Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Ceremonies on Friday open expanded Texas Christkindl Market

A scene from the 2014 Texas Christkindl Market.
A scene from the 2014 Texas Christkindl Market.

Arlington will launch the holidays German-style when a beautiful Christkindl Angel lights the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Friday to open the fifth annual Texas Christkindl Market at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The angelic namesake of the event and many special guests will open the 26-day market, sharing German holiday traditions and stories. Guests at opening ceremonies will get the first look at the nearly 50 gift and German food vendors with shops set up in huts ready to sell holiday gifts, decorations and handcrafted gifts and collectibles.

The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau “is excited to have great partners who help to create the largest Christkindl market in the south. With new vendors, real snow, gingerbread-house-making and more, we are really rolling out the red carpet for those who love the holidays,” said CVB marketing director Decima Cooper Mullen. “We hope to continue to grow the size of the market with the support of our surrounding community and beyond in the coming years.”

Back by popular demand will be the expansive Kaethe Wohlfahrt store, famous for its beautiful Christmas decorations created in the retailer’s Bavarian headquarters in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Guests at earlier markets have lined up outside the store eagerly waiting for a chance to go inside and fill their shopping bags with the exquisite collection of gifts.

The sprawling market, started by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and city leaders, will now be managed by the bureau and will expand its footprint outside the ballpark. The bureau is the perfect partner to promote the market throughout the country as a tourist destination.

“With classic German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and beer steins, a walk through the market will feel just like a shopping experience from the original Christkindl market in Nuremberg, Germany,” a representative for the event writes. “Many vendors also demonstrate how their handicrafts are made and then can be purchased directly from the hut.”

Imagine tasting roasted nuts, sizzling brats, strudel and fresh-made funnel cake as you stroll among the huts. Or watch vendors prepare potato pancakes on a large open-air skillet as you sip gluhwein, the traditional German spiced wine.

New this year are spectacular attractions for children to enjoy in the Kinder Market. Youngsters will have a fabulous time experiencing storytelling, gingerbread-house making, carousel rides and pony rides. Parents will want to join the fun at the new snow playground. Returning are the enchanting children’s Lantern Parades at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Sign up early to participate.

Don’t miss the Northpole Texas puppet show on the Marionette Stage featuring St. Nick, singing cactus, penguins, elves, dancing mice and the country critter band. Stick around after the show for photos with the puppets.

Be entertained by school choirs performing Christmas carols and dance groups showing their talents at traditional German dances. Each Saturday night features a headline entertainer. Texas singer-songwriter Deryl Dodd takes the stage Dec. 12, and country artist Aubrey Ann England will do the Dec. 19 show.

Admission to the market is free and free parking is nearby. For details about hours, special events and vendors, visit www.TXChristkindlmarket.com.

700 participate in Day of the Girl Rally and March on Main

Congratulations to Girls Inc. of Tarrant County for the more than 700 participants at the recent Day of the Girl rally at the Tarrant County Courthouse followed by a march on Main Street.

Sandra McGlothlin, Marie “Doc” Holliday and Julie Wilson were honorary chairwomen for the event. The national anthem was performed by Ashley Casey; girls from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Eastern Hills High School presented the Girls Inc. Girls Bill of Rights; and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price read the official proclamation of the day.

Participants then marched on Main Street from the courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center in a demonstration of unity to celebrate girls’ rights and recognize the struggles to overcome issues such as negative media images of girls and teens, the school dropout crisis, limited work opportunities and equal pay for equal work.

To inquire, contact Amy Rasor at arasor@girlsinctarrant.org.

Trophy Club Holiday Home Tour is Dec. 5

One of the highlights of the holiday season is the Tour of Homes hosted by the Trophy Club Women’s Club. Make plans to see five spectacular homes from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 when the gracious homeowners will welcome guests to see the glimmer and shimmer of their holiday decorations.

As you stroll through each home you will see each family’s amazing Christmas collections and spectacular decor. It’s everyone’s favorite way to get ideas for decorating your own home as you see the creative ways that collectibles are displayed and incorporated into the holiday decorations.

The club will also host a party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Premier Academy, 915 Trophy Club. The holiday celebration will feature a silent auction, raffle, wine pull and a chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. Guests will enjoy appetizers and desserts.

Silent auction swag includes a cooking class, Trophy Club Country Club membership initiation fee, a wine-tasting in Sonoma, James Avery jewelry, a handmade quilt and an adorable pinto rocking horse.

This is the 30th anniversary of the home tour, and the club will again donate proceeds to local charities such as the Roanoke food pantry, Children’s Advocacy Center and Battered Women’s Foundation.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on tour day. Purchase online at www.mytcwc.org or at Tom Thumb, Sassy Flamingo, Roanoke Pharmacy or Sadie’s Resale Shop. On the day of the tour, get tickets at Premier Academy or any of the tour homes. Contact DeDe Brady at bradj4@att.net to inquire.

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