A number of present-day Christmas traditions have been adopted from long-time German traditions.
Over the past couple of decades, areas of the United States have recreated the ever-popular German Christkindl market among other European-themed markets. These old-time holiday season customs include everything from popular European food and drink, traditional arts and crafts and live entertainment.
1. Union Square Holiday Market
When: Dec. 1 – Dec. 24, 2017; Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST, Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Union Square Park, Southern Side, New York City
What: A warming station, kids craft studio, live music, shop and food vendors. Visitors can shop for artwork, home goods, winter accessories and gifts for kids. A number of stands will display “Artisan Pledge” symbols to show whether they are shopping “socially-consciously.” These goods may be 100 percent handmade, made in New York, made from recycled, reused or vintage items, from local stores or farms and more.
2. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Where: Cow Palace Exhibition Halls – Daly City, California
When: Dec. 2, Dec. 3, Dec. 9, Dec. 10, Dec. 16, Dec. 17, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST
What: In comparison to the many German-themed holiday markets, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair is based on historic London and Charles Dickens’ timeless novel, A Christmas Carol. The fair features music halls, theatres, pubs and, of course, a number of shops with handmade gifts and more.
“Most assuredly, the very best thing about the Great Dickens Christmas Fair is the irrepressible holiday spirit of its 800 costumed characters. They truly sweep you into the mood for dancing, cheering, feasting, and shopping for treasures,” said Kevin Patterson, executive director of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair/Red Barn Productions. This is a ticket-only event and tickets can be found here.
Father Christmas attends the wishes of all good girls and boys at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, each day at 1:00 pm on the Father Christmas Stage. (Photo/Great Dickens Christmas Fair)
3. Downtown Holiday Market
When: Dec. 1 – Dec. 23; daily from noon to 8 p.m. EST
Where: Centered at 8th and F Streets, Northwest in downtown Washington, D.C.
What: Located just outside the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian, the Downtown…