While Germany might be the first destination brought to mind when you hear “Christmas market,” the United States boasts many impressive shopping spots, some similar to the traditional German variety. These are our favorites.
Christkindlmarkt, located in the Chicago Loop, draws visitors with its authentic German goods and activities. Chicago’s market is closely inspired by the one in Nuremberg. Open daily, this year’s event takes place Nov. 20–Dec. 24. Admission is free.
In the traditional German style, Denver’s Christkindlmarkt features handcrafted items from all over Europe including German steins, Polish pottery and Ukrainian Christmas ornaments. Bavarian treats are also for sale. The 15th annual market takes place at Skyline Park Nov. 20–Dec. 23.
New York City
New York City boasts several markets throughout town, though Winter Village in Bryant Park is our favorite. More than 125 boutique shops sell Christmas gifts and snacks. The holiday shops are open Oct. 30, 2015–January 3, 2016. Make sure you check out the famous Bryant Park ice skating rink during your visit.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia takes over the city’s LOVE Park Nov. 21–Dec. 27 this year. More than 60 vendors sell European food, Christmas gifts, jewelry and other handcrafted items.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is an interactive experience inspired by Charles Dickens’ Victorian London. Explore 120,000 square feet of vendors and entertainment. Held at the Cow Palace exhibition hall, this year’s event runs Nov. 21–Dec. 20. Group tickets and special discounts are available.
Yellowstone National Park isn’t just a great spot to visit during the summer months, when the crowds are thick and the weather is (for some) best. You may actually find you like the park more during the height of winter. Here are some of the things you can do if you book a winter package at either Old Faithful Snow Lodge or Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, two park lodges open December to February.
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Paul Menard, a yogi with more than 500 hours of yoga teacher training and more than 500 hours of training in Shiatsu and bodywork, announced a new partnership with enLiven Retreat Center in Vermont. Menard is the director at Karuna Yoga and Retreat Healing Arts Center in Western Massachusetts and has been fostering a thriving community. He teaches a profound appreciation of movement and mechanics while emphasizing the intricacy and form of yoga for the past seven years. The new partnership continues to focus on these elements at The Lone Wolf, an Exclusive Yoga Retreat for Men.
Immerse yourself in the incredible history, culture, cuisine and undeniable beauty of the Old World on a Celebrity European cruise vacation. Whether you’re traveling in the beautiful Mediterranean or visiting the iconic cities of Northern Europe, there are plenty of ways to embrace the best of everything in the region.
If you’re not familiar with Turo, the brand is essentially a car-sharing service — kind of similar to Airbnb, except you're not renting out someone else’s home while you travel, but their car. If you use Turo during December, you can book some special experiences that take you to one of four Michelin-starred restaurants.