December

AUSTIN: Dec. 9-23 Trail of Lights Since it began in 1965, the Austin Trail of Lights has grown into one of Austin’s largest events, attracting an average of 400,000 people per year. Every holiday season, Austin’s iconic Zilker Park is transformed with more than 2 million lights, 65-plus displays, 30 food trucks, three entertainment stages, 50 private holiday parties, and interactive experiences throughout the park. Some new highlights include a 13-foot illuminated carriage, 12 seven-foot lighted guitars commemorating Austin’s musical roots, and a 25-foot spiral holiday tree. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.austintrailoflights.org

AUSTIN: Dec. 13-24 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar The holiday marketplace celebrates 43 seasons of treating Texans and tourists to a festive, holiday shopping experience for 12 days and nights. This iconic cultural event features more than 175 con- temporary touring artists, award winners, and local favorites. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-974-6700; armadillobazaar.com

AUSTIN: Dec. 14-16 Day of Tango Festival The eighth annual festival offers performances by international tango dance champions and instructors and live music from the famous Miguel Arrabal Tango Quartet. Interactive dance workshops, a free beginner’s dance lesson, and Argentine milonga dances are among the event’s cultural activities. Ben Hur Shrine Auditorium, 7811 Rockwood Lane. 512-695-1024; dayoftango.org

AUSTIN: Dec. 20 Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert This annual multi-sensory extravaganza sells out venues year after year, and is a multi-generational holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” features founder/ composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious, abandoned theater. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. 512-477- 6060; uterwincenter.com

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 6 “Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance” See works by this celebrated American artist, including photographs and sketches related to his landmark artist’s books, such as “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” (1963), “Various Small Fires and Milk” (1964), “Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass” (1968), and more. Discover Ruscha’s persistent engagement with the artifacts of American popular culture, the iconography of the road, and the manufactured romance of Hollywood. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. 512-471-8944; hrc.utexas.edu

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 6 “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” The exhibit showcases the work of more than 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels economic, social, and political change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. 512-471-5482; blantonmuseum.org

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 13 “Get in the Game” This exhibit examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States by celebrating athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, both on and off the playing field. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St. 512-721-0216; lbjlibrary.org

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 27 “Rodeo! The Exhibition” Experience the excitement of rodeos from around the state with this dynamic and comprehensive exhibition. Gain an insider’s perspective on what makes rodeo an integral part of Texas history and imagine you’re in the heart of the arena with classic artifacts spanning decades, immersive multimedia experiences, tactile activities, and first-person interviews high- lighting the personal relationship Texans have with rodeo traditions. See how five of the largest Texas rodeos and stock shows bring crowds and competitors from all parts of the world together, and explore the origins of rodeos and lasting legacy of youth education, community involvement, and historic preservation. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. 512-463-6485; thestoryoftexas.com

AUSTIN: Through April 30 “SaddleUP— Texas Ranching & Tradition” Jump in the saddle and experience a virtual ride with real Texas ranchers who meet modern challenges while preserving their traditions. Through photographs and video, see hard-working cowboys and cowgirls come to life as they ride, rope, and rodeo the same way their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did before them. Texas Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th St. 512- 305-8400; texasstatecapitol.com

BANDERA: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Experience the excitement of the Wild West with the award-winning Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters recreating shootouts and daily life of the Old West. Bandera Visitors Center, 126 SH 16. 830-796-3045; banderacattlecompany.com

BANDERA: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Cowboys on Main Interact with the Old West lifestyle. Bandera County Courthouse, 500 Main St. 830-796-3045; banderacowboycapital.com

BANDERA: Dec. 1 The Old Timers Trading Post Meet local artisans. The Old Timer, 14178 SH 16. banderacowboycapital.com

BANDERA: Dec. 6 Cowboy Capital Opry See some Grand Old Opry-style entertainment, hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne, and enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. 830-796-4969; silversagecorral.org

BANDERA: Dec. 7 Cowboy Capital Christmas and Shoppers Jubilee
Enjoy beautiful lights and music from children’s choirs during a living nativity and a visit from Cowboy Santa. Bandera merchants are open late for holiday shopping, and the streets fill with strolling Christmas carolers, musicians, and cowboys. Main Street. 830- 796-3045; banderacowboycapital.com

BANDERA: Dec. 8 Cowboy Capital Christmas Parade Bring a lawn chair and look for Santa in a parade down Main Street. 830-796-3045; banderacowboycapital.com

BANDERA: Dec. 8 Hill Country Holiday This event includes a musical celebration, a schoolhouse tour, a Polly exhibit, and holiday refreshments. Polly’s Chapel, 359 Polly’s Chapel Road. 210-260-8224; banderacowboycapital.com

BANDERA: Dec. 9 Frontier Times Muse- um Cowboy Camp Bring refreshments, a chair, and a guitar and join in the song circle, or just sit and enjoy traditional cowboy music. Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St. 830-796-3864; frontiertimesmuseum.org

BANDERA: Dec. 20 Cowboy Camp 
Enjoy the pickers’ circle, and join if you wish. Bandera Beverage Barn RV Park, 1407 SH 16. 830-796-3045; banderacowboycapital.com

BOERNE: Nov. 23-25, 29-30, Dec. 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30 Old West Christmas Light Fest This event brings the holidays to life with more than 40 buildings twinkling with holiday lights, visits with Santa, and holiday photos under the starry Texas sky. Enchanted Springs Ranch, 242 SH 46 West. 830- 249-2222; oldwestchristmaslightfest.com

