Arlington Citizen-Journal

Arlington’s annual Christkindl market starts day after Thanksgiving

The Christkindl Angel leads a parade of children through the market in Arlington in 2013.
The Christkindl Angel leads a parade of children through the market in Arlington in 2013. Star-Telegram archives

With her golden locks and a crown to match, the Christkindl Angel will light the Christmas tree in the Texas Christkindl Market on Friday, kicking off the annual festival in Arlington.

From Friday to Dec. 23, people can visit the sixth annual holiday street festival, one of the largest open-air markets in the Southwest, next to Globe Life Park in Arlington, said festival spokeswoman Autumn Reo.

Guests can try authentic German food, treats and drinks, shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and decorations, and enjoy a little snow, Reo said.

New to the festival this year are the Arctic Blast Tubing Run, a 200-foot-long track replicating a tube ride in the snow, and Peppermint Park, a children’s attraction featuring carnival games, crafts, puppet shows and a holiday-themed train ride, Reo said.

“If you co me with the kids, Peppermint Park is going to be one of your must-dos, but if you’re with a girlfriend, you might enjoy the gluehwein and shopping from our unique vendors more,” Reo said.

The market, a traditional German Christmas market that originated in the Middle Ages in German-speaking Europe, was inspired by the relationship between Arlington and its German sister city, Bad Königshofen.

The market has grown from its first year in 2011, a four-day event during which vendors sold out in two days, to the monthlong event.

“Each year we create an even better experience than the previous years and more and more folks hear about it from their friends that have been there, so it continues to grow,” Reo said.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Rafael Sears: 817-390-7657, @searsrafael

If you go

Texas Christkindl schedule:

Opening day, 5-8 p.m. Friday

Nov. 26-Dec. 23: Noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, noon-7 p.m. Sundays.