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The 12 best Christmas markets in the USA this year

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the best Christmas markets in the USA

Written by
Lauren Mack

Long before the 12 days of Christmas, revelers can get in the holiday spirit at Christmas markets across the USA. A staple of Christmas prep since the first-ever German Christmas market popped up in Dresden back in 1434, these holly, jolly gatherings have spread throughout Europe and beyond.

Taking a page out of Europe's holiday playbook, the holiday market tradition has been increasingly replicated in cities and towns across the USA. Cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. now host multi-day Christmas markets complete with wooden stalls adorned with twinkling lights, live Christmas music, and tempting treats, bringing merchandise, merriment, and memories.

Get ready to deck the halls and stuff the stockings of everyone on your list with handcrafted goods made from local artisans. Sample signature holiday delights like bratwurst, roasted almonds, and glühwein (mulled wine) while sauntering through these pop-up markets hosted from mid-November through to the New Year. Check out these 12 Christmas markets, one for each day of Christmas! ​​

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Best Christmas markets in the USA

DC’s bustling Downtown Holiday Market turns F Street NW (right in front of the National Portrait Gallery) into a daily block party. In addition to the vendors, there are over 75 performances from local musicians. But of course, the main reason to go is for shopping. The Downtown Holiday Market features more than 70 Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Made in DC program, six food vendors, and live entertainment by regional performers.

Open Nov. 18 — Dec. 23 (12pm-8pm). Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 and Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.

F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington DC 

New York is a quintessential Christmas city, and the Union Square Holiday Market is NYC’s essential holiday market. This year’s market features over 160 vendors, so you can find something for all those hard-to-shop-for friends and relatives. Weave your way through the labyrinth of stalls and treat yourself to sweet and savory treats as a reward for crossing everything off your shopping list.

Open Nov. 17 — Dec. 24, 2022 (Monday - Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm).

Union Square Park, New York 


The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is one of the most unique holiday markets in the USA. Organizers transform the Cow Palace arena outside San Francisco into Dickensian London with 800 performers and vendors dressed in Victorian costumes. Wander through music halls and festive shops filled with handmade goods, have a pint at Mad Sal's Dockside Alehouse, and sample festive foods like roasted chestnuts, fish and chips, and Christmas pudding. Interact with beloved Dickens' characters like Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Father Christmas. Spend a few hours here and you're bound to be laden with jewelry, leather goods, candles, ceramics, accessories, and an abundance of Christmas cheer.

Open Nov. 19–20, 25–27, Dec. 3–4, 10–11, 17–18, 2022 (10am-6pm).

Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Boulevard, Daly City 

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes alive with authentic German holiday spirit from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Covered in thousands of lights (including the gorgeously lit The Pyramid, a German wooden Christmas tower of glühwein), Christmas Village in Baltimore combines an indoor and outdoor holiday market with an amusement park and beer garden. Vendors include local artists like Art by Barton, whose stunning Baltimore art comes in handmade metal frames, and international favorites like Käthe Wohlfahrt, which is world-renowned for German Christmas ornaments. Stay warm with a mug of glühwein and Belgian fries, or if the cold doesn’t bother you, grab a large stein of German beer on tap at the Hofbrau stall.

Open Nov. 24–Dec. 24 (Sunday–Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday–Saturday: 11am-8pm, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: 11am-5pm). The Village will be open for a preview weekend on Nov. 19–20. Closed Nov. 21-23, 28-29; Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 2022.

West Shore Park, 501 Light Street, Baltimore


Elkhart Lake is a bit off the beaten path, but the annual Old World Christmas Market is worth the trip. Each year, the Osthoff Resort hosts regional and international artisans for their festive market. The giant heated tent is full of unique treasures like glass-blown ornaments, fresh Christmas wreaths, handmade jewelry, and plenty more for your holiday shopping. You’ll also find horse-drawn wagon rides and ornament-making activities, plus tasty German food like sauerbraten and potato pancakes.

Open Dec. 2–11 (10am-5pm) 

Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Avenue, Elkhart Lake

Chicago’s German-style Christmas market is so popular that it has three locations this year. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, Christkindlmarket Chicago has exclusive vendors selling whimsical gifts, Christmas ornaments, and handmade wooden nutcrackers plus savory and sweet treats like roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst and hot spiced wine.

Daley Plaza location: open Nov. 18–Dec. 24, 2022. (Sundays–Thursdays: 11am-8pm, Fridays–Saturdays: 11am-9pm, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: 11am-4pm).

