Holiday shopping can be so difficult: The malls are packed, and parking is such a nightmare that you break into a cold sweat just thinking about it. Between hard-to-buy-for dads and teenage kids who already have everything, sometimes it seems easier to just go the gift-card route. But gift cards are so impersonal. Here are some places to shop where you're sure to find just the right thing.
This outdoor attraction, modeled after German Christmas markets, features gifts, ornaments and more. Expect German goodies such as bratwursts, strudel and glühwein. This event is the only place where shoppers in the southwestern U.S. can find exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village. Live performances, visits with St. Nick, a marionette theater and a snow play area round out the action.
- Through Dec. 23 next to Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Free.
This two-day holiday shopping event in Fair Park features 120 vendors, artisan foods and food trucks and music, along with a free photo booth and free pictures with Santa (Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 11 from 2-4 p.m.).
- Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fair Park's Embarcadero Building, 1229 Admiral Nimitz Drive, Dallas. $5; kids 12 and younger get in free. Parking is $5.
North Texas MADE's holiday shop features handcrafted goods from indie makers from across North Texas. Find handmade jewelry, home goods, children's items, unique clothing, accessories, bath and body products, original artwork, eco-friendly items and more. The first 40 attendees will receive a complimentary swag bag filled with handmade items. The event will include photo ops with Santa, a photo booth and a cash bar.
- Dec. 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth. Free.