Top Christmas Markets in PA

Tis the season to go shopping! You can stay local or take a quick trip on your search for the perfect present. Christmas markets have opened across the commonwealth. The holiday pop up shops offer festive and unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Here are our top four marketplaces. 

1. Christmas Market in Philadelphia: Running now through Christmas Eve,  Christmas Village in Center City Philadelphia gives visitors an authentic experience, transporting them to a German Christmas market. More than 80 wooden booths sell everything from traditional European foods and drinks to ornaments and crafts. There are lots of children's activities as well, including Mad Elf Mondays when kids look for the elf on the shelf hidden in the market.

2. Christkindlmarkt  in Bethlehem: Dubbed Christmas City, USA, this markets offers a truly traditional holiday experience now through December 18th. The market features more than 125 artisans and vendors, selling items with old-world charm. To entertain shoppers, there are daily glassblowing and ice sculpting demonstrations, musical performances and a Crayola Creativity station.

3. Holiday Market in Pittsburgh:  The 5th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ is bringing an old-time tradition to a modern downtown now through Christmas Eve. Shopper can stroll through a holiday village, featuring Alpine-style wooden chalets. There are daily live performances and visits by Santa Claus himself.  And if you bring a donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, your kids will receive a complimentary photo with Old Saint Nick! If you visit in the evening, there is a choreographed, musical light show.

4. Christkindl Market of Mifflinburg: This authentic Christmas market runs December 8th through the 10th. For three days, Mifflinburg's Market Street is transformed into a German town with more than 100 vendors selling handcrafted gifts, including nutcrackers and nesting dolls. Entertainment includes marionette shows and jugglers.

Whatever market you decide to visit, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry cash. Some locations require a fee to enter the property.  

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