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Christmas Markets

In the weeks before Christmas, many cities throughout Germany offer an open-air Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt, Christkindelsmarkt, Christkindelmarkt, Christkindlmarkt or Adventmarkt ). Historically, these markets used to be "Winter Markets," where visitors could take care of winter necessities. But over time, these changed from Winter Markets to Christmas Markets and are now a major part of German Christmas tradition.

A typical Christmas Market consists of tents and booths often situated in front of historical and/or a scenic backdop. Here, vendors sell their Christmas related goods, such as Christmas tree ornaments, wreaths, candles, and Nativity sets.

Visitors are also offered baked goods, such as Aachener Printen, Lebkuchen, Spekulatius, Christstollen, as well as other foods, such as chocolate figures, cotton candy, roasted chestnuts, toasted almonds, and baked potatoes. To keep the visitors warm as they stroll through the market, warm drinks have become an important part of the market. Particularly popular are Glühwein, Glühmost, and Punsch. Other beverages, such as Weihnachtsbier, are also available.

Christmas markets, also known as "German Christmas Markets" or "Christkindlmarket," can also be found here in the U.S. See our list of Christmas Markets in the U.S. (right).

German Christmas Markets
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Christmas Markets in the U.S.
Phoenix Club Christkindl Markt
Anaheim, CA
Christkindl Market Denver
Denver, CO
Christkindlmarket Chicago
Chicago, IL

Schaumburg, IL

Ferdinand, IN
Christkindlmarkt at the Zion Church
Baltimore, MD
Christmas in Historic Hermann
Hermann, MO
New York
Old World Market & Christmas Fair
Medina, NY

Holiday Market at Union Square
New York, NY

Holiday Market at Columbus Circle
New York, NY
Tulsa, OK
Christkindlmarket Akron
Akron, OH

Christkindlemarkt Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner

Dayton, OH
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

Christkindl Market Mifflinburg
Mifflinburg, PA

Christmas Festival
Austin, TX

Weihnachten in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, TX

Christkindlmarkt Leavenworth
Leavenworth, WA
Old World Christmas Market
Elkhardt Lake, WI
The Vancouver Christmas Market
Vancouver, BC

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