Plan to visit the US during Christmas? Great idea! Very soon, buildings and trees will be decorated, people will exchange gifts, and the melodious voice of children singing Christmas carols will rend the air. Of course, the shopping scene will also acquire a merry character because shopping has always been an integral part of Christmas. For a somewhat eclectic shopping experience, you may want to visit the German Christmas markets we have mentioned here.


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Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago is a vibrant street market, which inspires visitors to enjoy a unique shopping experience, classic German food and drinks, and varied holiday entertainment options. There’ll be vendors selling gifts and speciality items. Some of the commercial brands that can be found here are Arrow Mattick, SaraBoo Creek, and Dragons and Fairytales. Christkindlmarket Chicago is inspired by the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.

Date: 18th November – 24th December

Christmas Village

An outdoor holiday market event, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a place where over 80 wooden booths sell authentic European food, sweets, and drinks. Also, holiday gifts, ornaments, jewellery, and high-quality arts and crafts will be on sale. Thousands of twinkling lights and the distinctive smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst, and mulled wine will tantalize the senses. Dogs are allowed in all outdoor and most indoor areas.

Date: 24th November – 24th December

Downtown Holiday Market

In Downtown Holiday Market, Washington DC, one can find unique and wonderful items by more than 18 exhibitors. Products of art and craft, clothes, accessories, jewellery, and specialty items will be available too. To charm people further, there’ll be musical performances across genres such as rock, jazz, gospel, folk, classical, and blues. This ‘one-stop winter wonderland’ should be there in every tourist’s travel itinerary.

Date: 25th November – 23rd December

Tomball German Christmas Market

Tomball German Christmas Market in Texas is an open-air market with many street merchants. Performers such as The Chardon Polka Band, Chris Rybak, Yodel Blitz, Das Ist Lustig, Tubameisters, and Valina will entertain the audience. Children will be delighted with the carnival rides, rock wall, petting zoo, and bungee jumping etc. For German souvenirs, one must step into the ‘Weihnachtshaus’ inside the Community Center at 221 Market Street.

Date: 9th December – 11th December

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market in New York is believed to be an elegant place for holiday shopping. Handmade wooden puzzles, artisan chocolates and truffles, clothing, accessories, and food and drink will be available in great measure. Last year, commercial brands such as The Jam Stand, Kubiya Games, Stick With Me, and The Mosaic Collection had a roaring sale at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.

Date: 29th November – 24th December

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