There’s tons to do in Dallas and Fort Worth during the holidays. One of our mamachallenge favorites is outdoor fun for everyone at the Texas Christkindl Market. (Maybe it’s because it’s close to my house, maybe it’s because I’m helping to promote it professionally, or maybe because it’s just awesome. Either way, you should go and here’s why.
I’m a gal that loves to travel. But with kids in tow and Christmas craziness happening, it’s hard to think there’s time for that. But I found the way to Germany and all you need to do is head to the ballpark (Globe Life Park that is.)
All of these fun events and activities are in my backyard, but if you don’t live in Texas, then you probably only associate Arlington with America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. Did you know it’s home to some of the most magical holiday experiences, too?
You can ooh and ahh at all the floats in the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade and the historical Interlochen Lights or you can enjoy the thrills of Six Flags Over Texas – Holiday in the Park. One of my favorites has to be strolling through Texas Christkindl Market, and this year, they have expanded it making it even more friendly for the little ones.
Texas Christkindl Market, the largest open-air market in the Southwest, is not your typical holiday fair. It’s inspired by German tradition and features holiday gifts, decorations, and of course, German food. More than 50 vendors are found up and down the market with great giftables like jewelry, ornaments and little German trinkets like cuckoo clocks. Plus, it is the only place in the Southwest where you can find handcrafted gifts and collectibles straight from exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village.
This is heaven for shoppers or just people who like to collect festive holiday items, but if shopping isn’t your cup of tea or maybe you have some kiddos with you, Texas Christkindl added a Kinder Market is that will be a hit with the kids (and the kids at heart.) Storytelling, pony rides, the North Pole, Texas Marionette show by Geppetto’s Theatre and a Snow Playground are some of the activities you will find in the Kinder Market.
One of my sweetest parts of the event is the Gingerbread Haus Decorating Workshop presented by The Cakery. The whole family can sit down to make (and eat) their house and then put in the storage case for easy take home. And of course no trip to the Texas Christkindl Market would be complete without a visit to St. Nick to tell him what’s on the want list. Some of these activities do cost and are only offered at certain times, so make sure you check the event calendar for all of the details.
After all of the carousel rides and snow fights, you’ll probably work up quite an appetite for some authentic German cuisine – roasting nuts, brats, potato pancakes, funnel cakes and gluhwein / spiced wine (my personal favorite.) And you can enjoy all of this yummy food in the comfort of the Warming Hut presented by the Arlington Highlands or while listening to one of the acts musical acts that are scheduled throughout the market. Just be careful – we don’t need anyone roasting in a warming hut.
The best part about all of this – admission and parking are FREE! Located next to Globe Life Park, The Texas Christkindl Market is open daily until December 23. For more information on vendors, activities and a full schedule of entertainment, click here.