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An American Christkindl Market – Updated!

Every winter, many travelers’ thoughts turn to Europe and the traditional Christmas Markets that dot the map from Finland to the Mediterranean, from the Baltics to the British Isles. But where is the American Christkindl Market? As immigrants settled in the United States, they naturally brought traditions with them but somehow the Christkindlmarkt never quite caught on like it has in the homelands.

Updated for 2018 with new dates and markets!

An American Christkindl Market

For several years now, many American cities have been making valiant efforts to bring a little bit of Europe home for the holidays. When you’re ready for festive holiday cheer and a warm mug of Glühwein, without the cost of transatlantic air fare, we have just the ticket: An American Christkindl Market! While there are many holiday celebrations and markets around the country, these are our favorite traditional Christmas markets. They’re also some of the country’s largest and, best of all, they have the very affordable admission price of free! (Note: The Texas Christkindle in Arlington has been absorbed by the Enchant Festival, and is no longer free. Ergo, it is no longer included in our list. Sorry, Not Sorry.)

For your holiday pleasure, we have updated our annual list with 2018 dates and additional Markets.

Chicago

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A little holiday magic transforms Daley Plaza into Chicago’s own North Pole.
(Photo: Christkindlmarket Chicago)

An annual event since 1996, Christkindlmarket Chicago in Daley Plaza is the season’s highlight. Begun by the German American Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of Nuremberg, Germany, the event is now a bona fide Chicago tradition, complete with Chicago’s official Tree Lighting. The annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wraps up nearby, making for a festive day in downtown Chicago. Not only will Santa be in attendance, but also Chicago’s very own Christkind, the angel who watches over the festival.

The event is designed for the whole family to enjoy. Kinder Club offers fun activities to help the little ones explore the market, visit with vendors, and learn about German holiday traditions. A wide variety of school groups, professional entertainers, carolers and dance troops entertain visitors, while vendors offer hungry shoppers traditional German meals, snacks and sweets. The market hosts over 50 vendors, many of whom travel from Germany to share their holiday wares and traditions in traditional, colorful wooden huts, including a few locations where you can warm up in the chill of a Chicago winter wonderland.

Christkindlmarket Chicago has expanded in recent years, with a satellite weekend location in Naperville. This year, the Wrigleyville location at Gallagher Way is closed due to construction.

2018 Dates: Chicago – Daily from 16 November through Christmas Eve, 24 December; Naperville – Thursday through Sunday, 23 November through 24 December.
Location: Daley Plaza, downtown Chicago, and Naperville.
Website: www.Christkindlmarket.com
Nearby Attractions: Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Navy Pier
Closest Hotel: The Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile is almost literally across the street, though almost any hotel inside the Loop would be in walking distance.


Milwaukee (New!)

Christkind and Bango at Christkindlmarket Milwaukee

Christkind & Bango, the Milwaukee Buck, announcing the inaugural Christkindlmarket Milwaukee!
(Photo: Christkindlmarket Milwaukee>

Christkindlmarket Milwaukee is new for 2018! The Wisconsin market is an off-shoot of Christkindlmarket Chicago, administered by the same group. The Market opens November 17th at Fiserv Forum. The first Don’t Miss family event happens December 2nd at the Christkindlmarket Milwaukee Lantern Parade. (Details to reserve your lantern are on their Facebook page.) If you’re a true Midwestern Christkindlmarket fan, you can collect a special set of commemorative mugs from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Naperville!

2018 Dates: Daily from 17 November through 31 December; Closed Christmas Day.
Location: Fiserv Forum in the Haymarket district of Milwaukee.
Website: Christkindlmarket Milwaukee on Facebook
Nearby Attractions: Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee RiverWalk District
Closest Hotel: The Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is within walking distance of Fiserv Forum on the banks of the Milwaukee River.


Denver

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Experience a Rocky Mountain Christmas with holiday shopping in the Mile High City. (Photo: Denver Christkindlmarket)

Denver’s Authentic Christkindl Market has won the Denver A-List Award for Best Festival every year it’s been open. It’s easy to see why! The annual Market offers a wintery dose of Gemuetlichkeit: fun, festivities and holiday cheer at Skyline Park, complete with food, entertainment, and plenty of “shopportunities.” A wide variety of performers, from high school groups to the Denver Philharmonic, will entertain. Exploring the market, with gifts and goods from across Europe and Colorado, is a highlight of the season. Then there’s the food, with everything from gourmet German dishes to sweets and treats, and even Kinderpunsch, a non-alcoholic Glüwein, for the kids. Events throughout the market’s schedule include appearances by St. Nikolaus, the Christkind, and Krampus. As the calendar changes from November to December, Denver’s Parade of Lights passes the Christkindl Market on Friday and Saturday nights, November 30th and December 1st.