BOERNE: Dec. 1 Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair Find Texas hand-crafted wood items, homemade jellies, hand-crafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand-embroidered items, and hand-painted bird feeders and bird houses. With three large buildings full of handmade crafts, it’s easy to find the perfect gift for any loved one. Kendall County Fair- grounds, 1307 River Road. 830-249-2839; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 1 Stocking Stroll This shop- ping tradition is a great way to knock out a holiday gift list. This year, 23 businesses participate. Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St. 830-331-1065; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 1 Weihnacht Parade Watch as up to 100 lighted entries travel along Main Street at this 32nd annual tradition. Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St. 830-248-1635; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 4-5 A Walk in Bethlehem As you enter the city, allow the sights, sounds, and smells to carry you to a period of time that changed the world. Journey through the heart of the city after being counted for the census. Collect your denarii, and enter the marketplace that is bustling with activity from more than a dozen authentic shops. Enjoy samples from the baker’s shop, marvel at the crafts of potters, carpenters, and basket weavers, and listen for the rumor of a king’s birth from excited townspeople. The highlight of the event will be a traditional nativity scene including camels and Magi. St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, 100 N. Main St. 830-249- 3228; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 7 Camerata San Antonio Concert Enjoy a chamber music concert inspired by the strength of the human spirit in the face of the depths of human cruelty, featuring violinist Anastasia Parker, violist Emily Freudigman, cellist Ken Freudigman, and pianist Viktor Valkov. First United Methodist Church, 205 James St. 210-492-9519; cameratasa.org

BOERNE: Dec. 7-8, 14-15 The Christmas Town The scene includes live Christmas music, hayrides, the town of Bethlehem, shopping with handmade gifts, an entire interactive area just for kids, food, and more. Vanguard Institute, 43360 I-10 West. 830-537-6157; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 8-9 Boerne Christmas Market Days Listen to live local music and shop for handmade arts and crafts, art, woodwork, antiques, collectibles, chic clothing and accessories, vintage items, jewelry, and more. Boerne’s Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St. 210-844-8193; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 8 Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour Located behind Boerne City Hall, the Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like “way back when.” Kuhlmann-King House, 402 E. Blanco Road. 830-331- 1033; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 8 Second Saturday Art Beat Boerne shops and art galleries team up for a fine art experience. Take a walk on the art side every second Saturday of the month. Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St. 210-954-6659; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 15-16 Cowboy Christmas Market Days Finish your last-second Christmas shopping. Get your pictures taken in the old jailhouse with period cowboys and Old West characters. Arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, chic clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage, decor, and more are available for sale. The event includes great food and music from local bands and singer-songwriters. Boerne’s Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St. 210-844-8193; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 15 The Ten Tenors in Con- cert Come home for the holidays with The Ten Tenors. With a generous mix of festive favorites and modern holidays hits, the group walks you through a musical winter wonderland that truly captures the essence of the holidays. Champion High School Auditorium, 201 Charger Blvd. 830- 331-9079; visitboerne.org

BOERNE: Dec. 22 Concert in the Cave: Winter Solstice Enjoy an eclectic concert of holiday music celebrating the winter solstice, combining contemporary arrangements of traditional carols, soaring vocals, original acoustic music, and pulsing world-beat rhythms, performed on a mixture of ancient and modern instruments. Cave without a Name, 325 Kreutzberg Road. 830-537-4212; visitboerne.org

BUDA: Dec. 1-2 Budafest The holiday sea- son starts in downtown Buda with this 39th annual event. Explore the art market to find that perfect gift or add your own touch at Santa’s Artisan Workshop. The night parade and fireworks sparkle with thousands of lights, and the Reindog Parade brings a smile to all as dressed-up pups walk down Main Street. Downtown Buda, 303 Main St. 512-295-7170; budafest.org

BULVERDE: Dec. 8 Holiday Tour of Homes Ten beautiful homes are decorated to celebrate the season, some by local merchants including Farmhouse Market and Choices & More. Each home has a holiday theme, door prizes, refreshments, and activities. Various locations. 830-438- 4285; bsbtourofhomes.com

BURNET: Dec. 7-9, 14-16 Main Street Bethlehem Wind your way through a village alive with peasants, royal guards, shepherds, and wise men all on the trek to see the baby Jesus. First Baptist Church, 108 S. Vanderveer St. 512-756-4481; fbcburnet.org/mainstreetbethlehem.htm

CASTELL: Dec. 1 Gumbo Cookoff 
Have some fun and try some of the best gumbo around. Castell General Store, 19522 RR 152. 325-247-4100; heifersonly.com or castellgeneralstore.com

COMFORT: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Life-Size Nativity Figures on Display
These vintage, life-size figures originally came from the Sears building in San Antonio. Jeannette MacDougall extensively re- stored them in 2015 under the direction of the Comfort Chamber of Commerce. Com- fort Park, 423 Main St. 830-995-3131; comfortchamber.com

COMFORT: Dec. 1-25 Townwide Christmas Lighting Contest and Viewing Comfort businesses and residences go all- out to light and decorate for Christmas. Drive through day and night for beautiful and inspiring displays. Various locations. 830-995-3131; comfortchamber.com

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dec. 1-2 Redbud Artisan Market The indoor holiday show features the unique, handmade art and fine craft of more than 60 Texas artisans. Shop while listening to live music, and enjoy food by Space Cowboy Catering and wines from Austin Custom Winery and Red Road Winery. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 29401 RM 12 North. 512-858-7892

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 23-Jan. 6 Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating 
This annual seasonal event benefits local charities. Marktplatz, 100 block of W. Main St. 830-997-6597; skateinfred.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 1 A Ranger Christmas Meet Cowboy Santa and enjoy Ranger Town, wagon rides, caroling, hot chocolate and wassail, and more. Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E. Main St. 830-990-1192; trhc.org

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 1 Christmas Home Tour and Market Enjoy the 61st annual self-guided tour through selected homes that have been decorated in their finest for the holidays, along with a market specializing in one-of-a-kind merchandise. Various locations. 830-990-8441; pioneermuseum.net

