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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.

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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.

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Alabama

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

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Alaska


Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium, AnchorageEach 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.

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Arizona


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.

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Arkansas


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.

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California


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.

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Colorado

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.

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Connecticut

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.

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Delaware


Winter Wonderfest, Lewes–Open throughout the holiday season, the Festival of Cheer features a Light Spectacular. Check out the Christmas Village for carnival rides, a concert stage and Santa’s Workshop. We bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the holiday season.

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Florida


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.

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Georgia


Atlanta Christkindl Market, Atlanta–At this outdoor winter holiday festival held at Atlantic Station, your family can enjoy authentic German food and drinks and shop for holiday gifts before dropping in at Santa’s Cottage or stepping aboard the Snowball Express. You won’t want to miss these holiday season etiquette tips.

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Hawaii


Season’s Best Craft and Gift Fair, Honolulu–Held over three days at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, the craft and gift fair offers treasures made by Hawaii’s finest artisans, from handbags to stocking stuffers.

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Idaho


Twilight Christmas Market, Meridian–Warm yourself with mulled wine and craft beers while nibbling on fresh, seasonal food and holiday treats. Listen to live entertainment and browse for gifts among the hand-crafted items in the glittering indoor-outdoor twilight market at City Hall.

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Illinois

Christkindlmarket, Chicago–One of the nation’s oldest German holiday markets, this Chicago institution held at Daley Plaza boasts more than a million visitors each year. Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg, Germany, the market has European traditions mixed with international and local delights. The Kinder Club runs activities for children, including a scavenger hunt and a life-size Advent calendar. These are hands-down the best ways to save money during the holidays.

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Indiana


Carmel Christkindlmarkt, Carmel–At this event on Center Green, children can see Santa and his reindeer and watch artists carve wooden animals. Skate around the city’s first outdoor ice rink, and shop for gifts and collectibles before stopping for a well-earned sweet treat. Learn what the most popular Christmas candy in every state is.

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Iowa

Christkindlmarket, Des Moines–Traditional German gifts such as cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, and other wooden handicrafts are the specialty at this Cowles Commons market. Visitors can watch the crafts being constructed, then purchase the freshly made products. Look for the impressive hand-blown, painted and straw ornaments. You’ll want to keep this official guide to holiday shopping cut-off dates in handy this season.

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Kansas


Kristkindl Markt, Brookside–Get your fill of German fare, then shop for handmade gifts and a quirky Christmas flea market. Round off your day at the market, sponsored by Country Club Congregational Church, with a little gingerbread house decoration, with proceeds going to charity.

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Kentucky


Christmas Market at Michler’s, Lexington–This romantic Christmas market is set within a blooming greenhouse on E. Maxwell Street. It features plenty of locally made gifts to check off your list, such as jams, soaps, ceramics and jewelry. Watch the florists craft wreaths and decorate boxwoods, then take one home.

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Louisiana


Christmas Marketplace Days, White Castle–Head to the Nottoway Plantation for one of the country’s most unique Christmas markets, which is held aboard the famed steamboat American Queen. Sparks will fly with fireworks and bonfires on the levee.

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Maine


Season of Giving Art Sale, Kennebunk–Like its host, the Brick Store Museum on Main Street, this market is dedicated to highlighting local arts and entrepreneurs who are selling their handcrafted goods.

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Maryland


Christmas Village, Baltimore–Among Maryland’s newest Christmas markets is its best. Held at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor, the Christmas Village is an indoor-outdoor experience modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt. Devour waffles and gingerbread while wandering the village, which is filled with traditional German-style wooden huts. These are old-fashioned Christmas traditions we want to bring back.

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Massachusetts


Harvard Square Holiday Fair, Cambridge–One of the state’s oldest and most popular fairs, this one serves up great music and affordable handcrafted gifts.

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Michigan

Holiday Kerstmarkt, Holland–The Dutch version of the German Christkindlmarkt, the Kerstmarkt honors this city’s Dutch heritage. Visitors come to the 8th Street Marketplace to shop and watch the Santa Claus Parade and Sinterklaas Eve procession.

