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21 Best Christmas Markets in The US for 2024

The holiday spirit is alive and well at various Christmas Markets across the United States. Many of these markets take inspiration from traditional European-style Christmas Markets, which have been attracting visitors since the late Middle Ages. They are commonly known as Christkindlmarkt (which means Christ Child Market, usually referring to an angel-like “spirit of Christmas”). These American versions feature all the trappings of the holiday season, including Christmas trees, horse-drawn carriages, live performances, handmade gifts, wooden booths, Santa Claus, and Christmas caroling. Kick off the holiday season at some of the best Christmas Markets in the US as you travel this holiday season.

If you are looking for more Christmas Market travel ideas, here is a list of the Top 10 European Christmas Markets In One Trip  and a great guide to Top Tips For First-Time Vienna Christmas Market Visit.

Baltimore Christmas Village at night
Baltimore Christmas Market

Here is a list of the top 21 Best Traditional Christmas Markets in the US

#1 & 2 Christkindlmarkt & Christmas City Market, Bethlehem PA

Called the Christmas City, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the perfect place for more than one of the United States’ best Christmas markets. This eastern Pennsylvania town has not one but two great holiday markets.

The first is the Christkindlmarkt, presented by Univest Financial. This traditional, family-friendly event offers handmade items crafted by top artisans and Käthe Wohlfahrt handcrafted ornaments, nutcrackers, and collectibles from Germany. This event has been named one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure twice!

Bethlehem’s Christmas City Village and Christmas Hut on Main are filled with holiday-themed wooden huts that offer unique holiday gift ideas. The feel and look are one of an authentic European Christmas Market. Located in Downtown Bethlehem, the market has a great combination of food and craft vendors.

The 2024 Christkindlmarkt event begins on Friday, November 15, and runs weekends until December 22. Admission ranges between $11 and $15; kids are FREE.

Christmas City Village 2024 Dates To Be Announced

#3 Dickens Fair, San Francisco, CA

Pay a visit to London this holiday season with a trip to the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls in San Francisco. This great Dickens Christmas fair is a stroll through Victorian London. It’s like stepping into Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Visit pubs and charming shops overflowing with handmade holiday treasures. Take in the aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods filling the air. The Dickens Christmas Fair reproduces London streets during the holiday season.

The 2024 Dickens Fair takes place five weekends from November 23 – Dec. 22, 10 am – 6 pm. Ticket prices range from $25-$45, with children under five are admitted FREE.

Couple dressing in Victoria dress at Christmas Market
Dickens Market Photo by Rich Yee
#4 Elkhart, Wisconsin

Conjuring up visions of the Christkindlesmarkt of Nüremberg, Germany, the Old World Christmas Market at The Osthoff Resort brings an old-world tradition to Wisconsin. For ten days in early December, guests can wander the aisles of a heated tent, taking in the holiday displays of vendors and artists. Offering unique and specialty items from international and regional artisans and traditional German foods, think schnitzel and apple strudel.

The 2024 Old World Christmas Market is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, December 5-15, 2024. Admission is $7 per adult; children 14 and under are complimentary with an adult ticket holder.

#5 Kerstmark, Holland MI

“Kerstmarkt” in the Dutch language means “Christmas market.” Keeping with the town’s Dutch theme, it hosts an annual holiday market featuring delicious food, crafts, and gifts. This open-air market has an authentic feel. Holland, Michigan, is known for its spring Tulip Time Festival, with fields of bright, colorful flowers and windmills, so hosting a traditional Dutch Christmas market only made sense. Although this is a small market, it makes up for its size in the quaint atmosphere. Spend the weekend in Holland and enjoy visits with Santa, caroling groups, and bell ensembles. You will love the all-volunteer run event.

The 2024 Kerstmark event runs from Saturday, November 16 – Saturday, December 21, every Friday and Saturday (check the website for specific hours as they vary throughout the season).

People strolling Christmas Market booths in Michigan
Kerstmark in Holland Michigan
#6 Holiday Market, Washington, D.C.

The 20th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, kicks off the holiday season on Friday, November 15. The market is held in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop. The market runs daily from noon to 8 pm. This year’s retail lineup will feature over 70 exhibitors and many food vendors. The market also offers live entertainment featuring holiday music from all over the world. This event has a worldly vibe and is a unique holiday outing.

