This year, with international travel still risky and many of Europe’s Christmas markets canceled, it’s hard to get in the holiday spirit. But, you can experience European-style Christmas markets in the U.S. that feel almost like the real thing. All of these markets are sticking to the CDC COVID-19 guidelines so you can get in the festive spirit while staying safe. Here are the ones to check out.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Probably the closest thing to an authentic German Christmas market in the U.S., this Christmas Village located at Love Park and City Hall, runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. There are over 60 vendors in timber booths selling every Christmas-related item you could possibly need and there’s even a Christmassy carousel.
Denver Christkindl Market
This market is celebrating its 20th anniversary and this year from November 20 through December 23 and it’s being held in Civic Center Park, an open-air location to help maintain social distancing. Sip on Bavarian-style beers and European coffee and hot chocolate while listening to live polka and bluegrass. Some of the many food options include Bavarian-style pretzels, knödel, goulash, Nürnberger sausages, and fresh smoked salmon.
Washington, D.C. Downtown Holiday Market
In the nation’s capital, from November 20 to December 23, visit the Downtown Holiday Market located at 8th and F Streets NW. The market is open-air and socially distanced and with 75 artisans, crafters, and boutiques, you’ll be sure to check holiday gifts off your list. There’s even seasonal nightly entertainment.