15 Great Christmas Markets In The US

Christmas markets can be traced back to 14th century Germany and Austria, but thanks to immigrants bringing their tradition across the Atlantic, Americans can experience the magic of holiday markets without traveling overseas.

Christmas markets aren't just about shopping. They're also a place to discover local artisans, enjoy live performances, eat delicious food and celebrate Christmas customs old and new.[slideshow:103290]

Whether they're traditional or modern, indoors or outdoors, long-running or just starting out, these markets are some of the best around the country and are worth exploring while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine.

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