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 1-16 Christmas Wine Affair Tickets include a Tasting Pass- port to receive complimentary tastings and wine discounts at dozens of participating wineries on this self-guided tour. Various locations. 872-216-9463; texaswinetrail.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 7 First Friday Art Walk Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations.ffawf.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 7 Light the Night Christmas Parade and AfterGlow Catch this breathtaking lighted night parade and participate in activities presented by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. Various locations. 830-997-5000; lightthenightchristmasparade.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day Observance Attend this recognition and memorial program with speakers, a chaplain, the Joint Color Guard, music, and more. National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main St. 830-997-8600; pacificwarmuseum.org

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 14-16, 21-23 “Winter Wonderettes” 1960s versions of seasonal classics put you in the holiday spirit. Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US 87. 830-997-3588; fredericksburgtheater.org

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 14-15
The Christmas Journey Attend a free drive-through presentation of the Christmas story depicted in nine scenes, all with live animals and actors, magnificent back- grounds, special lighting and effects, and Christmas music filling the night air. Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 W. Austin St. 830- 997-2069; bethanyfredericksburg.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 14-16 Trade Days Shop more than 400 vendors in seven barns to see acres of antiques, and enjoy the biergarten, live music, and more. Across from Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Drive. 210-846-4094; fbgtradedays.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 15-16
“The Singing Christmas Tree” Local volunteers present a one-hour concert standing on a 30-foot tall decorated and lighted Christmas tree. Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St. 830-990-8441; pioneermuseum.net

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 22 Luckenbach Christmas Ball Enjoy this annual holiday dance in a historic hall featuring musician Gary P. Nunn. Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 830- 997-3224; luckenbachtexas.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 31 Countdown to 2019 This event features a DJ, food trucks, and a midnight ball drop. Bring blankets and chairs to join the fun. Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St. 830-997-7521; fbgtx.org

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 31 Luckenbach New Year’s Eve Celebration Usher in the new year with one heck of a party in a historic dance hall featuring music by the Almost Patsy Cline Band. Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. 830-997-3224; luckenbachtexas.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 31 USO-Style Hangar Dance The Hangar Hotel hosts a New Year’s Eve Hangar Dance, with a percentage of the event’s proceeds donated to USO Ft. Hood. The dance features big band music by Fredericksburg local Bill Smallwood and the Lonestar Swing Orchestra, swing dance lessons, a Champagne toast, a costume contest, a photo booth, party favors, black-eyed peas, and cornbread at midnight. The Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road. 830- 997-9990; hangarhotel.com

GEORGETOWN: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
The Christmas Stroll This 38th annual holiday event includes a parade, visits with Santa, and a Winter Wonderland with a swing carousel and a Candyland obstacle course. Travel back in time to enjoy the re-enactment of life 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem Village, which includes a live manger. A variety of downtown merchants plus more than 150 market vendors make Christmas shopping a breeze. Enjoy the music of local performers, performances by area schools and organizations, and a food court. The Georgetown Square. 512- 863-5598; thegeorgetownsquare.com

GRUENE: Dec. 1-2 Christmas Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items, and packaged Texas foods. This event is perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Various locations. gruenemarketdays.com

GRUENE: Dec. 1 Gruene Pony Express Ride This 17th annual event features relay riders carrying a “Christmas Greetings” message from the Governor of Texas. A temporary post office is set up next to Gruene Outfitters to cancel stamps for mailing. Various locations.gruenehall.com

GRUENE: Dec. 1-2, 8-9,15-16, 21-22 Photos with Cowboy Kringle Capture this year’s Christmas memories by taking photos with Gruene’s own brand of Santa. Pictures are taken in the breezeway be- tween The Grapevine and Gruene General Store. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. grapevineingruene.com

GRUENE: Dec. 1 Gruene Town Lighting Gruene closes out the many festivities of the day with a brass band street performance followed by the annual town lighting, when Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and hands out candy canes to the kids. Various locations. gruenehall.com

GRUENE: Dec. 2 “Bah Humbug” It’s Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with an amazing twist—one actor plays all the roles in this powerful tale of hope and compassion. Award-winning stage actor Damian Gillen transforms into all those beloved characters in this magical and imaginative re-telling of the holiday classic. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. gruenetexas.com

GRUENE: Dec. 8 Jingle Bell Run/Walk These 26th annual 5K run/walk and Kid’s Ks events benefit St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Awards are given to the top male and female finishers, the top male and female masters, the top three finishers in each age group, and the top three wheelchair athletes. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com

GRUENE: Dec. 9 Gospel Brunch with
a Texas Twist, Christmas Edition
 Gruene decks its Hall for Christmas in the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, but with Lone Star touches. Enjoy awe-inspiring gospel music, Christmas tunes, and a savory buffet. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenemusicandwinefest.org

GRUENE: Dec. 20 Come and Taste It
 A featured winemaker showcases three of its newest released, top-selling, or hardest-to-find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by staff. Each event features live music and prize giveaways. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. 830-606-0093; grapevineingruene.com

GRUENE: Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve at Gruene Hall Ring in the New Year at Texas’ oldest dance hall. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com

HUTTO: Dec. 1 Santa Claus Crawl
 The third annual event features special holiday drink recipes served by favorite downtown Hutto businesses. Purchase a commemorative Santa Claus mug, then stroll downtown, shopping and sipping at each store. Downtown Hutto, 100 East St. 512-759-4029; huttotx.gov

HUTTO: Dec. 8 Downtown Christmas Fair This festive event features more than 125 artisan and craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, snow, and photos with Santa. Down- town stores and restaurants will be open and have Christmas Fair specials through- out the day. Downtown Hutto, 100 East St. 512-759-4029; huttotx.gov

INGRAM: Nov. 16-Dec. 14 ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase Shop handmade items. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. 830-367-5121; hcaf.com

INGRAM: Nov. 16-Dec 2 “Sanders Family Christmas” It’s Dec. 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethrope and the rest of the Sanders family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories along with 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. 830-367-5121; hcaf.com

