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Celebrate the Holidays German-Style at the Texas Christkindl Market

Nov 13, 2015 08:20AM ● Published by Audrey Sellers

Hope you have your holiday gift lists ready: The Texas Christkindl Market returns to Arlington for its fifth year. This free, family-friendly market features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations and unique one-of-a-kind finds. 

Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles straight from Germany including exclusive merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village.

Indulging in authentic German treats and eats while enjoying festive music and entertainment throughout the Market is always a crowd pleaser. Several new features including a Kinder Market have been added this year to make it a destination guests will continue to enjoy throughout the entire event, which runs November 27 through December 23, 2015.

This year’s event includes:

Opening Ceremonies – November 27 at 6 p.m.

Kicking off the 2015 market, the community is invited to welcome the beautiful Christkindl Angel at the Opening Ceremonies on November 27. The angelic namesake of the event, the Christkind opens the market, sharing German holiday traditions and stories. Special guests join the Angel as she lights up the Christmas tree and opens the Market for a successful 26 days.

Texas Christkindl Market 5K/10K/15K Volksmarch - December 5, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Led by the Tarrant County Walkers, the Texas Christkindl Market 5K/10K/15K Volksmarch is designed after the long-standing European tradition of non-competitive fitness walking (a Volkssport or “people’s sports” activity.) Participants walk five kilometers (3.1 mi), 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) or 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) along a beautiful outdoor path adjacent to Globe Life Park. Registration is available at the event. For questions, contact Bill Wigton at 817.847.5185, billwigton@gmail.com, or visit www.walktx.org/TarrantCountyWalkers

Children’s Lantern Parade, Wednesday, December 2, December 9 and December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the event’s most cherished activities is the Children’s Lantern Parade. According to the legend, the parade recognizes the generosity of St. Martin, a fourth-century Roman soldier who, one late, freezing cold evening was approached by a poor, scantily clothed beggar. Martin, who had nothing to give to the man, tore his military cloak in half to share with the man to shield him from the cold. Paying homage to his pure act of selflessness and work on the behalf of the poor, children light lanterns in the late evenings in search of St. Martin and a chance to catch a glimpse of the giving man. Children have three opportunities to participate in the Children’s Lantern Parade, Wednesday, December 2, Decembver 9 and December 16

(New) Kinder Market - Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays

Several new elements have been added to this year’s Texas Christkindl Market to make it an even more memorable experience – especially for the kids. Whether it’s listening to a holiday adventure during Storytelling, riding the Carousel horses or choosing to take the reins on the real thing at the Pony Rides, the new Kinder Market gives families an opportunity to enjoy the holidays together and build traditions to last a lifetime.

Children (and parents) can indulge in a winter wonderland experience by playing in the Snow Playground and Snow Throw. Take your turn to build your own snowman or take a shot throwing a snowball; it’s all a part of the fun you can have Fridays – Sundays during the market.

For a sweet treat, creative hands can design their own magical Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop from The Cakery. All houses baked from scratch, are totally edible, and come pre-assembled, ready to decorate. Each house includes a clear display box and set of icing and candies to embellish your own winter gingerbread wonderland.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by adults. Reservations highly recommended by contacting The Cakery at christkindl@thecakery.us.  

A timeless holiday tradition, puppets bring the magic of theater alive with “Northpole Texas” on the Marionette Stage. This season’s show features a Texas theme with Ol’ St Nick, singing cactus, penguins, elves, dancing mice and the country critter band. This fun holiday show is a perfect addition to the German Holiday market. Photos with the puppets after the show complete the experience. Show times are Fridays: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturdays:  11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays: 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

And no trip to the Texas Christkindl Market would be complete without a visit to Saint Nicholas (Sankt Nikolaus or der Heilige Nikolaus), the patron saint of children, sailors, students, teachers, and merchants. Although legend has it that he brings children gifts on December 6, guests can stop anytime throughout the market at the Santa Haus to meet St. Nick.

Warming Hut

Enjoy the comforts of warm, covered seating in the Warming Hut presented by Arlington Highlands as a cozy place to enjoy eating your schnitzel or catch up with an old friend. Adorned with festive holiday décor, heaters, tables and chairs, the Warming Hut is an ideal destination to host organizational meetings (with space for 10 – 200 people) during the holidays. Two-hour rental also may be paired with customized on-premises catering from Marcona Kitchen and beer/wine packages with optional private holiday entertainment. To reserve a space, interested parties may contact Barbara Kovacevich at barbara@arlington.org or call 817.704.7613.

Scheduled Entertainment

From local school choirs and dance groups to favorite Texas songwriters, the Texas Christkindl Market brings the holidays alive with entertainment throughout the month. Hear the sweet sounds of young voices recite Christmas carols or see kids practice traditional German dance. On Saturday nights, the market features special acts not-to-miss like Texas songwriter Deryl Dodd (December 12) and Texas country’s Aubrey Ann England (December 19.) Check the website for a full schedule of special entertainment (available beginning November 1.)

Vendors and Food

The cornerstone of the Texas Christkindl Market is its vendors. Offering a unique holiday shopping experience, guests can select handmade goods, décor and ornaments that cannot be found anywhere else besides the market including the only place to purchase exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt  merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village in the Southwest.

Commemorating visitors’ unique experience to Germany by way of Arlington, several photo opportunities throughout the Market share background information of the Christkindl with stops at the large-scale Advent Wreath, stand with the 16-foot Nutcrackers, admire the Christkindl Tree, the Christkind Angel Wings, and don’t forget to take a Selfie with the Elfie before leaving…at least until returning again to enjoy the magic of the Texas Chriskindl Market throughout the season, November 27 – December 23 at Globe Life Park.

Produced by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Arlington Chamber Foundation, the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Six Flags Over Texas along with support from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the Texas Christkindl Market is a magical tradition for everyone, everywhere to enjoy year after year. 

For more information, visit TXChristKindlMarket.com

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