With Thanksgiving behind us and already into December, we are in the thick of the holiday season, but something that I’ve added to the list of places I want to visit, is a true European Christmas Market – lights glittering, decadent sweets, music, and merriment. All things that give us the joy during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Upon doing a little research, European Christmas markets have quite the history. These markets, or Christkindlmarkts, date back to 14th and 15th century Germany where some of the very first markets were held. The early versions of the market began with local vendors lining the main street in the town selling mainly meat, but over the years they began adding a variety of goods such as sundries, seasonal treats, decorations, crafts, music and dancing. European Christmas markets are still highly attended events and are a popular tourist destination with an estimated 24 million visitors each year. What started as a local fair during the weeks of Advent in the late middles ages, grew in popularity across Europe and even into the United States and become a major event of the season. I think we could even assume this would have been one of the first “trade shows”!
Most of these markets in the US are sponsored and organized by local or national German societies or associations in the city or region and are sure to create the old-world experience with all that attend.
If you have to travel this month for work, and can squeeze in some free-time, here is a list of must-see Christmas markets:
Washington DC – Downtown Holiday Market http://downtownholidaymarket.com/
Baltimore, MD – Christmas Village in Baltimore http://www.baltimore-christmas.com/
NYC – Union Square https://www.urbanspacenyc.com/union-square-holiday-market/
Arlington, TX https://www.txchristkindlmarket.com/
Cambria Christmas Market https://cambriachristmasmarket.com/
Events have a long history and Christmas markets certainly have their charm and appeal during December to all…. young and old. Enjoy the sparkle, cheer, and spread some joyful holiday spirit this month!
Heather Haigler, co-founder of WorkTrip, is a planner whose career in corporate events led to the creation of WorkTrip - a software on a mission to make event planners lives easier and businesses more efficient.
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