JOHNSON CITY: Nov. 23-Jan. 6 Johnson City Lights Spectacular The holiday sea- son kicks off with the traditional ceremonial lighting of the historic courthouse square, Memorial Park, and Pedernales Electric Cooperative. Opening festivities include a street dance, a food court, an artisan craft fair, fireworks, and the Lighted Hooves & Wheels Parade. 101 W. Pecan St. 830-868-7684; johnsoncitytexas.info

JOHNSON CITY: Dec. 8 Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country
 This third annual event offers live holiday music by John Arthur Martinez; children’s Texas frontier Christmas craft activities; a screening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”; a chuckwagon cooking demonstration; cowboy singing, poetry, and storytelling; a Model T exhibit; and lamplight tours of Johnson’s boyhood home decorated for 1920s Christmas. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 200 E. Elm St. 830- 868-7128; nps.gov/lyjo

JOHNSON CITY: Dec. 15 Art Walk
All galleries are open tor visitation and enjoyment from 4 to 8 p.m., with adult beverages and snacks provided. Nugent Avenue and Main Street. lbjcountry.com

KERRVILLE: Dec. 1-16 “Nuncrackers” This show is filled with typical “nunsense” humor, favorite carols, and “Secret Santa” audience participation. Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St. 830-896-9393; playhouse2000.com

KERRVILLE: Dec. 1 Hill Country Chorale in Concert Hear Christmas music both old and new from chorale and instrumental selections. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive. 830-353-1635; hillcountrychorale.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 1 Hill Country Swap Meet This shopping experience is like a giant community garage sale, flea market, and trade days all in one. Buy or sell new, used, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, knives, books, furniture, tools, clothing, kitchen supplies, household items, and more. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. 830-459- 6198; kerrmarketdays.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 1 Kerr County Market Days Shop an indoor marketplace with vendors of original handcrafted goods, artwork, and homegrown plants and produce. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. 830-895- 7524; kerrmarketdays.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 4 The Kerrville Ministerial Alliance Christmas Walk
Five downtown churches each have a 20-minute Christmas-themed service retelling the Christmas story in five parts. Notre Dame Church, 909 Main St. 830-792-9844

KERRVILLE: Dec. 6 Symphony of the Hills in Concert Hear the magnificent sounds of the symphony, and settle in at

the wine and cheese reception. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. 830-792-7469; symphonyofthehills.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 8 Camerata San Antonio Concert Enjoy a chamber music con- cert inspired by the strength of the human spirit in the face of the depths of human cruelty, featuring violinist Anastasia Parker, violist Emily Freudigman, cellist Ken Freudigman, and pianist Viktor Valkov. Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd. 210-492-9519; cameratasa.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 8-9 Hill Country Gun Show Shop from approximately 70 vendors at the show. Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane. 830-315-3101

KERRVILLE: Dec. 8 White Christmas in the Hills Kerrville School of Dance and San Antonio Performing Arts Classical Ballet present a colorful Christmas program. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. 830-896- 6116; caillouxtheater.com

KERRVILLE: Dec. 13 Christmas Ladies Night Out Take part in shopping, sales, fun, food, and refreshments in historic down- town Kerrville. Various locations. 830- 739-2519; downtownkerrville.com

KERRVILLE: Dec. 14 Christmas Skate Extravaganza Skate on the synthetic ice rink under the FBC Pavilion. It’s just like ice-skating but without the ice. First Baptist Church, 625 Washington St. 830-257- 5033; fbckerrville.com

KERRVILLE: Dec. 15 Christmas at the Kroc Join in on this community-wide event to celebrate Christmas with friends and fellowship. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive. 830-315-5762; kerrvillekroc.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 16 “Fifties-Style Christmas Story” This ’50s-themed performance will make you nostalgic for Christmases past. Zion Lutheran Church, 624 Barnett St. 830-257-8411; zionkerrville.org

KERRVILLE: Dec. 21 Riders in the Sky in Concert The “four-part harmonizing cow- boys” don their sequined Yuletide outfits for this holiday musical show for the whole family, complete with singalongs. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. 830-896- 9393; caillouxtheater.com

KERRVILLE: Dec. 22-23 Texas Gun and Knife Show New and used guns, knives, gold and silver coins, jewelry, camping gear, military supplies, and several businesses are all offered for sale under one roof. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. 830-285-0575; texasgunandknifeshows.com

LAMPASAS: Nov. 22-Dec. 31 Christmas On The Creek Enjoy a lighted Christmas village, Santa Claus, drinks, and family fun. W. M. Brook Park, US 281. 512-525-3580

LAMPASAS: Nov. 30-Dec. 15 Christmas Tree and Gingerbread House Contest Display The Lampasas County Museum hosts a Christmas tree and gingerbread house contest with an exhibit, which coincides with the Carol of Lights event. Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western Ave. 512-556-2224; lampasasmuseum.org

LAMPASAS: Dec. 1 Carol of Lights
Enjoy a lighted Christmas parade, a visit from Santa Claus, gingerbread house con- test, shopping, a Christmas tree decorating contest, and more. Lampasas Courtyard Square, Live Oak and Third Street. 512- 556-6262; lampasasdowntown.com

LAMPASAS: Dec. 1-2 Lampasas Trade Days Meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items. Merchandise includes antiques, collectibles, quilts, crafts, folk and fine art, and home furnishings. Marigold’s Antiques & More, 2646 US 190. 512-734-1294; marigoldsantiques.com

LAMPASAS: Dec. 2 Holiday Tour of Homes One of the largest fundraisers for the Lampasas County Museum, the tour allows ticket holders to visit select homes decorated for the holidays. Various locations. 512-556-2224; lampasaschamber.org

LEANDER: Dec. 1 Old Town Christmas Festival Every first Saturday of December, this event spreads Christmas joy through- out the community with the Old Town Rudolph Run 5K, Leander in Lights Parade, a snow zone, activities for the kids, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, a food court, and local vendors. Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St. 512-259-1907; visitleandertx.com

LLANO: Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park
Sip hot chocolate and stroll along the Llano River enjoying all of the displays that light up Badu Park. 300 Legion Drive. 325-247- 5354; llanostarrystarrynights.com