2018 Dates: Daily from 16 November through 23 December.
Location: Skyline Park in the Five Points neighborhood, Denver (1515 Arapahoe Street).
Website: www.christkindlmarketdenver.com
Nearby Attractions: Southwest Skating Rink at Skyline Park, the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve, Writer Square shopping
Closest Hotels: The Four Seasons Hotel Denver and the Westin Denver Downtown are both within a block of the market.


Leavenworth, Washington

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The Washington hamlet of Leavenworth brings the holidays to life beautifully with the popular Christmas Lighting Festival. (Photo: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce)

Leavenworth has been called America’s most Bavarian village, so it makes sense they’d have a traditional Christkindlmarkt, and they’ve been doing it for almost two decades. This celebrated Washington tradition includes delicious Bavarian foods, handmade holiday crafts and gifts, family-friendly entertainment, and activities for kids and the whole family. In traditional style, the Leavenworth Christkindlmarkt takes place over Thanksgiving Weekend, and marks the beginning of the holidays. For the next three weekends of December, Leavenworth celebrates the holidays during the Christmas Lighting Festival, featuring more than half a million lights, and nearly as many events, activities, and festivities all around town. The Lighting Ceremony happens at 4:30pm each Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, followed by holiday concerts, sleigh and dogsled rides, and plenty more!

2018 Dates: Christkindlmarkt: Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November; the Christkindl Lantern Parade happens Friday and Saturday at 5pm. Christmas Lighting Festival: Weekends 30 November through 16 December.
Location: Front Street Gazebo & Leavenworth Festhalle.
Website: Information at christkindlmarktleavenworth.com and leavenworth.org
Nearby Attractions: Leavenworth Ski Hill, Stevens Pass Ski Area.
Closest Hotels: The Bavarian Lodge, and Bavarian Ritz Hotel are right on Front Street and are among the most popular in town.

(Ed. Note: Hotels sell out well before the holidays; consider booking as much as a year in advance.)




New York, New York

The city so nice they named it twice is home to at least four great holiday markets that have become local traditions and international attractions. You’ll find the markets sprinkled amongst iconic holiday sights like the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, window displays on 5th Avenue, and the Radio City Rockettes.

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(Photo: Urban Space NYC)

Begun in 1994, the Union Square Holiday Market has become a holiday institution in the Big Apple, drawing more than a million visitors every year with the promise of unique gifts, festive foods, and holiday cheer. Grab a warm beverage and some tasty treats to enjoy as you stroll among the rows of candy-cane striped tents filled with decorations of every description, and more gift ideas than you can imagine. Some are imported from around the world, others crafted by the very merchant you’re talking to, ranging from home beer brewing kits to handmade scarves and accessories to…well, the list is too long to list here, but there’s a complete vendor list on their website. Look with vendors with the Artisan’s Pledge, meaning goods are 100% handmade in the USA, organic-certified, Fairtrade-certified, or recycled, reused, or vintage items.

2018 Dates: Daily 15 November through Christmas Eve, 24 December; Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Location: Union Square (14th Street & Union Square West).
Website: Union Square Holiday Market

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(Photo: Urban Space NYC)

Nearby at historic Central Park, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market celebrates its 15th season this year, offering shoppers gourmet bites from around the world, along with handmade gifts by some of the city’s finest designers and artisans. Plus, one of the most iconic New York settings: Winter in Central Park. Need more? The market is just across the street from even more incredible shopping at Time Warner Center and the Shops at Columbus Circle. One could easily knock out all of their holiday shopping, get an eyeful of people-watching, and see some of the city’s best decorations, and all in one place. (Holiday Under the Stars features a dozen 14-foot stars hanging from the ceiling of Time Warner Center’s 150-foot Great Room). You’ll find vendors displaying the Artisan’s Pledge here, too.

2018 Dates: Daily 28 November through 24 December.
Location: Columbus Circle (Central Park West at 59th Street).
Website: Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Fancy a stroll through a European-style open air market? The Winter Village at Bryant Park, which opened the last weekend of October, turns into the Holiday Shops at Bryan Park starting on Thanksgiving. The Holiday Shops feature more than 170 shopping kiosks and food vendors offering exquisite gifts including local foods, distinctive apparel and jewelry, and decorative arts from international artisans. Take a break from shopping at the free, 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink (skate rentals are $20).

New in 2018: The Lodge: The Winter Village has a new rinkside bar and food hall called The Lodge by Urbanspace. The Lodge features a dozen new and classic NYC restaurants plus a beer garden, and is open daily from 8am to 10pm. (Note: the shops are open 11am to 8pm weekdays, 10am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday.)

