8 Incredible Christmas Markets Only in Pennsylvania

Written by Jane Jeffries
Published: December 2, 2023
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Christmas markets have been growing in popularity in the United States every year. There is nothing quite like an outdoor Christmas market to sample delicious treats and browse for interesting gifts.

These markets date back to Germany in the Middle Ages when open-air food markets were held during Advent. In fact, the tradition of gift giving at Christmas started when Martin Luther suggested that Christmas day, which celebrates the birth of Christ, was an appropriate gift-giving day. The markets eventually began to offer seasonal treats, decorations, and other crafts.

Today, Christmas markets help kick off the festive mood of the season. Imitating these outdoor bazaars, some will have wooden booths and include northern European-style crafts and food.

In Pennsylvania, you can find established and relatively new Christmas markets. Here are 8 markets that continue to grow in popularity every year.

8. Delco Holiday Village, Upper Providence Township

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Hot chocolate and authentic food add to the festive atmosphere at Delco Holiday Village.

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Although it is only three years old, this Christmas market adds more festivity to Delaware County’s Festival of Lights. Located in Rose Tree Park, every night features different local vendors and food trucks. Once you have shopped and sampled the various goodies, visitors can stroll through the park and experience the magic of lit trees in a winter wonderland. To fully experience this market, visitors should plan to attend several times during the season.

7. Holiday Craft Market, Sugartown

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Grab some hot chocolate while you explore the Christmas market in Sugartown.

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This Christmas market can be found in Sugartown, which has been restored as a 19th century historical village. A perfect setting for an outdoor market, visitors can sample local beer, wine, and hot chocolate as they shop. Over 40 local artisans and crafters display a wide variety of unusual gifts. The $10 admission price for adults helps support the preservation of this village. This is a wonderful market to help you get into the holiday spirit.

6. Miracle on 24th Street Makers Market, Camp Hill

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Expect to see Santa at the Street Makers Market.

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Held on December 10, the Street Makers Market is a new community event. Now in its second year, this Christmas market features handmade gifts, with over half of the vendors being Camp Hill residents. Enjoy their beer garden, where you can hear live music. This market offers something for all ages. And because this event is so popular, you can expect that Santa will make an appearance, so bring the kids.

5. Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular, Oaks

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Ice skating is only one attraction at the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular.

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If you want a spectacular light display, visit Tinseltown during December. This Christmas market includes a 160-foot ice slide, a heated food court, and an ice rink. But the big attraction is the light display arranged into walk-through sculptures. This year, you can also skate through Tinseltown on their brand-new ice trail. Their Mistletoe Marketplace highlights local vendors, who sell original art and seasonal treats. If you are looking for unusual gifts, you will find a wide variety at this Christmas market.

4. Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Pittsburgh

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Sparkling lights make this Christmas market magical.

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Inspired by the German Christkindlmarkts, this holiday market is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Visit Market Square and experience Alpine-style wooden chalets filled with one-of-a-kind gifts. Surrounded by good food, sparkling lights, and entertainment, you will experience a magical atmosphere. This market has become a treasured tradition for Pittsburgh residents. And while you are in the area, you can also visit Pittsburgh’s Creche, the only approved replica of the Vatican’s nativity scene in the world.

3. Love Park German Christmas Village, Philadelphia

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Visitors enjoy an authentic Christmas market in Love Park.

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The iconic Christmas Village, with its outdoor wooden stalls, creates an authentic market atmosphere that everyone loves. Situated in Love Park and the courtyard of City Hall, visitors will find a smorgasbord of crafts, gifts, delicious treats, and authentic food like bratwurst and waffles. This Christmas market also includes a Ferris Wheel, a double-decker carousel, and a kids’ train. Finally, their beloved mascot Phil the Reindeer will be strolling through the market, so be sure to get a photo with him.

2. Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg

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Vendors offer unusual gifts at the Christkindl Market.

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The historic Christkindl Market is the oldest outdoor Christmas market in the country, celebrating 33 years. Offering over 100 vendor stalls, this market provides a wide variety of food from around the world, such as German sausages, Polish perogies, Hungarian goulash, apple dumplings, and Christmas breads. Artisans offer everything from handmade jewelry and children’s toys to cuckoo clocks and antique woodwork. A unique tradition about this market is that every year it highlights a different city in Germany. This is one Christmas market you will want to experience for yourself.

1. Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem

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German beer is just one thing you can sample at Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt.

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Considered one of the top Christmas markets in the country, Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt hosts over a hundred different vendors featuring thousands of unique gifts. Food options range from roasted nuts to baklava and from bratwurst to artisan cheeseburgers. Also, adults can sample a variety of German beers. Visitors can also watch an ice carving event, learn how to craft their own glass art, or ice skate in the new Ice Rink at SteelStacks. Honestly, this market rivals any Christmas market you will find in Europe.

Summary of 8 Incredible Christmas Markets in Pennsylvania

Christmas MarketRank
Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem1
Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg2
Love Park German Christmas Village, Philadelphia3
Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Pittsburgh4
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular, Oaks5
Miracle on 24th Street Makers Market, Camp Hill6
Holiday Craft Market, Sugartown7
Delco Holiday Village, Upper Providence Township8

If you want to experience a Christmas market during the holidays, you no longer need to travel to Europe. Pennsylvania provides historic, established, and even some new Christmas markets to give you the experience close to home. These markets embrace the famous German tradition and will certainly put you in the holiday mood.

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Jane Jeffries is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on wild animals, travel, and historic places. Jane holds a Master's Degree in English from Penn State University, which she earned in 1986. She has also been co-owner of a dinner theater script business since 2005. A resident of Wisconsin, she enjoys biking and hiking in nature.

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