LLANO: Dec. 1 Sip ’N Stroll and Lighted Christmas Parade Ring in the holiday sea- son on the courthouse square as local boutiques, restaurants, and shops stay open later for shoppers’ convenience. Santa arrives for the parade as it circles the court- house. Llano Courthouse Square, 832 Ford St. 325-247-5354; llanochamber.org/events

LLANO: Dec. 1 Woman’s Culture Club Christmas Home Tour Tour several Llano homes decorated for the holidays. Woman’s Culture Club House, 210 W. Sandstone St. 325-247-5354; llanochamber.org

LLANO: Dec. 8 Snow Day Badu Park transforms into a winter wonderland of cold, fluffy fun for the family. Sleds will be provided. 300 Legion Drive. 325-247-5354; llanostarrystarrynights.com/snow-day

MARBLE FALLS: Nov. 16-Jan. 1 Walkway of Lights Celebrate the holidays at this free event featuring more than 2 million lights, 400 beautiful sculptures, photos with Santa, and more. Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive. 830-693-2815; marblefalls.org

MARBLE FALLS: Dec. 8 Christmas Market on Main Merchants sell everything from fine art to homemade goodies, jewelry, organic soap, warm beverages, and more. Festivities include live music and Christmas activities for kids. Historic Downtown Marble Falls, Main Street. 830-693-2815; marblefalls.org

MASON: Dec. 1 Seaquist House Tour Tour the historic three-story Victorian mansion. Seaquist House, 400 Broad St. 325-347-4058; masontxcoc.com

MASON: Dec. 8 Joe Ely in Concert
The Texas country singer performs live at the historic theater. The Odeon Theater, 122 Moody St. 325-347-9010

MASON: Dec. 29 Gary P. Nunn in Concert The country singer—most known for “Lon- don Homesick Blues,” the theme song for the “Austin City Limits” television show for more than 30 years—performs live. Lea Lou Co-Op, 114 S. Live Oak St. 325-347- 1234 or 325-347-5758; masontxcoc.com or facebook.com/lealoumason

NEW BRAUNFELS: Through Jan. 31 “War Stories: New Braunfels in World War I” This exhibit is presented as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s role in WWI. New Braunfels’ German character compelled its citizens to respond with fervor once America was at war with Germany. On view will be artifacts from the Sophienburg’s rich collections—posters, photographs, uniforms, and other historical objects to showcase events, individuals, and ideology during 1914-1919—and an exploration of The Great War’s lasting impact on America and on this German community. Sophienburg Museum & Archives, 401 W. Coll St. 830-629-1572; sophienburg.com

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Christkindlmarkt Commemorate the German heritage of the city with Christkindlmarkt—an open-air Christmas market where visitors will enjoy German-inspired food, craft beer, and live entertainment. Shop for Christmas ornaments, toys, books, and more. Family-friendly activities include face painters, a rock climbing wall, bungee trampolines, and walk-on-water balls. Parking and admission are free. New Braunfels Conservation Plaza, 1300 Church Hill Drive. 830-542-8448; ckmnbtx.org

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 5-7 “The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show” This variety show is a tribute to the original, traditional, old fashioned “Christmas Show.” Presented in the format of a live radio broadcast, it features American band Blue Water Highway, along with a 12-piece big band, gospel choir, and some of the best singers and entertainers in Texas. Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St. 830- 627-0808; brauntex.org

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 6 Wassailfest The annual festival begins with the official toast to kick off the event, and includes an evening of music, fun, food, great shop- ping, thousands of twinkling lights, and, of course, lots of free wassail to sample. Downtown New Braunfels, Main Plaza. 830-221-4000; nbtexas.org

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 13 Suzy Bogguss in Concert The Grammy-winning singer and her band grace the stage for her acoustic Swingin’ Little Christmas Show. Bogguss has topped the charts with “Someday Soon” and “Letting Go” and has performed on “Austin City Limits,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Good Morning America.” Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St. 830- 627-0808; brauntex.org

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 14 Christmas Favorites with Richard Novak Accompanied by a chamber orchestra, tenor Richard Novak will present an evening of classical and traditional Christmas songs with some surprise guest appearances. Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St. 830-627-0808; brauntex.org

OZONA: Nov. 1-Dec. 15 Remembering Crockett County Veterans Exhibit
Each year, the Crockett County Museum honors our veterans both past and present with an exhibit featuring photos, artifacts, and memorabilia submitted by local families. There are hundreds of photos and other items dating back to the Civil War. Crockett County Museum, 404 11th St. 325-392-2837; ozona.com/eventscalendar

OZONA: Dec. 1 Crockett County Deerfest Join a communitywide appreciation banquet for hunters. Attendees are fed a meal of chicken-fried deer, turkey, axis deer, deer sausage, deer chili, deer tamales, and brisket. Door prizes are up for grabs, and previous years’ door prizes included guns, $10,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, and a Polar- is Ranger. Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center, 1303 Avenue AA. 325-227- 9345; deerfest.org

OZONA: Dec. 1 Crockett County Museum Wool and Mohair Style Show This annual show gives away lots of door prizes to benefit the Crockett County Museum. Crockett County Helping Hands Senior Citizens Center, 2 SH 163 North. 325-392-2837

OZONA: Dec. 6 Evening on the Town Shoppers are treated to special delights, including discounted prices, refreshments, and other exciting experiences at local businesses. Various locations. 325-392- 3737; ozona.com/eventscalendar

OZONA: Dec. 15 Crockett County 4-H Junior Livestock Show Area youth bring their best livestock for judges to review. Open to the public. Crockett County 4-H Barn, 1303 Avenue AA. 325-392-2721; ozona.com/eventscalendar

SAN MARCOS: Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Sights and Sounds of Christmas Enjoy eight full evenings over two weeks of holiday festivities. Highlights include carnival rides, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances, a live nativity scene, and a food court. San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway. 512-393- 8400; sights-n-sounds.org

