14 Winter Markets To Visit This Holiday Season

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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

winter markets in NJ

Here comes Santa Claus…he’s all set for the 2021 Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market of New Jersey. Photo Credit: German Christmas Market of New Jersey

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.
Cost: Free
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.
Cost: Free
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.
Cost: Free
The Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Avenue,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Tuckerton Seaport’s 12 Days of Christmas
December 1-12

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
December 3-5 
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.
Cost: Free
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822

Pitman Winter Village
December 4
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.
Cost: Free
Ballard Ave., Pitman, NJ 08071

Crafts at Christmas Arts & Craft Show
December 4-5

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.
Cost: Free
714 Beach Avenue,
Cape May, NJ 08204

44th Annual Hope Christmas Craft Market
December 4-5
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

Get in the spirit and bundle up at an outdoor winter market in NJ this season. Photo credit: HDSID

Artist & Maker Market Happy Holiday Market
December 4-5

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.
Cost: Free
Grove Street PATH Plaza and The Ashford Rooftop,
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Atlantic City Holiday Bazaar
December 4-5
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.
Cost: Free
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.
Cost: Free
Porta, 911 Kinsley Ave.,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Count Basie Center Holiday Market
December 12
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.
Cost: Free
The Count Basie Center For The Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07711

Bayshore Holiday Bazaar
December 12
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).
Cost: Free
7 Main Street, Keyport, NJ 07735

Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market
December 13

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.
Cost: Free
Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Not Happening in 2021

Annual Christmas Cookie Walk
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten’s Weihnachtsmark
Duffield’s Farm & Market
Hoboken City Hall Holiday Craft Fair
Holiday Marketplace at HCCC

Which is your favorite winter market in NJ? 

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