2018 Dates: Daily 27 October through 2 January.
Location: Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets.
Website: Winter Village at Bryant Park

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(Photo: Grand Central Terminal)

“Meet me at the clock” has been a common invitation in New York for generations. During the holidays, that’s where you’ll meet one of the city’s longest-running indoor holiday markets, the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair. Every year, the market takes over half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall with artwork, clothing and accessories, toys, and home goods. If you’re arriving in New York by train, this is a great first stop for holiday spirit. And it’s indoors, so you can enjoy the holidays without braving the weather. Don’t miss the towering, bejeweled Christmas Tree, and the New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Train Show.

2018 Dates: 12 November to Christmas Eve; Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Location: Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street at Park Avenue.
Website: Grand Central Holiday Fair


Hotels.com Destination Inspiration: Not sure where to go? You've come to the right place!

All of these markets are centrally located in Manhattan. That means you can mix your Christmas market visits with all of the city’s sightseeing, fun, shows and shopping! See Hotels.com accommodations in Manhattan for some ideas on where to stay.

READ: How to have a family-friendly Fun & Free Christmas in New York

Washington, DC

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The Downtown Holiday Market takes over the F Street Sidewalk in Penn Quarter(Photo: DowntownDC BID)

There’s already a lot to see and do in DC. During the holidays, you can do a different sort of sightseeing at the Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter, between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a unique and festive shopping “village” with more than 150 regional artisans, crafters, and boutiques. Fabulous food and live entertainment make for a fun, festive atmosphere for the whole family. Assorted publications have named the market one of the top Christmas Markets in the USA!

Pro Tip: Answer the call of the wild at the National Zoo during ZooLights! More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated installations, and live music make for extra-special holidays, from 23 November until 1 January (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve).

2018 Dates: Daily from 23 November through 23 December.
Location: Penn Quarter: F Street NW in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.
Website: downtownholidaymarket.com
Nearby Attractions: The Downtown Holiday Market is just off the National Mall, and less than a mile from the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse across from the White House.
Closest Hotels: While there are plenty of great hotels in DC, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is literally across the street. Can’t beat a short walk during a Washington winter!


Your Turn

Where are your favorite holiday markets and festivals? Please let us know with a comment below, or link to your favorite holiday market blog post. Happy Holidays!

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139 comments on “An American Christkindl Market – Updated!

  1. what an awesome post! Definitely need this when visiting the USA over Christmas – going to send to my friend who is doing just that! Do you have a vertical pin as would love to pin it?

    • Hi Tracy! Glad you like the post! We look forwarding to updating it every year – although it makes us want to take a cross country Christmas Market Road Trip! (Hey…there’s an idea!) When you go, we’ll be eager to hear which one(s) you visit, and how you like them! There is a Pinterest widget in the lower right corner. You can pin it from there. Meanwhile, we’re adding a vertical option for the Pinterest share button – we didn’t realize it wasn’t coming up, so thanks for the heads up! Also, thanks for reading, and for Pinning! Much appreciated.

  2. Great post, I’ll be using this info for my visit to NYC in December! I’m planning to visit the Union Square market, but didn’t know about the one in Grand Central, and that sounds appealing especially if it’s cold. Also will be sure to look for the vendors with the Artisan’s Pledge! #feetdotravel

    • Thanks Cynthia! We loved Union Square and Columbus Circle markets, but getting in out of the cold at Grand Central was totally worth it. Plus, the whole station is just amazing. Have a fun trip!

    • Honestly, it’s our first choice, too! It is a fantastic city to wander through at Christmas, especially with so many Christmas Markets. We keep hearing about more to add to our list, so we hope we can keep this post growing every year! Thanks for reading, Sharon!

  3. I had no idea there are so many beautiful (and authentic!) Christmas Markets in the US. The one in Chicago looks quite big and attractive. All these US cities have one thing in common though: they all have really cold winters and snow (most of the time). You can’t have an authentic Christmas market when it’s 78ºF outside.

    • You’re right – a Christmas Market in Palm Springs just wouldn’t be the same. 😉 We love these cold-weather markets, and keep learning about more popping up! Hopefully, we can keep this post growing every year. Thanks for reading, Anda!

  4. I remember this post from last year thinking how many markets there were across the States, and now you have added even more! Wisconsin is definitely the one I want to visit … call me a saddo but after watching Love Actually year after year for over a decade, I neeeeeeed to visit Wisconsin and see the place which made Colin happy :D. Yes it’s my favourite Christmas movie OK, don’t judge!! #feetdotravel

    • Ha! Angie, you always give us a grin! Of all the places someone would NEED to see when they come to America, Wisconsin is not one we would have guessed. We totally get it, though! We’ve had our share of movie moments, so no judgment here! 🙂 Thanks for being you! And helloooo to Sy!

    • Hi Jessica (and Laurence!) – I think updating this has become our own holiday tradition. Trouble is, it makes us want to book tickets to ALL of these cities. Okay, maybe that’s not a bad thing… Thanks for reading – again! 🙂

  5. What a wonderful post with beautiful photos and very inspiring to do a Christmas market trip in US. I have been only to two markets in US, one in New York and another one In Bush Garden called Christmas Town. This post is so wonderful, and I had not realised there are so many German inspired markets. I have been to German and a few other European market, would love to see the one in US. Thank you so much for this post. #theweeklypostcard.

