The Best Christmas Market in Every State

With the holidays just around the corner, where better to get in the spirit (and check some gifts off your list) than at your nearest Christkindlmarket? We found the merriest European-style Christmas market in your neck of the woods.

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Mudd Puddles Pottery Christmas display
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Christmas Village Festival, Birmingham

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Christmas Village Festival is an annual shopping extravaganza at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Come for the day or make a weekend of it. (If you’re a serious shopper, consider VIP day, when you get the run of the place before everyone else.)

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Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium, Anchorage
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Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium, Anchorage

Each year, the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center plays host to a one-day market selling a variety of Alaskan-made and imported gifts, arts and crafts, furs, and food.

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Heap of grilled edible chestnuts in cast iron skillet over dark wooden surface with textile napkin
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Christkindlmarkt, Cave Creek

You might just spot Christkindl or St. Nicholas while you shop at this traditional German Christmas market. Fill up on all sorts of festive German food and drinks, such as gingerbread cookies, roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine.

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Arkansas Craft Guild Annual Christmas Showcase
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Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase Extravaganza, Little Rock

First held in 1978, the Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase Extravaganza features quality traditional and contemporary art and fine handcrafts, plus gourmet foods. You can find it in the Statehouse Convention Center downtown.

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Lunch at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, San Francisco

Enter the world of Charles Dickens’ Victorian London and enjoy a theatrical experience as stories unfold around you. At the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, you can mingle with chimney sweeps and street urchins, Queen Victoria, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and of course, Father Christmas. Eat your fill of traditional English fare like Yorkshire pudding, savory meat pies, scones and hot roasted chestnuts. Hundreds of shops sell gifts, too.

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Paper stars
Photo: Denver Christkindl Market via Facebook


Christkindl Market, Denver

Enjoy traditional German music and dance and meet Christkindl, the age-old European Christmas gift-bringer. The market, held at Skyline Park, features handmade toys, Christmas ornaments, crystalware and other gifts. Fill up on German treats such as stollen, bratapfel (baked apples) and lebkuchen.

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Christmas Ornaments
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Hartford Saengerbund, Newington

This traditional market at the Hartford Saengerbund Club features handmade crafts and works of art by the finest artisans, and delicious German food. Stay for the live music and performances of medieval Christmas customs.

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Huge winter wonder castle light display
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Winter Wonderfest, Lewes

Open throughout the holiday season, the Festival of Cheer features a Light Spectacular. Check out the Christmas Village for carnival rides, a concert stage and Santa’s Workshop.

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Miami Theater Center holiday fair
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Miami Theater Center Holiday Bazaar, Miami Shores

Take center stage at the Miami Theater Center, which is transformed into a Christmas market for a couple of days in December. Jewelry, art and other gifts are available to buy while nibbling on sweet Christmas treats.

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Nutcrackers on display at the Christkindl Market
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Atlanta Christkindl Market, Atlanta

At this outdoor winter holiday festival held at Atlantic Station, your family can enjoy authentic German food and drinks and shop for holiday gifts before dropping in at Santa’s Cottage or stepping aboard the Snowball Express.

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Hawaiian local crafts
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Season’s Best Craft and Gift Fair, Honolulu

Held over three days at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, the craft and gift fair offers treasures made by Hawaii’s finest artisans, from handbags to stocking stuffers.

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Cute holiday gift bags at the Twilight Christmas Market
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Twilight Christmas Market, Meridian

Warm yourself with mulled wine and craft beers while nibbling on fresh, seasonal food and holiday treats. Listen to live entertainment and browse for gifts among the hand-crafted items in the glittering indoor-outdoor twilight market at City Hall.

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Christkindlmarket Chicago overhead shot of tents and shoppers
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Christkindlmarket, Chicago

One of the nation’s oldest German holiday markets, this Chicago institution held at Daley Plaza boasts more than a million visitors each year. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany, the market has European traditions mixed with international and local delights. The Kinder Club runs activities for children, including a scavenger hunt and a life-size Advent calendar.

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Artist painting small wooden cows
Photo: Carmel Christkindlmarkt via Facebook


Carmel Christkindlmarkt, Carmel

At this event on Center Green, children can see Santa and his reindeer and watch artists carve wooden animals. Skate around the city’s first outdoor ice rink, and shop for gifts and collectibles before stopping for a well-earned sweet treat.

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Ornaments hanging at the Christkindlmarket in Des Moines
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Christkindlmarket, Des Moines

Traditional German gifts such as cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers and other wooden handicrafts are the specialty at this Cowles Commons market. Visitors can watch the crafts being constructed, then purchase the freshly made products. Look for the impressive hand-blown, painted and straw ornaments.

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Shelves filled with gingerbread houses
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Kristkindl Markt, Brookside

Get your fill of German fare, then shop for handmade gifts and a quirky Christmas flea market. Round off your day at the market, sponsored by Country Club Congregational Church, with a little gingerbread house decoration, with proceeds going to charity.

