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Our winter wonderland

The 2019 Christkindl Market opens on Nov. 29 with an expanded array of exciting opportunities for a memorable holiday experience for families across North Texas and beyond. The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau is partnering this year with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, as the event is staged on the Globe Life Field North Plaza next to Texas Live! and runs through Dec. 22.

A main attraction will be 5,000 square feet of frozen ice skating fun brought to visitors by Ice Rink Rinks where you can take a spin on real ice. That feature of this year’s Christkindl will be open all the way through Jan. 12.

The annual market, one of only five Christkindl themed markets in the United States, presents 20 vendors, anchored by the internationally famous Kathe Wohlfahrt and its exclusive and unique Christmas decorations and designs from the Rothenburg Christmas Village in Germany.

Visitors will encounter festive food and drinks, holiday music and performances and a traditional Warming Hut to accompany your choices of culinary goodies from the following food vendors:

Your Nuts! offering roasted almonds, pecans and cashews; Victoria Chefina provides European-style gourmet chocolates; Savor Partisserie French Macarons has their handmade French macarons in an assortment of flavors.

Rickey’s Jerky specializes in gourmet beef and exotic meat jerky; Nothing Bundt Cakes, with their miniature pre-packaged bundt cakes; Nectar of the Vine offers slushy mixes and gift baskets; Kogler’s Bakery presents their freshly baked goods and treats and JJ’s Concessions completes your choices with German concession foods.

Your stroll through the market will provide lots of opportunities to acquire unique gifts for family and friends, or you might like to pick up something for yourself. There’s lots of choices offered by the following vendors:

Wood Art by Sandi & Don for a selection of wooden crosses, emblems and décor pieces; the Sister Cities booth has their German lace Lebkuchen from Arlington’s Sister City of Bad Konigshofen, Germany; Sawdust and Bullets sells functional art crafted from wood, spent shell casings and acrylic; at Rick Allen Designs you will find hand-fabricated jewelry using traditional jewelry tools and Leal Alpaca, always a favorite stop for their hats, apparel and more made from Alpaca fleece.

The House of Kerri presents unique hand-crafted jewelry; Hambone and Dog Pet Treats offers handcrafted bandanas, collars, bow ties, flowers, Christmas stockings and pet treats; there’s Beauty by Apothecary for all-natural beauty products; Bajra will be there with handmade art, jewelry, Christmas décor, sculptures and metal crafts; Apple Pie Publishing provides choices among children’s book authors and plush animals; and you may explore 3D wooden puzzles at Amazing STEM Puzzles.

Arlington’s Christkindl was first inspired in 2011 by the relationship between the city and Bad Konigshofen. It is an event drawn from the several markets across Europe bringing the magic and feeling of the classic celebratory event to Texas.

The Christkindl Angel will announce the opening of the market at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 by ringing a small bell – a traditional symbol that the Christmas tree has been decorated and gifts await the arriving crowds.

There is no entry charge, and parking is adjacent to the plaza. The market will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., extended to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Altogether the experience is nationally recognized by USA Today. You don’t want to miss it in America’s Dream City, Arlington, Texas – it’s bigger and better than ever!

Check the website for any updates to the market or changes in parking arrangements if there is an event taking place in Globe Life Park – TXChristkindlMarket.com.