With the holiday season in full swing, 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: Try some wassail at the Pitman Winter Village, decorate gingerbread cookies at Duffield’s Farm & Market and experience an authentic Weihnachtsmärkte (German Market) at Lake Mohawk.
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Here are 17 winter markets around New Jersey:
Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar 2019
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 11AM-6PM
Peruse the aisles at the iconic Convention Hall for the best regional artists, vendors, and shops selling art, jewelry, home goods and food gifts. After, catch live music performances from local musicians and enjoy seasonally inspired food and drink. Littles can visit with Santa or take part in a festive holiday craft workshop while you shop for gifts. Plus, there will be free holiday parking around the town every weekend leading up to Christmas.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmarkt
Fri-Sun Now Through December 22, 12PM-7PM
Have a European experience without a passport at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmarkt. This rooftop European holiday market has over 25 vendors selling artisan gifts, specialty foods and handcrafted toys. Listen to live music while you sip on a traditional warm cocktail and the littles visit with Santa.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Asbury Park, NJ
Holiday Handmade Market at The Herbary
December 14, 10AM-5PM
This Insta-worthy garden center and farm is hosting an exclusive group of handmade artists and makers in their greenhouse. Shop their handmade wares for your friends and family and be sure to say hi to the bunnies and goats who live on the property.
The Herbary – Bear Creek Farm
Duffield’s Farm & Market
December 7, 11AM-4PM
Celebrate the Christmas season with their Christmas Festival, which features artisan gift vendors, gingerbread decorating, a hot chocolate bar, and a very picturesque country Christmas photo area. What’s better than hot chocolate and making gingerbread men? Well, nothing.
Duffield’s Farm & Market
2019 Lake Mohawk Weihnachtsmarkt
December 8 & 9, Sat 10AM – 9PM, Sun 10AM – 5PM
Who says you need to fly to Germany to experience an authentic Weihnachtsmärkt? The Lake Mohawk boardwalk is home to the largest annual German Christmas market in the state, complete with 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.
Lake Mohawk Country Club
Tuckerton Seaport’s Annual Christkindlmarkt
December 6-8, Fri 4PM-8PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 10AM-4PM
Tuckerton Seaport’s Annual Christkindlmarkt celebrates the traditions of the season with a Holiday Market and Craft Fair under a huge heated tent. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride, shop the craft fair, grab a snack from the food trucks and sip on craft cocktails. Bonus: Bring a new unwrapped toy and ride the Trackless Train for free! The train will be operating noon-3PM on Saturday and Sunday.
The Tuckerton Seaport
Cost: $5, children under 5 are free
Pitman Winter Village
December 7 & 14, 5PM – 9PM
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 ride the free trolley uptown. After, make delicious s’mores at one of the cheerful bonfires, try some wassail, and stroll along with Victorian-costumed actors beneath the holiday lights.
Uptown Pitman, NJ
Crafts at Christmas Arts & Craft Show
December 7-8, Sat 9AM-4PM, Sun 9AM-3PM
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.
Cape May Convention Hall
Cape May, NJ
42nd Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market
December 7, 10AM-5PM & December 8, 10AM-4PM
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
Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market
Sundays in December, 10AM-1PM
The Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market features more than 20 farmers and local food vendors in hopes to develop a local food system in which patrons will be able to eat locally and seasonally. There will be fresh grown produce, farm-raised beef, pork and poultry and fresh seafood, baked goods, farm eggs and so much more.
Alexander Hamilton School
Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market
December 13, 5PM-7PM, December 14 10AM-5PM, December 15 11AM-4PM
Pick up a beautiful, handmade treasure at this 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.
Arts Council of Princeton Pop-Up Studio
Princeton Shopping Center
Annual Christmas Cookie Walk
December 14, 9AM-2PM
Who doesn’t love a good cookie? Shop your favorites sold by the pound at this sweet-filled festival that features baked goods and seasonal vendors. While you’re there, snag some handmade Christmas ornaments for everyone on your list.
Christ Episcopal Church
Toms River, NJ
Artist & Maker Market Happy Holiday Market
December 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23
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 open-air bazaar seeks to support handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and works to cultivate small business and entrepreneurship by providing a thriving place for them to sell.
Grove PATH Plaza
Jersey City, NJ
Holiday Marketplace at HCCC
December 14, 12PM – 3PM
Shopping is sure to be merry and bright at Hudson County Community College’s Annual Holiday Market. This event features a ton of craft and artisan vendors, as well as lots of festivities for kids, including a magic show, face painting, holiday book readings, craft stations and selfies with Santa.
Hudson County Community College
Jersey City, NJ
Bell Works Fresh Holiday Market
Now through December 18, Wednesdays, 12PM – 6PM
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.
Asbury Fresh Pop Up at Porta
Now through December 22, Sundays, 12PM – 5PM
Experience a warm and toasty holiday market season in good ol’ Asbury Park. Shop with 26 locally curated vendors and enjoy pizza and festive drinks. Also, a very tubular dude (aka Surfing Santa) will be back at this year’s market to take pictures in front of the amazing Asbury Fresh Surfing mural made by Maggie Mazza.
Asbury Park, NJ
Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair
December 7-8, 11AM-5PM
Shop 3 floors of handcrafted gifts for that special someone on your list at Hoboken City Hall. The holiday craft fair will feature artisans and vendors selling candles, jewelry, fashion accessories, holiday ornaments, baby items and lots more. While you shop, littles will love the festive face painting station with Mrs. Claus.
Hoboken City Hall