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Germany is a truly magical place, and lucky for us Texans, New Braunfels brings pieces of it to the Lone Star State for every holiday. If you're not familiar with the city, it's a short drive from both San Antonio and Austin and will be completely worth a visit come this winter. A German-inspired Christmas market is coming to New Braunfels in December, and it's bringing eats, drinks, and shopping from around the world.
Christkindlmarkt will be back in New Braunfels for two days only during the first week of December. You can visit on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. or Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. if you didn't get your fix the first time! The free market is already a Christmas tradition for many, and every year more and more people show up to experience what being in Europe is like during the wintertime.
The Christmas market will be at Schlitterbahn (hosted by the New Braunfels Heritage Foundation), so dressing for the weather is key! Being from Texas anything under 70 degrees is freezing and it's well-known that spending all day outdoors in December is basically Antartica. Here's to hoping puffer jackets are still in!
Food and drink from all over Europe, craft beer, and handcrafted Glüehwein will also be making an appearance to warm us up throughout the night. If there's any reason to go, the food alone should put a little pep in your step. Texas Po' Boys will be back out there again this year. Joining them, to feed you hungry folks, will be B&B Funnel Cakes, Barking Bad Bakery, JD's Chili, Lisa’s Weihnachtsbrödle, Lone Star Hot Dogs, and Uwe's Bakery & Deli, to name a few.
You'll experience music, singing, and dancing while shopping for your loved ones, and yourself. There'll be all kinds of gorgeous merchandise to choose from, and with admission into the market being free, you'll have room to splurge a little on stunning nutcracker décor.
December is a month of giving and receiving, and thanks to New Braunfels we'll be receiving the greatest gift of them all. If you haven't already planned to be at Christkindlmarkt this year, start planning ASAP because there's obviously tons to do and see. I know what I'll be saying I'm thankful for this year.
When: Friday, Dec. 6 & Saturday, Dec. 7
Address: 212 W Austin St., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Why You Need To Go: A true German Christmas market is hard to come by, but New Braunfels is bringing us the closest thing to it. Christkindlmarkt is going to be spectacular.