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Minnesota

European Christmas Market, St. Paul–Here’s a cultural event in the heart of the city (Union Depot East Plaza, to be exact). Find gifts and handcrafted items, including nutcrackers, beeswax candles, wool mittens, and decorative glass.

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Mississippi


Vintage Christmas Market, Laurel–Nearly 100 vendors descend onto Front Street, bringing vintage, antique, and trendy handmade items to sell at this old-school-meets-new-school event. Get a snack from the on-site food trucks, then watch out for Santa. Don’t miss the best holiday gift ideas for grandparents.

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Missouri

Christkindl Markt, Rolla–Boasting a program packed with a Christmas Parade, a living Nativity and plenty of music, the Christkindl Markt is the place to be if you’re in the spirit of giving. Many of the vendors are raising money for community causes, and the festival is working toward becoming environmentally sustainable.

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Montana

Little Red Truck’s European Christmas Vintage Market, Missoula–Shop for an array of gifts in the comfort of the county fairgrounds’ heated barns. Take the kids along for free activities such as face painting, ornament making, and appearances by the Man in Red.

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Nebraska


A Very Vintage Christmas Market, Lincoln–If you love all things vintage, head to the Lancaster Event Center for antique and retro gifts as well as handmade items. (A non-perishable food donation to the Food Bank of Lincoln ensures a discount on admission.) Don’t miss these 100 stocking stuffers under $10.

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Nevada


Elko Christmas Bazaar, Elko–Vendors come from all around the Southwest with their handcrafted goods: furniture, jewelry, clothes, accessories and more. Santa will make an appearance at this event, held on Moren Way.

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New Hampshire

Vintage Christmas, Portsmouth–A holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting open this annual event. Artisan crafts and holiday wares fill the 19th century brick storefronts, and apple cider and cookies are among the tasty treats available. Check out the best Christmas cookie from every state.

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New Jersey


Weihnachtsmarkt, Lake Mohawk–Head to the Boardwalk for all-day entertainment and delicious food to keep you satisfied. If you have kids in tow, make sure to stop by the Children’s Corner, where you’ll find pony rides, a petting zoo, and Santa’s hut.

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New Mexico


Holiday Fair Craft and Plant Sale, Albuquerque–Shop your way through dozens of holiday-themed arts and crafts stalls, then check out the fresh Christmas wreaths, handmade centerpieces and gorgeous red poinsettias at this event at the Albuquerque Garden Center on Lomas Boulevard. Get your hands on these festive flower alternatives to poinsettias.

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New York

Columbus Circle Holiday Market, New York City–Located at the southwest entrance to Central Park, this festive market features many stockings’ worth of unique Christmas gifts, such as artisan chocolates, handmade wooden puzzles, and home accessories from local makers. Many items are locally sourced, organic or fair trade certified, or made from recycled items.

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North Carolina


Christmas Village Christkindlmarkt, Charlotte—Sip your gluhwein from a souvenir village mug while you wander the village on South Mint Street. With almond shortbread cookies and lebkuchen, a stop at the German bakery is a must.

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North Dakota


Countdown to Christmas Bazaar, Minot–Support local businesses and crafters at this annual event at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. Mondy from the Christmas Bake Sale goes toward purchasing gifts for children in need.

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Ohio

Germania Christkindlmarkt, Cincinnati–Keep cozy as you wander the market stalls in heated tents at the Germania Society on West Kemper Road. Fill up on traditional German food, including pastries and delicious dill pickle soup, and wash it all down with a mug of German beer. There’s plenty of fun for the kids, too, such as a lantern parade, petting zoo, caroling and carriage rides. Find out how much every state spends on holiday gifts each year.

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Oklahoma


German-American Society of Tulsa Christkindlmarkt, Tulsa–The GAST Center on 15th and Terrace turns into a Christmas wonderland for good shopping (check out the authentic ornaments!) and festive eats. There’s a spielstube for the children, where they can listen to Christmas stories and do activities, and maybe even spot St. Nicholas and Christkindl.

