Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tomball German Christmas Market

We visited the local German Christmas Market, also called a Christkindlmarkt, last weekend.  Mr. TBS loves Germany, I'm dying to go to Germany, and it was a free event that just a mile from home.  Since we live in a somewhat small country town, we were expecting a quaint affair with mostly carnival games and a few booths.

To our great surprise, we were so very wrong!  I had never seen the downtown area so alive.  It was quite the impressive small town festival!

Miles of twinkling white lights!
Booths for countless local businesses!
Concessions stands with German fare!
Handcrafted items and authentic traditional clothing from Germany!
The cutest lederhosen baby onesie!  
Live German music and square dancing!  (Yes, often together.  Oh, Texas.)
People dressed in lederhosen and dirndl!
And yes!  There were carnival rides too!

It didn't hurt that the downtown area is riddled with antique shops, so we spent a lot of time resisting treasures like a wooden garden gate, a standing globe, vintage tins and vases, and old records.  One of my favorite parts about the market was the elderly couples dancing together.  It brought them such joy, and it brought me joy to see people actually dancing, not the typical grinding of my generation that I like to call "dance floor sex."

We left hand-in-hand with red shoes, cookies, a table runner, and wooden figurines from Germany.  It wasn't overcrowded, parking was a breeze, and it was fun for kids and adults.

Would you believe we went a second time?   
Because we sooooo did. 

My favorite live performance was Enzian Buam.  They are talented musicians, and if yodeling could save the world, they would be the superheroes to do it.  Yodeling.  It's like German riffing.  This guy is the Christina Aguilera of German music.

Boy, you betta sang.  ;)


Betsy Transatlantically said...

oh yay, this looks like so much fun!

and now it is my life's mission to go to a Schnitzel Shack.

Michelle said...

Ahhhhh I love this!! SO COOL. I wish I could've gone with you! I love the litte figurines...I would've bought so many! I'm just drooling.

Darby Hawley said...

What a fun festival! I have never heard of this one, but we've got to try it out

Gesci said...

That sounds like a blast! What a great festival to have- is there a big German population there?
Did you have any Gl├╝hwein?

The Tiny Button said...

This looks awesome, I will have to check it out next year!!

Ellie said...
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Ellie said...

Seriously...think about coming out here at Christmas time (really anytime during the month of December is Christmas time here). There is literally a Chriskindlmarkt in almost every town, some bigger than others. You might have to bring an extra suitcase, but Christmas here is awesome.

And, FYI, provided that you get preggers some time while I'm still here, your baby is getting a legit dirndl or pair of lederhosen (respective to its gender) as your baby gift. Kommst du hier jetzt!

Ellie said...

BTW, that deleted comment is because I had a typo that I realized after the fact, and my anal retentiveness wouldn't allow me to keep it on the page without fixing it...

Bev said...

How FUN!!! I love these small town type of activities... where people dance... not grind :) Have you guys been to an Oktoberfest?? Probably so since Mr. TBS is a fan.. but they're oh so fun... so I can imagine German festives for Christmas!!!

Can't wait to see your red shoes!!

Hope all is going swell with Boone my dear.

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Oh wow... how neat! Looks like so much fun!

Martina // Spunkyrella said...

The Schnitzel is actually Austrian, not German and Austria has so much more history and charm than Germany.... just saying :)) #viennesegirlbyheart

Emily @ Emmy June said...

I would grind you in a lederhosen onesie. Yeah, I said it.