If you've ever been to Europe in December, then you've probably had the magical experience of sipping mulled wine and eating delicious treats at a Christmas market. Since you can't get away to Europe right now, we've gathered up all the European-style Christmas markets that you can enjoy this December in the US.
Winter Village At Bryant Park (New York, NY)
The open-air Winter Village at Bryant Park is a favorite for many New Yorkers. While they have reduced the number of kiosks and reconfigured the layout to avoid congestion and allow for more spacious walkways this year, you can still shop everything from handmade jewelry to funky socks, and snack on treats like Belgian waffles. After that, glide around the free skating rink or get cozy in your own personal igloo for a true New York Christmas experience. The market is located next to the New York Public Library, and you can visit it now through January 3rd.
Christmas City Christkindlmarkt (Bethlehem, PA)
Located in Bethlehem, Christmas City Christkindlmarkt is going on its 28th year and has been voted twice as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts crafted by local and regional artisans while listening to live Christmas music. You can even sign your family up for breakfast with St. Nick via Zoom.
Denver Christkindl Market (Denver, CO)
The Denver Christkndl Market invites you to sip, shop, and savor the season with their 20th anniversary this year. Located at Civic Center Park, you can expect local and international sellers in wooden huts, European-style Christmas fare (including Polish Pierogies, Russian crepes known as Blinchiki, and German dumplings known as Knödel), and live music.
Christmas Village (Philadelphia, PA)
If you are a fan of German Christmas markets, then you will love The Christmas Village in Philadelphia. Located at Love Park and City Hall, the outdoor market is open from now until Christmas Eve. Expect timber booths selling traditional Christmasy food and ornaments, among other things. Grab a bratwurst and a cup of Glühwein (German mulled wine) and get in the Christmas spirit!
Downtown Holiday Market (Washington, D.C.)
Close to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Downtown Holiday Market has a collection of more than 70 vendors, including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, selling many international treasures and gifts. There is also nightly entertainment to enjoy. You can visit from now until December 23rd.
Solvang Julefest (Solvang, CA)
If you really want to feel like you are in Europe, then you should visit the Danish-American town of Solvang, founded in 1911. Every year, they hold Julefest, a Danish Christmas market where the entire town is decorated for the holiday season. Enjoy Danish foods such as æbleskiver (small pancakes dipped in jam and sugar) and gløgg (Danish mulled wine). If your up for a little adventure, take part in their Nisse Adventure, which is a scavenger hunt for the pesky Nisse, a Danish gnome. You can visit now through January 3rd.