The Best Christmas Market in Every State
With the holidays just around the corner, where better to get in the spirit (and check some gifts off your list) than at your nearest Christkindlmarket? We found the merriest European-style Christmas market in your neck of the woods.
Christmas markets spread holiday cheer
Every state has a beautiful and festive holiday market. Stop by to load up on gifts for family, friends, or yourself. Click on to see the best one in your state. If you are up for a road trip, check out the best Christmas town in every state, too.
Christmas Village Festival, Birmingham–Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Christmas Village Festival is an annual shopping extravaganza at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Come for the day or make a weekend of it. (If you're a serious shopper, consider VIP day, when you get the run of the place before everyone else.) Save money on all your holiday shopping with these tips.
Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium, Anchorage–Each year, the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center plays host to a one-day market selling a variety of Alaskan-made and imported gifts, arts and crafts, furs, and food. If you want to try something new this holiday season, try one of these Christmas traditions from around the world.
Christkindlmarkt, Cave Creek–You might just spot Christkindl or St. Nicholas while you shop at this traditional German Christmas market. Fill up on all sorts of festive German food and drinks, such as gingerbread cookies, roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine.
Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase Extravaganza, Little Rock–First held in 1978, the Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase Extravaganza features quality traditional and contemporary art and fine handcrafts, plus gourmet foods. You can find it in the Statehouse Convention Center downtown. Don't miss these Christmas gift ideas that even the most difficult person to shop for will love.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, San Francisco–Enter the world of Charles Dickens’ Victorian London and enjoy a theatrical experience as stories unfold around you. At the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, you can mingle with chimney sweeps and street urchins, Queen Victoria, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and of course, Father Christmas. Eat your fill of traditional English fare like Yorkshire pudding, savory meat pies, scones and hot roasted chestnuts. Hundreds of shops sell gifts, too.
Christkindl Market, Denver–Enjoy traditional German music and dance and meet Christkindl, the age-old European Christmas gift-bringer. The market, held at Skyline Park, features handmade toys, Christmas ornaments, crystalware, and other gifts. Fill up on German treats such as stollen, bratapfel (baked apples) and lebkuchen. Here are some shopping tips for a stress-free holiday season.
Hartford Saengerbund, Newington–This traditional market at the Hartford Saengerbund Club features handmade crafts and works of art by the finest artisans, and delicious German food. Stay for the live music and performances of medieval Christmas customs.
Miami Theater Center Holiday Bazaar, Miami Shores–Take center stage at the Miami Theater Center, which is transformed into a Christmas market for a couple of days in December. Jewelry, art, and other gifts are available to buy while nibbling on sweet Christmas treats.