Each December, Houston metro area residents find countless ways to celebrate the Christmas season Texas-style. One of the most beloved holiday traditions takes place not in Houston proper, but in the friendly nearby community of Tomball. It’s the annual Tomball German Heritage Festival (often shortened to the Tomball German Festival or Tomball German Fest), which occurs biannually in March and December.
The festival takes place in Tomball’s Old Town area, and it celebrates the first German families to settle in the community, beginning in 1840. Admission and parking are free, and there’s even a free shuttle service to and from select locations.
Here’s why locals of all ancestries will love this award-winning holiday event:
- The Tomball German Christmas Market. The annual Tomball German Christmas Market takes place on December 8-10, 2023. It offers a fun way to get in a festive mood, find gifts for everyone on your list, and connect with your community, all at the same time. Peruse an eye-catching variety of German souvenirs, clothing, arts, crafts, antiques, and more. Don’t forget to treat yourself!
- Eats and drinks. While you may not find sugarplums per se, you’ll find tasty treats for all your holiday cravings. Enjoy beer, mulled wine, and traditional German foods like Christmas Stollen (bread full of dried fruit and nuts), bratwurst, sauerkraut, and more. If those aren’t your thing, there will be plenty of festive non-German foods as well.
- Fun for kids. If your young ones are in need of some entertainment (and ways to burn off all that extra energy), head for the kids’ area. They’ll definitely be of good cheer when they spot the carnival rides, pony rides, bungee jumping, rock wall, and petting zoo.
- Live performances and contests. No German heritage festival would be complete without a traditional “Oompah” band, and the festival features multiple music stages. You’ll also be regaled with Christmas carols, special contests, and other live music performances.
Get in the Holiday Spirit With Christmas Shows at Main Street Crossing
If you’re looking for more local ways to get in the holiday spirit, check out live Christmas music performances at Main Street Crossing throughout the month of December. Click here to purchase tickets.
Main Street Crossing in Tomball, Texas is one of the best small music venues in the Houston metro area. This unique nonprofit in a historical venue hosts country, Americana, folk, blues, and other types of music artists in an intimate setting: the furthest seat is only 45 feet from the stage. MSC also offers food, beverages, table service, and community seating, making it easier to interact with fellow concertgoers and even performing artists. Parking is convenient and stress-free.
Main Street Crossing additionally functions as a multi-use venue for church services, concerts, and more located in Tomball. Check out our event calendar and enjoy entertainment in support of good causes!