SAN MARCOS: Dec. 14 Wine and Wassail Walk Weekend Retail businesses serve a variety of wines, homemade wassail, and paired hors d’oeuvres. Participants receive a commemorative wine glass and can enjoy live entertainment. Downtown San Marcos, 111 E. San Antonio St. 512- 393-8430; smtxwinewalk.com

SPICEWOOD: Dec. 15 Spicewood Vine- yards Half-Marathon and 10K Experience the beauty of the Hill Country, the warmth of the holiday season, and a well-earned post-race wine tasting at an award-winning Texas vineyard. After completing a challenging yet rewarding course on rural roads, you’ll return to the winery for your finisher medal, souvenir wine glass, wine tasting, and a catered meal. Show your spirit with the holiday costume contest. Winners take home a bottle of wine. Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409. 210-651-6096; runintexas.com

STONEWALL: Dec. 16 LBJ Tree Lighting This 49th annual celebration offers carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments, and a spectacular tree lighting. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, 199 Park Road 52. 830-644-2252; tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/lyndon-b-johnson

UVALDE: Dec. 1 Breakfast with Santa Celebrate the holidays with breakfast and photos with Santa. Uvalde Opera House, 104 W. North St. 830-278-4184; uvaldeoperahouse.org

UVALDE: Dec. 6-8 “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” This beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Adapted by Joe Landry. Uvalde Opera House, 104 W. North St. 830-278-4184; uvaldeoperahouse.org

UVALDE: Dec. 7-8 Briscoe Ranch Barbecue Cookoff at the Crossroads
With average high temperatures in the mid-70s in December, cooking conditions are favorable for guests visiting the Crossroads of America. Sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association, barbecue teams compete for prizes in categories including beef brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken halves, and jackpot rib-eye steak. Proceeds benefit student scholarships at Southwest Texas Junior College. Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Lane. 830-486-7055; uvaldebbq.com

UVALDE: Dec. 14 Four Square Friday Enjoy late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Historic Downtown Uvalde. 830-278-4115; visituvalde.com

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 9-Dec. 2 “The Lion in Winter” Betrayal, treachery, and a knife fight: Every family has its ups and downs. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. 512-847-0575; wimberleyplayers.org

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 24-Dec. 28 Trail of Lights Stroll a walking path with more than 100 lighted exhibits with live entertainment and marshmallow roasting. EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. 512-847-2201; emilyann.org

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 1, 8, 15,22, 29 Guided Tours of Jacob’s Well Natural Area Explore Jacob’s Well with knowledgeable volunteers. Tours are led by master naturalist volunteers from the local Hays County Chapter who have a passionate focus on the aquifer that sustains Jacob’s Well, a natural artesian spring. The guides speak in-depth about the history of the well and the several species of wildlife that thrive in the surrounding habitat. The tour group starts off at the Nature Center. Bring drinking water, good walking shoes, and binoculars. Jacob’s Well Natural Area, 1699 Mount Sharp Road. 512-214-4593; co.hays.tx.us/jwna.aspx

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 1 Market Days
More than 400 booths aligned along shaded paths offer treasures of all kinds for your holiday shopping needs. Live music, lots of food, and beverage options make a unique shopping experience. Lions Field, 601 FM 2325. 512-847-2201; shopmarketdays.com

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 7-9 Christmas Con- certs The Wimberley Community Chorus performs holiday favorites. Chapel in the Hills, 14601 RM 12. 512-847-6056; wimberleycommunitychorus.org

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 8 Holiday Bazaar The market has gifts for everyone for the holidays, including jewelry, clothing, candles, handmade items, gourd art, toys, home decor, metal, and glass and wood art. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RM 12. 512-847-5162; wimcc.org

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 8-9 Second Saturday Gallery Trail Galleries in and around the Wimberley Square stay open late and offer great art, wine, and appetizers. Wimberley Square. 269-290-5001; gallerytrail.com

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 8 Winter’s Eve
Enjoy live music, food, drinks, raffles, prizes, and Santa. Wimberley Square. 512-757- 3158; wimberleymerchants.com

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 15 Blue Christmas This annual event features horse carriage rides, an ugly sweater contest, a roaring fire, local music groups leading carols, hot chocolate, Santa, and blue lights everywhere. Blue Hole Regional Park, 101 Blue Hole Lane. 512-660-9111; cityofwimberley.com

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 16 Christmas Concert The Starlight Symphony Orchestra per- forms holiday classics. Wimberley First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway. 512-902-1361; starlightsymphony.org

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 20 Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse Concert Series Every third Thursday, the best musical talent from the Texas Hill Country performs in an intimate setting. Wimberley United Methodist Church, 1200 CR 1492. 512-847-3109; wimberleyumc.org/susannas-kitchen

 

November

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 27, 2019 “Rodeo! The Exhibition” Experience the excitement of rodeos from around the state with this dynamic and comprehensive exhibition. Gain an insider’s perspective on what makes rodeo an integral part of Texas history and imagine you’re in the heart of the arena with classic artifacts spanning decades, immersive multimedia experiences, tactile activities, and first-person interviews highlighting the personal relation- ship Texans have with rodeo traditions. See how five of the largest Texas rodeos and stock shows bring crowds and competitors from all parts of the world together, and explore the origins of rodeos and lasting legacy of youth education, community involvement, and historic preservation. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com 512-463-6485

AUSTIN: Oct. 25-Nov. 1 Austin Film Festival Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spot- light on both top-billed films and indies alike. Various locations. austinfilmfestival.com

AUSTIN: Nov. 1-4 Texas Dance Hall Tour Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel present this tour of four historic and unique dance halls in the beautiful Texas Hill Country: Gruene Dance Hall, Quihi Dance Hall, Twin Sisters Dance Hall, and Albert Ice House. Think of it as a “land cruise” with port-of- calls being several of the state’s historical dance halls, featuring a range of notable Western swing, country, and Texas artists. Various locations. texasdancehalltour.com 866-988-6305