    • Thanks Ushasita! We have been enjoying visiting and “researching” American Christmas Markets for a few years now. We’re really excited that there seem to be more of them every year, and they’re getting very popular! Thanks for your comment – much appreciated!

  6. Great round up of all the Christmas Markets in the US. It’s good to know that the Christmas market tradition is alive and kicking on your side of the pond as well. Thanks for inspiring us all on #FarawayFiles

    • Thanks Clare – glad you liked it. Although we’re just a little bit behind, we do see the tradition catching on in more and more places. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, and Merry Christmas!

  7. Great round-up! I’d love to go to the one in Denver, and I never knew about the Bavarian-esque town in Washington. I frankly get a little overwhelmed by the ones in New York, but that’s me. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • We can see how the markets in New York can be a little (or a lot!) overwhelming. But Leavenworth – it’s gorgeous and so quaint! We could spend time there any time and not be overwhelmed. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Corey, and Merry Christmas!

    • Wow – thanks for the kind words! To be honest, we like this list a lot, too, because…well, Christmas Markets! 🙂 We hope to be able to add more and more markets to the list every year. Leavenworth is gorgeous, but they all seem so fun! Thanks for your comment, Diam, and Merry Christmas!

    • Oh how fun! Enjoy – the city is in full-on Christmas mode! You’ll have a great time. Can’t wait to read about what you find and fall in love with. 🙂 Merry Christmas and safe travels, Janine!

  8. It’s funny how I lived in Washington for YEARS, went to college there, etc and I didn’t now about the Leavenworth Christmas Market?! Ugh I’m disappointed in myself, haha! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday – hope to see you again this week! xo

    • That’s so funny. The things we miss in our own back yard, right? And now you have a reason to go back for a visit! Thanks so much for your comment. “See” you soon!

  9. I’ve only been to New York once and our family stayed at the Bryant Hotel. Such a cool hotel and great park across the road. The sun was shining so lots of people were sunbathing in bikinis in the park – in the middle of the city! A bit funny for us because in Australia we have so many beaches and really hot weather. Would love to go back and experience their market in winter now. #FarawayFiles

    • That would be a funny sight to see! We’ve only been there in winter – not a bikini to be found! 😉 We really enjoyed Bryant Park, though – it’s become our favorite winter market in the city. We hope you make it there for Christmas one year! Thanks for your comment, Annette, and Merry Christmas!

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  11. This is fantastic – being in Ireland and having spent many Xmas seasons in Europe away from home I have always loved a Christmas Market and wondered why we didn’t follow the same traditions in Canada and the US. I have noticed more and more springing up in both places and think they are a fantastic way to Xmas shop. I have been getting more disappointed by the commercialization of them though and wish they would put some rules in place about crappy imported goods stalls. I see so many markets these days with over processed foods, scarves and pashminas imported from China I find it rather sad that these wonderful markets are becoming more about selling garbage that real artisanal products and foods. But I think out of all of your picks Leavenworth looks the prettiest, or maybe Chicago who doesn’t love Chicago. Damn it will have to visit them all…I can’t choose…lol

    • We know exactly what you mean! There is a big debate where we live around the Texas Christkindlmarket and this new Enchant attraction. You’ll notice that it’s the only paid event in our list. It’s beautiful, but it’s become less about the Christmas Market. Many locals love having a new Christmas attraction, but are not happy that their beloved free community event – the market – is now locked behind the barrier of a paid event. For that reason, it almost didn’t make our list this year. We have definitely noticed the difference between markets in New York, also. Those run by Urban Space (Columbus Circle and Union Square) have a certification for vendors that sell handmade, made in the USA, made in New York, Organic, Fairtrade. Other markets are much more commercial, unfortunately. The last time we were at the Chicago market, it was a good mix of artisan and mass market. Plus, it’s Chicago! Thanks so much for your comment, and Happy Holidays!

    • That’s funny – visiting a bunch of European Christmas Markets has long been on our list! 😉 You should come over! We’re getting more every year, but this group is a great starting point. When you do make it to our shores, we’ll be excited to hear how you liked the markets! Thanks for your comment, Lisa, and Happy Holidays!

    • Well, now you know and that’s what counts, right? Plus, it’s in Denver, which we love. Gives it that nice, mountainy feeling. 🙂 We hope you get out to enjoy it! Thanks for your comment, and Happy Holidays!

  12. I love Christmas markets, that is one thing we are really lacking in Australia. There are a few small ones but it’s not the same, without the winter decorations.

