2023 Michigan Christmas Markets - 24 Festive Holiday Shopping Spots + MAP | Hours, Dates | Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Frankenmuth, Midland, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and More!

2023 Michigan Christmas Markets - 24 Best Holiday Shopping Spots | Hours, Dates | Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Frankenmuth, Midland, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and More!

By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Last Updated: October 28, 2023

I'm absolutely obsessed with visiting outdoor winter Christmas markets each December! And I'm not the only one...it’s a popular pure Michigan holiday tradition for so many holiday shoppers in Michigan.

These Michigan Christmas Markets are a great place to shop local where you can find Michigan-themed gifts, handmade artisan gifts and even family-friendly experiences like horse-drawn carriage rides, seeing Santa and riding Christmas trains

You can't beat the festival atmosphere, rosy cheeked faces, hot mulled 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 and Holiday 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?!)

Christmas Markets Frequently Asked Questions

What is the largest Christmas market in Michigan? Some people think the Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt is the largest but I can argue that Eastern Market's Holiday Markets and Kris Kringle Market in Rochester might be the winners. 

Where is the biggest Christmas market? Eastern Market's Holiday Markets, Kerrytown District KindleFest, Detroit Holiday Markets and of course, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland!

Where can I see Christmas markets? Michigan Christmas Markets are held all across the state!  Detroit, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Midland, Traverse City and Brighton and more!

Does Detroit have a Christmas market? Yes!  Eastern Market's Holiday Markets and few more listed here.

What is the famous Christmas town in Michigan? Frankenmuth! Grab our Frankenmuth Christmas Guide and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland Guide!

What city has the best Christmas markets? Detroit, Frankenmuth and Rochester are a few cities that host wonderful Christmas markets and holiday markets.

Interactive Map of Michigan Christmas Markets

1. Harvest Market | Kalamazoo Expo Center | Southwest Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Harvest Market

WhenNovember 4, 2023, 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!

2. 2023 Merry Marketplace - Traverse City | Northern Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Merry Marketplace

When: November 10 - December 9, 2023

There will also be Merry Marketplace Pop Up Art Markets on Saturdays, November 11, 18 or December 2, 2023 from 10 AM - 3 PM in their Carnegie galleries. 

Where: Crooked Tree Arts Center, 322 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI

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

3. ChristKindl Market at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market | Southwest Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: ChristKindl Market

When: November 17, 2023 to December 23, 2023 

Wednesday-Thursday: 11AM-7PM, Friday: 11AM-9PM, Saturday: 10AM-9PM and Sunday: 10AM-7PM

Where: Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

ChristKindl Market at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a lovely Christmas Village lined with artisan gift and food vendors, live holiday entertainment, and festive family fun. Inspired by traditional European Markets, this winter wonderland is filled with unique Christmas experiences with a touch of international flair. 

4. Wayne Open Air Christmas Market and Festival | Photos with Santa! | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

When: November 17-19, 2023, 11am - 7pm

Where: 3144 S. Wayne Road, Wayne Michigan

Makers, bakers, art, jewelry, food, drinks, heated tent, live entertainment! So much to see and do at Michigan Christmas Markets this holiday season!

5. Brighton Christmas Market

When: November 18, 2023, 1:00-7:00pm

Where: Main Street, Brighton Michigan

Come on out to Brighton Michigan for their lovely Christmas Market on Main Street from 1:00 pm  - 7:00 pm. Bring your holiday spirit and go shopping.  Enjoy children's activities starting at 1:00 pm.  

AND kids will love the Jollie Choo-Choo train, pictures with cute reindeer, a nativity, petting farm, reindeer games, letters to Santa, and tasty holiday treats!

6. Midland Center for the Arts | Holiday Art Fair | Mid Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Holiday Art Fair

When: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 10 AM - 5 PM (Members Preview 9 am) and Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 12 - 5 PM

Midland Center hosts a yearly Holiday Art Fair held indoors at Midland Center for the Arts. The Center is transformed into a holiday festival with about 40 artists' booths. Enjoy local entertainment, faculty demonstrations, and free craft activities for kids.

7. Christmas Market Dutch Winterfest | Holland Michigan | Southwest Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Christmas Market Dutch Winterfest


  • First Weekend: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9am – 6pm 
  • Second Weekend: Friday, November 24, 2023, 11am – 8pm and Saturday, November 25, 2023, 9am – 6pm 
  • Third Weekend: Friday, November 1, 2023, 3pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 2, 2023, 9am – 6pm 
  • Fourth Weekend: Friday, December 8, 2023, 3pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9am – 6pm 
  • Fifth Weekend: Friday, December 15, 2023, 3pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 16, 2023,  9am – 6pm 

Where: Kerstmarkt is located at the 8th Street Market Place at 150 W. 8th Street, Holland 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!

8. Mistletoe Market Gala - South Haven Michigan Christmas Markets | Southwest Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Mistletoe Market Gala

When: The Mistletoe Market will run November 18, 2023 through December 15, 2023.

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!

9. Detroit Michigan Christmas Markets 2023 - Feel the Magic of Christmas at Eastern Market's Holiday Markets! | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

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! The best holiday markets in Detroit!


  • Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - Thanksgiving Food Shopping 9 am - 3 pm
  • Sunday, November 26, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm 
  • Sunday, December 3, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm 
  • Sunday, December 10, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm 

There will be a Christmas tree vendors returning to the parking lot outside of Shed 5 seven days a week starting around Thanksgiving.

The Tuesday market dates 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!

10. 2023 Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace | Northern Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace

When: Friday, November 24, 2023 and Saturday, November 25, 2023 

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. Glen Arbor Marketplace is a great spot to get gifts, home decor, jewelry and delicious treats!

11. Frankenmuth Christmas Market: ChristKindlMarkt | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

What:  Frankenmuth ChristKindlMarkt

When: November 24-26, 2023
December 1-3, 2023
December 8-10, 2023

Friday and Saturday, 11 am-8 pm; Sunday, 11 am-4 pm.

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!

When should I go to Frankenmuth for Christmas? Christmas in Frankenmuth is spectacular! Start visiting in mid November through the month of December! Grab our Frankenmuth Christmas guide!

Does Frankenmuth have a Christmas market?  Yes! It's called ChristKindlMarkt and is located at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market.

12. Fishville Farms Countdown to Christmas Craft Show | Jackson | Hours and Dates

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023, 11am - 6pm EST

Where: Westwood Mall, 1850 West Michigan Avenue, Jackson, MI 49202

🎄 This is the perfect Christmas event to bring the family out for a day of sales and deals! There will be sales all over the mall and Fishville Farms Events LLC will be bringing over 60 local, small businesses.

13. Kris Kringle Market - Downtown Rochester | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: The Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market

When:  Friday, December 1, 2023 from 4 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023 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!

7 FUN Rochester Christmas Events (Michigan) In One Day

14. Detroit Holiday Markets and the Cadillac Lodge | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

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 mid November through December 22 from 6 p.m. to midnight.
  • Grab our Downtown Detroit Christmas Guide!

15. Kerrytown District KindleFest - Ann Arbor | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Kerrytown District KindleFest

When: December 1, 2023, 5:00- 10:00 Pm

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!

16. Holiday Market at Ella Sharp Museum | Jackson | South Michigan | Hours and Dates

WhenDecember 1-3, 2023 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 4th Street, Jackson, Michigan 49203

Come on out to the Ella Sharp Museum to celebrate the holidays! Several talented local artists will be selling handmade items and artwork, perfect for  gift-giving at this one stop-shop!

Price: Free Admission

17. Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland | Frankenmuth | Hours and Dates

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)!

18. 18th Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2023 | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

When: December 2, 2023 and December 3, 2023

Where: Michigan's longest-running indie craft fair is returning to the world's largest Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201

Shop crafters, makers, artists and bakers!

19. Holiday Market at From Buds to Blooms | Essexville Michigan | See Santa! | Central Michigan | Hours and Dates

When: December 2, 2023, 10 am - 4pm

Where: 1515 E Center Rd, Essexville, MI 48732

Come on out to the greenhouses of From Buds to Blooms in Essexville, MI. There will be tons of holiday gifts for your loved ones and treats for yourself! 

Free admission and includes Live Music, Food Trucks, and a visit from Santa.

There is a  VIP night on Friday evening with a $5 admission fee when purchasing tickets in advance (sales begin July 1), $8 at the door, and includes:

- Live music
- Food trucks
- First chance to purchase awesome handmade/original gifts
- Door prizes and raffles
- A magical night in a greenhouse full of over 50 Christmas trees

20. Noel Night | Midtown Detroit | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: Noel Night

When: December 2, 2023

Where: The Cultural Center and the Midtown district.

Enjoy over 80 participating cultural and educational institutions, small businesses, historic churches, galleries and restaurants offering holiday shopping, delicious food and drink! There will be small businesses and pop-up marketplaces, vendors and food trucks. Watch talented performers and artists share their talents at all of their venues.

What is Noel Night in Detroit? Noel Night is a family event involving shopping, live music, vendors, food trucks and entertainment at the Cultural Center in Midtown Detroit.

21. 2023 Holiday Artisan Fair | St. Joseph MI

When: Holiday Artisan Market from December 3, 2023 | 11:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Union + Social! 216 Court St. St. Joseph, MI 49085

Admission is free at this St. Joseph Michigan Artisan Fair!

22. The Christmas Craft Show | Kalamazoo Expo Center | Southwest Michigan | Hours and Dates

What: The Christmas Craft Show

When: December 9, 2023 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Kalamazoo Expo Center

Shop many amazing Michigan artists and crafters before Christmas! Get Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! Admission is free.

23. St. Clair Christmas Market | Southeast Michigan | Hours and Dates

Where:  St. Clair Riverview Plaza

When: tbd 2023

Visit St. Clair Riverview Plaza for the St. Clair Christmas Market! Craft & Food Vendors 11-4pm and see Santa!

24. Yuletide Artisan Market | Midland MI | Hours and Dates

When: December 9-10, 2023
Where: Midland Mall, Midland MI

Shop crafters, bakers and makers of all kinds!  Great place to find gifts for your loved ones!

25. Christkindl Market | Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm

When: Christkindl Market, December 10, 2023; 11am – 4pm

Where: Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm, 11025 S Jackson Rd, Cement City, MI

Enjoy food trucks and shop local vendors! There will also be live music. 

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