The Best Holiday Markets in the Country

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Holiday markets represent a cheerful embodiment of the holiday spirit and cheer. From festive decorations to food to live music, holiday markets provide fun to everyone. If you haven’t yet visited one, you should bring the family along for a small road trip and visit a great holiday market. Today we’ve compiled a list of the top holiday markets in the country. Find one nearest you and check it out!


Nutcracker Market – Houston, Texas

Hosted by the Houston Ballet, the annual Nutcracker Market features a wide variety of vendors and activities to choose from. With special events including not one, but two fashion shows, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market attracts over 100,000 shoppers each holiday season. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Houston Ballet Foundation, which helps support their Academy and scholarship programs.


Peoples Gas Holiday Market – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market is an illuminated village of wooden chalets located in Market Square in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The market also features live music from a variety of local artists and incorporates an “international flair” into its decorations and vendor offerings. The market is especially beautiful at night, when all of the lights shine bright throughout Market Square.


Christkindlmarket Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

With two locations in Chicago, the Christkindlmarket is one of the largest of its kind. Modeled after the original Christkindlmarket in 16th century Germany, this market seeks to revive the holiday magic with its European-style market. Throughout the Christkindlmarket, you’ll find German and European tradition, whether that be in the food, gifts, or the vendors themselves. Explore everything this market has to offer to get an enriching holiday experience.


Candlelight Shopping – Haddonfield, New Jersey

This holiday market offers a unique twist on the traditional outdoor market experience. The market is actually the entire downtown of Haddonfield, where twinkling lights on all the trees and luminarias on the sidewalks illuminate the night sky. More than 200 shops take part in the festivities, from boutiques to food and beverage establishments. You can take part in the Candlelight Shopping experience every Friday night during the holiday season. It’s well worth checking out!


Georgetown Christmas Market – Georgetown, Colorado

Visit the historic mountain town of Georgetown, Colorado for this Christmas market experience. For two weekends each December, this outdoor market features horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers in Victorian garb and a daily staged procession of Saint Lucia. Visitors can also visit St. Nick and enjoy the smell and taste of roasted chestnuts. A great holiday market choice for those in the West.


These 5 holiday markets make our list for Top 5 in the country. Which holiday market are you most eager to visit? Whichever it is, grab the family and head out on a road trip to have an unforgettable holiday market experience!

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