Christkindl to combine with Enchant Christmas; adds admission prices

Enchant Christmas, a Vancouver-based holiday festival, will make its U.S. debut at Globe Life Park

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    Enchant Christmas -- a festival that began in Vancouver, B.C., Canada a year ago -- will make its U.S. debut in November at Globe Life Park. The former Texas Christkindlmarkt will become a section of Enchant Christmas. (Photo: Dale Klippenstein/Enchant Christmas)
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    Santa Claus will be available for photos in Santa's Palace. (Photo: Dale Klippenstein/Enchant Christmas)
Ken Costlow

After six years of fun and authentic German Christmas shopping on the grounds of Globe Life Park, the Texas Christkindlmarkt is undergoing a major change for the upcoming holiday season.

The marketplace has been absorbed into the new Enchant Christmas, a holiday festival that will make its U.S. debut in Arlington after having its North American introduction in Vancouver, B.C., Canada a year ago.

Enchant Christmas is a joint venture between the Vancouver-based festival, the Arlington Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

The festival will feature more than two million twinkling lights, brilliantly lit sculptures, the world’s largest light maze, a giant ice skating pond and photo opportunities with the largest Christmas tree in North Texas, and the master of Christmas spirit, Santa Claus.

The biggest change that patrons will notice, however, is that there will now be admission charged, since the previously admission-free marketplace has now become a festival.

Advanced tickets, which will start going on sale Thursday, will be $29.95 (plus service charges and taxes) for adults 15-and-over; $21.95 for children ages 5-14, senior citizens 65-and-over and military and EMS personnel; and $79.95 for a Family 4 Pack (two adults and two children).

There is also a Military Family 4 Pack for $64.95 for two adults and two children from the same military family.   

In addition, there will be VIP admission of $84.95 for adults; $46.95 for children; and $76.95 for senior citizens, military and EMS personnel, including Emergency First Responders.

Admission on the day-of-event will be an additional $5, to encourage pre-event sales and make admission into the event run faster.

VIP patrons are entitled to exclusive entrance into Enchant Christmas, exclusive entrance into the light maze, an enclosed heated tent with seating, an exclusive bar area, and a gourmet dinner buffet complete with festive foods and sweets from Executive Chef John Coleman from the Savor restaurant in Dallas.

Parking will remain free of charge.

A map of the new Enchant Christmas festival, including the Texas Christkindlmarkt section. (Photo: Enchant Christmas)

However, a portion of the profits from ticket sales will be divided between four non-profit organizations – the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Texas Special Olympics, Cook’s Children’s Hospital and Kidd’s Kids, a humanitarian organization founded by late radio personality Kidd Kraddock.

As for the Texas Christkindlmarkt, it will remain as a part of the Enchant Market, in a section called Texas Christkindl Lane.

According to Decima Mullen, Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, at least 50 of the regular vendors from the previous Texas Christkindmarkts will be returning this winter for Enchant.

One of the most popular shops in the Texas Christkindlmarkt is the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Shop, which is a miniature version of the main shop in Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, Germany, one of the largest Christmas shops in the world.

“Being incorporated into a much larger event, we’re expecting a much larger audience,” Mullen said. “We’re excited to see how big the marketplace can grow.”

A spokesperson for Enchant said the ice skating pond will be a replica of a large one in Manhattan’s Central Park and will hold approximately 300 skaters.

The festival will offer skates for a $5 rental fee, with half of the profits being divided between the four previously mentioned non-profit organizations.

The festival will also feature 21 local food trucks providing concessions for patrons; a Kid Zone for the entertainment of youngsters; Santa’s Palace, where Kris Kringle himself will be available for photos; and a Main Stage where visitors can enjoy nightly live music and entertainment.

Enchant Christmas will run from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 from 5-11 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The festival will be closed on Mondays, except for Dec. 18 and 25, and Christmas Eve.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit the Enchant Christmas website or www.TexasRangers.com/enchant.