The Christmas markets in Denver are great places to experience the holidays and shop for unique, handmade gifts in Colorado.
If you are looking for things to do or places to shop in Denver during the holidays, why not visit a Christmas Market?
Christmas or holiday markets are a big deal in Europe, specially in Germany, where vendors set up stalls to sell goods and delicious food.
In Denver, there are currently several holiday markets that happen every year and several that pop up in local neighborhoods in and around Denver.
The Christmas markets around Denver start in November and go through Christmas. Most holiday markets are free to visit and have parking on location.
Christmas Markets in Denver
Denver Christkindl Market
The Denver Christkindl Market is by far the best Christmas market in Denver. It is presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce and is a mini version of the Christmas Markets you can find in Europe.
The wooden vendor “stalls” re-create the original Christmas Markets in Germany and remind me of an old mountain village. The decorations and lights make the place feel like Christmas.
Items for sale include Christmas ornaments, pottery, clothes, and crafts. There is a mix of handmade and commercially made products.
There are live performances of German music and dancing and of course German food and lots of beer.
In the holiday tent, guests can enjoy their drinks and food in a beer garden atmosphere and stay warm during the chilly nights.
If you visit the Denver Christkindl Market, attend it after sunset so you get the full effect of the lights.
The market is located downtown which makes it easy to access with public transportation. Paid parking is available all around the venue and on Sundays, street parking is free.
- Website: www.christkindlmarketdenver.com
- Dates: November 22 – December 23
- Location: 1515 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202
Fetch Holiday Market
The Fetch Holiday Market is the only of these Christmas Markets in Denver to charge an entrance fee, however it’s only U$5 for the weekend pass and your ticket includes, DJs, raffle prizes and free afterparties.
It’s held over three weekends in December at the Denver Sports Castle.
- Website: thisisfetch.com/holiday-markets/
- Tickets: U$5 per weekend
- Dates : Nov 30- Dec 15 (weekends only)
- Location: Denver Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Firefly Handmade is a curated, seasonal market made of 100+ vendors and a handmade-only market. Vendors apply for acceptance and the products are juried to be be accepted.
You can find artisanal products that fit these categories: art, ceramics, home decor, fashion, jewelry, woodworking, kids toys, skincare, food, pets and more.
- Website: www.fireflyhandmade.com
- Dates: December 14-15
- Location: 1951 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80305 (Balch Fieldhouse at Folsom Field University of Colorado)
Horseshoe Holiday Market
The Horseshoe Holiday market is held twice a year in the end of November and beginning of December. There is also a spring market.
This holiday market is held indoors at the Masonic Temple in Denver.
The vendors and products were varied. Besides flea market items, there were creative, handmade gifts for everyone in the family. Concentration of organic, natural based products seem to reflect the taste of residents of Colorado.
Food gifts are sold in the market and food trucks serve hungry shoppers outside during the event.
It is definitely worth a visit if you are shopping for that person in your life that is hip, loves handmade or vintage items.
- Website: horseshoemarket.com/2019-holiday-market/
- Dates: Nov 30 and Dec 1
- Location: 3550 Federal Boulevard (Masonic Temple)
Sugar Plum Bazaar
The earliest of the holiday markets in Denver, the Sugar Plum Bazaar is about 95% handmade and vintage products, with over 150 vendors. Parking and event entrance are free.
- Website: www.sugarplumbazaar.com
- Dates: November 23-24
- Location: Denver Mart 451 E. 58th Ave Denver, CO 80216
More Holiday Markets in Colorado
Not in Denver? Here are other holiday markets throughout Colorado.
- Georgetown Christmas Market
- Holiday Art Market at Olde Golden Christmas
- Grand Junction Holiday Art and Craft Fair
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