Downtown Holiday Market, Washington, D.C., starts Friday, November 15, and runs until Monday, December 23, with daily hours from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. (The market is closed on Thanksgiving day).

People strolling the booths of the Downtown Washington Christmas Market
Washington D.C.
#7 Christkindlmarkets, Chicago, IL

With 3 locations in and around Chicago, this German-style Christmas Market is an excellent experience for the whole family. Held in Chicago, Wrigleyville, and Aurora, all are free events. Stroll through the vendor stalls surrounded by the aroma of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst, and hot spiced wine. Experience the sound of festive music and the glimmer of sparkling Christmas decorations. Named one of the top Christmas Markets outside of Europe, the Chicago Christkindlmarkets is one you should not miss.

The Chicago Christkindlmarkets 2024 Dates To Be Announced

#8 Christmas Market, Georgetown, Co.

This tiny mountain town is hosting its 64th Holiday Christmas Market in 2024. Thousands will descend upon this town to explore an outdoor Christmas village filled with roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping, and horse-drawn wagon rides. It’s like celebrating the holiday season 100 years ago. It features a daily procession of Santa Lucia, where St. Nicholas appears in his traditional dress. Carolers in Victorian costume stroll the streets of Georgetown, decorated with lights and Christmas greenery and blanketed with snow. It’s the ideal Christmas scene.

Georgetown Christmas Market is held the first and second weekends of December (December 7-8 and December 14-15); admission is FREE.

#9 & 10 Christkindlmarkt by Germania Society & Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, Ohio, has a rich German history and hosts two large Christmas markets. The first is the Christkindlmarkt by Germania Society, the area’s oldest holiday market. It is a very traditional German market featuring authentic food and, of course, beer. Held at the beginning of November (2024 dates are November 1-3), it’s a great place to experience German Christmas culture and have a fun Christmas season kick-off.

The Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt is held adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn and Stage in Smale Riverfront Park. It’s an all-ages holiday-themed Christmas festival that features food, beverages, merchandise, holiday lights, and musical entertainment, all with a European flair.

Christkindlmarkt by Germania Society is held from November 1 – November 3.

Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt November 23 – December 31, 2024.

#11 Christkindl Market, Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Christkindl Market is a uniquely southern take on the traditional German Christmas Market. From delicious food to handcrafted gifts, it mixes the modern energy of Atlanta and old-world Europe. The Buckhead Village will house over 50 vendors.

Christkindl Market 2024 Dates To Be Announced.

Glass Christmas Ornaments in Christmas Market booth
Philadelphia Market photo by John Belleville Photography
St. Nick arriving at the Denver Christmas Market
Denver Christmas Market
#12 Christkindlmarket, Denver, CO

This authentic German-style holiday market hosts local and European craft & food vendors and entertainers. The Denver Christkindl Market is a must-see holiday experience that is free and open to the public. For over 20 years, this has been Colorado’s largest holiday market. You will find authentic food and crafts, along with live entertainment. The market will host events, including Krampus Nacht and Trachten Nacht, Canine Christmas, and Ugly Sweater Night. With local bands and dancers performing both traditional and modern takes on German Polka songs and more. Look for the Weekly Sunday Kids Storytime with Den7 news anchors.

Denver Christkindl Market, November 22 – December 23, 2024.

#13 Union Square Holiday Market, New York, NY

Union Square is NYC’s ultimate holiday destination! With 150+ vendors at the Union Square Holiday Market, this is one of the largest in the country. Not only can you take in the fantastic Christmas market, you can take in the surrounding restaurants and shops. New York City is always a magical place during the holiday season. While you are there, check out Rockefeller Center and the Bryant Park Holiday Market.

Union Square Holiday Market 2024 Dates To Be Announced.

Collectible mug at the Philadelphia market
Philadelphia’s collectible mug.
#14 Christmas Village, Philadelphia, PA

The Christmas Village is an outside holiday festival in Center City, Philadelphia. Modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, it is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. You will find handmade holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, and high-quality arts and crafts from international and local artisans. Grab a hot drink while enjoying festive Christmas lights at the Inner Harbor. And enjoy the delicious waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst, and mulled wine (which can be purchased in traditional European souvenir mugs).

