4 American Christmas Markets That Rival The Best Of Europe

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Europe does Christmas markets right, but it’s both expensive and time-intensive to hop over the pond just to get some festive treats and do some holiday shopping. However, we have plenty of fabulous marketplaces right here in the United States that have emulated that festive Euro feel. No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah or another winter holiday, these collections of gift and food stalls will bring you some holly jolly spirit this December.

1. Union Square Holiday Market — New York, New York

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This park in central Manhattan fills with more than 100 vendors selling crafts, gifts and snacks every year. It’s open from now until Christmas Eve, so get ready for some eats and shopping before the weather gets too terribly nippy.

2. Christkindlmarket — Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago’s Daley Plaza becomes Christmastown from now until Christmas Eve. Inspired by a market in Nuremberg, Germany, this one in Chi-Town serves traditional German drinks and foods (hello, mulled wine and pretzels), as well as hosts performances.

3. Christmas Village — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Modeled after Germany’s markets, this Philly market is opened by a Christkind chosen to represent the spirit of Christmas in Germany. So even before you get your hands on a German beer, you’ll feel the Euro influence. (It also runs daily until Christmas Eve.)

4. Christkindl Market — Denver, Colorado

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It’s not just shopping and eating at this Denver market. There’s also live performances every night inside a tent (to keep everyone warm in the Colorado winter temps). This market closes on December 23, so make sure to get your visit in well before Christmas Eve Eve.


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