With Thanksgiving officially behind us, I am now ready to fully embrace the Christmas season and all the activities that come with it. At the top of this years event list is the Texas Christkindl Market held in Arlington.
Inspired by a German tradition, Arlington, Texas, is home to one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the southwest. Fitting since Arlington is sister cities with Bad Königshofen in Germany.
Christkindl Market is a free and family friendly annual event. You’ll enjoy authentic German treats, holiday beverages, live music, children’s activities and more. Christkindl is a month long celebration starting today, November 27th, and running through December 23rd.
Music is a huge part of my holiday season. Christmas caroling starts immediately after Thanksgiving and lasts throughout December. I’ll be in my element enjoying the live entertainment from local choirs and dance groups at Christkindl all month long.
You can even do some holiday shopping at the market, where you’ll find great holiday gifts and decorations. Many vendors at Christkindl offer handmade delights with demonstrations in their booths. You’ll also find authentic German products like nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks.
This year they’ve added a Kinder Market at Christkindl where kids can enjoy story telling, pony rides, and a carousel. No snow in your yard at home? No problem. Head to the Snow Playground and Snow Throw at Christkindl Market. (While admission is free, some activities do cost.)
And no visit to the Christkindl Market would be complete without a visit with Santa Claus. Stop by the Santa Haus to meet St. Nick and get a free candy.
Stuck for ideas for a holiday photo? Opportunities are aplenty at Christkindl. Pose with the 16-foot Nutcrackers, the Christkindl tree, or the Angel Wings to name a few.
I’ve got visions of sugar plums dancing in my head and can’t wait to sink my teeth into a fresh strudel!
Texas Christkindl Market
November 27th – December 23rd
Sunday-Friday: Noon – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Free Admission and Free Parking