Weihnachtsmarkt, Texas Style
Herzlich willkommen, y’all! It’s a Texas German celebration Dec. 13-15, on the old downtown streets of Tomball. Come and enjoy the family-friendly ambience - gemütlichkeit - of Tomball’s unique music/street festival with four stages of live continuous music, and an openair market along with antique shops in the old town area. Featured entertainers this year are SqueezeBox, featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange, appearing all three days!
Of course, music can be heard throughout the festival all weekend long, featuring Chris Rybak on his own party stage, Auf Geht’s, Das Ist Lustig, TubaMeisters, Tyrolean Folk Brass, Kevin Anthony, Walburg Boys, Evelyn Billington, and Mike Stroup Trio. You also can’t help but get into the festive spirit with the sounds of strolling Christmas carolers.
Enjoy folk dancing by the Rathkamp German Folk Dancers, Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe, high school German clubs, and local clogging groups. Sinterklaas (the original Dutch Santa) will be strolling the marketplace, along with Ghillie the Elf, a live Christmas tree, entertainers, and Santa Claus himself. These characters welcome free photo requests, so bring your camera. Three German tents with music stages will house biergartens decorated with German themes and Christmas lights. Tables and chairs will allow you to relax with your dunkles bier (dark beer), or a warm cup of glühwein (mulled wine).
BRING YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST
An estimated 200 unique and interesting street vendors will line Market and S. Walnut Streets, selling German Christmas items, arts and crafts, and much more.
Visit the “Weihnachtshaus” inside the Community Center at 221 Market St., which will be filled with accordion music and German clothes, nutcrackers, dolls, and souvenirs for sale.
FOOD. FAMILY. FUN.
Food vendors will include traditional German food and drink, glühwein (warm wine), beer, Christmas stolen (fruit bread) and other homemade breads, kaffee und kuchen (coffee and pastry), bratwurst, red cabbage, schnitzel, apple strudel, etc. The menu also features festival foods like funnel cake, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn, and barbecue.
Kinderfest (kid’s area) will provide entertainment and fun for the young visitors. It includes carnival rides, bungeejump, rock wall, petting zoo, pony ride, walk on water, and more. The kids (and grownups) will enjoy Story Time with Ghillie the Elf at the Gazebo.
The Festival is sponsored by the City of Tomball, Tomball Sister City Org., and German Heritage Festival, and is proud to continue to offer FREE admission, parking, and shuttle. Shuttle parking is in the east lot of Tomball Regional Hospital with shuttles running continuously on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit www.tomballgermanfest.org.