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top view of florist hands making Christmas wreath with fir branches and decorative berries on wooden tabletop
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Christmas Market at Michler’s, Lexington

This romantic Christmas market is set within a blooming greenhouse on E. Maxwell Street. It features plenty of locally made gifts to check off your list, such as jams, soaps, ceramics and jewelry. Watch the florists craft wreaths and decorate boxwoods, then take one home.

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New Orleans paddle steamer in Mississippi river in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Christmas Marketplace Days, White Castle

Head to the Nottoway Plantation for one of the country’s most unique Christmas markets, which is held aboard the famed steamboat American Queen. Sparks will fly with fireworks and bonfires on the levee.

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Table of plates and pictures at a holiday craft fair
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Season of Giving Art Sale, Kennebunk

Like its host, the Brick Store Museum on Main Street, this market is dedicated to highlighting local arts and entrepreneurs who are selling their handcrafted goods.

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Crowd of painted wooden figures
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Christmas Village, Baltimore

Among Maryland’s newest Christmas markets is its best. Held at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor, the Christmas Village is an indoor-outdoor experience modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt. Devour waffles and gingerbread while wandering the village, which is filled with traditional German-style wooden huts.

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whimsical & practical upcycled clocks.
Photo: Harvard Square Holiday Fair via Facebook


Harvard Square Holiday Fair, Cambridge

One of the state’s oldest and most popular fairs, this one serves up great music and affordable handcrafted gifts.

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People browsing the wares at the Kerstmarkt-Holland
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Holiday Kerstmarkt, Holland

The Dutch version of the German Christkindlmarkt, the Kerstmarkt honors this city’s Dutch heritage. Visitors come to the 8th Street Marketplace to shop and watch the Santa Claus Parade and Sinterklaas Eve procession.

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Line-up of stalls at the St. Paul European Christmas Market
Photo: St. Paul European Christmas Market via Facebook


European Christmas Market, St. Paul

Here’s a cultural event in the heart of the city (Union Depot East Plaza, to be exact). Find gifts and handcrafted items, including nutcrackers, beeswax candles, wool mittens and decorative glass.

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Three small Christmas trees on display by a window
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Vintage Christmas Market, Laurel

Nearly 100 vendors descend onto Front Street, bringing vintage, antique and trendy handmade items to sell at this old-school-meets-new-school event. Get a snack from the on-site food trucks, then watch out for Santa.

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Live Christmas nativity scene in an old barn - Reenactment play with authentic costumes.
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Christkindl Markt, Rolla

Boasting a program packed with a Christmas Parade, a living Nativity and plenty of music, the Christkindl Markt is the place to be if you’re in the spirit of giving. Many of the vendors are raising money for community causes, and the festival is working toward becoming environmentally sustainable.

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Little Red Truck's European Christmas Vintage Market
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Little Red Truck’s European Christmas Vintage Market, Missoula

Shop for an array of gifts in the comfort of the county fairgrounds’ heated barns. Take the kids along for free activities such as face painting, ornament making and appearances by the Man in Red.

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Stands set up at the Very Vintage Christmas Market
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A Very Vintage Christmas Market, Lincoln

If you love all things vintage, head to the Lancaster Event Center for antique and retro gifts as well as handmade items. (A non-perishable food donation to the Food Bank of Lincoln ensures a discount on admission.)

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Close-up of metal on wood artwork of a moose in a river
Photo: Elko Christmas Bazaar via Facebook


Elko Christmas Bazaar, Elko

Vendors come from all around the Southwest with their handcrafted goods: furniture, jewelry, clothes, accessories and more. Santa will make an appearance at this event, held on Moren Way.

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Hot drink of apple tea with cinnamon stick, star anise and clove.
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New Hampshire

Vintage Christmas, Portsmouth

A holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting open this annual event. Artisan crafts and holiday wares fill the 19th century brick storefronts, and apple cider and cookies are among the tasty treats available.

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A young girl feeding goat.
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New Jersey

Weihnachtsmarkt, Lake Mohawk

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Red Poinsettias in Pots on Display in a Garden Center
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New Mexico

Holiday Fair Craft and Plant Sale, Albuquerque

Shop your way through dozens of holiday-themed arts and crafts stalls, then check out the fresh Christmas wreaths, handmade centerpieces and gorgeous red poinsettias at this event at the Albuquerque Garden Center on Lomas Boulevard.

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NEW YORK, NY, USA-DEC 10: Holiday Market at Columbus Circle
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New York

Columbus Circle Holiday Market, New York City

Located at the southwest entrance to Central Park, this festive market features many stockings’ worth of unique Christmas gifts, such as artisan chocolates, handmade wooden puzzles and home accessories from local makers. Many items are locally sourced, organic or fair trade certified, or made from recycled items.

