With the holiday season upon us, a winter market is the best way to get in a festive mood and sneak in a little shopping too. Take the family on a trip to one or more of these truly special and seasonal spots, starting the end of this month—try some wassail at the Pitman Winter Village, watch a show about the legend of Father Frost at the Bayshore Holiday Bazaar, and experience an authentic Weihnachtsmärkte (German Market) at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Keep the holiday spirit going with Drive Through Christmas Lights, Must-See Light Shows, and Christmas Tree Lightings in NJ.
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Here are 14 winter markets in NJ to visit this holiday season
Bell Works Fresh Holiday Market
November 27-December 22
If the weather outside looks frightful, you can still shop at this indoor market with 80+ local farmers, food purveyors, local artisans, and more. While you browse, kids can be entertained with crafts and live music, plus sample plenty of festive treats and drinks.
Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Long Branch Holiday Bazaar
November 27-December 19
There will be food, vendors, and more at this Bazaar, with live music, holiday photo stations, craft workshops, and beautiful holiday décor. The holiday market is inspired by the traditional “Weihnachtsmarkts” held in Germany. While you shop, enjoy delicious food and libations, and craft beers from Whitechapel Projects.
15 2nd Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar 2021
November 28-December 19
Peruse the aisles at the Asbury Hotel for the best local and regional artists, vendors, and shops selling art, jewelry, home goods, food gifts, and more. After, catch holiday entertainment, holiday photo stations, and enjoy seasonally inspired food and drink. Littles can take part in a festive holiday craft workshop while you shop for gifts.
The Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Tuckerton Seaport’s 12 Days of Christmas
The Tuckerton Seaport is hosting its first-ever 12 Days of Christmas with events every day ranging from a holiday boat tour to a reindeer scavenger hunt to a pop-up holiday gift shop. Enjoy 12 days of fun and holiday cheer at the seaport.
Cost: Costs vary per event
The Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street Ste. 1, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
2021 Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market of New Jersey
Who says you need to fly to Germany to experience an authentic Weihnachtsmärkt? Formerly located in Lake Mohawk, this German-style market has a new home at Sussex County Fairgrounds and is the largest annual Christmas market in the state and one of the few authentic German Christmas Markets in the US. You’ll find everything as you would abroad (without the pricey plane trip), including a Biergarten, food market, folk dancers, and live music. Your littles will have a ball in the petting zoo and enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas. 100% of all proceeds are donated to the local Sussex County charities.
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822
Pitman Winter Village
Treat yourself to the charm of a Victorian Holiday at this village, where you can shop for unique, handmade gifts from 30+ special vendors. Your little ones can visit Santa or make a craft and play games. After, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on the street.
Ballard Ave., Pitman, NJ 08071
Crafts at Christmas Arts & Craft Show
You’ll find something for everyone on your list at Cape May’s Annual Crafts at Christmas Show, where makers and artists display their handmade and original works. Comb the aisles of the legendary Convention Hall for leather goods, ornaments, watercolors, jewelry, and more.
714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204
44th Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market
Bring the whole family to shop, snack on holiday treats, and visit Santa at this market that takes place in 6 buildings filled with holiday cheer. With so many vendors offering handmade goods—think alpaca throws, handmade soaps, wooden signs, and homemade jams—you’re sure to pick up a few gifts (and something for yourself). Don’t forget to visit the Sweet Shop for homemade goodies. For your convenience, a shuttle service is provided to hop from building to building.
Cost: $4, proceeds go to the Hope Recreation Program
Various locations townwide, parking available at 407 Hope-Great Meadows Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825
Artist & Maker Market Happy Holiday Market
Last-minute gifting is inevitable, so why not shop for locally-made jewelry, candles, specialty food items, and handmade gifts all in one convenient spot. It is a unique opportunity to shop directly from emerging new makers and established artists to find one-of-a-kind items and meet the people who made them. The bazaar seeks to support handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and cultivates small businesses and entrepreneurship by providing a thriving place for them to sell.
Grove Street PATH Plaza and The Ashford Rooftop, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Atlantic City Holiday Bazaar
Holiday shopping, food and libations, handcrafted and vintage goods, and more. Local art and photography will also be available for purchase. There will be photos with Santa too.
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University 2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Asbury Fresh Pop Up at Porta
December 5-23, Thursdays and Sundays
Experience a warm and toasty holiday market season in good ol’ Asbury Park. Shop locally curated vendors and enjoy pizza and festive drinks.
Porta, 911 Kinsley Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Count Basie Center Holiday Market
Get ready for holiday shopping, drinks, and more at The Count Basie Center For The Arts. Get into a merry mood at this festive winter market in NJ.
The Count Basie Center For The Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07711
Bayshore Holiday Bazaar
Local and regional artists, vendors, and shops selling vintage, handmade, art, jewelry, home goods, and more. While you shop, enjoy a holiday show with Father Frost (Russian Santa) and a Kids Craft Workshop hosted by the Keyport Library. Don’t miss the holiday photo wall designed by Lauren Michael Events, and enjoy delicious spirits from 3BR Distillery (the only distillery in the world using 100% garden peas to make their spirits).
7 Main Street, Keyport, NJ 07735
Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market
Pick up a beautiful, handmade treasure at this 28th annual sale of artwork by local and area artists. It’s sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton and features eclectic and one-of-a-kind ceramics, glassware, ornaments, and other forms of fine art to gift to friends and family. Rain date December 14.
Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540