It’s not exactly the kind of “bah humbug” that has become the 2020 trademark, but it’s still holiday damage: The Texas Christkindl MarketAmid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington’s most popular outdoor shopping event is online.

The 10-year market, which is considered one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest, will take place from November 27 to December 23 in a purely virtual format, the city of Arlington said in a press release on October 5.

“Although we won’t have a physical location this year, we hope that you will join us on our website and on social media … where everyone is invited to experience the German tradition of our Texas Christkindl market,” they say Organizers.

They still promise decorations, recipes, one-of-a-kind finds, and unique gifts from vendors shoppers know and love. Just not in person, filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays.

Still, they’re trying to make it more than just an Amazon shopping experience, and promising online extras like recipes and video demonstrations for creating German holiday treats. Performances by local choirs and dancers will be broadcast on their social media channels, and Jolly Old St. Nick will also perform.

“While it’s not the way we wanted the market to be this year, we hope it still brings you some holiday joy,” they say.

Follow their Facebook page for more details.

A nationally recognized USA Today vacation destination, the market drew shoppers from near and far who flocked to Arlington in search of handcrafted gifts and collectibles, including exclusive Christmas decorations and designs by K├Ąthe Wohlfahrt from the renowned Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas village in Germany. Last year, the free, family-friendly event took place at the Texas Live Plaza and included an ice rink, plus grocery vendors and a warming shed with hot chocolate and mulled wine.

While the Christmas market may not be in Arlington this year, a new event will fill the stadium complex with holiday joy. A new, mesmerizing experience called Luminova Holidays promises millions of twinkling lights, an outdoor ice rink, and larger-than-life displays during the Christmas season. It will take place in and around the Rangers’ new Globe Life Field from November 20th to January 3rd. Read more about the event here.