Last year at this time, we enjoyed stepping back to a time and place where my German husband and I first met, a Christmas Market!
In Germany, my husband and I enjoyed strolling Christmas markets, sipping our Glühwein and enjoying the trinkets being sold in open-air stalls, and have since enjoyed experiencing the nuanced and different perspectives of other cultures’ take on the traditional German Christmas market.
Living now in Dallas, we were excited to discover this amazing, and very authentic, Christmas Market right here in DFW, Arlington, Texas:
The Arlington Christmas Market, is an annual market promoting a traditional German Christmas-market experience like those held in Germany and throughout Europe for the holidays.
The Arlington Market, November 25 thru December 23, 2016, features German music, food, vendors, kids activities as well as regional favorites for you and your family to enjoy.
Why are Christmas Markets Special?
If you haven’t been to one, Christmas markets are truly magical. They look, smell, and feel everything the Christmas season should be about being laughter, relaxing, simple shopping of handmade-quality gifts (the type of gifts that become heirlooms), drinking Glühwein; eating, homemade cookies, children playing, advent, and more.
The Arlington Christmas Market did not disappoint our expectations for a Christmas market abroad!
Christmas Markets translates to “Weihnachtsmarkt” in German and “Christkindelsmarkt” meaning Christ Child Maker, in Southern Bavaria and Austria. On Christmas Eve, a Christkind (Christ Child/Maker) which looks like an angel, visits children with gifts.
Christmas markets now take place internationally, however, one of the very first Christmas markets in the world was held in Dresden, Germany in 1434.
At a traditional Christmas Market, no matter what the temperature is, seasonal goods are sold from open-air stalls. The Arlington Christmas Market upholds authenticity keeping the event outside. It is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest.
From crafted jams, dolls, aprons, scarfs, mittens, ornaments, hats, cookies, advent calendars, stollen (traditional cake), bread boards (which you can have engraved), traditional German and Bavarian food but also my very favorite traditional ornaments made of straw and wood via Käthe Wohlfahrt.
I’m excited to go again this year to the Arlington Christmas Market. #TXChristkindl #ArlingtonfortheHolidays Hope to see you there!!
Have you been to a Christmas market in Europe, U.S., Australia or somewhere else? If so, where and what did you think about the market?