5. Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois

Transport yourself to Germany, where the heart of many of our Christmas traditions began. Many vendors, some coming all the way from Germany, offer nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins while food vendors offer yummy treats like strudel and schnitzel. One of the most popular events is the daily opening of a door on the advent calendar, where one lucky festival attendee can win an early Christmas present.