Thusday, December 8, 2011
Bright skies and frosty temperatures met visitors to the opening day of the 1st Annual Arlington Christkindl Market.
The market, seeking to mimic those of Germany, brought in food and craft vendors and local musicians.
The market is nestled in the shadow of The Ballpark at Arlington, making parking abundant and easily acessible from multiple directions.
The Market is not so large that it feels overwhelming, but not so small that it felt like a letdown, and the vendors are high quality.
Aside from one Scentsy booth, the vendors were non-commercial. There was a good mix of handmade items, German items, and artisan goods. It is easy for this kind of event dissolve into a long row of MLM vendors and credit card application tables if the organizers are not careful, and it was obvious that thought had gone into it. The prices were reasonable.
Biggest pro: The food. The smell and taste added immensely to the authentic feel of the event. After trying food from three different vendors, I can say you really cannot go wrong. The sausages at the Oma's tent near the main stage were our favorite, however, and the least expensive. If you run out of money, visit one of the ATM tents set up throughout the area.
The performers on the main stage were festive and fun and added to the authentic feel of the market, although I would have preferred a bit more singing in German instead of English.
Arlington Police, Firefighters, and Market security were visible throughout the area. The market managed to have the small village feel it was aiming for in spite of the Ballpark towering overhead.
With good weather expected throughout the weekend, you can't go wrong with this free event for the whole family.
The Arlington Christkindl Market runs through Sunday, December 11th.
For hours and parking details visit the web site www.ArlingtonChristkindl.com