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Sixteen local North Texas young adults, ages 14-19, have been named finalists for the Start the Journey Youth Voice Competition by the Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival. The Start the Journey finalists were chosen by a special committee including faculty and representatives of the Music Industry Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. At 2 pm this Sunday, Oct. 3, the specially selected finalists will advance to the Start the Journey competition performance at Arlington Music Hall, the same stage where many legendary artists like Maren Morris and Leann Rimes have kickstarted their music careers.  The public is invited to this free event and no tickets are required to attend the performance.

The Start the Journey Youth Voice Competition finalists are:

Amy Hoemke, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Grand Prairie ISD

Anyssa McDonald, Summit High School, Mansfield ISD

Camille Breitenstein, Martin High School, Arlington ISD

Dylan Dalton, Martin High School, Arlington ISD

Emylie Althoff, Haltom High School, Birdville ISD

Erica Fulbright, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Ilanna Feldman, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Julia Suazo, Haltom High School, Birdville ISD

Kiara Mullin, Martin High School, Arlington ISD

Landon Hodges, The Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas

Lucan Lopez, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Mallory Rose Gomez, Lamar High School, Arlington ISD

Miki Hooper, Keller High School, Keller ISD

Riley Gilbreath, North Crowley High School, Crowley ISD

Ruby Cox, Benbrook Middle School, Fort Worth ISD

Sanjna Kalisetty, Greenhill School, Addison, Texas

Finalists are competing for the title of Best Vocalist in each of the four teams as well as a Fan Favorite, chosen by the audience. One winner will be selected from each group and receive $250. The overall Grand Prize Winner will also receive $500. In addition to the cash prize, each winner will receive a recording session at The Cove Studios, a professional recording studio, and an opportunity to perform live as part of an opening act at the Levitt Pavilion Arlington. 

The “Start the Journey” Youth Voice Competition is part of the 2021 Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival, a celebration of all the diverse music, people, and memories that come together for the best American road trip. Debuting October 1 - 3, 2021 in Arlington, a designated State of Texas Music Friendly Community, attendees will enjoy an eclectic mix of live music throughout the three-day festival featuring Levitt Pavilion, Arlington Music Hall, Texas Live!, and 15+ venues and various hosted events including Jazz in the Park, Urban Artisan Market, “Start the Journey” Youth Voice Competition, Classic Car Show and Sunday Gospel Brunch. Founded and coordinated by the Downtown Arlington organization, Ramblin’ Roads is created through the collaboration of the community and its many businesses that make up Downtown Arlington. This year’s schedule is available on the festival’s website,   


Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival 2021


Friday, October 1 - October 3, 2021



Saturday, Oct. 2

?      Classic Car Show, 11 am - 4 pm at Front and Center Street, FREE

Sunday, Oct. 3

?      Sunday Gospel Brunch with The Franklin Imagine Group, 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm at The Sanford House, Additional $100 ticket

?      “Start the Journey” Youth Voice Competition, 2 pm - 4:30 pm at Arlington Music Hall, FREE

?      Urban Artisan Market, noon - 5 pm at Legal Draft Beer Co., FREE

?      Jazz in the Park at Levitt Pavilion, All Passholders



60+ music acts from nationally recognized artists to local talent including:

Friday, Oct. 1

Bobby Pulido With Monica Saldivar • Mike Ryan With Wynn Williams • Devin Leigh • Velvet Love Box • The Texas Cartel • Brandon Steadman Band • Estacado • Billy Star • Sunny Disposition • Mutha Falcon • Cherry Mantis • Shailaun • Able Delilah • Dtb • Flight By Nothing • Mike Freiley • Lava Bomb • Patrick Pombuena • Jesse Jennings

Saturday, Oct. 2

Chromeo • William Clark Green With Shaker Hymns & Jesse Stratton • Jamestown Revival • September Moon • Tamara King Band • Wild Fire • Lance Battalion • Damoyee • Jackie Minton • Taylor Young Band • John Hale • 2:14 • Aaron Cooper Duo • Window Seat • The Martin Brothers • Electric Tongues • Smoking With Strangers • Legacy 4 • Artemis Funk • Igimeji • Jimmy Barcus •  Patrick Pombuena’s Community Orchestra • Acoustic Sound Hounds • Tyler Rougeaux • Joseph Laws • Wade Johnson • Skip Pulley

Sunday, Oct. 3

La Sonora Dinamita With Grupo Control & Grupo Ferozz • Dan Cavanagh Quartet Featuring Grammy Nominee Remy Le Boeuf • Shaun Martin Trio • Big Ass Brass Band • Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield • Don Pendley • Jesse Spradlin • Blake Dagley • Uta Jazz • Aaron Cooper Duo • Pinebox Serenade • Holly And The Mystery Lights • Phil Hollie • Watusi • Artboyp • Brad Fielder • Prettyklawz • Lemonade Stand • Melon Soda • Tanner Fenoglio


