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These are the best holiday markets in the U.S.

You don’t need a passport to have a traditional Christmas market experience. Cities and towns across the U.S. host holiday markets inspired by those of Germany, complete with traditional food, music and holiday treats. These are the 10 best, according to our readers.

10. MADE SOUTH Holiday Market

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Instead of an in-person event in 2020, the MADE SOUTH Holiday Market will go virtual. No matter where in the country you are, you can go online to support local makers of fine Southern artisan goods.

9. European Christmas Market - St. Paul, Minnesota

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This year, the European Christmas Market goes online, bringing products from long-time vendors into your home. The virtual event will also include an auction and plenty of online entertainment.

8. Georgetown Christmas Market - Georgetown, Colorado

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The aroma of roasted chestnuts fills the air of this charming and historic mountain town, while visitors enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides and visits with St. Nick. The event will return in 2021.

7. Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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The 2020 event will take place in artists’ huts spread across the SteelStacks campus, giving it the feel of an outdoor German market.

6. Christmas Village in Philadelphia - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Christmas Village in Philadelphia includes more than 80 traditional wooden booths where international vendors will sell ornaments, hand-crafted gifts, jewelry and traditional German treats.

5. Downtown Holiday Market - Washington, DC

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More than 150 regional vendors set up shop in the nation's capital. The 2020 event will spread out across two entire blocks, offering wider aisles for socially distanced shopping.

4. Christkindlmarket Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

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To keep everyone safe this season, the 2020 event will be a virtual Christkindlmarket, complete with shopping, live online events, intercultural storytelling and giveaway events.

3. Candlelight Shopping - Haddonfield, New Jersey

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On Friday nights during the holiday season, visitors enjoy Candlelight Shopping. Luminarias line the downtown sidewalks while trees illuminate the night with twinkling lights.

No. 2: Nutcracker Market - Houston, Texas

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The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market will go online during the 2020 holiday season to allow shoppers a new way to enjoy the season, support local merchants and contribute to the Houston Ballet.

1. Peoples Gas Holiday Market - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market returns to Pittsburgh in 2020 with a new layout to keep the community safe. Small businesses set up festive chalets throughout Market Square.

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