Whether you call them Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël or simply Christmas Markets, they have been popular over in Europe for centuries. However, they are now starting to pop up all over the US, so you can experience the same charming traditions without having to travel as far.
The Best Christkindlmarkts in the United States
Adirondack Christkindlmarkt in Lake George, NY
Lake George is known as a summer destination, but in recent years, the streets are full of people for the annual Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. There are more than forty vendors selling extraordinary gifts, but you can also listen to live music and go for a horse drawn carriage ride. You might want to take this opportunity to take a boat ride on the lake with Santa himself!
Downtown Holiday Market in Washington DC
Shopping will never be easier with more than one hundred and fifty vendors selling everything from paintings, jewelry, clothing, and crockery in downtown DC. Live music will play in the background, as you wander around, making purchases and eating donuts and churros at the same time.
Christkindlmarket in Chicago, IL
This is one of the best Christkindlmarkt’s when it comes to authentic German traditions and more than one million people arrive to experience it every single year. While there are some local vendors, you will also find a few from Austria, Germany, and Ukraine, because they want you to feel the authenticity from years past. Every year, Santa’s house has a specially designed nativity scene and you can listen to Christmas carols and watch dancers perform when you are tired and in need of a break.
The Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart Lake, WI
This Christmas Market can be found at the Osthoff Resort and it is filled with those one-of-a-kind gifts that everyone on your list will love. Imagine filling your bags will handmade jewelry, German decorations, and pashmina scarves. However, your favorite part will be all the foods that you can try in between vendors. There are potato pancakes, Nüremberg bratwurst, dumplings, and delicious apple strudel that will melt in your mouth.
The Georgetown Christmas Market in Georgetown, CO
The charming little town of Georgetown looks like it has stepped out of a fairy take once the Christmas Market opens. You will see people wandering around in traditional Victorian costumes, while Santa is dressed as a traditional St. Nicholas. After watching people dance to the folk music, you might want to take a little time to ride through town in a horse drawn carriage.
Don’t worry about traveling to Europe to visit a Christmas Market this year, because there are plenty of them right here in the United States. Find one close to where you live and experience the magic for yourself!
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