In last week’s post about Houston’s holiday festivals, we mentioned several events we love in Houston, Galveston, Sugar Land, Richmond and La Marque. But an annual event northwest of Houston is different from all the others.
The Tomball German Christmas Market, which takes place Dec. 8-10 in Old Town Tomball near the Historical Train Depot Plaza (201 S. Elm), is one of the best holiday events of the year.
Promoters of the family-friendly event describe the ambience as “gemütlichkeit,” which translates to friendly, comfortable and gentile. And it’s a fitting German word for this unique music and street festival.
The event features four stages for live music, where you can tap your feet to the music performed by a variety of bands, including The Chardon Polka Band, Chris Rybak, Yodel Blitz, Das Ist Lustig, Tubameisters and Valina. You can also get into the festive spirit of the holiday season with the sounds of strolling Christmas carolers.
German Heritage items and souvenirs
Another big draw is the nearly 200 vendors selling arts, crafts, antiques, German Heritage items and souvenirs in an open-air market lining Market and S. Walnut Streets, along with all the antique shops in the Old Town area. Inside the Community Center, located at 221 Market Street (at the corner of Cherry Street), you can visit the “Weihnachtshaus,” which will be filled with German clothes and souvenirs to buy.
Overall, between the music and crafts, it’s a Texas-German celebration of Christmas on the old downtown streets of Tomball. Plus, there will be plenty of ethnic and traditional festival food, beer and wine, along with a petting zoo and street performers.
The event is free to the public, and parking and shuttles are available. Not only is the event popular with Houston-area folks, but Tomball’s German Christmas Market has been recognized by TravelMag.com as one of the “20 best Christmas markets in the U.S.”