    • Although it sometimes gets pretty warm where we live, we just can’t imagine summertime weather at Christmas. But then, I suppose it all depends on what you’re used to. Thanks for your comment Sarah – we hope you find some Christmas Markets! 🙂

  13. In today’s world many of us don’t have a time to plan things out. Even if matter considers planning out a Christmas activity. So having a guide about different holiday markets is always nice!

    • That is so true. Glad you find the guide helpful, and we hope you get to put it to use and see a few of the Christmas Markets! Thanks for your comment, and Happy Holidays!

  14. Wow, I really had no idea that America is so big on Christmas markets. Love how many there are around the country and the Chicago one looks awesome – I maaaay just have to visit again!

    • And getting bigger! It seems like they’ve really caught on over the last few years. Hard to believe you haven’t been to the one in Chicago! I mean, that’s kinda your town. 😉 Thanks for your comment, Lexx, and Happy Holidays!

  15. I just love all these festive photos and fun ideas! I don’t think we have anything like this in LA, but now I’m inspired to do a little research and see if we do… happy Christmas! #theweeklypostcard

    • Sadly, I think you’re right. We didn’t find any in our research, at least – but LA is a BIG area…there’s bound to be something. 😉 And you do have a knack for find the cools stuff around there. Just sayin’… 😉 Thanks for your comment, Hilary, and Happy Holidays!

    • They’re catching on! We love anything in Chicago, and the Christmas Market is no exception. 🙂 And New York just has so much to do and see, it’s a fantastic holiday destination! Thanks for sharing the post, Stephanie – We hope you have a super Holiday Season!

  16. I think it’s great that more places in the world have Christmas markets, it’s a fantastic tradition for everyone to enjoy. When I lived in the UK, I would go to the Christmas market in Manchester with friends then a Victorian Christmas market opened up a few years back in Gloucester so we had to go to that! This is a wonderful post, so informative, pinned to my Christmas markets and holidays board! #feetdotravel

    • Thanks for sharing Angie! And for the ideas in the UK. A Victorian Christmans Market would be awesome, we’ve made a note of that, just in case we can get over for Christmas sometime. (Won’t be this year, but hopefully before too terribly long.) We’ll have to do this list again next year with someone adding in the UK! Thanks for your comment – we hope you and Sy have a wonderful Holiday Season!

  17. Even here in Australia I have heard of the wonders of Christmas in NewYork, but had no idea that so many other American cities could give it a run for its money.

    • The Christmas Markets are definitely gaining in popularity in the U.S. – but New York still holds the crown, we think. The more, the merrier though! Thanks for your comment, Sally, and Happy Holidays!

  18. My spirits were getting very high as I started reading your post, Rob. American Christkindl Market? Yay! But as I continued reading, the bitter taste of disappointment began to settle in. Chicago, New York, Denver, Washington DC, … All these places are still far from Los Angeles and I would have to fly to get to any of them. I wish we would have authentic European Christmas Markets here too, but I guess at 75º F they wouldn’t have the same charm like in the freezing Chicago.

    • We know how you feel, Anda. It would be great if some of the Spanish missions in the area hosted Christmas Markets. I remember attending some in southern Arizona, and they always had a very special atmosphere, combining Las Posadas with a market, all lit up with luminarias. We would love to find a market like that, and it seems like someplace close to LA (Capistrano, maybe?) would be a great place for it. Fingers crossed! Happy Holidays, Anda, and thanks for your comment.

  19. I just attended the Chicago market this week for the first time -and I loved it – and I’ve been to the Denver market a few times. Now I’m headed to my first New York City market in December.

    • How fun! Sounds like you’ve caught the Christmas Market Bug, too! We’ll be in New York for the tree lighting at Bryant Square this year, so we’re excited about that! Just being in the city around the holidays if fun. Enjoy the markets, and Happy Holidays! Thanks for your comment, too. 🙂

  20. I think I need to start traveling more around the holidays. These look like some really fantastic markets. We have one in Philadelphia, but it isn’t huge like some of these markets. #WeekendWanderlust

    • Philadelphia! Thanks for letting us know – we will have to check it out! No matter the size, a Christmas Market really amps up our holiday spirit. We hope you get a chance to explore some of the markets on the list, and that you have Happy Holidays in store! Thanks for your comment, Sarah.

  21. I love Christmas markets…they just get me in the holiday spirit! I’ve been to the one in DC but need to try to visit some of the others! Great resource…saving for later!

    • Hi Julie – To us, there is something special about a Christmas Market in DC! Especially with the National Tree close by. 🙂 It’s a nice train ride from DC to NYC – that would make a fun (if not crazy!) little Christmas Market weekend! We hope you do get out to see more! Happy holidays, and thanks for your comment.

  22. It’s good to know we’ll still be able to find some Christmas markets when we eventually move back to the U.S.! Sharing your post on my fb page for my friends in America to get a little taste of Europe! 🙂

    • Hi guys, and thanks for sharing! Over the past few years, it seems like Christmas Markets have been gaining popularity in the US. We may have even more for you to enjoy when you’re back in the states! Happy holidays, and thanks for your comment!

