A German Christmas with Texas Style

Enjoy the festive spirit of Christmas, the sounds of strolling carolers and the ethnic flavor of a Texas German Christmas from 6 to 10 p.m., December 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., December 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 9, in old town Tomball. This unique street festival is packed with family-friendly ambience, entertainment, an open-air market and antique shops. Festival admission, parking and shuttles are free.

The event provides 150 street vendors selling goods that include German Christmas items, arts and crafts, traditional German clothing, souvenirs and antiques. Food vendors will serve traditional German food and drink such as glühwein (mulled wine), beer, Christmas stollen and homemade breads, kaffee und kuchen (coffee and pastry), bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut and apple strudel. Festival foods like funnel cake, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers and kettle korn will also be on hand.

Entertainment includes four stages of live music, street performers, a traditional Dutch Santa, clowns, jugglers, strolling entertainers and Santa Clause and his elves. For the younger set, a Kinderfest (kid’s area) includes carnival rides, bungee jumping, a rock wall, a petting zoo and pony rides. A free hayride and Christmas lights tour is offered in the museum district.

Location: 201 S. Elm, Tomball. For more information, call 281-379-6844 or visit TomballGermanFest.org.

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