Though European in origin, Christmas markets are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Better yet, three Georgia cities have been ranked among the country’s best markets for the holiday season.
According to Veranda, who broke down the 12 merriest Christmas markets across the U.S., Jekyll Island’s Holly Jolly Jekyll is a can’t-miss event. Meanwhile, Travel+Leisure ranked the iconic Savannah Christmas Market as one of the 10 best European-style Christmas markets in the U.S. Lastly, Travel Pulse called Woodstock’s Christkindl Market and Festival “incredible” in its listing of the 20 best Christmas markets and winter festivals in the country.
Located in Woodstock, the Christkindl Market and Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Woodstock Arts Event Green. It’s a one-day holiday event that no one will want to miss.
“As an organization, Woodstock Arts continues to grow and encompass more of a cultural and artistic leader in Cherokee County,” according to Woodstock Arts’ website. “Our goal with our festivals is to engage community through purposefully and accurately celebrating under recognized events throughout different communities in the Metro Atlanta area.
“After the first year of fun and success we are happy to bring back the Christkindl Market! It’s a great place to celebrate the holidays and do some last minute shopping with local makers and artists. There will be food, activities, Christmas Movies, and the classic German Christkindl Mugs!”
Holly Jolly Jekyll
Jekyll Island’s Holly Jolly Jekyll is running through Jan. 7. Filled with fun activities fit for the whole family, this year’s event is chock-full of light shows and festive fun.
“Jekyll Island transforms for the holiday season every year,” according to the Golden Isles website. “Formerly known as the Jekyll Island Tree Lighting and Holidays in History, the new and improved Holly Jolly Jekyll lasts throughout the entire holiday season.
“The Historic District decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time to Christmas during the Club era. The season begins with storytelling, caroling, craft workshops, and more. Want to meet your favorite holiday friends? Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even the Grinch will make an appearance during this holly jolly season.”
Savannah Christmas Market
The Savannah Christmas Market runs through Jan. 1. From holiday cookie decorating to breakfast with Santa, the market has a lot in store this year.
“Experience the magic of the holidays at Plant Riverside District,” the event’s website said. “Enjoy a European-style outdoor holiday market as well as a Festival of Trees, live performances, photos with Santa, a wide range of holiday-themed food and drink options, and so much more.”