  23. What an awesome post! We love Christmas Markets! We thoroughly enjoyed the Bryant Park one in NYC and a gorgeous one in Brussels. There’s nothing quite like a Christmas market to bring the spirit of the season to a place. Next time we’re in the US at Christmas time we’ll be sure to check some of these out. Thanks.

    • Brussels would be brilliant! We’ve had that in our sights for a while, but never seem to get there. 🙁 We hope you guys to get to see a few more of the American markets – and hopefully we’ll have more to add to the list! Thanks so much for your comment.

  24. This is amazing! I honestly believe you guys are the first travel bloggers I’ve read to cover Christmas markets outside of Europe. Of course, like you say, given the European roots of many Americans it really shouldn’t be surprising. (It never fails to amaze me how people forget that the US was founded by immigrants!) Which of these markets is your favourite?

    • We noticed there wasn’t much coverage of the American markets, which is too bad. We need to spread the word if we want them to grow! Hard to beat the New York markets – they’ve been at it for a long while, and there are a lot of Christmassy activities throughout the city. This is the first year for Enchant in Texas, and it’s the only paid event in the list, so we’ll be watching to see how that goes. We’re hoping they’ll at least put the market portion outside of the paid attractions for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for reading, Michelle!

  25. Excellent! I have such a thing for winter markets. I think the Germans do it best (well duh, they invented it!) but Belgium, Czech Republic and The Netherlands also have great winter festivals. Great to know the Americans have their fun too!
    #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • We have had great teachers! Between immigrants bringing their traditions, and travelers wanting to bring Europe home for the holidays, we are seeing more and more fairs and festivals in the European tradition. We love it! If only the holidays lasted long enough to see them all! (Yes, we have a thing for them, too. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Esther!

  26. I love the Christmas markets in NY, so I am glad other US cities are following suit. I am excited to see how the Christmas Markets here in Europe compare. #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • How exciting – you have a whole continent of Christmas Markets almost at your fingertips! We would seriously go crazy in your shoes. We’re anxious to celebrate vicariously through your posts! 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Anisa.

    • It seems like most cities are just getting onto the Christkindl bandwagon over the past few years. Leavenworth is definitely special – they’ve made it their business to be a bit of Bavaria right in Washington, and they do it well! As always, thanks for your comment, Lolo! And thanks for your article on German Christmas Markets – it filled us with holiday wanderlust!

  27. Yes, you definitely don’t need to go to Europe to visit a Christmas market. There are so many Christmas markets in America – I think almost all large cities have them as well as many of the mid sizes ones as well. Here in Scotland, we’ll be visiting our own local Christmas market here in Edinburgh which begins tonight actually 😉

    • We would love to visit Scotland during the holidays! We are heading to our local Tree Lighting festival this weekend, so we’ll toast you from afar. Thanks so much for your comment, Jessica!

  28. Thanks for such a comprehensive guide to Christmas markets in the US. You’re right, the US isn’t the first place to pop into my head when I think of Christmas markets but it looks like they are done exceptionally well!

    • No thanks needed – we loved putting it together, and have been expanding it a little every year. Before long, we’ll make the USA into the Christkindl Capital of the World! (Okay…maybe not soon, but we can try. 😉 Thanks for your comment, Vicky!

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  30. The Christkindlmarkts tradition is so popular now…seeing so many popping up in the UK but looks like the US do them very well indeed. I really like the look of the one in Chicago. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • Hi there, WanderMum! The Chicago market is fun…but that may be our love for Chicago talking. 😉 We’re excited to see so many, and more every year! Thanks for your comment, and Happy Holidays!

    • Hi Chloe – Good for you! We hit the Texas Christkindl almost every year, and get to as many others as we can! (Which is never enough!) Thanks for visiting, and Happy Holidays!

  31. I hadn’t thought that of course people would have brought the Christmas market traditions with them – definitely something that’s spreading to more and more countries. Great tips if you’re not close enough to pop to the originals. #citytripping

    • That didn’t occur to us at first, either. It seems like such a European thing…but then, we have a lot of European ancestry in America. Makes sense that Christmas markets would catch on, even if it’s taken a while. We’re happy to see more and more of them every year! Thanks for your comment, and Happy Holidays!

  32. Ahh my heart is so full reading about all the Christmas towns. I used to go to the Leavenworth one when I was there for undergrad! It really is lovely! Love having you on #FlyAwayFriday!

