Nothing can introduce you better into the winter holiday atmosphere than a visit the best Christmas Markets. So, I decided to write this article with the help of 7 travel bloggers who will recommend their favorite Christmas market in the United States.
In the US, there are many, so it can be difficult to choose where to go. Therefore, I hope this list will inspire you, especially since there is so little time left until Christmas.
Besides decorations, in these markets, you can also find gingerbread, fried chestnuts, boiled wine, sweets, and hot chocolate. Moreover, next to some of them, there is also an ice rink where you can have fun with your friends.
So, if you are on the American lands, there is no need to travel to Europe to have a German-style Christmas market. You can find them right here, and in this article, you will find out what are the 7 most beautiful Christmas markets in the United States.
The best Christmas Markets in the USA
Leavenworth Christmas Market
Home to just 2000 people, Leavenworth is one of the best places to go for a Christmas Market experiences in the Pacific North West. Located just 2.5 hours from Seattle, the town on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains was modeled on a Bavarian village.
With German architecture themed restaurants, pubs, and hotels, you’ll feel like you’re staying in the Alps. The Christmas Lights Festival was first held in 1966 and had since become one of the best festivals in the town.
With over 1 million twinkling fairy lights, markets, a gingerbread man factory, the Nutcracker Museum, and Christmas caroling.
The area is also popular in the winter as the surrounding mountains get plenty of snow perfect for sledding, skiing, snowshoeing. Leavenworth also plays host to annual Oktoberfest, Mai-Fest, Alefest and the Autumn Leaf Festival.
by Lerato at lifefromabag.com
Franklin, Tennessee Christmas Market
When it comes to Christmas celebrations, there are not many places in the US that offer a more festive experience than the Dickens of a Christmas festival in Franklin, Tennessee.
Despite frequently living in the shadow of the nearby larger city of Nashville, it’s during the Christmas season when Franklin springs to life by rolling back the years and reenacting traditional Victorian celebrations.
The Dickens of a Christmas festival is home to an amazing collection of Christmas markets, offering local produce, seasonal homemade gifts and of course, the piece de resistance at most US Christmas markets…decadent hot chocolate!
Grab a cup (or two) and walk around exploring the myriad of stalls, purchasing a few favorite treats and interacting with locals and visitors alike that are wearing Victorian period costumes.
You never quite know which Dickens character you will run into next, be it Tiny Tim or Ebenezer Scrooge!
by Chris and Heather Boothman, at abritandasoutherner.com
Atlanta Christkindl Market
One of the newer Christmas Markets in the United States, the Atlanta Christkindl Market is one of our favorite Atlanta Christmas events. It started three years ago in Midtown Atlanta’s hip mixed-use development, Atlantic Station.
The festive Christmas street market tradition dates back to the late Middle Ages in Europe, but this was Atlanta’s first. The Christkindl tradition actually dates back to the 16th century, when Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther attempted to rid Christmas of all its Catholic customs.
In order to replace St. Nicholas, he introduced das Christkindl, an angelic Christ Child who would bring gifts to good girls and boys. Today, this market (which is sponsored by the German American Cultural Foundation as a means of spreading German culture within the US) brings out a lavishly costumed Christkindl character to take photos with families and children.
Relocating this year to a bigger space at downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the expansive market also includes German food, drink, and seasonal items in open-air booths, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.
Thanks to the city’s location in the deep South, the temperatures in December are usually relatively mild and pleasant!
by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett at greenglobaltravel.com
Bryant Park Holiday Market in New York City
There are Christmas markets in all five boroughs of New York City, even Staten Island. But the Bryant Park holiday market isn’t just a market, it’s a Winter Village with over 170 vendors.
Some of the best are prints by Brooklyn artist Jason Laurits, Vermont Maple Cream from Dorset Maple Reserve, jewelry by Kate So at Dearest Brooklyn, and bath and home fragrance products from Soap and Paper Factory.
If you can’t find a gift here, you probably can’t find one anywhere. Bryant Park also has an outdoor skating rink, the only free ice skating rink in New York City. Finally, a secret attraction in Bryant Park is the best public bathroom in New York.
Thanks to generous private donors, the restroom at Bryant Park is always full of gorgeous flowers, so don’t miss the chance to peek inside during the holiday season to see the holly and pine.
by Stella Jane at aroundtheworldin24hours.com
Union Square Christmas Market in NYC
I live in New York City and my favorite NYC holiday markets in the city are in Union Square. There are dozens of stalls set up around winding narrow lanes that fill the open plaza from November 2 to December 24.
There are some food stalls (hot chocolate and cider donuts are just what you need to ward off the winter cold), a kids’ art studio and even live music. However, it is the gift shopping that you go there for.
Most of the stalls feature local artists, so this is the best place in the city to get quirky, hand-crafted gifts that often have an NYC-focus.
Unique gifts include hand-made NYC-themed tree ornaments, silk-printed American scarves, neckties with a map of New York printed on them, and messenger bags made from yacht sails.
by James at travelcollecting.com
Chicago Christmas Market
Chicago’s Christkindlesmarkt, the biggest German Christmas market in the U.S., is a must-see. It is an outdoor bustling market right in the heart of downtown Chicago which makes it really easy to get to by public transport.
There are typically over fifty vendors on site that sell various German and/or Christmas goodies such as sweets, Christmas tree decorations, hot Gluehwein in snow boot-shaped cups and much more. There are many events happening at the Christkindlesmarkt on a regular basis both for kids and adults.
Adults will enjoy various concerts and kids will have fun with a scavenger hunt and meeting Christkind in person, a fairy-like character with golden hair from German folklore that brings gifts to kids in German-speaking countries, much like Santa Clause does in the U.S.
Visiting Christkindlesmarkt is a beloved local tradition that is fun for the entire family.
by Tatiana at familyroadtripguru.com
Minneapolis Christmas Market
Minnesota is nearly always in a state of endless winter, or so we joke. So it only is festive and correct to host numerous Christmas markets for the holidays.
Holiday markets and craft markets spring up all season long, but a particular historic favorite is The Holidazzle Christmas Market. The Holidazzle Christmas market sports all the same traditional wares that you would spot in a European Christmas market.
Lucky for us, we don’t have to board a plane and cross the Atlantic to enjoy some of our favorite festive treats. Each booth in the market is flooded with handmade goods such as honey, syrups, sweets, bread, nutcrackers, ornaments, jewelry, outerwear, intricate woodwork and so much more.
The market is orchestrated with live music and hosts performers throughout the season. Definitely get a slice of your European ancestry this holiday season by visiting the Holidazzle Christmas Market.
by Martha Lueders at quirkyglobetrotter.com