The holiday season is a magical time of year, filled with the joy of giving and receiving heartfelt gifts. As a truck driver, you have a distinct advantage in this quest for one-of-a-kind Christmas and holiday gifts – the open road. Here are five places along your routes that sell unique gifts for your loved ones.

Frankenmuth, Michigan: Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

All through December

Starting this list off strong is the world’s largest Christmas market. Stretching over a half mile long, with a nine-foot Santa guarding the entrance and thousands of twinkling lights decorating the hallways, this market is packed with many exciting gifts. Choose from over 6,000 personalized ornaments, holiday collectibles, and new items each year; there’s no doubt you’ll find a gift for everyone here. (Even that one person on your list who is tricky to shop for!)

Dayton, Ohio: Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market)

Dec. 9-10

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, Christkindlmarkt is the way to go! An array of quality vendors will have handmade ornaments, beer steins, antiques, jewelry, and German collectible items available for purchase. While you shop, you can enjoy traditional German cuisine and drink, all while participating in a centuries-long holiday market tradition!

Dayton, Ohio: Artisan Night at 2nd Street Market

Dec. 14

Visit this artisan market for the chance to score some really special gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Local vendors will be open throughout the night, selling various handcrafted specialty items that will be sure to make the holidays special. Live music and art galleries are a hallmark of this market, along with cozy food and drink.

Fishers, Indiana: A Merry Prairie Holiday

Nov. 25 – Dec. 18

This holiday spectacular is one of the most beloved and magical — giving you the chance to travel back in time! Immerse yourself in the days of yesteryear at this 1800s-themed event. Explore acres of twinkling lights, a carousel, and a brief history of holidays in America. And — of course — plenty of holiday gift shopping will be available throughout the night, perfect for the history buff in your family!

Knoxville, Tennessee: Winter Farmer’s Market

Dec. 16 & Dec. 23

This holiday market, open every weekend in December leading up to Christmas, allows you to enjoy a festive environment while shopping for locally made treasures. Ranging from pottery to glassware, jewelry, and art, there is sure to be something unique among the various vendors set up. And what makes this market even better? You can enjoy locally made coffee or hot cocoa while you browse!

With these hidden gems along your routes, your gift-giving experience will be as special as the season itself. But don’t forget about yourself! This year, gift yourself a lifelong, fulfilling career behind a Carter Express wheel.

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