 Holiday Market, Carmel Christkindlmarkt is a must-visit this holiday season. Indulge in some German food like raclette and pretzels, washed down with a German beer, of course!
Dates: November 19th-December 30th (except Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Celebrate the holidays in the Windy City! You can learn about German culture, enjoy live performances from local groups, and so much more. Plus, they have three different locations for ease of travel: Aurora, downtown Chicago, and Wrigleyville!
Dates: November 18th-December 24th // Photo from Facebook
Based on the traditional Christmas markets of Nuremberg, Germany, the Old World Christmas Market has been celebrating the holidays for almost 25 years! And don’t worry about the wintertime Wiscosin chill, the entire event takes place in a heated tent. Besides, there’s always food and drinks to keep you warm!
Dates: December 2nd-11th // Photo from Facebook
Best Christmas Markets in Central USA
The Tomball German Heritage Festival is the perfect way to start the holiday season in the Lone Star state! Street performers, live music, traditional German and Texas food, and more are all waiting to say Willkommen, y’all!
Dates: December 10th-12th
In the heart of midtown Tulsa, you’ll think you’re in the heart of Bavaria at the Christkindlmarkt. You’ll find thousands of twinkling lights, fresh garlands that make the air smell like pine, and holiday cheer everywhere you look!
Dates: December 2nd-4th
Celebrate Christmas Texas German-style! There are tons of food, drinks, and activities for kids and adults alike. Plus, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at the many local vendor booths!
Dates: November 25th-December 23rd
No matter what region you’re from in the US, there’s a Christmas market for you! What’s your favorite part of a Christmas market: the food, shopping, or performances? Let me know in the comments or DM on Instagram!
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