Best Christmas Markets 2022 | Top 10 Festive Michigan Holiday and Winter Gift Shopping and Festivals at Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt, Kris Kringle, Kerstmarkt, Bronners and More! 


TOP 10 Best Christmas Markets for 2022 | Festive Michigan Holiday and Winter Gift Shopping at Frankenmuth, Kris Kringle, Kerstmarkt,  ChristKindlMarkt, Bronner's Frankenmuth 

By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Last Updated: October 31, 2022

I'm absolutely obsessed with visiting outdoor winter Christmas markets each December!  You can't beat the festival atmosphere, rosy cheeked faces, hot muled wine held with warm mittens, and handmade meaningful gifts and toys for the holidays!  I was first introduced to these festive holiday markets in Chicago and now I'm hooked!

Below are several popular Michigan Christmas Markets that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer!  Perfect for gift shopping, home decor or just making yourself happy (who doesn't love spiced wine, cute ornaments, Christmas music?!)


1. Christmas Market Dutch Winterfest - Holland Michigan


What: Christmas Market Dutch Winterfest

When: November 19, November 25, November 26, November 29, December 3, December 4, December 9, December 10, 2022. 

Where: Kerstmarkt is located at the 8th Street Market Place in front of the Civic Center (8th Street Marketplace and Pine Avenue) in Holland - Ottawa, MI. 

One of the more popular Christmas markets is this delightful outdoor European-style market with holiday gift items, delicious food and artisan demonstrations located in Holland, Michigan.  “Kerstmarkt” in the Dutch language means “Christmas market.” Traditionally, markets like these pop up all over the Netherlands during the Christmas season. It's a great venue for local artisans and specialty shops to sell their wares while shoppers can enjoy food, drink and entertainment.

Visitors can wander the market stalls searching for treats, chocolates, gifts for family and friends, and apparel, home decor and so much more!

This lovely November Michigan festival is open for three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Incredible Michigan Christmas markets!


2. Eastern Market's Holiday Markets - Detroit 2022 - Feel the Magic of Christmas!

What: Eastern Market's Holiday Markets

Where: 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207

In addition to their Saturday Market that operates year-round, there will be seven additional markets (free!) for all your holiday shopping needs!

When:

Sunday, November 20, 2022
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - Thanksgiving Food Shopping
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Saturday, December 24, 2022 - Last-Minute Gifts & Food Shopping

The Tuesday market date focuses primarily on food vendors and is a perfect place to find everything for your holiday meals.

The Sunday dates feature Michigan-made gift options including clothing, art, jewelry, beauty products, and more. Plenty of gifts and toys for friends and family!

On Christmas Eve, the Saturday Market will be open from 6 AM - 1 PM for last-minute shopping for gifts and holiday meal ingredients.


3. Kris Kringle Market - Downtown Rochester

What: The Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market

When:  Friday, December 2, 2022 from 4 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, 2022 from Noon – 10 p.m.

Where: West Fourth St. between Main & Walnut

One of our favorite Christmas Markets, this lovely market in Downtown Rochester was inspired by the 700-year old tradition of the open-air Christmas markets throughout Europe. Visitors enjoy shopping the market stalls in Rochester Michigan for specialty foods, chocolates, fresh greens, wreaths, and handcrafted gifts by local artisans for the Christmas holidays!  This is one of the more popular Christmas markets in Michigan!


4. Mistletoe Market Gala - South Haven

What: Mistletoe Market Gala

When: November 19 - December 11, 2022

Where: South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix Street, South Haven.

Shop fine craft, fine art and artisan goods made by local artisans! Feel the magic of Christmas!


5. Frankenmuth Christmas Market: ChristKindlMarkt 

What:  Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt

When: November 25-27, 2022; December 2-4, 2022; and December 9-11, 2022. Hours will be Friday: 11 am - 8pm., Saturday: 11am - 8pm and Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Where: Frankenmuth Farmers Market, 534 N Main St, Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is fondly known as "Christmas Town, USA!"  This holiday season, enjoy a traditional German holiday market set in a quaint winter wonderland at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 

Shop among dozens of vendors at the Frankenmuth Christmas Market featuring handmade gifts and holiday items. Visit with Santa, enjoy live music, or enjoy a cup of hot spiced wine!

After shopping, be sure to visit the cheerful skating rink near Zender's!  Rent some skates and try ice skating around the brightly lit rink with sounds of Christmas music in the air!


6. Detroit Holiday Markets and the Cadillac Lodge

What: Downtown Detroit Markets

When: Mid December

Where: Cadillac Square and Capitol Park, Detroit

During the holidays, come on out and enjoy pop-up Cadillac Square Markets and Capitol Park Markets.  Shop small and local for food, clothing, home goods, gifts and more.

Warm up and relax inside Cadillac Lodge, a large heated tent filled with games, leather sofas, and up-north ski lodge amenities. There will be a festive menu too.  Oh, and you can find your perfect Christmas tree at the Christmas Tree Farm in Capitol Park.

  • Holiday horse-drawn carriage rides leaving from Campus Martius are a magical way to tour downtown. Rides are offered Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 16 through Dec. 22 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

7. Kerrytown District KindleFest - Ann Arbor

What: Kerrytown District KindleFest

When: December 2022 TBD, This festival normally takes place on the first Friday of December

Where: Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI

An Outdoor Holiday Market!  A KindleFest Market, or Christkindlmarkt as known in Germany, features local artisans and vendors selling their holiday wares, plus traditional food and hot mulled wine. Come out to this family-friendly outdoor Christmas market experience!  You can find dozens of artisans and crafters, handmade sweets, mulled wine, and beer. Keep warm in the fire pits, enjoy strolling musicians, see Santa, be wowed by twinkling lights and more at one of our favorite Michigan Christmas Markets and Festivals!


8. Merry Marketplace - Traverse City

What: Merry Marketplace

When: November 18 & 19, 2022 and December 2 & 3, 2022

Where: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI

Each week will feature different artists, so come on out!  


9. Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace

What: Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace

When: Friday, November 25, 2022 and Saturday, November 26, 2022 

Where: Glen Arbor Township Hall, 6394 W Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI

FRIDAY: Tree Lighting and Caroling at 6:15pm. Bring your holiday spirit and join the local community outside the Glen Arbor Town Hall for Christmas caroling and a ceremonial tree lighting. 

Shop the Holiday Marketplace from 6:30 pm -8 pm inside the Town Hall.  Handcrafted, locally made goods from dozens of artisans. Cider and doughnuts provided by Art’s Tavern.

SATURDAY: Holiday Marketplace 10 am - 3 pm. Shop the Holiday Marketplace

Meet Santa from 11 am-1:30 pm. 


10. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

What: Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

When: All Year!

Where: 25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

My friends, there is no better place to immerse yourself in Christmas cheer than Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store.

You can find everything, and I mean everything, for your home during the holidays at Bronner's in Frankenmuth.  You'll find over 6,000 different Christmas tree ornaments, gifts, decorations, home decor and so much more!

Fun Fact: Bronner's is the world's largest year-round Christmas store, covering 2.2 acres (1.7 football fields)!


11. Harvest Market - Kalamazoo Expo Center

What: Harvest Market

When: November 5, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where:Kalamazoo Expo Center

Get a started on your Christmas shopping early! Over 100 booths to shop with unique vendors from across Michigan. Admission is free to this fun November Michigan event!