Top Christmas Markets to Visit in the US This Year
Christmas markets have become an essential winter activity across the western hemisphere. They are what’s “festive” about the festive season, as there is so much to see and do. While this tradition originated in Europe, its popularity is ever-growing in the New World. Dive in as we show you some of the most noteworthy Christmas markets in the US.
Note: Some of the following places will contain the name “Christkindl” in them. It doesn’t mean they’re part of a broader brand. The word “Christkindl” is the historical German word to refer to these markets.
Christkindlmarket – Chicago, IL
Stand under the winter Christmas sky, sip a warm drink, and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois. There’s an abundance of family-friendly entertainment in this market, such as carol singing, dancing, and a Christmas orchestra.
This event is also “blessed” by the presence of Christkind, the gift-bringer in Austrian folklore. Don’t forget to do a round in their food court and taste their wide selection of German treats. Get the experience of a European Christmas market in Chicago.
Tip: The best place to stay while visiting this market is the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Experience the magic of the season through their impeccable hospitality.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair – Daly City, CA
Charles Dickens once wrote, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humor”. You will find that at the Great Dickens Fair in California, one of the largest Christmas markets in the US.
Step out of the modern world and into a twilight evening in Victorian London, and celebrate Christmas like how it’s supposed to be celebrated. Surround yourself with the comforting scent of roasted chestnut and the bustling noise of vendors hawking their wares. Best of all, there are costumed actors in traditional Victorian attire interacting with patrons in the most authentically British way. If you live in the US, come to this event for a taste of the European Christmas market.
Just a 20-minute car ride away is the Fairmont Heritage Place, a luxury hotel that will complete your trip to California.
Christkindlmarkt – Anchorage, AK
Come to Anchorage, Alaska for an authentically German Christmas market, hosted at the Rilke Schule German School. The organising committee imports handmade goods from Germany every year, from ornaments to unique gifts. Watch out because while St. Nikolaus will be there for the presents, Krampus, punisher of naughty children, will also be around.
The best part of this event might be the hand-crafted decorations made by the students and their parents. Visit Alaska this wintertime, and support local artisans. Check out the Staybridge Suites for an amazing stay for this trip.
Don’t forget to book a trolley tour of Anchorage’s leading cultural and historical sites. Trust us, Alaska is better in the winter.
Union Square Holiday Market – New York City, NY
Once a year, the Union Square Holiday Market returns to NYC for longing patrons. Named one of the best Christmas markets in the United States, the Union Square Market lives up to its reputation by offering visitors a wide variety of high-quality goods. From food to household appliances and decorations, this place has it all when it comes to Christmas. You can also find accessories and New York themed souvenirs here, as this pop-up market is famous for its collection of artisan shops.
Find yourself a comfy rest at the Casablanca Hotel after a day out, and experience excellent New York hospitality, at its finest.
Atlanta Christkindl Market – Atlanta, GA
When was the last time you had a picture with Santa? If the answer is “I can’t remember”, how about creating one at the Atlanta Christkindl market? Come to ATL for one of the most sparkling Christmas markets in the country, and experience Christmas as the Germans do.
Chow down on savory bratwursts and hearty pretzels, and sip on warm chocolate milk. There’s so much to see and do here!
After your feast, come back to the cozy atmosphere of Hotel Clermont, a stone’s throw away from the market.
Denver Christkindlmarket – Denver CO
What makes the Denver Christkindlmarket stand out from the rest is the Mile High Tree, the tallest digital tree in the US. With pixel-mapping technology, this tree is a spectacle for the eyes, especially during light shows. But there are other things the market has to offer. Come for live music, and a guided tour around Denver’s most illustrious winter attractions.
At the end of the street, find the Hyatt Regency Aurora. This hotel is an experience in itself, as they have all the amenities you will need for the season. Plus, its environmentally friendly accommodations allow you to enjoy your visit to the fullest.
Downtown Holiday Market – Washington DC
Get straight into the Christmas spirit at the Downtown Holiday Market in Washington, DC. Here, hum along to Christmas earworms with stellar musical performances, and bite into conventional (and unconventional) treats of the season.
The vendors at this market operate on a rotation basis, so you can always find something new if you return another day. Isn’t it exciting? Submerge yourself in the shimmering lights, and feast your eyes with the colorful displays of the shops at this Christmas market.
If you’re looking for a perfect stay in DC, check out the Phoenix Park Hotel close by. With modern facilities such as a gym and a fantastic view of Capitol Hill, this hotel will add so many fond memories to your trip.
Kerstmarkt – Holland, MI
While other markets take their names from the German word “Christkindlmarkt”, Kerstmark took theirs from the Dutch one. Dutch Americans founded Holland, Michigan, and they’ve done much to keep the tradition alive. Enjoy unique Dutch street food at this market, such as the stroopwafels (syrup waffles), and immerse yourself in the Christmas traditions of the Netherlands. Popular attractions include hand-carved clogs, symbolic Dutch-style architecture, and Sinterklaas (Santa Claus).
Another thing you can’t miss while in this region of Michigan is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Affordable and scenic, this hotel is an excellent pick for your trip to the Midwestern parts of the US.
Christmas markets are an endearing tradition that warms up the hearts of many. As the days grow darker faster, fill them up with quintessential wintertime experiences like visiting a Christmas fair on this list, hiking, or ice skating! If you decide to come to the US this season, check out our list of hotels that will complete your travel experience.