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Close-up of two gingerbread house ornaments
Photo: Charlotte Christmas Village via Facebook

North Carolina

Christmas Village Christkindlmarkt, Charlotte

lebkuchen, a stop at the German bakery is a must.

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christmas cookie in star shape and sweet little colorful balls
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North Dakota

Countdown to Christmas Bazaar, Minot

Support local businesses and crafters at this annual event at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. Mondy from the Christmas Bake Sale goes toward purchasing gifts for children in need.

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Polevka okurkova - Czech Potato Pickle Soup.
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Germania Christkindlmarkt, Cincinnati

Keep cozy as you wander the market stalls in heated tents at the Germania Society on West Kemper Road. Fill up on traditional German food, including pastries and delicious dill pickle soup, and wash it all down with a mug of German beer. There’s plenty of fun for the kids, too, such as a lantern parade, petting zoo, caroling and carriage rides.

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Christmas decoration on an european market.
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German-American Society of Tulsa Christkindlmarkt, Tulsa

The GAST Center on 15th and Terrace turns into a Christmas wonderland for good shopping (check out the authentic ornaments!) and festive eats. There’s a spielstube for the children, where they can listen to Christmas stories and do activities, and maybe even spot St. Nicholas and Christkindl.

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Colorful nutcrackers at a traditional Christmas market
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German Holiday Market, Beaverton

At Christmastime, the Beaverton Library on SW 5th Street hosts a tented holiday market with performers, German food and vendors selling German classics such as advent calendars, nutcrackers, and local and imported handmade holiday decorations. (There’s a tree lighting, too!)

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Rows of ornaments on display
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Christkindlmarkt, Bethlehem


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Train set
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Rhode Island

Christkindlmarkt: A German Christmas Bazaar, Pawtucket

Eat and drink traditional German fare and sift through the gifts, crafts, ornaments and clothes on sale. Stop by the Alpine-themed model railroad, too. You can find it all at the German Hall on Carter Avenue.

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New Year and beautiful jewelry with a heart of love
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South Carolina

Christkindlmarkt, Charleston

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Decorate inside of a building with multiple Christmas trees
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South Dakota

Christmas at the Capitol, Pierre

A South Dakota tradition for more than 35 years, this event is a Christmas tree extravaganza, with about 100 of them creating a winter wonderland. Get your South Dakota gifts at the Heritage Center and pick up a treat on Pie Day.

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Poinsettia plants with festive snowman vases
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Christmas Village, Nashville

One of the largest Christmas markets in America, this pop-up village at the fairgrounds features 250-plus vendors and hosts about 30,000 shoppers from across the country.

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People walking through a maze of hanging Christmas lights
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Texas Christkindl Market, Arlington

Wander through the market stalls and down the market lane, which oozes old-time holiday charm. The market is now part of the new Enchant, a festival that also includes the world’s largest Christmas light maze, a skating pond and Santa’s Palace. Find all of this winter cheer at Globe Life Park.

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People shopping at stalls at the Photo: Christkindlmarkt SLC
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Christkindlmarkt, Salt Lake City

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Funny wooden christmas background with trees and santa hats on snow.
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Vermont Farmers Market Christmas Holiday Fair, Rutland

Vendors from the Vermont Farmers Market join craft and food merchants to create this annual fair at the Holiday Inn. Goods are reasonably priced and include Christmas wreaths, fabric, wood and glass creations, baked goods, and specialty local food.

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Homemade raw sausages hang on a wooden frame.
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Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt, Lovettsville

Browse the stalls of crafters with gifts aplenty, then say hello to an authentically dressed St. Nick. Need a snack? Listen to live music while sampling a selection of artisan sausages, brought to you by the Lovettsville Game Protective Association on South Berlin Pike.

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Black, red and white cut-out ornaments
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Christkindlmarkt, Leavenworth

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Mixed Christmas cookies
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West Virginia

Christmas Village Festival, Huntington

Make plans to stroll through the enchanted evening market at Heritage Farm Museum and Village on Harvey Road. Enjoy the live nativity and a visit with Santa while munching on fresh baked goods. You’ll have no trouble finding your Christmas gifts among the array of handmade items.

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Rows of painted wooden figures on display
Photo: Nüremberg Christkindlesmarkt


Old World Christmas Market, Elkhart Lake

The picturesque Christmas market is held on the grounds of the Osthoff Resort. European gifts abound, including Russian nesting dolls, Turkish pashminas, Estonia woollens, and German hand-crafted smokers and nutcrackers. The Old World Food Court gives guests a place to rest while eating delicious German fare.

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Decorative Santa workshop
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Santa’s Workshop, Evanston

A Boy Scout initiative brings a day of fun, food and booths to find the perfect Christmas gifts. Even Santa will be at the Evanston Machine Shop for this event of the year!

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