7 European-style Christmas Markets You Can Experience in the U.S.

Visit one of these European-style Christmas markets right here in the U.S. — no passport needed.

If you're looking for some Christmas cheer and not able to hop across the pond to the iconic holiday markets in Europe, we've found the best festive European-style Christmas markets right here in the U.S.

Evening view of Philadelphia's Christmas Village in 2019
Photograph from pre-COVID-19. Courtesy of Philadelphia Christmas Village

Christmas Village, Philadelphia

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is probably the closest you can get to an authentic German Christmas market in the U.S. Located at Love Park and City Hall, the market runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Visitors can expect more than 60 vendors in timber booths selling the same wares you'd find at the European equivalent, from edible delicacies to ornaments, jewelry, sweets, and arts and crafts from all over the world. Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights and the heartwarming scent of waffles, gingerbread, and bratwurst in the air — best washed down with a hot cup of mulled wine. You can even ride a Christmas Village carousel in City Hall's courtyard.

Savannah Christmas Market

Savannah's Plant Riverside District is hosting the second annual Savannah Christmas Market. Seasonal food and crafts, live holiday music, street performers, and other entertainment are presented in a festive setting modeled after a traditional Salzburg Christmas market — a soul-warming marriage of European and Southern holiday traditions. The market runs from Nov. 26, 2022 through Jan. 2, 2023.

Denver's holiday market ornament vendor
Courtesy of Colorado Tourism

Denver Christkindlmarket

The Denver Christkindlmarket is held at Civic Center Park — a spacious, open-air location reminiscent of the outdoor European markets. Nothing brings the Christmas spirit like the classics, so enjoy steaming mugs of glühwein, as well as Bavarian-style beers and European coffee and hot chocolate. Live music, including polka, bluegrass, and schuhplattler are also on the menu. The market features iconic wooden huts housing European, local Coloradan, and international merchants, and food options include Bavarian-style pretzels, fresh smoked salmon, knödel, goulash, and Nürnberger sausages. The market is open daily from Nov. 18 through Dec. 23.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh holds its annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market from Nov. 19 through Dec. 23 to celebrate the festive season. The market is set in a beautifully illuminated Market Square, allowing for outdoor strolling. Visitors can also enjoy live music as they wander the wooden chalets brimming with holiday goods including handmade Polish folk art, German-made Christmas products, Celtic Irish gifts, and even fresh Austrian strudels and bratwursts.

Solvang Julefest

Missing Tivoli Gardens this Christmas? Get your fix at Solvang Julefest, which takes place annually in the Danish-American town of Solvang, founded in 1911 and continuing to uphold Danish tradition today. Solvang Julefest is open from late November with a festive atmosphere; the entire town is decorated, too, though the market is the perfect place to get your fill of seasonal Danish foods such as æbleskiver (small pancakes dipped in jam and sugar) and gløgg (the Danish version of mulled wine).

People shopping at a Christmas Market in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of Downtown Holiday Market and DowntownDC Business Improvement District

Downtown Holiday Market, Washington, D.C.

From Nov. 18 to Dec. 23, 2022, head to the Downtown Holiday Market in Washington, D.C. for an open-air holiday shopping village with local jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles on offer — a bit of European charm in our nation's capital. Visitors can shop more than 75 artisans, crafters, and boutiques, and enjoy seasonal entertainment nightly. The market is centered at 8th and F Streets NW.

Holland Kerstmarkt

To visit one of the most festive domestic destinations, head to Holland, a Michigan town modeled after the country of the same name (now known as the Netherlands). Holland's annual Kerstmarkt ("Christmas market" in Dutch) is an outdoor European-style market, complete with holiday items, traditional food, and artisan demonstrations spread across more than a dozen wooden booths. Located at the 8th Street Marketplace, Kerstmarkt takes place on weekends from Nov. 19 through Dec. 10.

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