During the second weekend of December, the adorable borough of Mifflinburg, PA cranks up the festive cheer with its annual Mifflinburg Christkindl Market, a free event that dates back to 1989.
Originally conceived by Rudi Skucek, an Austrian native in the late 80s, Mifflinburg lays claim to the title of the oldest outdoor Christmas market in the USA, these days offering over 100 stalls and an exciting entertainment program that attracts visitors from all around the country.
In this Mifflinburg Christkindl Market guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonders of Mifflinburg’s famous Christmas Market for yourself.
NOTE: The information below is compiled for your convenience from official sources, however this is still a Christmas market we haven’t been to personally. To help us improve this guide, let us know in the comments if you have any insider tips to add, and we hope to visit soon to give you a first-hand scoop of what to expect.
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When is Mifflinburg Christkindl Market?
According to the event’s official website, the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market always begins on the second Thursday of December.
That means that the 2023 dates for the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market are from Dec 14 to 16.
Read our full list of Christmas market opening dates in the USA for more.
Where to Stay for Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
Wondering where to stay while exploring Mifflinburg’s Christmas Market?
While options are limited within the borough itself, there are some excellent hotels that are only a short drive away. Here are some accommodation options:
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Where to Find Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
While the final locations list has not yet been posted, the Mifflinburg Christkindl Market has historically taken place on Mifflinburg’s Market Street, between 4th and 6th Streets (surrounded by churches!)
What to Eat at Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
Christmas is of course a time to treat yourself, but that’s a mission to keep in mind especially during your visit to Mifflinburg’s Christmas Market.
While the exact list of vendors is not yet available, we can assume based on the years before that visitors can expect a wide array of goodies from around the world, including the likes of…
- German sausages
- Hungarian goulash and chimney cakes
- Polish perogies
- Christmas breads
- A variety of tasty soups
- Apple dumplings
- Potato pancakes
What to Buy at Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
The official vendors list for this year has not yet been released, but based on previous years, visitors can expect a wide range of craftspeople selling goodies like:
- Handmade jewelry
- Crocheted gifts
- Antique woodwork
- Slate artwork
- Handcrafted ornaments
- Cuckoo clocks
- Handmade children’s toys
- Famous German ‘prune people’ dolls
- Moravian paper stars
Extra Tips for Visiting Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
If you’re planning to visit Mifflinburg, PA at Christmas time, here are some additional tips to be mindful of.
Learn about this year’s theme
The Mifflinburg Christkindl Market has a different theme every year, dedicated to a different European Christmas Market.
For 2021, the ‘Featured City’ was Cologne.
Leave your pets at home
As stated on the official Mifflinburg Christkindl Market website, no pets (besides service animals) are allowed on-site.
Where to Find More Info on Mifflinburg Christkindl Market
For more information about this year’s Mifflingburg Christmas Market, be sure to visit their official website.
Help us improve this Mifflinburg Christkindl Market Guide!
Do you have a pro tip about Mifflinburg, PA’s Christmas Market? A particular souvenir you loved, or a delicious treat you tried? Let us know in the comments what your insider tips are for Mifflinburg Christkindl Market so we can help improve this guide for all future visitors.