German-style Christmas Markets in the United States

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One of the most memorable experiences for anyone in Germany is savoring the winter holiday season at one of the country’s many Christmas markets. The colorful fairs are held in most towns and cities during the four-week Advent season leading up to Christmas.

Ringing in the holiday season, cities across the United States are celebrating with their own versions of the traditional German Christmas market. Not unlike the markets in Germany, each of its American cousins has a flair that is unique to the city or region where it takes place.

Curious to know if one is near you? We put together a list of German-style Christmas markets from across the country to help answer that question!

Arizona

Christkindlmarkt

Cave Creek, AZ, December 8-9

The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures presents tenth annual Christkindlmarkt. The celebration features local artisans selling everything from candles to Christmas ornaments, Christmas food and drink specialties from Germany, activities, and entertainment for the whole family. There is even a special appearance by the Christkindl and Saint Nikolaus.

California

German Holiday Market – Weihnachtsmarkt

Mountain View, CA, December 8

The German International School of Silicon Valley presents and authentic open-air German Holiday market. Downtown Mountain View transforms into a European Village bustling with merchants, food, entertainment, and plenty of fun for the entire family.

Christkindlmarkt

Sacramento, CA, December 1-2

Hosted by the Sacramento Turn Verein, this annual Holiday market is put together to offer shopping and entertainment for everyone, with the proceeds benefiting local charities. Look for daily appearances from Santa Claus and the Christkind.

Credit: Guy Bauer Productions
Credit: Guy Bauer Productions

Colorado

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver, CO, November 16 – December 23

The Colorado Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce hosts a lively holiday market each year. Everything from food to toys to jewlery to live entertainment can be found in the tents, all decked out for the holiday season.

District of Columbia

Christkindlmarkt at Heurich House Museum

Washigton, DC, November 30 – December 1

A local artisan market combines with a historic house tour in at Heurich House Museum at this one of a kind event.

Downtown Holiday Market

Washington, DC, November 23 – December 23

Outdoor shopping and entertainment are featured in this market. The exhibitors rotate and selection of goods vary daily in this Christmas village, where you can find something for everyone on your Christmas list while enjoying delicious food and live performances.

Georgia

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Atlanta, GA, November 23 – December 23

Culture, shopping, food and entertainment combine in the special outdoor atmosphere to form a German Christmas experience in Atlanta. This family-friendly event features activities just for children and invites everyone to learn more about German holiday traditions. Proceeds benefit the German-American Cultural Foundation.

Christkindlmarkt in Helen

Helen, GA, December 1-9

A traditional Christmas market featuring German food, drinks, crafts and plenty of activities for the entire family takes place in this re-creation of an Alpine Village. The holiday atmosphere invites everyone to take part in this yearly tradition.

Idaho

Twilight Christmas Market

Meridian, ID, December 5

This market happens only once during the week, but is so popular that the market is also expanding to an outdoor space and extending its hours. Seasonal treats and locally hand-crafted gifts are the winners of this holiday tradition.

Illinois

Belleville Christkindlmarkt

Belleville, IL, November 23 – December 23

There is something for everyone at the Belleville Christkindlmarkt, which is modeled after German Christmas markets. The market is officially opened by the Belleville’s own Christkind and features live entertainment, vendors from across the world, selling their wares alongside German food and drink.

Credit: True Shot Studios
Credit: True Shot Studios

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Chicago, IL, November 16 – December 24

One of the largest and most renowned Christmas markets in the United States, the Christkindlmarkt Chicago annually attracts more than one million visitors. This beloved tradition in Chicagoland features an opening ceremony with its very own Christkind, vendors with a vast array of crafts, food, drink, and even a Kinder Club for the youngest visitors.

Christkindlmarket Naperville

Naperville, IL, November 23 – December 24

This market is an extension of the main attraction in Chicago, offering suburban visitors an authentic German Christmas Market experience.

Indiana

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

Carmel, IN, November 17 – December 23

Old World charm makes it way to Indiana where this Christmas market takes it cue from the German markets. A Christkind opening, traditional craft items and food are featured, as well as entertainment on the main stage.

Christkindlmarkt in Ferdinand

Ferdinand, IN, November 17-18

This Christkindlmarkt operates across six markets sites, Features Christmas wares, antiques, ahd-crafted gifts, as well as regional food and entertainment. For visitors who want to get the full experience, it even offers a shuttle service between site.

Iowa

Christkindlmarkt Des Moines

Des Moines, IA, November 30 – December 2

Learn About the Tradition of Christmas markets while enjoying shopping, entertainment, authentic German food and Glühwein. A KinderKorner offers activities and entertainment for the smaller visitors.