    • Hi Kana – a full heart is what Christmas is for! I envy you getting to go to Leavenworth every year. Bet you’d love to go back, eh? Thanks for the warm #FlyAwayFriday welcome – we’ll try to make it in more often. It’s great company to be in! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    • You’re not alone, Tanja! But you have lovely English markets to enjoy! We understand Manchester is amazing – that’s definitely on our holiday To Do list! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

  33. This is a wonderful collection of Christkindl Markets here in the US. I didn’t realize there were so many awesome places to visit during the holidays. Great information and I will pin this for later use to plan my future holiday trips. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Stephanie – We’re glad you found it useful! We’re finding more and more Christmas Markets springing up every year, but these are some of the oldest and largest. We love strolling through them – always fun! Thanks for your comment!

  34. I like New York City’s holiday markets, they are a nice addition to the city, especially when it’s mild enough to sit outside and enjoy a snack. The other markets look fun, too. I’d be interested in the Bavarian one in Washington.

    • Hi Eileen, thanks for visiting our blog! The markets in NYC are awesome, but Leavenworth is amazing! It’s not a traditional Christmas Market so much as a festival in a city that seems like a Christmas Market itself! Definitely something that should be on every Holiday fanatic’s Bucket List! 🙂

  35. Great stuff. I love Christmas and Christmas markets. Looks like you have some great one is the US that are very popular. Wouldn’t mind checking out the Chicago Christkindl Market.

    • Hi Barry, thanks for visiting! Chicago’s Christmas Market has a distinct advantage – you’ve got Michigan Avenue all that shopping on the Magnificent Mile just around the corner! Plus, it’s Chicago, one of our favorite cities. Hope you get a chance to visit it soon!

  36. I read (and commented) last year, but thanks for the repost. I needed the reminder as I’d forgotten about that Arlington market. Maybe this year I’ll finally make it as we have not big plans for December travel and could squeeze in this roadtrip.

    • Thanks for visiting again! One of these days, I’m sure you’ll make it! At first, I wasn’t so sure the Arlington market would catch on, but it keeps getting bigger! Lots of new things for the kids this year, so they’ll have much more fun than they would have last year. And snow tubing! Okay, manufactured snow, but still! It would be a good year to visit. 🙂 Hope you make it!

  37. Wow Rob, I’m surprised to see so many germanic Christmas Markets across the US! It’s great that they’re still sharing that tradition and they look like a heap of fun. I’ve visited a few here in Austria the last 2 years and know how great they can be with the lights and the gluhwein. Wish Australia had more things like this. Nice one!

    • They are enchanting! I think our European heritage and influence makes the markets very popular. I’m glad to see them becoming more of a tradition – and the Gluhwein, too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by David!

  38. What a wonderful post to help get us into the Christmas spirit and fab information for people wanting to visit a Christkindl market! I love Christmas markets, everything looks so pretty and there is always so much to see and do, plus there is always amazing food to choose from. We visited a market last week in Manchester, England so I have already had my first dose so far this year … more to come though! Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us, pinned for future reference.

    • Hi Angie – thanks for stopping by! We love the Christmas Markets too, and are a little jealous that you got one in so early in the season! Most of the US markets don’t open until the end of November – Thanksgiving or afterwards. But we are ready to go when they do! 🙂 Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to explore the Manchester market one day! 🙂

  39. This is so cool – didn’t know Christmas markets were such a big thing in the USA and really cool to learn about so many of them! I would love to visit the Chicago one someday!

    • Hey Lexx – They are definitely catching on! I think New York and Chicago are some of the best, but maybe that’s because the setting is cold and snowy. It’s kind of surreal in Texas when you can be at a Christmas Market in shorts and a t-shirt! (Not every year – sometimes even Texas gets cold!) Thanks for the comment!

  40. I have been to a number of European Christmas markets and the atmosphere is always so great and there are always some unique gifts to buy. I didn’t realise there were Christmas markets state side and I would love to go. Great post – thank you for sharing 😀

    • Thanks, Sam! With all of the European heritage in the US, it was only a matter of time before the Markets caught on again. Every year, there seem to be more, and we’re glad to see it! Thanks for visiting the blog, and we hope you do get a chance to visit some of the American Christkindlmarkts!

    • It’s funny how we can overlook something right in our own backyards. It does seem like the tradition is growing though. There are more and bigger Christmas Markets across the US every year! Thanks for stopping by, Lara!

    • Christmas Adventures – That’s what it’s all about! Hopefully, we’ve inspired a few holiday outings, whether to one of these markets or something close to wherever home may be! Thanks for stopping by the blog, guys!

  41. I love the holiday markets in NYC, I visit them every year. I think the Bryant Park one is my favorite. I think this year they have even upped the selection of food. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • Hi Anisa! I don’t want to play favorites (Bryant Park!) because we appreciate every Christmas Market! 😉 I heard they were doing Tasting Tuesdays at Winter Village, but only on November 1st and 15th. 🙁 Hopefully, that will catch on and become a more regular event. Thanks for visiting the blog – enjoy the Markets!

