German Christmas Market

The 20 Best German Christmas Markets in the U.S. For a European-Inspired Holiday

A festive place for your holiday shopping.

If you've been dreaming of a holiday vacation to Europe to shop the renowned Christmas markets, you'll be excited to hear you can enjoy a taste of the holiday festivities closer to home - no transatlantic flight needed. From the West Coast to the East Coast, there are dozens of delightful Christmas markets that capture the magic and joy of the beloved European markets that have been attended for hundreds of years.

The tradition of Christmas markets originated in Germany as early as the 14th century during the four weeks of Advent. It is said that Dresden's Striezelmarkt, Frankfurt, and Munich were some of the first in the world. Though replicated in other countries around Europe, Austria's "December market" could actually be the oldest Christmas market since it is said to have originated in 1298. It is also where the beloved character of the Christkind (or Christkindl) originated as the holiday gift giver. 

From traditional German food, desserts and beer to European-made crafts and treasures, and even traditional German entertainment - you'll experience it all at these holly jolly markets, which have proven to be the best in the nation.

So, no matter where you are in the country, there's sure to be a market you'll love not too far away where you can sip mulled wine, bite into a Belgian waffle, and indulge in a bratwurst, all while checking off your holiday shopping list while finding one-of-a-kind and unique goods. Many of the markets also offer plenty of activities for kids too, making it a memorable event for the whole family that will surely become a Christmas tradition for years to come.

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