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There’s nothing wrong with tradition, but everyone’s got one. This holiday season, feel free to sample the very best food traditions the holidays have to offer by checking out some of our favorite winter food festivals.

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Downtown Holiday Market | Flickr CC: Elvert Barnes

Downtown Holiday Market | Flickr CC: Elvert Barnes

9. Downtown Holiday Market – Washington, DC

November 25–December 23, daily

Feast on hand-made Peruvian empanadas, warm churros dusted in powdered sugar and fresh-made doughnuts while walking the sidewalks of this street-style holiday market. Then shop for unique gifts from over 150 vendors while working up an appetite for traditional German holiday fare.

8. Winter Feast Holiday Bazaar –Seattle, WA

Sunday, December 11

This one-day food fair features 20 food trucks and over 100 local businesses coming together for a cavalcade of holiday street food. Munch on gourmet doughnuts and German-style pretzels, as well as Middle Eastern, Indian and Mexican favorites, all served up from the city’s best mobile restaurants.

7. Grand Holiday Bazaar – New York, NY

December 11–18

Sample some of New York’s best sugary treats at this annual indoor and outdoor holiday market. Savor chocolaty creations from the state’s finest confectioners, or lose yourself in brownies, waffles and hand-made macaroons. With over 100 artisan vendors and craftsmen, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to walk it off.

Latke Festival | Photo courtesy of Great Performances

Latke Festival | Photo courtesy of Great Performances

6.  8th Annual Latke Festival – Brooklyn, NY

December 19

Each year this one-day competition crowns New York’s best latke–but its really a chance to drown happily in a sea of the state’s finest potato pancakes. You can even help crown this year’s champion!

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Palm Beach Wine and Food Festival | Photo courtesy of @licksnlove

Palm Beach Wine and Food Festival | Photo courtesy of @licksnlove

5. Palm Beach Food And Wine FestivalPalm Beach, FL

December 8–11

If you want to get away from the cold this holiday season, consider making this Florida food festival your destination. This year, 46 of the state’s best chefs and restaurateurs will be presenting unique food and wine pairings.

Indulge LA | Photo courtesy of @indulgelosangeles

Indulge LA | Photo courtesy of @indulgelosangeles

4. Indulge LALos Angeles, CA

January 8

In case you’re still craving the holiday spirit–and more sweets–after the New Year begins, be sure to check out this annual chocolate and pastry festival. Featuring mouth-watering desserts from celebrity pastry chefs and confectioners like Francois Payard, Kriss Harvey and Stephanie Treand.

Flickr CC: HarshLight

Flickr CC: HarshLight

3. Great Dickens Christmas FairDaly City , CA

November 19–December 18, on weekends

This Victorian-themed Christmas festival takes tradition to the next level. Groups of carolers in period dress will serenade you while you feast on British favorites like bangers, meat pies and of course fish ‘n’ chips–as well as fine European fare.

2. Christmas Luminaria Tour at the Enchanted ForestRed River, NM

A New Mexico Christmas tradition! Trek through famous Enchanted Forest ski country along a trail lined with hand-made paper lanterns. Then chow down on green chile stew, posole and seasonal desserts.

Chriskindlmarket | Flickr CC: Ben Miller

Chriskindlmarket | Flickr CC: Ben Miller

1. ChristkindlmarketChicago, IL

November 18–December 24, daily

Designed like authentic European Christmas market with vendors housed in small wooden huts, this German-style street fair is not only picturesque, but also the ultimate experience for foodies. Traditional German vendors offer sausages heaped with sauerkraut, fresh-baked Bavarian pretzels, over-flowing steins of beer, hot spicedd wine and mountains of piping hot strudel.

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Tagged: California, City, Florida, Food & drink, Holidays, L.A.

Jesse Betend

Jesse Betend

Jesse is a writer and radio producer in Chicago. He is the Executive Producer for the embarrassing storytelling podcast "We Still Like You" and writes for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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