Looking for an unmissable holiday event in Texas this year? The Tomball German Fest Christmas Market is an annual event sponsored by the Tomball/Teigte Sister City Organization that brings all the joys of European Christmas to Texas!
With 200+ street vendors, four music stages, a petting zoo, and tons of international/festival eats, it’s little wonder why this 3-day gem of an event has been recognized as one of the “20 Best Christmas Markets in the US” by TravelMag.com.
Planning a visit to this magical market? In this Tomball Texas German Fest and Christmas Market Guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about experiencing the wonder of Southeast Texas outdoor German heritage music festival and Christmas market for yourself.
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When is the Tomball Christmas Market?
According to this official page, the 2023 edition of the Tomball Christmas Market will take place from December 8 – 10, 2023.
Please read our full list of Christmas market opening dates in the USA for more.
TIP: The event opens with a parade and the famous “keg tap”, so don’t miss the opening day!
Where to Stay for Tomball Christmas Market
If you have never been to the Tomball German Christmas Market and Festival, plan for a couple of days. It is a street fair, music festival, and open-air Christmas Market bundled into a Holiday celebration, and well worth taking your time to enjoy.
We’ve been numerous times over the years, and it never disappoints! Similar to Austin’s famous artisan street fairs, this is outdoor Holiday fun Texas style!
Several area host hotel options are available, as well as accommodations in the NW Houston area:
- Budget: Click here to check reviews and availability
- Mid-Range: Click here to check reviews and availability
- Luxury: Click here to check reviews and availability
Budget Hotel – Holiday Inn Express in Tomball. This is a basic hotel, clean, comfortable and close to the celebrations.
Mid-range Hotel – The Hampton Inn and Suites – Tomball provides for a reliable hotel chain. The suites have quite a few amenities.
Luxury Hotel – The Woodlands Resort is a a few miles away but the hotel is amazing. Located on the water channels, in the heart of the Woodlands, a suburb of Houston, it is a upscale resort with all the trimmings.
Where to Find Tomball Christmas Market
Tomball, Texas, is located 45 miles NW of Houston, Texas.
The German Fest and Christmas House is held in Old Town, near the Historical Train Depot Plaza on the old downtown streets of Tomball, Texas – 201 S. Elm Street, close to the corner of Main St. (FM 2920) and Market St. But you will see and hear the event long before you reach Elm Street.
The “Weihnachtshaus” or Christmas House will be held inside the Heritage Community Center at 221 Market Street @ Cherry Street.
Admission to the event is free.
Free and paid parking is available.
A free shuttle is also available – Saturday Dec 11: 10am-11pm & Sunday Dec 12: 10am-7pm
What to Eat at Tomball Christmas Market
Christmas is a time to celebrate, and this festival never disappoints.
Good food and drink are plentiful everywhere you look, with highlights including hot pretzels, mulled wine, beer, hot chocolate, and Christmas Stollen – a special type of German fruit cake.
And don’t forget the bratwurst and sauerkraut as you are strolling through the streets!
What to Buy at Tomball Christmas Market
Germany’s famous Christmas markets are best known for their shopping, and the Tomball Christmas Market follows suit.
At the Tomball German Fest Christmas Market, you’ll find over 200 outdoor street vendors, with additional indoor German Christmas market–style shopping and nearby antique shops.
From handmade crafts and ornaments to gifts for loved ones of all ages, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Other Things to Do at the Tomball Festival
Besides shopping and eating, there’s plenty of spice to keep everyone entertained at the Tomball German Fest Christmas Market, including…
- 4 stages of live music
- Special contests for young and old
- Several antique shops downtown
- A full carnival with pony rides and a petting zoo for the children
Plus, while wandering through the stalls and vendors, there are strolling music makers and street performers to delight as well.
It is certainly easy to see why this event is on many a Christmas Festival bucket list… And we absolutely agree that it should be on yours!
Extra Tips for Visiting Tomball Christmas Market
If you’re planning to visit Tomball at Christmas time, here are some additional tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
- Always bring cash. Some vendors do not welcome credit cards.
- Comfortable shoes are a must -it’s a lot of walking.
- Ear plugs can be helpful. The music can be load close to the stages.
- Texas weather in December is anyone’s guess, so dress well and prepare for the (varying) elements!
Other Christmas Events in Tomball
In addition to the Tomball Christmas Market, there are many other events throughout the Houston metroplex area to celebrate the season, including…
- Deck the Depot – (Tomball)
- Kingwood Christmas Market – (Kingwood)
- Houston 12k of Christmas Run – (Houston)
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