Christmas Markets in the US: take the time to go this year!
I hope you’re having a lovely December; decorating for the holidays, gathering loved ones around, drinking hot mulled wine and watching the family dog get tangled in a plethora of tinsel and sparkling white lights.
Since I’ve been on the east coast the last few years, I haven’t really spent much time in the “city” during the holiday season. I’ve usually been up to my eyeballs selling my handiwork on Etsy or singing in various Christmas concerts.
So this year, I decided I needed to strike something off my bucket list. And while it wasn’t nestled in an ancient town square nestled deep in the alps, I went to a Christmas Market.
The Christmas Market started in Germany. Steeped in old world tradition, it’s an open air festival where vendors sell goods, food and holiday trinkets. This year, I went to Philadelphia’s Christmas Village. It was simply the best way I could’ve started out my holiday season. Nothing says Christmas to me like lights strung high along a brightly lit path, guiding me to a display of beautiful holiday gifts and a local wine tasting table right next to them.
The Philadelphia Christmas Village is in Love Park, by historical City Hall with it’s majestic architecture and stately statues. Full of crafters from all over the world and food and other goods, it makes for a great place to escape for a few hours and escape the holiday madness.
Here are some other Christmas Markets and villages across the US. If there’s one close to you, I urge you to take time out of your busy schedule and go make some merry!
- Downtown Holiday Market, Washington, DC – Full of hundreds of vendor tents, you’ll find anything you could want including a whole event and concert schedule.
- The Christkindl Market in Denver features amazing booths full of holiday crafts and even a gigantic beer garden tent.
- Or if you’re near the windy city, make sure you check out the Christkindl Market in Chicago. With alpine brass band performances throughout the day, you’ll be in the mood for some gluhwein before you can say “Froliche Weinachten”.
For more information and to locate a Christmas market near you, visit the xmas-markets website and catch the holiday spirit!