Throughout multiple downtown Arlington Texas venues featuring the Levitt Pavilion, Arlington Music Hall and Texas Live! Other venues include: Cartel Taco Bar • Create Arlington • Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social House • Growl Records • Inclusion Coffee • J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill • Legal Draft Beer Company • Maverick’s Sports Grill • Old School Pizza Tavern • Hurtado Barbecue • On Tap • Hooligan's Pub • Hershey's Palace • 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge • Arlington Music Hall Listening Room • Urban Alchemy • Catalyst Creative Arts


Tickets for single events, full-day passes and an all-inclusive all weekend pass range from $45-$250.


Visit to purchase tickets and learn more about Ramblin’ Roads.




About Downtown Arlington

The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation is a private, non-profit community development organization whose purpose is to forge alliances between property owners, business interests, residents and the City of Arlington to improve and enhance the economic vitality and overall environment of Downtown Arlington. Professionally staffed and governed by a Board of Directors composed of a cross section of stakeholders and community partners, the 501(c)(3) manages services and operations in Downtown Arlington while promoting economic stability, growth and community life within this unique neighborhood including the Arlington Cultural Arts District, designated by the State of Texas in 2016. Visit to discover the businesses, events and activities in Downtown Arlington.

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Arlington, Texas is legendary for being the destination for fun at world-renowned attractions, and when it comes to the holidays, in true American Dream City fashion, the city lights up with unique events and activities that will create beautiful memories to last a lifetime. From strolling through its German month-long holiday celebration Texas Christkindl Market, admiring the floats at the annual community-driven Arlington Parade of Lights, admiring the beautiful Christmas décor drive through historical Interlochen Lights, or enjoying the thrills of Holiday in the Park, Arlington has something for everyone to enjoy.

In its sixth year, the Texas Christkindl Market is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest.  Inspired by a cherished German tradition, this free, family-friendly market features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations, and unique one-of-a-kind finds.  Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles straight from Germany including exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt  merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village. Indulging in authentic German treats and eats while enjoying festive music and entertainment throughout the Market is always a crowd pleaser.  Several new features including Peppermint Park and a 200 ft. long Artic Blast Tubing Run have been added this year to make it a destination guests will continue to enjoy throughout the entire event, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016.


Opening Ceremonies - Nov. 25 at 7 pm

Kicking off the 2016 Market, the community is invited to welcome the beautiful Christkindl Angel at the Opening Ceremonies on Nov. 25. The angelic namesake of the event, the Christkind opens the market, sharing German holiday traditions and stories. Special guests join the Angel as she lights up the Christmas tree and opens the Market for a successful 29 days.

Children’s Lantern Parade - Dec. 7 at 7 pm

One of the event’s most cherished activities is the Children’s Lantern Parade. According to the legend, the parade recognizes the generosity of St. Martin, a 4th century Roman soldier who one late, freezing cold evening was approached by a poor, scantily clothed beggar. Martin, who had nothing to give to the man, tore his military cloak in half to share with the man to shield him from the cold. Paying homage to his pure act of selflessness and work on the behalf of the poor, children light lanterns in the late evenings in search of St. Martin and a chance to catch a glimpse of the giving man. Children are invited to participate in this activity, but reservations are extremely limited. // Cost: $25 per child and includes souvenir lantern and photo with the Christkindl Angel. Visit website to make reservation.

(NEW) Arctic Blast Tubing Run - Open Daily

New to Christkindl this year, the Arctic Blast Tubing Run is an amazing tubing attraction with a 200-ft.-long track that replicates a tube ride in the snow. The Artic Tubing run uses state of the art snow technology to create “the closest thing you’ll find to snow in DFW,” according to Southern Star Events spokeswoman Joe Horan and Texas Christkindl Market is the only place in the Lone Star State where guests can experience it!

(NEW) Peppermint Park – Open Weekends (Friday—Sunday) until Dec 12 and Daily Dec. 16—Dec. 23.

Several new elements have been added to this year’s Texas Christkindl Market to make it an even more memorable experience – especially for the kids. Peppermint Park is a new holiday children’s attraction featuring several children activities, winter carnival games, kid crafts, puppet shows and even a holiday-themed train ride sure to make your little elves as jolly and bright – every weekend at the Texas Christkindl Market. // Cost: Peppermint Park Children’s Kinderpasses start at $8 and includes a train ticket, puppet show pass, and game tokens.

Activities at the Peppermint Park include:

The Holiday Train —Kids will depart Peppermint Park on the Christkindl Express trackless train to tour holiday themed lights and tour the grounds around Christkindl.

