Best Holiday Market (2018)


You don’t need a passport to have a traditional Christmas market experience. Christmas markets are a holiday tradition from Europe brought over to the U.S. by immigrants who moved across the Atlantic. Today, cities and towns across the country host holiday markets inspired by those of Germany, complete with traditional food, music and holiday treats.

  • Old World Christmas Market

    Old World Christmas Market
    Elkhart Lake, Wis.

    This holiday season marks the 21st installment of the Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart Lake. This annual event takes place at The Osthoff Resort, where for 10 days, visitors can shop for specialty items in heated tents, munch on bratwurst and roasted almonds, sip hot glühwein and visit with Father Christmas.
    Photo courtesy of The Osthoff Resort / Facebook

  • Georgetown Christmas Market

    Georgetown Christmas Market
    Georgetown, Colo.

    For two weekends each December, visitors to Colorado can take a break from skiing for a visit to the Georgetown Christmas Market. The aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air of this charming and historic mountain town, while visitors enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with St. Nick, carolers in Victorian garb and a procession of Saint Lucia staged daily.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Georgetown

  • Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    Christmas Village in Philadelphia

    This holiday season, Philadelphia's Love Park will once again host a German-style Christmas market. Christmas Village in Philadelphia includes more than 80 tradition wooden booths where international vendors will sell ornaments, hand-crafted gifts, jewelry and traditional German treats, like mulled wine, bratwurst, gingerbread and waffles. It's a perfect setting for a holiday photo op with the iconic LOVE statue, located right at the heart of the market.
    Photo courtesy of J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

  • Denver Christkindl Market

    Denver Christkindl Market

    The Mile High City celebrates the season with its annual Denver Christkindl Market. The festival at Skyline Park will feature vendors from Colorado and Europe, traditional German music, holiday tunes and foods prepared by a European-trained chef. It's a perfect place to pick up unique holiday gifts, like German beer steins, handmade jewelry, cashmere scarves, German lace, chocolate and seasonal decorations.
    Photo courtesy of Denver Christkindl Market

  • Christkindlmarkt

    Bethlehem, Penn.

    It's only fitting that a town named Bethlehem would have a stellar Christmas festival. This Pennsylvania town, nicknamed Christmas City, celebrates the season with an old world-style Christkindlmarkt. Visitors can shop from more than 150 vendors, enjoy live performances, visit St. Nicholas or attend workshops and demonstrations in ice carving, glassblowing and ornament-making.
    Photo courtesy of ArtsQuest / Christkindlmarkt

  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

    The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    San Francisco

    Visitors to San Francisco over the holiday season are transported back in time to the London of Charles Dickens during the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Several acres of exhibition halls become Victorian-era pubs, streets, alleys and dance halls where guests can watch live entertainment on seven stages, munch on fish 'n' chips and do some holiday shopping. Victorian costumes are encouraged.
    Photo courtesy of Rich Yee / Great Dickens Christmas Fair

  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

    Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
    New York

    New York has many wonderful holiday markets, but one of our favorites is Winter Village at Bryant Park. This free family festival brings more than 170 holiday vendors to Bryant Park to create a European-style Christmas market. In addition, attendees can ice skate on the Big Apple's only free admission rink, sip on festive cocktails or dine at one of a dozen restaurant concepts.
    Photo courtesy of Angelito Jusay / Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

  • Christkindlmarket Chicago

    Christkindlmarket Chicago

    During the holiday season, Chicago's Daley Plaza gets transformed into a European-style Christmas market inspired by the original in Nuremburg, Germany. Just like markets in Germany, Christkindlmarket Chicago will feature holiday shopping, traditional German food and drink, live entertainment and appearances by Chicago's very own Christkind.
    Photo courtesy of Timmy Samuels / Christkindlmarket Chicago

  • Downtown Holiday Market

    Downtown Holiday Market
    Washington, DC

    DC's Downtown Holiday Market celebrates its fourteenth installment in 2018. More than 150 regional vendors set up shop in the nation's capital, selling a variety of hand-crafted and boutique wares, while bands and singers representing a wide swathe of musical styles entertain.
    Photo courtesy of Downtown Holiday Market

  • Texas Christkindl Market

    Texas Christkindl Market
    Arlington, Texas

    Inspired by the holiday markets of Germany, Texas Christkindl Market brings one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest to Arlington, Texas. In addition to shopping and and tasting traditional German treats, market-goers can listen to local school choirs and Texas musicians, watch traditional German dance or attend a gingerbread making workshop.
    Photo courtesy of Texas Christkindl Market


The top 10 winners in the Best Holiday Market category are as follows:

  1. Old World Christmas Market - Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  2. Georgetown Christmas Market - Georgetown, Colo.
  3. Christmas Village in Philadelphia - Philadelphia
  4. Denver Christkindl Market - Denver
  5. Christkindlmarkt - Bethlehem, Penn.
  6. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair - San Francisco
  7. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - New York
  8. Christkindlmarket Chicago - Chicago
  9. Downtown Holiday Market - Washington, DC
  10. Texas Christkindl Market - Arlington, Texas

Congratulations to all these winning markets!

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