- One of the best holiday traditions in the world is the Christmas market, made famous by the Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.
- But there are plenty of amazing holiday markets throughout the US, too.
- The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, California, is inspired by „A Christmas Carol.“
- Enchant Christmas in Arlington, Texas, has the world’s largest Christmas light maze.
Nothing screams the holidays like grabbing some mulled wine and hand made gifts at a holiday market. And while Germany may be famous for its Christmas markets, there are plenty in the US that give them a run for their money.
We’ve rounded up 15 of the most merry and bright markets across the US.
The Christkindlmarket — Chicago, Illinois
The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is a traditional German Christmas market in Daley Plaza. The market has called Chicago home since 1996, and continues to be the city’s largest open-air Christmas festival.
The market opened on November 16, and will stay open through Christmas Eve, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on week days, and till 9 p.m. on weekends.
The Christmas City Christkindlmarkt — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem calls itself the Christmas City, and this market is one of the reasons why. It includes stalls from more than 150 artisans and ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations. Unlike some of the other markets, this one does require tickets. An adult ticket will set you back $10.
The Christkindlmarket is open every weekend through December 23, and starting November 29 Thursdays will be added as well. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair — San Francisco, California
If you’re a „A Christmas Carol“ fan, then the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls is the place for you. The market includes „a world of music halls, theaters, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with handmade holiday treasures,“ plus 800 Dickensian characters wandering the streets, making this a truly immersive Victorian experience —at $30 a pop.
The fair is open every weekend through December 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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