The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the queen of the European type Christmas markets in the U.S. It is fashioned after the Bavarian Christkindlsmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.
Located on Daley Plaza in Chicago, the Christkindlmarket is free to attend. It’s an outdoor shopping market that runs from November 15 through December 24 and considered one of the very best German Christmas markets in America. You’ll find that even the red and white canvas tent tops on the booths are reminiscent of those at the Nuremberg market
You’ll find authentic German food and drink as well as handmade decorations and gifts from all over the world. And just like in Nuremberg, the Christkind wanders the market, dressed in her white and gold outfit interacting with visitors to the market. In Germany, the Christkind gives gifts to children just like Santa Claus does in American. When it snows at the Chicago market, well you’ll think you’re in Bavaria for sure. Click this link to check out the hours of the market and vendors to expect.
Winter Village at Bryant Park, NYC
Bryant Park in New York City is a fabulous place to be during any season but during Christmas season, it is over-the-top AMAZING!
Sponsored each year by Bank of America, Winter Village at Bryant Park has a 17,000 square foot skating rink that is FREE to the public if you bring your own skates. Of course, you can rent skates too.
The outdoor market place has over 170 shopping kiosks for artisans and food vendors. I’ve looked at this year’s holiday shop offerings and there are wonderfully unique gifts to be had. This market is already OPEN folks! It opened October 31 and runs through January 6. The annual Tree Lighting is on December 5 at 6:00 PM. This year I’LL BE THERE and I’m so excited!
New York City can be very cold in December, so if you want to take a break while shopping, The Lodge by Unbanspace is indoors and is a bar and food hall where you can have cocktails and a bite to eat with your friends. Click this link to read all about this spectacular Winter Village for your upcoming holiday trip to NYC.
Denver’s Christkindl Market
The Christkindl Market in Denver is another of the German styled holiday markets and one of my favorites. It’s so close to my home that I can go any time I want to head to Denver.
Last year I absolutely drooled over the outdoor smoked salmon prepared onsite. This year I’ll definitely indulge in a portion or two. You can reserve a table for you and your friends inside the large tent where they serve German beer and my favorite, drink, Glühwein, which is a warm mulled wine. There’s also have live music and dance on weekends and most evenings in December.
The outdoor wooden stalls hold treasures from all over the world. Last year my favorite stall sold Russian nesting dolls and MY FAVORITE, nesting musical Christmas trees. Of course, I had to buy one for my family room to play throughout the holidays! There were also German food vendors and delicate handmade glass ornaments as well as other gift items. Click here to learn all about the 2019 Denver Christkindl Market.
The Great Dickens Fair and Victorian Market, San Francisco
If you’re into Dickens, A Christmas Carol, this is your Dickens heaven! Held in the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls in San Francisco, the Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Market is the place to be for Dickens lovers!
Admission is $32.00 for adults but this is chump change for the experience you’ll get. Open on weekends beginning November 23-34 through the weekend of December 21-22, you’ll find hundreds of Dickens characters, authentically dressed for the period wandering the winding lanes of this Dickens London Town. There are performances on seven stages throughout the halls but you’ll also be able to interact with the wandering performers hawking their wares including roasted chestnuts and other eats!
This is a Victorian evening in London, complete with lamplit shops containing exquisite Christmas gifts and Dickens characters you’ll meet on your leisurely stroll through the lanes and streets of “London.”
What a spectacular holiday experience for Dickens lovers. I count myself among those, of course. I cannot go a single Christmas without watching the several versions of “A Christmas Carol”, the movie, and reading my favorite Dickens book. What about you? What’s not to love about this holiday market, right? Click this link to check out this fabulous experience so you can book your trip right now!
Bavarian Christkindlmarkt, Helen, GA
Finally, a Southern Christkindlemarkt in Bavarian-like Helen, Georgia. Although this market is held only on the first two weekends in December, it is a perfect small-town Christmas market, not to be missed.
Helen is located in the northeast corner of Georgia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Christkindlmarkt is in its 12th year and admission is FREE! Held on the Downtown Marketplaz, you’ll find authentic German food and drinks along with Bavarian decorations and lights. There will music and dance as well and both imported and local gifts to purchase in the shops.
If you want to come ahead of time for the Annual Village lighting, be sure to be downtown on November 29th at 6:00 PM on the night before the Christkindlmarkt opens. You’ll love this little gem of a Bavarian town in the mountains. Click this link to learn more about their market and celebration.
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