  42. We’re going to the Chicago Christkindl Market in a few weeks and I’m very excited. We’ve lived in the Chicago area for over five years and I’ve still never been. My husband took my daughter last year but I stayed home with the newborn since it was so cold. I’ve been to the one in Leavenworth a few times when I was a kid and loved it. Christmas markets are the perfect way to celebrate the season. #weekendwanderlust

    • How exciting! I bet the family will have a great time. We just love being in downtown Chicago…but that’s probably more to do with pizza and Michigan Avenue than anything else. 😉 Have fun at the Christmas Market, and thanks for stopping by our blog!

  43. So awesome that there are so many markets in the US! Sadly, I’ve never been to any of them! However, i’m not surprised to see one in Leavenworth! I’ve been there before and the town is absolutely adorable! #wkendtravelinspiration

    • Hi Lolo – There are even more that we haven’t gotten to! Leavenworth is unique, being “America’s Most Bavarian Village.” Chicago is one of our favorite cities, so that ranks high on our list, too. We’re eager to go see more, though!

  44. I’ve always wanted to visit a Christkindle market but thought that I’d have to go over to Europe to do it. I’m so glad to read that there are some on my side of the pond. The one in Arlington is the closest. I’m hitting that town a little too late for this year, but now I know to keep it in mind for next year.

    • Same here! New York has had markets for years, but we were happy to discover Chicago’s and then more and more. I was quite surprised when I learned Arlington has a Christkindlmarkt – small at first, but it’s gotten bigger every year. Although, last year was a bit strange having Gluhwein in shorts and t-shirts… 😉 Thanks for visiting us!

    • It is exciting! You’ll have to let us know how the Christkindl Market goes! Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to stop by, too – Chicago is one of our favorite cities, so any reason to visit is a good one! 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Brooke!

  45. They look pretty authentic! I’m off to Vienna next month for a business trip but I’ll check out the markets too:) I love German &Austrian Christmas markets! # weekend travel inspiration

    • Hi Tanja – Have fun in Vienna! I think the American markets are getting better every year, but it’s hard to live up to what you see in Germany and Austria! 😉

  46. I didn’t realize there were Christmas markets in the U.S. I’ve never been to one and would love to go someday. Thanks for sharing. #wkendtravelinspiration

    • One nice thing about travelling is bringing traditions home with you. In Arlington, a City Council member enjoyed her visit to markets in Europe so much that she worked for a few years to get one started at home, and it’s getting bigger every year. I am sure there are more out there, and we’re intent on tracking them down! Thanks for your comment, Karen!

    • We are catching up, and it seems like more smaller versions are starting to pop up. Still nothing like the European counterparts, but it’s a start! Thanks for stopping by, Corinne!

  47. Thank you for sharing, this is ignorant me, but for some reason I always thought christkindl markets were more a European thing – but i couldn’t have been more wrong! I love the look of the one in Washington and New York. Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

    • Hi Ting! I don’t think that’s ignorance at all! Christkindlmarkts are definitely a European thing, but there are increasing numbers in the U.S. Like many traditions, the markets have immigrated with Europeans settled here. And as more and more Americans travel the world, we tend to want to recreate some of the best traditions at home. Holiday markets in the snow seems like a natural for New York, doesn’t it?

    • Hi Malinda! I think you should do it! We always have a fun time – although sometimes we can’t feel our nose and toes afterwards! I know these might be a bit far for some people, so hopefully people will comment with other Christkindlmarkts worth visiting. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Jill – Thanks for the comment. We only got a peek at the Denver Christkindlmarkt, but would love to go back and enjoy it. As we say about so many things, “one day!” 😉

  48. I’ve always thought that Chriskindl markets were only in Europe. I’ve never been able to get to Europe in December, but that Arlington one is only a 3 hour drive away from me. I’ll have to put it on the calendar this year. Thanks for the info and for linking up with #WkendTravelInspiration.

    • We were really excited when the Arlington Christkindl started up, and we’ve been there every year so far. It’s small but fun, and getting bigger every year. If you do go, be sure to check the calendar and go on a night that Brave Combo is playing. They take Christmas Party to a whole new level! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Ruth – We don’t blame you! The Leavenworth Christkindl and Lighting Ceremonies are epic! It is “America’s Most Bavarian Village” and they do a great job during the holidays. Lots of entertainment and tons of lights! And yeah…Gluhwein doesn’t hurt. 😉

    • Thanks for stopping by, Connie! The one in Texas is kind of surreal sometimes. A couple of years ago, people were there in shorts and t-shirts! Hard to get into that Christkindl spirit when the weather’s almost tropical. 😉 Denver’s was really nice last year, but Leavenworth is amazing!

    • Good! I was hoping this might be useful. I know it’s still summer but it’s already time to start thinking about the holidays. Time just refuses to slow down! Hopefully, they’ll have dates for the New York markets soon, but they’re generally around the same time every year.

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