Texas Christkindl Market, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016, in Globe Life Park

Arlington is legendary for being the destination for fun and when it comes to the holidays, the city lights up with unique activities that will create life-long memories. In its sixth year, the Texas Christkindl Market is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest. Inspired by a cherished German tradition, this family-friendly market features a unique holiday experience with shopping, food, and holiday fun throughout the 29 days of the market.


  1. Experiencing the Magic of the Children’s Lantern Parade

Join the Children’s Lantern Parade, a timeless tradition for the young members of the community. Witness the Christkindl Angel lead the children through the market with their colorful paper lanterns, gather goodies from the vendors and learn about the practice of giving to others. Dec. 7 at 7 pm

  1. Shooting down the Arctic Blast Tubing Run  

Take off on the Arctic Blast Tubing Run, a 200-ft.-long tubing track that replicates a tube ride in the snow. At around 20 miles per hour going down the hill by Globe Life Park, this is definitely a home run for the whole family. Open Daily.


  1. Scoring a Sweet Surprise at Peppermint Park

Presented by 106.1 Kiss FM and 102.9 Now FM, children enjoy activities like a petting zoo, winter carnival games, crafts, puppet shows and a holiday-themed train ride plus lots more fun. Open Weekends until Dec 12; Daily, Dec. 16—Dec. 23


  1. Sharing a moment with St. Nick, Presented by Viridian

Enter the Santa Haus for a beautiful holiday moment with Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, sailors, students, teachers, and merchants for a unique photo experience. Santa Haus hours vary


  1. Catching up with friends inside the Arlington Highlands Warming Haus

Meet up at the Arlington Highlands Warming Haus to eat your schnitzel and grab a strudel and catch up with friends. Don’t miss the opportunity to enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree while you are there!


  1. Hearing the beautiful sounds of Vocal Majority Live Under the Stars

Enjoy the pure harmony of this Dallas-based men’s chorus who have performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK and are 12-time Gold Medal winners in the Barbershop Harmony Society competitions. Dec. 17 at 8 pm.


  1. Getting a Glimpse of the Christkindl Angel

The heart of the Christkindl tradition, the Christkind (Christ child) is considered the bearer of gifts at the holidays. She also makes a few visits to the Texas Christkindl Market, but you have to keep your eyes peeled and make sure to grab a photo with her if you can!


  1. Sipping Gluhwein While Strolling the Market

Considered the unofficial drink of the Texas Christkindl Market, there’s nothing like the taste of gluhwein, a hot spiced wine, to bring in the holidays as you find gifts for your home and your loved ones.


  1. Biting into a German brat or Warm Cinnamon Nuts

It’s not just the shopping that makes us countdown the days to the market, it’s also the food. Enjoy some of your favorite German treats like juicy brats, creamy spaetzle, Jager fries, and strudel. And no one can resist the smell of warm cinnamon nuts when you enter the market!


  1. Snapping your #SelfieWithAnElfie

No visit to the market is complete without a stop to get your #SelfieWithAnElfie. Found next to Peppermint Park, get everyone together for this picture-perfect opportunity to share for your picture frame or smartphone!


Admission to the market and parking is free. For more information visit www.TXChristkindlmarket.com.

Sponsored by Arlington Highlands; Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP; Ben E. Keith; Paulaner; Charter Spectrum; and Viridian.