German-Style Christmas Markets in the United StatesEnlarge image (© Germany.info)
One of the most memorable experiences for anyone in Germany is savoring the winter holiday season at one of the country's myriad Christmas markets. The colorful fairs are held in most towns and cities during the four-week Advent season leading up to Christmas.
Ringing in the holiday season, cities across the United States are celebrating with their own reincarnations of the traditional German Christmas market. Not unlike the Christmas markets in Germany, each of its American cousins has a flair that is unique to the city or region where it takes place.
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Mountain View, CA (December 14)
The German International School of Silicon Valley presents an authentic open-air German holiday market. Downtown Mountain View transforms into a European village bustling with merchants, food, entertainment and plenty of fun for the entire family.
Denver, CO (November 22 - December 21)
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the city of Denver holds an annual Christkindl Market with entertainment as well as vendors selling holiday goodies and gifts.
Helen, GA (November 23 - 25 and December 1 - 2)
A traditional German market featuring German food, drink, sweet, crafts and plenty of things to do for the entire family takes place every year in this re-creation of an Alpine village.
Chicago, IL (November 26 - December 24)
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The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is the one of the largest and most renowned Christmas market in the United States, attracting more than one million visitors annually from the Chicagoland area, across the United States, and around the world.
Ferdinand, IN (November 16 - 17)
The Christkindlmarkt, which operates at six sites, features Christmas wares, antiques, and hand-crafted gifts, regional food and entertainment.
Baltimore, MD (November 30 - December 1)
This annual event at the Zion Church in the heart of Baltimore features German food, imported holiday goodies such as Stollen, Lebkuchen, Marzipan, and Advent calendars, local craft items and more.
Enlarge image Christmas tree decorations. (© picture-alliance/dpa)
Baltimore, MD (November 28 - December 24)
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is transformed by Christmas Village into a traditional German Christmas market featuring European food, sweets and drinks, in addition to the holiday ornaments, jewlery and other gifts offered in the booths.
Potomac, MD (December 7)
The nation's largest German School holds a popular annual Christmas bazaar offering homemade authentic Christmas cookies and cakes, original arts and crafts, as well as German and Swiss style sausages and meat products.
Hermann, MO (December 7 - 8, 14 - 15)
Enjoy German Christmas traditions at these markets featuring food, crafts and entertainment.
New York City, NY (November 21- December 24)
Two holiday markets in New York City feature imported gifts and treats from Germany, including hot winter drinks, gingerbread cookies, the famous Dresden-style Stollen cakes and chocolate advent calendars and Christmas cards.
Enlarge image A boy at a Christmas market in Germany. (© picture-alliance/dpa))
New York City, NY (December 15)
A one-day indoor market held at the Zion St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church also features traditional German Lebkuchen, Christstollen, cookies, ornaments, hot beverages, including coffee and Glühwein, and more.
Akron, OH (November 29 - December 31)
Local artistans and German craftsmen from the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) near Chemitz, Germany, Akron's sister city, offer their handmade wares in a festive Christmas setting.
Cincinnati, OH (November 22-24)
Presented by the Germania Society, this Christmas market features crafts, entertainment and traditional food under a covered, closed and heated pavilion at Germania Park.
Cincinnati, OH (November 29 - December 1, December 6-8, December 13-15)
A group of German-speakers known as Cincideutsch present a German-style Christmas market in two Cincinnati locations over three weekends. The market features local vendors with items ranging from Christmas décor to imported German goods to German-style sweets and foods.
Enlarge image Shoppers pass through the rows of the market by the Gedächtniskirche. (© Picture-Alliance / Tagesspiegel)
Dayton, OH (December 7-8)
Celebrate Christmas at the Liederkranz Christkindlmarkt with hand-crafted ornaments and gift items, German food and beverages, plus a an Christmas raffle.
Tulsa, OK (December 6-8)
The German-American Society of Tulsa hosts an annual German-style Christmas market with all of the trimmings - crafters displaying their wares, both regional and imported, alongside food and drink.
Bethlehem, PA (November 21 - December 22)
Christmas City Bethlehem Over the past two decades, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem - located in Bethlehem's historic downtown district - has delighted almost one million guests.
Mifflinburg, PA (December 12 - 14)
For three days, Mifflinburg's Market Street is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats.
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Philadelphia, PA (November 28 - January 1)
Wooden booths and timber houses form a medieval village selling European food, sweets and drinks as well as international seasonal holiday gifts, ornaments and high quality arts and crafts.
Pittsburgh, PA (November 23 - December 23)
Peoples Gas Holiday Market Visitors can stroll through an illuminated market square and weave through European-style wooden chalets adorned with holly and illuminated with little white lights.
Austin, TX (December 7)
The German-Texan Heritage Society puts on a Christmas festival at the German Free School in Austin with crafts items imported from Germany, live performances of German Christmas music and food and drink for visitors.
Enlarge image The Christmas market in Erfurt in 2008. (© picture-alliance/dpa))
San Antonio, TX (December 7)
San Antionio's Kristkindlmarkt is a traditional German outdoor market with hand crafted gifts, decorations, gingerbread houses, pottery baskets, ornaments, quilts, clothing, crafts, jewelry, floral arrangements and more.
Tomball, TX (December 13 - 15)
Vendors sell German Christmas items, arts and crafts, and more at this seasonal music/street festival and open air market set among the antique shops in the old town area.
Lovettsville, VA (December 7 - 8)
Coordinated by the Loudon Valley German Society, this Christmas market celebrates both the town's and Loudon County's more than 250-year-old German heritage with German food and drink, crafts and activities.
Tysons Corner, VA (December 13 - 15)
Tysons Corner Center Christmas Market
The German Embassy, the city of Dresden and Tysons Corner partner together to celebrate the season with a traditional German outdoor market featuring artisan crafts, entertainment and German food in a festive Christmas setting.
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Leavenworth, WA (November 29 - 30)
Leavenworth Christkindlmarkt (Nov. 29 - 30) Modeled after the open-air Christmas markets in Germany, the village presents the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional European market, with booths, music, food and drink.
Elkhardt Lake, WI (December 6 - 15)
The Osthoff Resort's annual traditional Old World Christmas Market, reminiscent of the centuries-old German Christkindlesmarkt, features gifts, toys, ornaments and food specialties from international and regional artisans.