One of our favorite new traditions is visiting the Arlington Christkindl Market. The market is set up in a true small German market type setting. There are many venders supplying some unique gift ideas for the season along with some great food and beverages. Yes, including Gluhwein!
This year there are a few additions. There is a petting zoo that Henry really loved. It’s 5$ per child, but adults are free if they wish to accompany their child. The animals were very calm, clean, and friendly. I was a big fan of the Oreo calf. So sweet. The other addition which I thought was really cool was that they now have Christmas trees for sale there. It’s a vendor booth run by Home Depot, so the prices are reasonable. It looked like most were around $20. If we still had a real tree, I could see adding this to our tradition there.
Our favorite part of the market is the Kathe Wohlfahrt store. It’s only one of 7 that get set up in the country during Christmas, so it’s a real treat that we have it so close! Last year we picked up a schwibbogen scene of schwibbogen artists and a cute pyramid. This year we started our smoker collection and picked up a couple of cute ones including a gingerbread train that Henry liked. They have so many great things there. The nutcrackers and music boxes are amazing as usual. If you are a Stein collector, Kathe also has a few that are only available in her stores. You can get a great sample of what is there at their US website. It’s an impressive store that I could spend hours in. Quick note, this is not a stroller or small child friendly store.
There is such a great atmosphere at the market, day and night. They have live music and a lot of places to sit and enjoy the crowd. We’ve enjoyed having it as a unique resource during the holiday.
They are opened November 29 and are there until December 22nd. Parking and admission are free, so you can’t beat that! You can find all of the event details at the Arlington Christkindl website.
I hope you and your family find some time to enjoy the scenery there. There is fun for everyone there. Look below for a few more shots from one of our visits during the day.