Christkindklmart Quad Cities

Davenport, IA, December 8-9

Davenport Sister Cities and Christkindlmarkt Quad Cities host an authentic German holiday celebration. Complete with a Holiday Tree Farm, an outdoor beer garden, and much more, visitors enjoy the wide array of entertainment and shopping experiences.

Christkindlmarkt Craft Fair

Davenport, IA, December 15

Visitors looking to celebrate the holiday season and do some last-Minute shopping will enjoy this annual fair at the German American Heritage Center and Museum.

Kansas

Shawnee Christkindlmarkt

Shawnee, KS, December 1

Downtown Shawnee gets into the Holiday spirit with its annual Christmas market. Fruit cake races and live reindeer are among the unique offerings at this fun event.

Maryland

Christkindlmarkt at the Zion Church of the City of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD, November 24-25

This annual Event at the Zion Church in the heart of Baltimore features German food, imported holiday Goodies such as Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars, local craft items and more.

Credit: Christmas Village in Baltimore
Credit: Christmas Village in Baltimore

Christmas Village in Baltimore

Balitmore, MD, November 17 – December 24

Baltimore’s Inner Harbeor is transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market featuring food, sweets, drinks, as well as holiday ornaments, jewelry, and other Gifts for its visiting Holiday shoppers. This year the Christkind from Nuremburg will be officially opening the market.

German Christmas Market

Potomac, MD, December 1

This annual Christmas Market is presented by the Friends of the German International School Washington, DC, and Features imported hand-crafted goods from Germany, children’s activities and handmade crafts, and more activities for children.

Michigan

Kerrytown District KindleFest

Ann Arbor, MI, November 30

Holiday wares from artisans and farmers, edible treats, a brand-new Kid Zone, and even a visit from Santa are just some of what await visitors at this outdoor market

Minnesota

Excelsior Christkindlmarkt

Excelsior, MN, November 23-25

A parade opens the market, which not only features hand-crafted gifts along with German-inspired food and drink, but also Christmas Tree sales, a children’s lantern parade, and visits from Mrs. Christmas.

St. Paul European Christmas Market

Saint Paul, MN, November 30 – December 10

Decorations, handmade gifts, and entertainment alongside with European food and drink combine for a festive holiday atmosphere at this weekend market.

Missouri

Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery

Hermann, MO, December 1-2

Christmas goodies, carolers, mulled wine, and even hot soup are featured at this traditional Christmas Market.

Kristkindl Markt

Kansas City, MO, December 7-8

An enchanted Christmas village with traditional German Food, singing, and decor opens its doors every year in Kansas City. Local vendors showcase diverse wares while guests enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

Christkindl at Hermannhof

Hermann, MO, December 8-9

Enjoy the traditional Christmas atmosphere on the riverfront, complete with a Festhalle and Hofgarten.

Nebraska

Omaha Holiday Market

Omaha, NE, December 1-2

This German-inspired outdoor market features seasonal goods, activities, and food. There is even a visit from Santa Claus.

New Jersey

Lake Mohawk Weihnachtsmarkt

Sparta, NJ, December 1-2

This Christmas Market is so popular that a second location was added. Vendors are in authentic wooden huts crafted by local artisans and known around the region for the handmade items it offers Holiday visitors.

New York

Union Square Holiday Market

New York City, NY, November 15 – December 24

Chocolate Advent calendars, Stollen cakes, and hot winter drinks are just some of the items that can be found at this popular holiday tradition.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

New York City, NY, November 18 – December 24

Art, jewelry, home goods, and delicious food from local artisans and designers are all on featured in this favorite holiday market, where shoppers can enjoy the Christmas season in New York City.

North Carolina

Charlotte Christmas Village – Christkindlmarkt

Charlotte, NC, November 22 – December 24

This annual holiday event creates a traditional Christmas Market right in Charlotte. Specialty foods and souvenir mugs made for sipping Glühwein while browsing the offerings from area artisans combine to make this a beloved annual tradition.

Credit: True Shot Studios
Credit: True Shot Studios

Ohio

Christkindlmarkt Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH, November 16-18

This Christkindlmarkt has it all, from Glühwein to imported items from Germany. Visitors enjoy the heated tents and festive atmosphere.

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt

Cincinnati, OH, November 23 – December 1

This authentic German market includes German food, drink, and wares imported from artisans in Germany. One of the signature events is the annual lighting of the holiday tree.

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner

Dayton, OH, December 8-9

Celebrate Christmas with hand-crafted ornaments, German food and beverages, in addition to the annual Christmas raffle.

Hudson Christkindlmarkt

Hudson, OH, December 14-16

Visitors are invited to experience gemütlichkeit and Old World ambiance at this market. In addition to vendors, food, and drink, St. Nicholas and Krampus make a visit!

