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Although I am now an American and grew up Canadian, my life was steeped in German culture since both my parents emigrated from Germany. Christmas was encompassed by traditions, German treats and German music (I think my favorite Christmas carols sound so much better in German 😉 ). We still very German like, celebrate Christmas Eve as the major date rather than Christmas Day. But my favorite German holiday tradition has been visiting a Christkindl Market. For that reason I’m so excited to go to this year’s Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX.
These German Christmas Markets are a timeless holiday tradition in German culture. Enjoying the wonderful holiday entertainment while you walk around the market is so fun. Arlington leaders founded Christkindl Market in 2011, and it has been an annual event ever since.
I’ve heard the cornerstone of the Texas Christkindl Market is its vendors and food. I’m looking forward to having a taste of authentic schnitzel and a glass of Glühwein while shopping for handmade goods, décor and ornaments that cannot be found anywhere else besides the market. I’m sure I’ll see many things that bring a rush of memories back from Christmases past.
For the first time, a new children’s play area is integrated into the event, Kinder Market. For Texas children the excitement of real snow that kids can play in and build snowmen and throw snowballs with is sure to be a draw 🙂 When the kids get tired of the snow, they can decorate gingerbread houses, listen to storytellers, ride carousel horses — and real ponies.
I’ll be going to the Market in early December so keep tabs on my social networks and the blog for photos and sharing of my experiences there!
The Texas Christkindl Market runs from Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2015
The hours are:
Opening Day, Nov. 27: 5 pm – 9 pm
Sunday-Friday: Noon – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Adjacent to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Road to Six Flags & Nolan Ryan Expressway
Free admission and free parking
You’ll want to note a couple of special events taking place during the month long market:
Opening ceremony: 6 p.m. Nov. 27. The Christkindl Angel lights the Christmas tree.
Children’s Lantern Parade: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. The children light lanterns as part of a tradition to catch a glimpse of St. Martin, a character of legend known for his generosity.
For more information including special events and vendors, visit www.TXChristkindlmarket.com.
www.instagram.com/TXChristkindl and follow along with the hashtag on all social media with #TXChristkindl