9 of the Best US Christmas Markets ...

If the Christmas markets in the US are anything like the European Christmas markets, I highly recommend you visit one. The atmosphere, the sights and sounds, the wonderful smells so redolent of the season, the things to do, the things to buy as well as all the delicious food and warming drinks really make for a magical experience. Where to go?

1. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, California

The Christmas Carol and other great works come alive in this fun tribute to 19th century author Charles Dickens. More than 120,000 square feet of space is transformed into London Town, complete with pubs, lamplit shops and music halls. Actors roam the winding streets in vintage clothing acting out the part of Dickens characters, including Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets allow access to all entertainment, including plays and other activities. (I wanna go!)