50 W Washington St., Chicago

Wrigleyville location: open Nov. 18–Dec. 31, 2022. (Mondays–Thursdays: 3pm-9pm, Fridays–Saturdays: 11am-10pm, Sundays: 11am-7pm, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve: 11am-4pm, Dec. 26-29: 11am-9pm).

Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St., Chicago

Aurora location: open Nov. 18–Dec. 24, 2022. (Thursdays: 11am-7pm, Fridays–Saturdays: 11am-9pm, Sundays: 11am-6pm, Dec. 19, 21: 11am-7pm, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve: 11am-4pm).

RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora 


Holidazzle is more than just a market—it’s a celebration of the Twin Cities. Here, you’ll find made-in-Minnesota goods from local Minneapolis neighborhoods. Stay warm with some midwest mainstays like pierogi or cheese curds. Save time to visit Santa Claus for a photo op and to admire the 17-foot-tall Holidazzle Yeti, a 340-pound interactive art installation that is illuminated and created with recycled and up-cycled materials.

Open Nov. 25–27, Dec. 2–4, 9–11, 16–18, 2022. (Fridays: 5pm-9pm, Saturdays: 12pm-9pm, Sundays: 12pm-6pm).

Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

Travel the world without ever leaving Philadelphia. Christmas Village takes over Philly’s LOVE Park from late November through Christmas Eve. Shop for gifts from all over the world. In addition to shops and holiday foods, there are rides for the kids plus beer and wine tastings for the adults. The Christmas Village is one of a quartet of holiday happenings in Philadelphia, which include the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market and the Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and the municipal Christmas Tree on North Broad Street.

Open Nov. 19–Dec. 24, 2022. (Sundays–Thursdays: 11am-7pm, Fridays–Saturdays: 11am-8pm, Thanksgiving Day: 9am-5pm. Christmas Eve: 11am-5pm).

LOVE Park 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia


As you might expect in a town called Bethlehem, this Pennsylvania town is a big Christmas destination just like its Biblical namesake (it even calls itself The Christmas City). The annual Christkindlmarkt covers 10 acres (about the size of 7.5 football fields) with shopping, food, and live music. Check off everything on your Christmas shopping list: almost 200 vendors come from as far away as Texas to help you find everything from chainsaw sculptures to Grateful Dead dog coats. Feast on traditional German treats like strudel and pretzels, plus modern street food favorites like poutine.

Open Nov. 18–20, 25–27, Dec. 1–4, 8–11, 15–18, 2022. PNC Plaza at SteelStacks, 645 East First Street

Many cities have German-style markets around the holidays, but Holland, Michigan, celebrates its Dutch heritage with Kerstmarkt (similar to traditional markets that pop up across the Netherlands every December). Held at 8th Street Market Place in front of the Civic Center, Kerstmarkt features 18 wooden booths. Special market events include the handbell concerts on Nov. 25 and Dec. 10, dogsled demos on Dec. 4 and Dec. 9, and the Sinterklaas Procession on Dec. 2.

Open Nov. 19 (9am-5pm) 2022, Nov. 25 (11am-5pm), Nov. 26 (9am-5pm), Nov. 29 (3pm-8pm), Dec. 2 (3pm-8pm), December 3 (9am-5pm), Dec. 9 (3pm-8pm), Dec. 10 (9am-5pm).

8th Street Market Place, 150 West 8th Street, Holland


You will find plenty of festive gemütlichkeit (friendliness) at the three-day Tomball German Fest. Browse the 150-plus stalls for arts and crafts, Christmas baubles and German souvenirs in the expansive open-air market. The German heritage festival features a variety of music and dance acts performed on three stages, and tempting holiday treats made by local vendors.

Open Dec. 9, 2022 (6pm-10pm), Dec. 10 (10am-10pm), Dec. 11 (10am-6pm).

201 S. Elm Street, Tomball

Just steps from the beach, pedestrian-only Lincoln Road beckons boutique shoppers year-round, but it's even more enticing during the Christmas season. The revelry along the one-mile-long shopping street is ratcheted up several notches during Urbanspace's Lincoln Road Holiday Market. From holiday decor to accessories to gifts for all ages, be a South Florida Santa in stylish South Beach. Bonus: the fun in the Florida sun continues well past New Year's, offering shoppers the chance to peruse post-holiday deals and start the new year right with superlative shopping.

Open Nov. 15–Feb. 15 (11am-9pm).

805 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


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