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Holidays in the Hill Country: Fredericksburg

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Holidays in the Hill Country Fredericksburg

By Spring Sault

Tradition speaks of pride in heritage and in family. No place is there more such sentiment than over the holiday season on the banks of the Pedernales River, in Fredericksburg; a town so steeped in its German heritage you can almost literally hear it call out, “Willkommen!“

With a Bavaria-like appeal, the town pays homage to its past through timeless, old-world charm, not to mention the many opportunities it offers to participate in, enjoy and generally make warm memories. In anticipation of a time of endless cheer, Fredericksburg transforms itself into the type of place you would expect to see on the cover of a catalogue. While you won’t necessarily find snow-lined streets, what you will find is a holiday town with a hospitable ambience, idyllic surroundings, and such a broad range of festivities you’ll want to make the “city of steeples” a part of your own traditions.

These are the Holidays in the Texas Hill Country – Fredericksburg:

1. The Great Outdoors

Holidays in the Hill Country Fredericksburg

Photo: tpwd.texas.gov

The very first ever volkssport event in the United States was held in Fredericksburg in June of 1976, and the Volkssportverein Friedrichsburg was the first club organized in the U.S. The Pilgrimage Routes in Fredericksburg consist of 3 sanctioned walking routes on which the town hosts a Midnight Volkssport Walk on Dec. 31, 2015, commencing at historic St. Joseph’s Halle between 11 p.m. and midnight. Refreshments include wine, cheese and sweets served prior to the walk, and party favors are also provided. Bring some bells and jingle all the way!

If you crave a challenge, check out the pink granite domes and boulders at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which are estimated to be over one billion years old! Here you have the ability to hike, camp, rock climb and for something a little more romantic, even stargaze. The Hill Country views are spectacular and you can’t beat a legendary climb to cap off your holiday visit! Park closures are possible on weekends and holidays and shuttle services are also available, so please don’t hesitate to check with the park website for more details in advance.

2. The Architecture

Holidays in the Hill Country Fredericksburg
Photo: nomadicpursuits.com

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