Winter Carnival Games – Children can use their Kinderpass to play games to win wooden tokens. Games include the Snowball Derby, Ice Fishing, Catch-a-Snowflake, Mr. Abominable, Reindeer Ring Toss, and more. Children can redeem tokens for prizes.

Toy Shack Redemption Center – Children can redeem their game tokens for prizes and toys at the Toy Shack redemption center.  ‘Light Up the Night’ toys and other fun holiday-themed items are also available for purchase.

Holiday Puppet Show Stage—children and families can watch holiday marionette shows on the children’s stage presented by Geppetto’s Marionette Theater.

Elves Workshop —Children can assemble holiday themed crafts and gifts and make one-of-a-kind workshop creations.  Additional workshop kits and activities are also available for purchase.

The Peppermint “S’mores & More” Sweet Shop*— Confections and treats are available for purchase at the candy store, along with a hot cocoa bar and drink station.

Kids Face Painting* – Kids can have their face painted in a variety of styles including Snow Princesses and other holiday favorites.

Reindeer Games—Kids will participate in games led by Santa’s lesser known reindeer, ‘Pepper’.  Learn the Blitzen Boogie and make sure to bring your camera for great holiday photos.

A Petting Zoo* - Get cozy with a little one-on-one time with cute and furry animals at the Texas Christkindl Market petting zoo.

*Items require additional coupon purchase

Santa Haus with St. Nick, Presented by Viridian

And no trip to the Texas Christkindl Market would be complete without a visit to Saint Nicholas (Sankt Nikolaus or der Heilige Nikolaus), the patron saint of children, sailors, students, teachers, and merchants.  Although legend has it that he brings children gifts on Dec. 6, guests can stop anytime throughout the market at the Santa Haus to meet St. Nick. // Cost: Anyone is invited to visit with St. Nick and receive a free candy.  No personal cameras are allowed, however photo packages may be purchased onsite starting at $19.95.

Arlington Highlands Warming Hut

Enjoy the comforts of warm, covered seating in the Warming Hut presented by Arlington Highlands as a cozy place to enjoy eating your schnitzel or catch up with an old friend.  Adorned with festive holiday décor, heaters, tables and chairs, the Arlington Highlands Warming Hut is an ideal destination to host organizational meetings (with space for 10 – 200 people) during the holidays. To reserve a space, interested parties may contact Barbara Kovacevich at or call 817.704.7613. // Cost: By request.

Live Entertainment

From local school choirs and dance groups to favorite authentic Texas-German dancing and singing groups, the Texas Christkindl Market brings the holidays alive with entertainment throughout the month. Hear the sweet sounds of young voices recite Christmas carols or see kids practice traditional German dance with acts like Alpenmusikanten, Dallas Frohsinn, and Texanischer Schuhplatter Verein. Special guests such as the Dallas String Quartet and the UTA Jazz Lab Band also make a special appearance at the market. Check the website for a daily schedule of special entertainment. 

Holiday Gift Vendors

The cornerstone of the Texas Christkindl Market is its vendors. Offering a unique holiday shopping experience, guests can select handmade goods, décor and ornaments that cannot be found anywhere else besides the market including the only place to purchase exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt  merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village in the Southwest. With classic German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins, a walk through the market will feel just like a shopping experience from the original Christkindl Market in Nuremberg, Germany.  Many vendors also demonstrate how their handicrafts are made and then can be purchased directly from the hut. Get a full list of vendors on the website.

Oh the Food!

One of the most anticipated features at the Texas Christkindl Market is the German cuisine. With aromas of roasting nuts, sizzling brats, and freshly made funnel cake filling the air, guests can wander from hut to hut to enjoy the authentic flavors of a Christkindl market as well as try something new. Watch vendors prepare potato pancakes on the large open-air skillet or sip on the traditional German spiced wine called gluhwein, there’s tons to try throughout the market. Several huts throughout the market make it easy to share with your friends or fill up a plate to enjoy a real authentic German feast under the Arlington Highlands Warming Hut. And be sure to save room for dessert – with strudel, pastries and other candied goodies, the market is a sweet-tooth’s fantasyland either to experience at the market or to bring home to enjoy later.

Commemorating visitors’ unique experience to Germany by way of Arlington, several photo opportunities throughout the Market. Stand with the 16-foot Nutcrackers, admire the Christkindl Tree, and don’t forget to take a Selfie with an Elfie #SelfiewithanElfie before leaving…or at least until returning again next year to enjoy the magic of the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, Texas.  

Texas Christkindl Market

Sponsored by Arlington Highlands; Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP; Ben E. Keith; Paulaner; Charter Spectrum; and Viridian

Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016

Opening Day, Nov. 25: 5 pm – 8 pm

Monday-Friday: Noon – 8 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday: Noon – 7 pm


Adjacent to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Road to Six Flags & Ballpark Way. Admission to the market and parking is free. For more information visit,, #TXChristkindl

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