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Best Holiday Market (2021)

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You don’t need a passport to have a traditional Christmas market experience. Christmas markets are a European holiday tradition brought over by immigrants. 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, Pennsylvania

    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. 
    Photo courtesy of ArtsQuest/Diane Richter Photography

  • Christkindlmarket Chicago

    Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Chicago

    During the holiday season, Chicago's Daley Plaza gets transformed into a European-style Christmas market inspired by the original in Nuremburg, Germany. "As someone who has been to numerous European holiday markets, it doesn't get much better in the U.S. than Chicago's fun Christkindlmarket," says 10Best contributor Gerrish Lopez. 
    Photo courtesy of Christkindlmarket

  • Old World Christmas Market

    Old World Christmas Market
    Elkhart Lake, Wis.

    The Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart Lake 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

  • Denver Christkindl Market

    Denver Christkindl Market
    Denver

    The Mile High City celebrates the season with its annual Denver Christkindl Market. The festival at the Civic Center 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 Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket

  • Tomball German Fest

    Tomball German Fest
    Tomball, TX

    Enjoy a unique street festival and open-air Christmas market full of family-friendly ambiance at the Tomball German Marketfest. Street vendors sell Christmas and German heritage items, arts and crafts, and much more, and food and drink offerings include mulled wine, stollen, and bratwurst. Children can have fun in their dedicated area with carnival and pony rides, plus a petting zoo.
    Photo courtesy of Tomball German Fest

  • Georgetown Christmas Market

    Georgetown Christmas Market
    Georgetown, Colorado

    Visit an exciting scene of Christmas long ago, as Georgetown transforms into a hundred-year-old holiday experience. This Colorado town adorns itself with greenery, lights, and snow in a traditional market that has spanned generations. Enjoy roasted chestnuts, horse-drawn wagon rides, and appearances by St. Nicholas, and immerse yourself in this old-fashioned Christmas shopping adventure.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Georgetown

  • Nutcracker Market

    Nutcracker Market
    Houston

    Houston kicks off the holiday season each November with The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. With more than 260 vendors selling gourmet foods, toys, jewelry, leatherware and more, it's the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit while supporting local merchants and contributing to the Houston Ballet.
    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market

  • 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, accordion players and holiday singers provide live entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of Union Depot

  • Downtown Holiday Market

    Downtown Holiday Market
    Washington, DC

    DC's Downtown Holiday Market celebrates the season with more than 150 regional vendors setting 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 Diverse Markets Management

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

  1. Carmel Christkindlmarkt - Carmel, Ind.
  2. Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  3. Christkindlmarket Chicago - Chicago, IL
  4. Old World Christmas Market - Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  5. Denver Christkindl Market - Denver
  6. Tomball German Fest - Tomball, TX
  7. Georgetown Christmas Market - Georgetown, Colorado
  8. Nutcracker Market - Houston, TX
  9. European Christmas Market - St. Paul
  10. Downtown Holiday Market - Washington, DC

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

Congratulations to all these winning holiday markets!

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