New and old traditions unite: Where to find the best gifts (and some for yourself)

Each holiday season, a piece of German tradition comes to Starved Rock Country. Jackson Street near Washington Square is lined with German log home-inspired huts selling holiday goods. In addition, there’s reindeer, horse-drawn hitch rides, and, of course, Santa Claus. Last year, Ottawa began a new tradition of Chris Kringle Markets, inspired by the Christkindlmarket…