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Oregon


German Holiday Market, Beaverton–At Christmastime, the Beaverton Library on SW 5th Street hosts a tented holiday market with performers, German food and vendors selling German classics such as advent calendars, nutcrackers, and local and imported handmade holiday decorations. (There’s a tree lighting, too!)

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Pennsylvania

Christkindlmarkt, Bethlehem–During this annual event held at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in the “Christmas City,” your family can listen to live holiday music as you browse the artisan vendor stalls. Then check out the ice carving and glass-blowing demonstrations. You can even join St. Nicholas for breakfast.

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Rhode Island


Christkindlmarkt: A German Christmas Bazaar, Pawtucket–Eat and drink traditional German fare and sift through the gifts, crafts, ornaments and clothes on sale. Stop by the Alpine-themed model railroad, too. You can find it all at the German Hall on Carter Avenue.

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South Carolina


Christkindlmarkt, Charleston–This market might be small, but it has a huge array of gift items such as jewelry, artwork, and home accessories. Proceeds go to charity, supporting the Community Center of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on King Street.

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South Dakota

Christmas at the Capitol, Pierre–A South Dakota tradition for more than 35 years, this event is a Christmas tree extravaganza, with about 100 of them creating a winter wonderland. Get your South Dakota gifts at the Heritage Center and pick up a treat on Pie Day.

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Tennessee


Christmas Village, Nashville–One of the largest Christmas markets in America, this pop-up village at the fairgrounds features 250-plus vendors and hosts about 30,000 shoppers from across the country.

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Texas


Texas Christkindl Market, Arlington–Wander through the market stalls and down the market lane, which oozes old-time holiday charm. The market is now part of the new Enchant, a festival that also includes the world’s largest Christmas light maze, a skating pond and Santa’s Palace. Find all of this winter cheer at Globe Life Park.

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Utah

Christkindlmarkt, Salt Lake City–With a focus on children, there’s lots of fun to be had with the Kinder Treasure Hunt, Gnome Fest and, of course, meeting St. Nicholas. The Heritage Park event also features plenty of vendors selling all sorts of traditional and modern Christmas gifts.

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Vermont


Vermont Farmers Market Christmas Holiday Fair, Rutland–Vendors from the Vermont Farmers Market join craft and food merchants to create this annual fair at the Holiday Inn. Goods are reasonably priced and include Christmas wreaths, fabric, wood and glass creations, baked goods, and specialty local food. Find out what organized people do during the holidays (but you don’t).

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Virginia


Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt, Lovettsville–Browse the stalls of crafters with gifts aplenty, then say hello to an authentically dressed St. Nick. Need a snack? Listen to live music while sampling a selection of artisan sausages, brought to you by the Lovettsville Game Protective Association on South Berlin Pike.

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Washington

Christkindlmarkt, Leavenworth–Held at both Front Street Park and the Leavenworth Festhalle, this Bavarian-style Christmas market features authentic German food and handmade arts and crafts and is fun for the whole family.

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West Virginia


Christmas Village Festival, Huntington–Make plans to stroll through the enchanted evening market at Heritage Farm Museum and Village on Harvey Road. Enjoy the live nativity and a visit with Santa while munching on fresh baked goods. You’ll have no trouble finding your Christmas gifts among the array of handmade items. These are 12 money mistakes everyone makes around the holidays.

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Wisconsin


Old World Christmas Market, Elkhart Lake–The picturesque Christmas market is held on the grounds of the Osthoff Resort. European gifts abound, including Russian nesting dolls, Turkish pashminas, Estonia woollens, and German hand-crafted smokers and nutcrackers. The Old World Food Court gives guests a place to rest while eating delicious German fare.

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Wyoming


Santa’s Workshop, Evanston–A Boy Scout initiative brings a day of fun, food, and booths to find the perfect Christmas gifts. Even Santa will be at the Evanston Machine Shop for this event of the year. Here’s where to find the best Christmas town in every state.

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