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Have you ever considered visiting a European Christmas Market? While it might be a dream, we understand that time and budget constraints can get in the way. The good news is that you don't have to go to Europe to experience magical Christmas markets. Many major US cities host their own festive markets, and we've put together a list of top locations along with their expected 2023 opening dates.
Below, we've listed some of the more popular Christmas Markets you can find in major US cities.
The most popular Christmas Market in Chicago and the largest in the US, is the German-inspired Christmas market at Daly Plaza. It's completely free to enter and offers German-influenced cuisines such as gluhwein, pretzels, roasted chestnuts, and bratwurst. The market is set to launch on November 17th and last through Christmas Eve.
New York City is such a magical place during the holidays with several ice rinks to skate across, the massive Christmas tree display in Rockefeller Center, and the lightscape at Brooklyn's Botanic garden, but did you know that NYC hosts over a dozen Christmas markets? The biggest ones are Bryant Park Winter Village, the Christmas Market at Columbus Circle, the Grand Central Holiday Fair, and the Union Square Holiday Market. Below is a list of some of the top Christmas markets and when they are set to open and run until this year.
Bryant Park Winter Village (October 27th, 2023 - January 2nd, 2024)
Union Square Holiday Market (November 16th - December 24th)
Christmas Market at Columbus Circle (November 28th - December 21st)
Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair (November 13th - December 24th)
Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market (Expect Holiday Festivities in November & December)
Christmas Market At The Oculus in the World Trade Center (November 28th, 2023 - January 2nd, 2024)
Located near Chinatown and Penn Quarter, and with over 150 vendors under tents to choose from annually, the Downtown Holiday Market is a must-visit around the holidays. It's completely free to the public and is scheduled to be open daily from November 18th this year lasting through December 23rd. There's also another unique market that comes one-day a year. The Procrastinator's Market is a big hit and is located on Bryant Street. Last year it took place on December 17th but dates are yet to be confirmed for 2023.
Another German-inspired Christmas market is the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. Located in the famous LOVE park, this market offers tons of vendors in an open-air venue filled with wooden sheds. It's set to return this year from November 18th through December 24th. Another popular holiday market in the city is the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, which offers only local products made right in Philadelphia. This market is set to kick off on November 19th and last through the new year.
Snowport at the Seaport is the most iconic of the Christmas Markets that you can experience in Boston with over 120 vendors. This market offers New England-sourced products, a Christmas tree shop, and ice curling. It even has its very own mascot, Betty the Pink Yeti. This may be the longest-lasting holiday market in past years starting in mid-November and ending in late February of the following year. 2023 dates have yet to be announced. Another popular holiday market in Boston is the SoWa Winter Festival. At this market, you'll find a fresh pine forest you can walk through, over 100 vendors, and tons of food trucks. This market usually lasts for around 15 days. Dates for the 2023 season have yet to be announced.
When you think of Miami, Christmas, or winter in general, is probably the last thing that comes to mind, given it's a top beach and party destination, but Miami actually hosts some pretty great holiday-focused venues, such as the Lincoln Road Christmas Market. The market recently moved into Miami and is inspired by the Urbanspace markets in New York City. The opening dates for 2023 have yet to be confirmed but last year the holiday event ran from November 15th through February 15th.
In the Golden City of San Francisco, a lot of Christmas markets are up and running during the holiday season. You can expect French, German, and even English-inspired markets. The Dickens Fair, inspired by the famous Charles Dickens makes guests feel as if they've traveled back to the Victorian era of England. There are performances of Dicken's popular Christmas Story, tons of food, activities, and shops that are all inspired by the Victorian era. This year, the event is running from November 18th through December 17th. This event, however, is not for free and costs youth over the age of five $20 and adults $35. Children under the age of five can enter for free. If you're looking for a free alternative, you should definitely check out the German Market which is set to open one day on December 9th this year. There's also a one-day French Holiday Market which last year was held on December 1st.
Check out this list of 25 top Christmas markets across the world that you should plan to visit, along with the best deals we have around the holidays and our suggestions for traveling for Christmas.