The holidays bring all sorts of dilemmas, such as what to get the person who likes nothing and when to begin blocking off the chimney. Solve one of these problems with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two one-day admissions to Weihnachtsmarkt, held at the New Braunfels Civic Center on November 18–20, 2011 (a $20 value). The market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
More than 60 artisans and local merchants display their wares in the holiday Weihnachtsmarkt, enticing shoppers with handmade goods, traditional German foods, and uncommon gifts. The market, modeled after a German tradition that celebrates the Advent season, features tannenbaums strung with lights, ornaments, and glinting strands of lederhosen. New to this year's market, a holiday meet-the-author book fair acquaints readers with more than 10 writers. As gifts plop merrily into overstuffed shopping bags, guests peruse booths featuring vendors such as Little Leaping Lizards, which sells handcrafted gifts for children and babies. Nearby, the gourmet salsa and barbecue-sauce crafters of Shayne Sauce vend smoky dressings that can liven up dishes or lubricate the chimney.
The Weihnachtsmarkt benefits the Sophienburg Museum & Archives, a collective dedicated to conveying the pioneering spirit that led German colonists to central Texas and preserving the genealogical history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels. Though not included with this Groupon, guests can reserve a table or a lap seat at Saturday's breakfast with Santa.