I love the lights, the carols, the colors, and the food of Christmas. I have always wanted to take in the famed German and Austrian markets, but I have yet to make the trip. If you are on the West Coast of North America, the Vancouver German Christmas Market may very well be as close as you can get to steaming apple cider, fresh pretzels, and Bavarian specialties of a traditional Christmas market without booking a flight to Europe.
In addition to the food, you can enjoy thousands of baubles, trinkets, and decorations available for purchase to commemorate your visit. The market is popular among Eastern Europeans, and it typically runs from late November until late December.
More about my experience: http://www.thewanderfulltraveler.com/german-christmas-market/