Best Holiday Market (2019)


You don’t need a passport to have a traditional Christmas market experience. Christmas markets are a holiday tradition from Europe brought over to North America 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. 

  • Carmel Christkindlmarkt

    Carmel Christkindlmarkt
    Carmel, Ind.

    The Carmel Christkindlmarkt brings a bit of Saxony, Germany to Indiana during this annual festive event. The market features the only Glühwein Pyramid in the U.S., standing 33 feet tall with more than 3,000 lights.
    Photo courtesy of Carmel Christkindlmarkt

  • Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt

    Bethlehem 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

  • 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

  • Old World Christmas Market

    Old World Christmas Market
    Elkhart Lake, Wis.

    This holiday season marks the 22nd 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

  • Mifflinburg Christkindl Market

    Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
    Mifflinburg, Penn.

    The 31st annual Mifflinburg Christkindl Market claims to be the oldest authentic Christkindl market in the nation. What started as 20 odd huts had expanded to more than 100 crafts and food vendors welcoming thousands of visitors each holiday season. Live entertainment and kids activities round out the weekend menu.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Gorfer

  • European Christmas Market

    European Christmas Market
    St. Paul

    Each winter, St. Paul’s Union Depot transforms into the European Christmas Market, a free event inspired by the open-air markets of Germany and Austria. Vendors sell handmade gifts and decorations, as well as European-inspired foods and drinks. Polish dancers, accordian players and holiday singers provide live entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of Mike Krivit / European Christmas Market

  • Downtown Holiday Market

    Downtown Holiday Market
    Washington, DC

    DC's Downtown Holiday Market celebrates its fifteenth installment in 2019. 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

  • Vancouver Christmas Market

    Vancouver Christmas Market

    The Vancouver Christmas Market includes more than 80 huts selling authentic German treats and treasures at the seaside Jack Poole Plaza. Features of the event include a Christmas carousel, walk-in Christmas tree, lover’s lane light installation and festive cocktails at the WunderBAR.
    Photo courtesy of Lindsay Elliott / Vancouver Christmas Market

  • 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 Christmas Village in Philadelphia

  • Kerstmarkt

    Holland, Mich.

    Holland, Michigan is best known for its spring tulips, but Kerstmarkt offers a good reason to visit in the winter. For three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, some 18 booths set up at 8th Street Market Place, selling holiday decorations, gifts and seasonal treats.
    Photo courtesy of Kerstmarkt


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

  1. Carmel Christkindlmarkt - Carmel, Ind.
  2. Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt - Bethlehem, Penn.
  3. Georgetown Christmas Market - Georgetown, Colo.
  4. Old World Christmas Market - Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  5. Mifflinburg Christkindl Market - Mifflinburg, Penn.
  6. European Christmas Market - St. Paul
  7. Downtown Holiday Market - Washington, DC
  8. Vancouver Christmas Market - Vancouver
  9. Christmas Village in Philadelphia - Philadelphia
  10. Kerstmarkt - Holland, Mich.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning holiday markets!

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