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Carmel Christkindlmrkt wins 'Best Holiday Market' in the nation

If you haven't been to Carmel's Christkndlmrkt, maybe you should go — it's the best after all.
Carmel's Christkndlmrkt (City of Carmel Release)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — If you haven't been to Carmel's Christkndlmrkt, maybe you should go — it's the best after all.

That's according to USA Today's Readers Choice poll. The Carmel Christkndlmrkt was voted best holiday market in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to get this recognition for our Christkindlmarkt, which we have designed to be the most authentic of its kind anywhere in America,” said Mayor Jim Brainard, who conceived the idea after seeing similar markets while traveling in Germany. “We took special care to send our Market Master to Germany to personally order the hand-crafted items that are feature in our huts because it was important for us to make sure our Christkindlmarkt was like none other.”

The market which opened in 2017 is located on Center Green in Carmel. It's home to food and gift vendors, holiday music, performances and an ice skating rink.

The hours are:

Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 9pm
Special Open Day: Monday, December 23, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Special Open Day: Tuesday, December 24, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

To see the other Christmas markets that made the top 10 list, click here.