AUSTIN: Nov. 10-11, 17-18 East Austin Studio Tour More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries open their doors for the public’s viewing and purchasing pleasure during this biannual event. Various locations. east.bigmedium.org

AUSTIN: Nov. 24-25 City-Wide Garage Sale Enjoy this vintage, collectible, and antique market. Palmer Events Center, 900 Bar- ton Springs Road. cwgs.com 512-441-2828

BANDERA: Nov. 2 Bandera Chamber of Commerce Opening Day Buck Fest There will be food vendors, gun raffle, vendors, games, kids activities, and lots more throughout the day. Mansfield Park, 300 Seventh St. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 3 Annual Hunter’s Game Dinner Enjoy a washer tournament, music, dinner, and gun raffle at this event sponsored by the Medina Volunteer Fire Department. The Farm Country Club, 475 Pue Road. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Experience the excitement of the Wild West with re-created shootouts. Shows are at high noon and 2 p.m. Bandera Visitors Center, 126 SH 16 S. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 3 Bandera Market Days Shop arts and crafts vendors in downtown Bandera. Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 Cowboys on Main Every Saturday expect to see and inter- act with a sample of the Old West cowboy lifestyle on Bandera Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 6 Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment
is hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Includes refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 9-11 TETRA/SNAP Benefit Ride Guided trail ride groups will be held Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. There maybe some play day activities in the open field. Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 10 Bandera Honors Veterans Includes military memorabilia, music, a 1 p.m. parade, veterans barbecue and Military Service Cake, and special surprises from San Antonio Pipe & Drum and USAA Brass. Bandera County Courthouse, 500 Main St. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Nov. 15 Third Thursday Cow- boy Camp Pickers who play cowboy, Texas, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in at this free event. Public welcome. Bandera Beverage Barn RV Park, 1407 SH 16 N. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

CANYON LAKE: Nov. 10 Commemorative Air Force Dinner and a dance. San Marcos Regional Airport, 1807 Airport Drive. 830-964-2223 or 512-216-6039

CEDAR PARK: Nov. 17-18, 24-25 North Pole Flyer Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer—Austin Steam Train’s own Christmas story. This two-hour excursion features Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, Christmas sing-along, hot cocoa, cookies, and other surprise entertainment. Austin Steam Train Association, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite C-100. austinsteamtrain.org 512-402-3830

CEDAR PARK: Nov. 10 Veterans Parade & Ceremony Honor our veterans and show your patriotic pride at the veterans memorial parade and ceremony. Parade entries are free. Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive. cedarparkparks.com 512-401-5500

COMFORT: Nov. 10 Diva Day Local businesses pull out the stops to create a day away for the ladies. Sample food and drink as you shop. Downtown Comfort. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

COMFORT: Nov. 13 Girls Night Out Downtown Comfort merchants put on a festive evening for the ladies. Shop, sip, and savor your way through the historic commercial district of Comfort. Downtown Comfort. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

COMFORT: Nov. 24 Christmas in Comfort Arts and crafts festival lines several blocks in the historic district of Comfort for your Christmas shopping pleasure. Food vendors, live musical entertainment, and activities for the kids. Nighttime lighted parade is followed by fireworks. Historic Downtown, Area of Seventh and High streets. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 2 First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Participating fine art galleries in Fredericksburg. ffawf.com 830-997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 3 Herbstfest German Chorale Fall Concert Enjoy an evening of German singing and Fredericks- burg Gemutlichkeit. Light refreshments pro- vided. St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 W. San Antonio. 830-456-1713

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 8-11 Texas All Star Big Band Bash Three nights of rockin’ concerts benefit boys and girls in Gillespie County who are involved in music and theater. Hill Top Cafe, 10661 N. US 87. hilltopcafe.com 830-997-8922

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 9-11
Die Künstler Fine Art Show and Sale More than 300 original works of art by DK’s member artists on display. Free admission. St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 W. San Antonio St. facebook.com/dkfredericksburg or diekunstler.com

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 10 Fort Martin Scott Treaty Day Features living history re-enactors, pioneer crafts, chuckwagon food, Old-West shootouts, Native Americans, storytellers, musicians, and hands-on activities for kids. Fort Martin Scott, 1606 E. Main St. ftmartinscott.org 830-217-3200

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade and Concert Includes a special commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI, with marching bands, vintage vehicles and equipment, a flyover, and WWI-era music. Main Street and Marktplatz. texasworldwar1centennial.org 830-997-3758

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 16-18, 23-25 Fredericksburg Trade Days Shop twice in November from more than 400 vendors in seven barns, featuring acres of antiques, a biergarten, live music, and more. 355 Sunday Farms Lane. fbgtradedays.com 830-990-4900

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 17 Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner Evening offers wild game appetizers, beverages, live auction, raffle, and silent auction benefiting youth and adult agricultural education in the Texas Hill Country. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive. facebook.com/pg/gillespie-county-wild-game-dinner 830-998-1815

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 17-18 WWII Pacific Combat Zone Enjoy an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else from the new amphitheater seating, followed by a battle re-enactment set on an island some- where in the Pacific. Hear the rattle of machine gun fire, the echoing blast of grenades, and feel the searing heat of the flamethrower as joint U.S. forces take the Japanese-controlled hill. National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin. pacificwarmuseum.org

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 23 Annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid Capture the spirit and celebration of Christmas through rich German heritage with refreshments, caroling, and the countdown to flipping the switch. Marktplatz, 100 block of W. Main. visitfredericksburgtx.com 830-997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 23-Jan. 6, 2019 Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating Annual seasonal outdoor ice skating event benefits The Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Marktplatz, 100 block of W. Main. skateinfred.com 830-997-6597

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 23-25 The Peddler Holiday Show Celebrates 40 years as one of Texas’ favorite arts and crafts shows. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive. peddlershow.com 800-775-2774

