What began as an observation of a German tradition by Arlington by Arlington Councilwoman Sheri Capehart – the Christkindle Market – seems to have caught on in Arlington and the Metroplex.
Capehart and other councilmembers occasionally visit Arlington’s sister city in Germany, Bad Konigchofen.
It was there that Capehart first observed the traditional Christkindl Market (kris-kin-dill).
“It’s an enchanting family market in the tradition of markets held throughout Germany during the Holiday season,” she said. “The Market features authentic German food and beverages, entertainment, arts and crafts, and holiday gifts.”
But would that idea work out in Arlington? The city, chamber of commerce and a host of volunteers decided to give it a try last year. It proved to be a major success that exceeded even optimistic hopes.
This year’s Christkindle includes a special appearance by the Christkindl Angel. Also new to this year’s festivities will be a Children’s Lantern Parade as part of the opening ceremonies. Another new addition preceding the market will be a “volksmarch,” or walking event (in Germany these are called “volkssports”).
The market, which is held on the grounds of the Ballpark in Arlington, is the perfect complement to Six Flags Holiday in the Park, the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade and other Spirit of Arlington holiday events.
The Christkindl Market this year will last twice as long as the 2011 version, starting November 29 and running through December 15.
The original Christkindlmarkt dates back to the mid-16th century in Nuremberg, Germany.
Christkindl market is now a joint effort by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Experience Arlington (the Convention and Visitors Bureau), and the City of Arlington. For market hours and a complete schedule of events, please visit their website at www.arlingtonchristkindl.com.