The Carmel Christkindlmarkt has been voted North America’s Best Holiday Market.
The 2019 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest rankings were compiled through four weeks of public online voting. Twenty nominees were chosen by a panel of editors and experts.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our Christkindlmarkt, which we have designed to be the most authentic of its kind anywhere in North America,” stated Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard in a press release. “We took special care to send our market master to Germany to personally order the hand-crafted items that are featured in our huts because it was important for us to make sure our Christkindlmarkt was like none other in North America.”
Brainard came up with plans for the Christkindlmarkt after seeing similar markets while traveling in Germany.
The Christkindlmarkt opened in 2017 and in 2018 drew more than 325,000 visitors. This year, more huts were added along with more German food options and a new Indiana German Heritage Museum.
“We have really worked hard to partner with several community groups to put on a Christkindlmarkt that is not just about shopping and ice skating but also about education and bringing a taste of old world music and the arts to our patrons,” Market Master and CEO Maria Murphy stated in a press release. “This honor shows us that we have created a fun and festive experience for our visitors and the residents of Carmel and we can’t wait to continue expanding and improving the Market for years to come.”
The top 10 holiday markets in the ranking are:
- Carmel Christkindlmarkt
- Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt
- Georgetown Christmas Market
- Old World Christmas Market
- Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
- European Christmas Market
- Downtown Holiday Market
- Vancouver Christmas Market
- Christmas Village in Philadelphia
- Kerstmarkt (Holland, Mich.)
Learn more about the honor at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-holiday-market-2019/.
The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Wendesdays and Thursdays and noon to 9 p.m.Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24 at 10 Center Green. Learn more at carmelchristkindlmarkt.com.