Michigan hosts several incredible Christmas markets that capture the festive spirit and showcase the unique local culture. Traditional holiday markets pride themselves in supporting local communities, artisans, and vendors. Here are seven incredible Michigan Christmas markets worth visiting.
1. Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt (Frankenmuth)
Known as “mid-Michigan’s largest open-air holiday market,” the Frankenmuth Christmas Market is a renowned holiday event. It is located in Frankenmuth in Saginaw County and is fondly called “Little Bavaria.” With its festive atmosphere, the market spans two acres and has over 40 vendors. The market has traditional German-style wooden stalls where visitors can find an array of holiday ornaments and decorations. There are also traditional food and beverage stalls at the Frankenmuth Christmas Market. Don’t miss the traditional German holiday treats such as stollen and lebkuchen. Other attractions at the market include an ice-skating rink and Santa’s Workshop, where children can meet Santa Claus. Additionally, the market has live entertainment, including carolers and musicians. Visitors can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the charming streets of Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth Christmas Market has no entrance fee.
Address: 534 North Main Street Frankenmuth, MI 48734
2. Christkindl Markt at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids)
The Christkindl Markt at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids is a holiday treat. With 26 days and nights of festive fun, the market is inspired by traditional European markets. In addition to more than 35 artisans and vendors selling all things Christmas-y, from holiday decorations and gifts to food and beverages, the Christkindl Markt also has live entertainment and activities like curling. Visitors can also reserve private chalets with electric fireplaces that accommodate up to eight people. A German-style beverage hall serves visitors hot chocolate, cider, draft beer, and Gluhwein, a traditional mulled wine.
Address: 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
3. Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market (Rochester)
Inspired by 700-year-old traditional European Christmas markets, the Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market is all about fun and festivities. There are over 35 local vendors at the market showcasing their goods, including handmade ornaments, custom apparel, artisan jewelry, and kitchenware. In addition, a variety of food and beverage stalls sell specialty coffee, baked goods, spices, and cheeses. Other highlights of the market are live musical performances and carolers. The Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market has a gingerbread village for children, along with Santa. There is also a warming tent with hot food and beverages. Checkout the s’more station!
Address: 431 S. Main Street, Rochester, MI 48307
4. Kalamatopia Outdoor Holiday Market (Kalamazoo)
For all your holiday shopping needs, the Kalamatopia Outdoor Holiday Market offers plenty of items to choose from. There are more than 30 vendors selling giftware, Christmas trees, holiday decor, and sweet treats. Visitors can warm up in tents with heaters and enjoy hot beverages. The market is a one-evening event, and entrance is free.
Address: 100 North Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
5. Kerstmarkt (Holland)
Kerstmarkt means “Christmas market” in Dutch. In keeping with its European roots, this market sees local artisans selling handmade holiday arts and crafts. In addition, handbell concerts, dog sleds, carolers, and a meet and greet with Santa Claus add to the festivities. The Kerstmarkt is such a popular holiday market that it is attended by both local and out-of-state visitors. The market has no entrance fee.
Address: 78 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423
6. KindleFest Market (Ann Arbor)
Held in the Kerrytown District in Ann Arbor, the KindleFest Market sells holiday wares like ornaments and decorations crafted by talented vendors. The market also has live entertainment along with food trucks, traditional baked goods, and hot beverages, including hot chocolate and mulled wine. In addition, there are also fire pits with s’mores kits for sale at KindleFest Market.
Address: 407 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 7.
7. Wayne Open-Air Christmas Market & Festival (Wayne)
The Wayne Open-Air Christmas Market & Festival is a traditional market that boasts a festive spirit. The market has a variety of vendors, food and drink stands, and holiday events. Stay for a meet and greet with Santa and a Christmas tea hosted by Mrs. Claus!
Address: 3144 S Wayne Rd., Wayne, MI 48184
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