The holidays are upon us and with that comes some of the most iconic of all activities, shopping. While millions head out to big box stores around the US in search of the best deals, millions of others prefer something a bit more festive. Christmas markets date back long ago to Europe. Many of these older markets still survive today in cities like London and Strasbourg. Now, the US, known for adopting traditions from around the world, have our own markets, many of these which date back over 100 years. With hundreds of amazing markets to choose from, where do you start? William Bailey Travel reviews 3 of the most iconic markets you won’t want to miss this holiday season.
Close to 1 million people hit this holiday market each year in search of the perfect holiday gifts. In operation since 1994, this market may not be old, but it has quickly become a tradition to New Yorkers. Handmade gives, great artisinal food and toys are just the beginning of what makes this market one you won’t want to miss.
If you are looking for something similar to what you would find in the most authentic markets in Europe, look no further than Christkindlmarkt. Considered one of the most “authentic” here in the US, this market is one you can’t miss. A city named after the city where the first Christmas took place, Bethlehem Pennsylvania was named on Christmas Eve in 1741. This market, as steeped in tradition as the city itself, features artisans, glassblowers, food and even a Santa. Over 125 vendors each week over a period of 5 weeks offer up their wares to almost a million people each year.
For 55 years, many have made their way to historic Georgetown to enjoy this festive winter event. Each year in the month of December, historic Georgetown comes to life with a scene for days long past. Here visitors step back in time and enjoy a traditional outdoor European Market, roasted chestnuts, horse drawn wagon rides and more all while doing some great holiday shopping.
Just a taste of all the many amazing Christmas markets which can be found in cities large and small around the US, make sure you enjoy your holidays and visit one of these or some other great holiday market this season.