Oklahoma

Christkindlmarkt

Tulsa, OK, November 30 – December 2

The German-American Society of Tulsa hosts an annual Christmas market with all of the trimmings, both local and imported from Germany, along with food and drink.

Oregon

German Holiday Market

Beaverton, OR, November 30 – December 1

Started by the German International School in Portland, this Christmas market has grown to a much-loved community event with thousands of visitors. It kicks off with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and moves right into live music and entertainment for everyone.

Pennsylvania

Christmas City Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA, November 16 – December 23

Fine art, unique artisan-crafted gifts, live Entertainment and great food make up this popular holiday market. Located in a town known for its Christmas celebrations, this market brings all of the seasonal traditions together in one place.

Mifflinburg Christkindl Market

Mifflinburg, PA, December 13-15

Families are invited to join in this traditional holiday market that has something for everyone. From all of the childrens activities in Kinder World to German Food and drink to a local Zwetschgenmännla designer and more, visitors can enjoy all the German holiday traditions in one market.

Credit: Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Credit: Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, November 17 – December 24

Food, ornaments and crafts are at the heart of this Christmas Village. Visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a German Christmas Market in City Center Philadelphia. This year the Christkind from Nuremburg will be officially opening the market.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Philadelphia, PA, November 18 – January 1

This charming winter Tradition is made to complement the Christmas Village in Philadelphia by creating a winter wonerland for local artisans, crafters, designers, and confectionaries, who offer their wares in festive white tents topped with original Herrnhut stars.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Pittsburg, PA, November 16 – December 23

Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh this market is influenced by German traditions while offering visitors a unique holiday experience. Wooden chalets house vendors of every art and invite visitors to browse all of the offerings.

Christkindlmarkt in Reading

Reading, PA, December 2

The REading Liederkranz invites the public to enjoy a bit of traditional Germany in their hometown. Toys and decor, along with food and drink are the highlights of this market.

Weihnachtsmarkt on the Main Line

Malvern, PA, December 8-9

A puppet theater and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows make for unique local additions to this market, which began as a local gathering of friends and family to enjoy some traditional German Christmas treats.

Rhode Island

Christkindlmarkt – Christmas Market

Pawtucket, RI, December 9

German food and drink, along with crafts and ornaments make up the old-world atmosphere at this traditional holiday market.

Texas

Texas Christkindl Market

Arlington, TX, November 23 – December 23

Inspired by German tradition and featuring its own Christkind, this holiday market brings Germany to Texas. Hand-crafted items and authentic German collectibles are beloved items at this family-friendly Christmas celebration.

Christmas Market

Austin, TX, December 1

This market invites visitors to come for the Food and stay for the shopping experience. Life performances, Christmas Stollen and gingerbread hearts round out this German Texan experience.

Christkindlmarkt

New Braunfels, TX, November 30 – December 1

German food and drink are prominent features at this Christmas market. Visitors also enjoy live entertainment throughout the time while they shop for that perfect holiday gift.

Weihnachtsmarkt, Texas Style

Tomball, TX, December 7-9

Live music, an open air market and an invitation for everyone to join the celebration is what awaits visitors at this unique Christmas experience. There is even a Kinderfest featuring rides and other entertainment for the smallest members of the family.

Credit: Christmas Village in Baltimore
Credit: Christmas Village in Baltimore

Utah

Christkindlmarkt SLC

Salt Lake City, UT, November 28 – December 1

Wooden vendor booths, German food and drink, and a spirit of giving combine to form the magical Christmas market in Salt Lake City that welcomes the entire family to come and visit.

Virginia

Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt (Loudon Valley German Society)

Lovettsville, VA, December 1-2

Authentic German food and local artisans are featured that this traditional market, hosted by the Loudoun Valley German Society.

Washington

Leavenworth Christkindlmarkt

Leavenworth, WA, November 23-25

This annual Bavarian-style Christmas Market is a beloved tradition in Washington. Shopping and lantern parades for children are favorite features year after year in this unique town.

Wisconsin

German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc

Oconomowoc, WI, November 23-25

Warm tents and special guests invite visitors to spend their weekend at this market, no matter what the weather may be. All of the traditional holiday festivities can be found at this outdoor market.

Old World Christmas Market

Elkhardt Lake, WI, November 30 – December 9

A decorated and heated tent filled with the sights and smells of a German-style Christmas welcomes visitors to the Osthoff Resort’s annual holiday tradition. Bratwurst, Glühwein, nutcrackers, fresh green wreaths and more can all be found at this magical winter event.

Christkindlmarket Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI, November 17 – December 31

A traditional German Christmas Market in the heart of the city welcomes visitors with entertainment, food, drink, and artisan shopping.