6 Holiday Markets to Visit in Florida

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By Tyler Francischine

December 9, 2022

Find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list at these markets across the Sunshine State

Forget the crowded malls and picked-over department stores this holiday season—Florida is home to a wealth of Christmas and holiday markets from Miami’s South Beach north to St. Augustine that will satisfy even the pickiest people on your shopping list. Part of the magic of Christmas and holiday markets is the shopping experience itself. From traditional, European-style Christmas markets complete with tree lighting ceremonies to quirky, local markets full of Florida vendors making one-of-a-kind goods, you’ll be sure to find plenty of gifts, as well as a much-deserved treat for yourself, at these Florida Christmas and holiday markets. 

Christkindlmarkt 

51111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth

6 Holiday Markets to Visit in Florida
Christkindlmarkt courtesy of the American German Club of the Palm Beaches Facebook page

Located at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth, this authentic, outdoor, German Christmas market is held Dec. 10 from 2-10 p.m. and Dec. 11 from 12-8 p.m. Each year, the American German Club of the Palm Beaches hosts a family-friendly, Old World-inspired celebration that appeals to all of the senses. Shop for Christmas ornaments and other holiday treasures until you work up an appetite for bratwurst, schnitzel, and strudel. Enjoy a glass of glühwein—a hot, spiced wine traditionally served at Christmas markets throughout Europe—while you listen to live entertainment from the area’s local high school chorus and jazz band, as well as the American German Club’s own Volkstanza Group. Don’t miss the children’s lantern parade each night at 6:30 p.m., when you can sing classic German and American holiday songs through the entire market until you reach the Christmas tree, which will be lit by none other than Santa. 

Urbanspace Lincoln Road Holiday Market

Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

6 Holiday Markets to Visit in Florida
Urbanspace Lincoln Road Holiday Market courtesy of The One Who Travels store

One of New York City’s largest holiday markets arrived in Miami this winter. The Urbanspace Lincoln Road Holiday Market is located on Lincoln Road near the intersection with Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, and it’s open every day through Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Urbanspace—developers known for creating food halls and indoor markets often in revitalized, urban spaces—included an appropriately Art Deco twist on the Miami iteration of its market, and visitors can peruse wares from more than 100 vendors from across the nation. Check out vendors like The One Who Travels, jewelry designer Edgar Navarro Archila’s collection of gifts like body oils, face elixirs, meditation kits, and jewelry; or stop by Mary Mercedes Swim, a Miami-based company devoted to creating swimsuits for women of all sizes. Their new ruffled Rumba collection hearkens back to the designer’s native Dominican Republic in the 1960s. 

Holiday Market Way at Oh, What Fun!

6990 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Orlando

Orlando’s Lake Nona region has transformed its town center into a winter wonderland officially known as Peppermint Square until Dec. 24 as part of the 5th annual Oh, What Fun! holiday festival for all ages. This year marks the debut of Holiday Market Way, a collection of kiosks offering unique gifts and crafts from a cast of rotating local artisans and vendors. Peruse their collections of jewelry and keepsake ornaments before catching a musical performance from local high school musicians or professional carolers at the Lake Nona Town Center Stage. Plan your visit to Oh, What Fun! for the evening of Dec. 16 or 23 to catch Santa’s Toy Box Live, an acrobatics show featuring aerialists, gymnasts, and dancers. 

Holiday Market at AUK Market 

2031 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville

6 Holiday Markets to Visit in Florida
Holiday Market at the AUK Market photo courtesy of AUK Market

This Gainesville pop-up holiday market held Dec. 17 from 12-5 p.m. is a one-stop shop for those on your list who love local, unique, handmade goods, as well as vintage clothes and furnishings. The AUK Market’s holiday market features 40 vendors, including FabricSnax, a collection of one-of-a-kind, hand-embroidered denim pieces and other clothing; High Moon Brooms and Botanicals, who concocts unique tea blends; and Gainesville’s own Stinky Lewis’ Soap, who has been making potent, organic soaps in small batches for two decades. After checking out the festival, venture around the grounds to check out coffee and vegan bake shop Curia On The Drag and Dad’s Bar, which often hosts live music. 

The Village at Enchant

1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg

6 Holiday Markets to Visit in Florida
The Village at Enchant St. Pete courtesy of Enchant St. Petersburg Facebook page

When you’re in the mood to make your holiday shopping a daylong adventure complete with ice skating and navigating a maze made of Christmas lights, head to Enchant, a massive holiday celebration with roots in Vancouver and locations across the US, open daily through Jan. 1 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Christmas Village at Enchant is home to many artisan vendors and boutiques selling specialty crafts, as well as holiday treats like s’mores and homemade donuts. After an action-packed day, treat yourself to a cup of Enchant’s beloved hot chocolate. 

Grandma Party Bazaar 

1842 Winter Park Rd., Orlando 

6 Holiday Markets to Visit in Florida
Grandma Party Bazaar photo courtesy of Tipso Photo

No one can turn a holiday market into a party quite like Grandma. The quirky, creative Grandma Party Bazaar returns to the parking lot of Orlando’s Stardust Video & Coffee on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This holiday market is the perfect place to shop for the art lovers on your list, as its vendors include Karla Madrigal, who paints works featuring cute animals and abstract, natural landscapes; The Floral Underground, a collective of artists who create pottery, prints, stickers, and sculpture; and Loveclub Labs, who creates art inspired by science and women in STEM. Care to top off your shopping experience with a live concert? Orlando acts GooseHands, Someday River, Really Fast Horses, and Super Passive will be filling the market with their experimental, folk, and new wave sounds throughout the day.

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  • Tyler Francischine

    Tyler Francischine is a journalist who writes about travel, arts, culture and community. She's passionate about social justice, the Atlantic Ocean and live music.

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