The Best Christmas Markets in the U.S.

Josh SchukmanNovember 17, 2023

The Best Christmas Markets in the U.S.

The holiday season is a time for joy, togetherness, and the enchanting allure of Christmas markets. Across the United States, these festive gatherings offer an immersive experience, blending traditions, crafts, and culinary delights. From coast to coast, here are some of the most captivating Christmas markets that promise to ignite the festive spirit.

Oh and should you be the RVing type, rest assured that you can travel to these markets via RV. Check out these tips for winter RVing and we’ll list out rigs for rent near every market.

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1. Christkindlmarket – Chicago, Illinois (11/17-12/24)

Nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, the Christkindlmarket is a beloved tradition inspired by the cherished Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt in Germany. Its wooden stalls adorned with twinkling lights offer an array of handcrafted ornaments, nutcrackers, and delicate glass baubles. Visitors indulge in steaming mugs of mulled wine (Glühwein) and savor German delicacies like bratwurst and potato pancakes.

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Christmas market

2. Union Square Holiday Market – New York City, New York (11/16-12/24)

The iconic Union Square transforms into a bustling winter wonderland during the holidays. The market boasts an eclectic mix of artisanal gifts, handmade jewelry, and gourmet treats. With the backdrop of the city’s skyline, visitors can explore local crafts and relish diverse culinary delights while enjoying live music and entertainment.

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3. Georgetown Christmas Market – Georgetown, Colorado (12/2-12/3)

Horse at Christmas market

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the Georgetown Christmas Market transports visitors to a quaint Victorian village. Horse-drawn wagon rides, roasted chestnuts, and carolers in period costumes create an atmosphere straight out of a Dickens novel. Handcrafted gifts, local artistry, and the aroma of freshly baked goods contribute to the market’s irresistible charm.

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4. Old World Christmas Market – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (12/1-12/10)

Embracing the spirit of Old World European charm, this market in Elkhart Lake is a hidden gem. The timbered village hosts vendors selling intricately crafted wooden toys, hand-blown glass ornaments, and delectable treats. Visitors can also enjoy live music and participate in holiday workshops.

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5. Denver Christkindl Market – Denver, Colorado (11/17-12/23)

Set against the backdrop of the Rockies, Denver’s Christkindl Market offers an immersive experience with its traditional wooden huts adorned with twinkling lights. Patrons can browse through authentic German goods, including nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins. Warm up with traditional Bavarian food and sip on glühwein while enjoying live music and dancing.

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6. Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy – Laguna Beach, California (11/17-12/17)

While not strictly a Christmas market, this festival celebrates the winter season with an artistic twist. Set in a picturesque coastal town, it showcases local artists and their handcrafted wares, from ceramics to jewelry. The festival’s cozy atmosphere, complete with falling snow and holiday décor, makes it a unique and delightful experience.

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Laguna Beach holiday market

Christmas markets across the U.S. capture the essence of the holiday season, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the festive cheer. From nostalgic traditions to innovative crafts, these markets offer an opportunity to create lasting memories and find unique treasures that embody the spirit of Christmas.

Whether it’s the aroma of spiced cider, the twinkling lights, or the joyous melodies of carolers, these markets beckon one and all to embrace the magic of the season and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

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Josh and his wife gallivanted all over the country in an '88 Airstream for 4+ years of full-time RVing. They made an unexpected pitstop in Montana in 2020 and haven't left since. That's because they got hooked on the glamping resort they run by Glacier National Park. Fittingly, they keep up their RVing love by renting out vintage Airstreams and other retro RVs to travelers hitting Montana.

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