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Hill Country Happenings: November 20 – November 26, 2016

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Thanksgiving is upon us. Here in the Hill Country celebrate all we have to be thankful for with these fun events. Enjoy some quality family time and maybe even find a deal or two. Whatever your plans have a safe and gratitude filled week!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fredericksburg Trade Days, antiques, Texas Hill Country

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Arts in the Park Fall Concert Series: Austin Cajun Aces Nate Jacobson & Crooked Bow  This free to the public concert series is a local favorite. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will move to Old 300 Barbecue’s “The Back Forty” event hall. Sunday 2 p.m. – 12 a.m. Bindseil Park, Pecan St, Blanco, TX 78606. www.facebook.com

Fredericksburg Trade Days
 Get some pre-BlackFriday deals before Thanksgiving. 7 barns & acres and over 350 vendors of “Antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food and more.” Cost: $5.00 parking. Sunday 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane Fredericksburg, TX 78624. fbgtradedays.com

Life-Size Nativity Scene
 Life-size and fully restored historic Nativity figures are on display for public viewing at Comfort Park. Sunday, November 20-December 31, 2016. 423 Main Street Comfort, TX 78013. www.comfortchamber.com 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Blues, Music

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Blue Mondays with Ben Beckendorf’s Blues Boys Great local Blues talents on an outdoor patio. A beautiful setting for a great evening. Monday 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille, 310 East Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.silvercreekfbg.com

Birds of a Feather
 Beginner or experienced birders welcome.  Meet other “birding buddies” and spot fine feathered friends as they stay or migrate to and from the hill country.
Cost: Adult day-use entry $6, Seniors 65 and above $3 Bring ID for free Bluebonnet Pass (half price entry), Kids 12 and under always free(All Day: Monday) PST Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003. 
Please call HCSNA headquarters for more info or Email: [email protected]

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

story time, Bandera Public Library

Photo: Flickr/Phillip

Storytime Bring the kids to a free story-time. Tuesday. 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Bandera Public Library. 515 Main Street, Bandera, TX 78003. www.banderalibrary.org

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

farmers market

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Exit 505 Farmer’s Market Clean, local, farm-fresh foods, flowers, plants & gifts fill this market every Wednesday afternoon. Open year round, rain or shine. Wednesday 4 – 7 p.m. The River Star Arts & Event Park. 3785 HWY 27, Kerrville, TX 78028. theexit505farmersmarket.com

Thanksgiving Dance at Luckenbach with Dale Watson
Holiday Dancehall Show- Country-Rock n’ Roll-Western Swing. Cost: $10, Kids 12 & under are free. Wednesday 
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Luckenbach, TX. www.luckenbachtexas.com

Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Light Festival, Boerne, Texas Hill Country

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3rd Annual Turkey Day with the Dotins Bob Appel plays 8-10:30p.m. No Cover. Open to the public. Join the Thanksgiving party as they fry and smoke a couple of turkeys and do a pot-luck supper for all those without family or just wanting to get away. Bring your favorite dish for the pot-luck. Thursday 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Mercer Street Dancehall, 332 West Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. www.mercerstreetdancehall.com


Christmas Light Fest
 After all the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten drive through two scenic miles of two million twinkling lights. Santa’s village, food, drink craft booths, Santa. Cost: $27 per vehicle. Nov 24 – Dec 31. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road, Boerne, TX 78006. www.sanantoniochristmaslightsfest.com

Friday, November 25, 2016

Dickens on Main, Boerne Texas, Texas Hill Country

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Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig “Just when you thought you’ve seen the absolute final rendition of a Christmas Carol that you can take, another version pops up that’s irresistible—Tiny Tim’s is one of those. A grown up and healed Tim tells what really happened behind the scenes that changed the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge all those years ago on the back streets of London.” Friday 7:30 p.m. (other showtimes available on the website) Elizabeth Huth Coates Indoor Theatre, 120 Point Theatre Road, Ingram, TX 78025. www.hcaf.com

17th Annual Dickens on Main Kick off the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving in Boerne. Shop for unique holiday gifts along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday while the whole family enjoys live musical entertainment, Dickens-era theatrical performances, a variety of children’s activities including Santa and a 60-foot snow slide, live ice sculpting shows, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow on Main Street and more. Saturday and Sunday all day. Downtown Boerne, Boerne, TX 78006. www.dickensonmain.com

Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style
 Crowds gather at the Blanco County Courthouse to watch the lighting of 100,000 twinkling lights. Guests can take pictures with Santa, take a carriage or hay ride through the town or shop for Christmas ornaments from vendors. The event continues through the 1st of January with various events each night. Friday, November 25 – January 1, 2017. E Pecan Drive, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.lbjcountry.com

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas cookies

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Highland Lakes Farmer’s Market “A stalk of corn waiting for harvest started as a seed; our community’s the same. We’re planting the seed of brighter tomorrows today.” Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Falls Creek Park, South Main Street, Marble Falls, TX 78654. highlandlakesfarmersmarket.com.

The Farmers Market at the Cibolo Enjoy food, arts, crafts, free live music, gardening classes, cooking demonstrations and children’s craft activities, too. Saturday 9 a.m – 1 p.m. 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. www.facebook.com

Holiday Cookie Decorating & German Traditions Get into the holiday spirit. Children can decorate their own gingerbread ornament to take home and hang on the tree. Then walk down to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm and have fun decorating cookies as it was done for a German Christmas tree in the 1900s. Enjoy taking part in the German holiday traditions of cookie decorating, candle making and awaiting the arrival of St. Nicholas. Families will also enjoy holiday wreath-making demonstrations. Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, Stonewall, TX 78671. www.traveltexas.com