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Get Festive with Holly Jolly, Hill Country Cheer in New Braunfels

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Every year, all year, the Texas Hill Country has wonderful events at which you and your loved ones can spend time, eat, dance, and enjoy each other’s company. The holidays are no exception to that rule. It’s a special time during which you can enjoy the area’s unique charm, and New Braunfels is one locale you’ll want to visit for the holiday season! November and December are overflowing with wonderful activities for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations, and they’re happy to share some holiday cheer with everyone!

Get Festive with Holly Jolly, Hill Country Cheer in New Braunfels

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The holiday fun kicks off with the lighting of downtown New Braunfels on November 22, complete with the town Christmas tree. The mayor will flip the switch in the lighting ceremony, setting thousands of twinkling lights all aglow! Beginning at 6 p.m., the streets are shut down, a community band will be onsite to serenade guests, and the lights will turn on at 6:25 p.m. 10 minutes later, Santa will arrive on a vintage fire truck, after which kids can visit, let him know their Christmas wishes, and get their pictures taken! The Downtown Association will be serving hot chocolate and light refreshments and the Canyon High School Steel Drum Band will play the sounds of the season for all to enjoy, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Get Festive with Holly Jolly, Hill Country Cheer in New Braunfels

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Also beginning on November 22 and running through November 24, 2019, is the Weihnachtsmarkt, hosted by the Sophienburg Museum & Archives. This exclusive Christmas shopping experience will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center. A “German-style Christmas Market with a Texas Twist,” this event boasts authentic German collectibles and ornaments, unique décor items, specialty gifts, antiques, and even apparel. For more information, visit the event link available here, or check our their Facebook event page at the link provided here.

The Christmas Tour of Homes, hosted by the New Braunfels Republican Women (NBRW) is another tradition you won’t want to miss. For its 26th anniversary, the fun takes place December 7, 2019, featuring some of the most charming homes in the Hill Country. Tickets are available at the link provided here, and if you purchase in advance, you’ll receive a discount!

Get Festive with Holly Jolly, Hill Country Cheer in New Braunfels

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In addition to enjoying the festive atmosphere and the wonderful decorations that businesses and homes put out in New Braunfels, December is a wonderful time to “Experience Christmas on a Whole New Level” at Natural Bridge Caverns! Many great events will be taking place. Not only will traditional carolling be held in the great acoustics of this natural Hill Country wonder, but there will be seven special nights including a Cowboy Christmas Hayride, an Underground Nativity Experience, a visit with Santa for stories and photos, campfires, live entertainment, hot chocolate and s’mores, and beautiful holiday lights. A 5K-square-foot Christmas maze, a sound, music, and light show, and even ice skating await you and your family! Their newest attraction—Twisted Trails, a Sky Adventure—also features seven zip rails on which you and the kids can whiz through the cool, crisp air, getting a fantastic aerial view of all things below. Visit the Natural Bridge Caverns calendar at the link available here for more details on each of these features and festivities.

Get Festive with Holly Jolly, Hill Country Cheer in New Braunfels

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Late November and the entire month of December see New Braunfels hosting many great festive events to cover all your Christmas gift-giving needs. Christkindlmarkt, hosted by the Conservation Society, is a German-culture-infused open-air market. It features wonderfully handcrafted décor and gifts, craft beer, German music, song, and dance. The atmosphere will definitely make you want to kick up your heels! Vendors will be on hand with amazing Christmas ornaments and artisanal gifts, and fun activities are planned for the children in attendance, including a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Mark your calendar for December 6 and 7, 2019, at the Bavarian Halle at Schlitterbahn Resort. Visit the link available here for more details!

With all of the events, wonderfully festive food and drink, and the great family-oriented time to be had in New Braunfels, there’s certainly no shortage of holiday cheer! They look forward to hosting you and your family over the festive season, and wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!