Texas Christkindl Market, Arlington

The Texas Christkindl Market is in it’s 5th year, and each year improving to become bigger and better than the year before.  Not only are there many vendors at the market, but live music, authentic food and fun activities for children make this an event not to be missed in North Texas!

photo courtesy of Texas Christkindl Market

Know Before You Go

Free Admission/Free Parking

Although it’s open all week, weekends are the BEST time to visit!

Dress warmly, it’s all outdoors!


Live Music/Events

Be sure to check the events calendar for entertainment on their Main Stage during the weekends!  My friend said she visited during a German concert, and the music really set the tone for their entire visit!



Try some authentic German food at Christkindl.  You must purchase coupons for food, which seemed a little unnecessary.  We all picked something and shared so we could try a little of everything.

Nothing says a German Christmas more than Gingerbread, and you can purchase a gingerbread house for $30 to decorate, homemade from The Cakery!  Each house comes with a clear display box and icing and candies!  Reservations are highly recommended!


Northpole, Texas Puppet Theater

Visit the Christkindl website to prepurchase your tickets at a discounted price.

St. Nick

We didn’t visit Santa during our visit, but he did wave hello and was “looking very Santa-y”, if you know what I mean.  No fake beard, here!  Visits are FREE, but no personal cameras are allowed.  Photo packages start at $19.95.

Bonus!  St. Nick is available on weekends and DURING THE WEEK, and when we visited on a Tuesday afternoon, there was NO WAIT!


Snow Playground

A huge ice truck sat just outside the Snow Playground, keeping it full of snow and really cold!

Skip the Snow Throw ($5 for 5 snowballs) and spend the $8/person for 25 minutes at the Snow Playground, where snow deprived Texas children can build a real snowman!



Like all the children’s activities, the rides are only open Friday – Sunday.


Children’s Lantern Parade

Takes place each Wednesday evening during the market.


Little Germany, Fort Worth

I NEVER like to give a recommendation to a place I haven’t been, but I recently heard about Little Germany in Fort Worth at 703 N. Henderson (17 miles away from Globe Life Park).  I’ve been asking and all I’ve heard are great reviews about this restaurant.  It might be a fun place to eat before your visit!  Click HERE to visit their website.

A few not local German restaurants we have tried, but are still worth mentioning, are the Bavarian Grill in Plano and Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten in Granbury.

Things to do in Arlington  

River Legacy Living Science Center is open 7 days a week, and has a terrific interpretive center with live animals.  Click HERE to read more about it.

River Legacy Park offers walking and mountain bike trails, a paddling trail along the Trinity River, playground with grills and much more!  Click HERE to read more!  The park offers many annual activities, including Tents & Tales campout, click HERE for more information.

Crystal Canyon Natural Area has a 1/2 mile trail which highlights the area’s geology, but there’s also a great tale of hidden treasure here.  To read more, click HERE.

Southwest Nature Preserve offers more a more strenuous 1 mile loop with steep terrain, plus 3 fishing ponds and picnic tables. Click HERE to read more.

Allen Saxe Park is a small neighborhood park with a fishing pond.  Click HERE to read more.   Marti Van Ravenswaay Park offers a big green space, basketball hoops and grills.  For more information, click HERE.

Red Kane Park has a fun playground, fishing pond, and walking trails.  Click HERE to read more.  Early each summer we love walking the trail in search of the peacocks that live in the area.  Click HERE to read more.

The YMCA Exercise trail is a 3/4 of a mile soft trail that is open to the public. Click HERE to read more.

Veterans Park Disc Golf Course is a good and busy course in Arlington, with wonderful terrain and elevation drops you wouldn’t expect to find on a N. Texas course. Click HERE to read more.

The Fish Creek Linear Trail is a 7 mile long hard-surface hike and bike trail that goes into Grand Prairie.  Click HERE to read more.

The Cody Rocamontes Skatepark is a FREE skatepark in North Arlington. Click HERE for more information.

The Arlington Animal Shelter offers tours, animal adoptions, classes and much more.  Click HERE for more information.

UTA Planetarium runs great shows on their domed screen, including Texas Sky, laser shows and our favorite, Spacepark 360.  For more information click HERE.

Round One Bowling and Arcade is the Parks Mall makes striking out fun!  Click HERE to read more.

Alley Cats Family Entertainment offers bowling, putt-putt, rock-climbing, laser tag, batting cages and lots of games.  Click HERE for more information.

Dyno-Rock is a great place for indoor rock climbing, and the helpful staff with assist getting you started!  Click HERE to read more.

The Elzie Odom Athletic Center also has a rock climbing wall, along with basketball court and more.  Click HERE for more.  The Hugh Smith Recreation Center has an indoor pool, which is open to the public on Friday nights. Click HERE to read more.

The Levitt Pavilion brings live music to Arlington, most of which is free, and is the centerpiece of annual events such as the Holiday Lights and 4th of July Parade and fireworks show!  Click HERE to read more.

Six Flags Over Texas will thrill and delight you with great amusement park rides!  Click HERE for more! Fright Fest at Six Flags will scare you with more than just their rides!  Click HERE for more information.  Six Flags Holiday in the Park runs from usually the second weekend in November through December.  Click HERE to read more.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is the place to stay cool during the summer!  Click HERE for more.

Howard Moore Play Pool is a splash pool for younger children.  For more information, click HERE.

Alan Bolden Pool is big hit each summer with high dive boards!  Click HERE to read more.

The Village Creek Paddling Trail and Lake Arlington Paddling Trail are great places to kayak or canoe, and Village Creek can be challenging when water is released from the pumping station.  Click HERE to read more.

The Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park are always winners when it comes to something fun to do in Arlington!  Click HERE for Mommy Tips when visiting.

Creative Hands is a fun place to take the kids to pick out ceramic or plaster pieces to paint, with many nice items for keepsakes.  Click HERE for more information.

Christmas Lights of Interlochen is an Arlington Tradition at Christmas, with police directing traffic in this very popular neighborhood filled with twinkling lights!  Click HERE for more.

Texas Christkindl Market is another holiday favorite in Arlington.  Click HERE to read more.

Campo Verde and the Kulesz Light Display are another Christmas tradition in Arlington!  Click HERE to read more.

Adventure to Santa is a fun Santa experience at the Parks Mall.  Click HERE to read more.

The YMCA’s Central Branch rings in the New Year’s with an annual Polar Plunge!  Click HERE for more information.

Texas Christkindl Market

Road to Six Flags and Nolan Ryan Expressway, Arlington

Click HERE to visit their website. 

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