1)It’s Pet Friendly!
Feel free to bring your four-legged family members out with you to explore the market. Just make sure to keep them on a leash at all times, and be aware that you are responsible for their behavior.
2)Admission and Parking Are Free
Now in it’s 4th year, the Texas Christkindl Market is still dedicated to making the event accessible to all. There is no parking fee, and no admission is required to enter the grounds. Complimentary parking is located in Lots D, E, and L of Rangers Ballpark, just adjacent to the market’s entrance. (Due to a conflict with the Cowboys game on December 15, for that day the free parking will be in the Hurricane Harbor parking lot, across I-30. Free shuttles to and from the market will be provided.)
3)The Santa Haus
Children of all ages will be delighted to say hello to Santa, who is spending the holiday season in Arlington comfortably ensconced in his custom-built Santa Haus, provided by local builder, K. Hovnanian Homes. Check here for Santa’s daily hours, and pictures with Santa are also available for purchase on site.
4)Geppetto’s Marionette Theatre
Live marionette shows will be presented throughout the market’s schedule (Click here to see available showtimes or purchase tickets) and each ticket is only $10. You’ll want to plan ahead, because, in between shows, children will have the opportunity to participate in a free workshop where they will learn to construct and handle their own marionettes – the perfect holiday pastime for kids and crafty moms.
5)The Weekly Lantern Parade
Each Wednesday, a strolling children’s lantern parade is led through the market, singing carols and receiving gifts from vendors. Each child will be presented with a battery operated lantern to carry while they sing. This activity is enormously popular, and spots fill up fast, so pre-registration is recommended. You can sign up here – pre-registration is $20, or $25 on premises. The parade is recommended for children ages 4 – 9.
6)Live Music – Fun for all ages!
No matter when you stop by, you are likely to encounter live music from one of the local elementary, middle or high school performance groups who will be appearing at the market this year. Saturday evenings have been set aside for professional performances by groups such as Carla Chorn, Daryl Dodd, and the Tejas Brothers. You can check out the performance schedule here, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
7)Handmade Christmas Ornaments and Gifts
While the little ones are waiting in line for Santa or learning how to make marionettes, you can wander the stalls and check out the beautiful handmade wooden ornaments and tatted lace hangings on display. Pick up some one of a kind holiday gifts, or just browse and admire the old-world craftsmanship.
8)Bratwurst, Goulash…and Nachos?
There’s some amazing food on offer at the Market. You can sample goulash, Nutella crepes, spatzle, roasted nuts… and nachos! Did you know that ballpark-style nachos were invented right here in Arlington by Ricos Products? They’ll be at the market offering their signature item alongside the traditional German holiday treats.
9)Honoring our Veterans
Every Monday, the market takes a moment to thank our servicemen and women. There is a ceremonial flag-folding ceremony at dusk, and select vendors will offer all-day discounts to veterans, active service members, and their families.
10)Peace on Earth, and Goodwill Towards Men
For the last 63 years, Arlington has had a Sister City in Germany called Bad Königshofen, and, as with previous markets, the German city will have a booth set up featuring the traditional crafts of their hometown. This isn’t only an opportunity to purchase beautiful imported Christmas products – it’s also a reminder of what the Sister Cities and Christkindl Markets stand for. They are really about bringing people together – within communities, and across great distances. That’s why the market has no admission fee, and the parking is free. Shop, snack, and enjoy – but mostly, embrace the chance to mingle with your neighbors and friends during this happiest of seasons.