2024 Christmas Village in Philadelphia starts on November 23 and continues through December 24 (Christmas Eve), open daily from 12 pm to 8 pm.

Food At Philadephia Christmas Market credit Christina Kalff
Food At Philadephia Christmas Market credit Christina Kalff
#15 Texas Christkindl Market, Arlington, TX

The Texas Christkindl Market is uniquely connected with its partner Christmas city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to bring the magic and feel of the European Christmas Markets to Texas. Look for handcrafted gifts and collectibles, including exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village. Filled with musical events, including Swiss Longhorns, this market has a very authentic old-world feel with a distinctly Texas spin.

Texas Christkindl Market takes place from November 22 -24 and November 29 – December 23, 2024.

#16 Tomball German Christmas Market, Tomball, TX

This fun-packed event is part of a street festival, musical concert, and open-air Christmas market. Shop the 175-plus vendors offering Christmas decor, arts, and crafts. Plus, many festive food and drink offerings include mulled wine, beer, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. You will find over 30 plus live musical performances on four stages. Oh, and don’t miss the Chicken Dance Contest, it’s held at 12:30 on Saturday in the dance hall!

Tomball German Festival Christmas Market takes place from December 13-15, 2024. Admission is FREE.

Tomball Christmas Market with tents and visitors.
Tomball Christmas Market
#17 WeihnachtsMarkt, Harmony, PA

Horse-drawn wagon rides, German music, dance, food, artisans, and demonstrators are some highlights at this small town’s Holiday Market. A small ticket fee is required as a fundraiser for the Harmony Museum. The WeihnachtsMarkt has nearly 50 artisans and specialty vendors and is a very authentic German experience. It is located about an hour north of Pittsburgh.

WeihnachtsMarkt is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, November 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission for adults is $8.

#18 Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Pittsburgh, PA

Shop vendors as you stroll through illuminated Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. You will weave through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts and holiday experiences filled with international flair and local charm. Experience great food vendors while enjoying live music on the Sounds Of The Season Stage. Right next door is the UPMC Rink at PPG Place, a magical place to skate while completing the perfect holiday experience.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market 2024 Dates To Be Announced.

Entrance To Carmel Indiana Christmas market
Carmel Christmas Market
#19 Carmel Christkindlmarkt, Carmel, IN

With the festive atmosphere of an authentic German market, you will discover various products sourced from Germany and other European countries. Plus, you can taste some traditional German food and drink, all sold out of charming wooden huts. This market also features an outdoor skating rink and numerous kid-friendly venues. Beer is a serious part of this festival, with over 15 German beers on tap.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt starts on November 23 and runs through December 24 (it isclosed on Monday and Tuesday each week and on Thanksgiving day).

Skating on a snowy night at Christmas Market
Skating At Christkindlmarkt Carmel
#20 ChristKindlMarkt , Frankenmuth , MI

Frankenmuth is nicknamed “Christmas Town, USA,” and the annual Christmas market is one of the top reasons. The largest Christmas market in Saginaw County is a little over an hour north of Detroit. This traditional Christmas market, like those held in Frankenmuth’s sister region of Germany, brings a feeling of magic to the city each year. It’s full of artisans selling handmade gifts and goods. It’s free to attend this family-friendly holiday event.

ChristKindlMarkt Frankenmuth takes place on the following dates, November 22nd – 24th, November 29th – December 1st, December 6th – 8th.

Toasting with the collectible Christmas Market mug in Baltimore.
Baltimore’s Traditional Mug
#21 The Christmas Village, Baltimore, MD

Christmas Village in Baltimore is an outdoor and indoor holiday festival at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Vendors in wooden booths offer traditional European food, sweets, and drinks. You will find handmade holiday gifts and arts and crafts from local artisans. Grab a hot glass of Glühwein while enjoying festive Christmas lights at the Inner Harbor. And just like traditional European markets, a special mug is created every year for collectors!

The Christmas Village starts on November 23 and runs through December 24, 2024.

From Baltimore to Texas and on to Michigan, you will find great Christmas markets that rival the best Europe has to offer. Plan a holiday shopping trip around some of these amazing markets across the United States and get in the Holiday mood.

Baltimore Christmas Village at night
Baltimore Christmas Market
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