Who knows when and where the concept of Christmasmarkets really originated? Historians believe these were first seen in the ancient streets of Germany, Italy, France and Austria. A Christmas Market is also known as Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël, or Weihnachtsmarkt. These street markets come up during Advent and continue till New Year. Nowadays there are several world destinations that are known for these special festive open air bazaars. They add a special zing to Yuletide and Christmas Shopping.
Christmas Markets in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota; different parts of Michigan; Chicago and Wisconsin are a great hit with shoppers. Popular X Mas markets you must visit include:
The market comes up every year in the courtyard of an old castle. Kiosks come alive with freshly baked goodies, decorations and family fun activities. The traditional warm glogg and handcraft items on sale are a must experience.
Christkindl Fest, Wisconsin
This is a typical German style Yule market. Quite a few vendors are of German origin. The bazaar is official inaugurated each year with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The Christkindl Lights Parade is a major highlight. Enjoy camel, horse and reindeer rides besides other interesting things.