GEORGETOWN: Nov. 23 Lighting of the Square Experience the magic as we kick-off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving. Sing along with the Austin Carolers to favorite holiday tunes and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Help Santa countdown and flip on the holiday lights on the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” The downtown shops will be open late for holiday shopping. The Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St. visitgeorgetown.com 800-436-8696

GRUENE: Nov. 11 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist This New Orleans-style gospel brunch, led by Gruene Hall favorite Bret Graham, allows you to sit back and enjoy good food while listening to country-style gospel tunes. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com 830-515-1914

GRUENE: Nov. 13 Sip-N-Shop Stroll through Gruene Historic District enjoying complimentary beverages and special offers at the many participating shops. This event is also the official “Kringle Cash” kickoff, available at select retailers. Stroll as long as you can, then rest your feet at Gruene Hall with live music. Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road. holidaysingruene.com 830-515-1914

GRUENE: Nov. 15 Come and Taste It
A featured winery showcases three of its new- est released, top-selling, or hardest-to-find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden. Samples of food that is offered for sale will
be provided, and each event features live music and prize giveaways. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. grapevineingruene.com 830-606-0093

GRUENE: Nov. 17-18 Gruene Market Days This monthly event (except January) has been held for more than 30 years and features more than 100 artisans offering handmade items. Free parking, admission, and live entertainment. Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road. holidaysingruene.com 830-515-1914

GRUENE: Nov. 17-18, 23-25 Holidays in Gruene—Photos with Cowboy Kringle Create a Christmas memory with photos with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene’s own brand of Santa. Pictures will be taken in the breezeway between The Grapevine and Gruene General Store. Weekends only. Gruene Historic District, 1612 Hunter Road. holidaysingruene.com 830-515-1914

GRUENE: Nov. 22 Holidays in Gruene— Turkey Trot Start your Thanksgiving holiday with the 10th annual 5K run/walk through Gruene Historic District. Kids under 12 years old will have a blast chasing a turkey mascot for a quarter mile through Gruene. Races begin and end in front of Gruene Hall. Gruene Historic District, 1281 Gruene Road. holidaysingruene.com 830-515-1914

HARPER: Nov. 3 Harper VFD Opening Day of Hunting Season Fish Fry This annual catfish dinner fundraiser benefits the Harper Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Service. Harper Fire Station, 84 RM 783. harpervfd-ems.com 830-864-4253

INGRAM: Nov. 1-9 “Wild Tales” Art Exhibit Artists reflect on untamed imaginations in this exhibit. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5120

INGRAM: Nov. 16-Dec. 14 “ArtMart” Christmas Gift Showcase Shop handmade items. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

INGRAM: Nov. 16-Dec 2 “Sanders Family Christmas” It’s December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethrope and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious, and touching stories along with 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

JOHNSON CITY: Nov. 23-25 Market Days Local artisans sell handmade items, bakery goods, jewelry, plants, and food the week- end after Thanksgiving to start the holidays. Enjoy fireworks and a street dance; the town is illuminated with twinkling lights that can be seen from space. Blanco County Courthouse. lbjcountry.com 830-868-7684

JOHNSON CITY: Nov. 24 Art Walk All galleries open for visitation and enjoyment from 4 to 8 p.m. Adult beverages and snacks provided. Nugent Avenue and Main Street. lbjcountry.com

KERRVILLE: Oct. 19-Nov. 4 “Witness for the Prosecution” The Agatha Christie thriller is performed. Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St. playhouse2000.com 830-896-6116

KERRVILLE: Oct. 28-Nov. 26 Watercolor Juried Show This is the 25th silver anniversary show and sale, featuring framed paintings by more than 75 local artists with a variety of styles and subject matter. 228 Earl Garrett St. guadalupewatercolorgroup.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Nov. 1-30 Texas Furniture Makers Show This 19th annual juried exhibit features the best furniture makers in Texas. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Nov. 3 Hill Country Swap Meet Features a giant community garage sale, flea market, and trade days all-in-one. Buy or sell new, used, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, knives, books, furniture, tools, clothing, kitchen and household items, and more. Con- cessions are available on site along with lots of free parking. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-459-6198

KERRVILLE: Nov. 3 Kerr County Market Days Features an indoor marketplace for vendors of original handcrafted goods, art- work, and homegrown plants and produce. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-895-7524

KERRVILLE: Nov. 11 Kerr County Veterans Day Parade Parade will travel west on Jefferson Street toward the Kerr County Courthouse. 830-792-2203

KERRVILLE: Nov. 11 VA Veterans Parade & Classic Car Show Includes a classic car show, music, food, and parade. VA Medical Center, 3600 Memorial Blvd. 830-896-2020

KERRVILLE: Nov. 16-18 Texas Shamble Golf Tournament Texas Golf Association presents a two-person shamble. Riverhill Golf Course, 100 Riverhill Club Lane. riverhillcc.com 830-896-1400

KERRVILLE: Nov. 17-18 Holiday Lighted Parade & Courthouse Lighting Ceremony Officially welcome the holiday season with the 18th annual lighted parade and the arrival of Santa Claus on his signature fire truck. After the parade, enjoy a Christmas program, caroling, and the 39th annual lighting of the Court- house and 45-foot tree ceremony. Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St. kerrvilletx.gov 830-258-1151

KERRVILLE: Nov. 17-18 Texas Gun & Knife Show Features new and used guns, knives, gold and silver coins, jewelry, camping gear, military supplies, and several businesses under one roof. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. texasgunandknifeshows.com 830-285-0575

LAMPASAS: Oct. 5-Nov. 11 Spanish Influenza Epidemic Exhibit The Lampasas County Museum will have an exhibit that will explore the effects of the Spanish influenza epidemic in Lampasas County. The Spanish influenza epidemic, which coincided with World War I, was the deadliest single event in human history, killing an estimated 5 percent of the world population. Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western. lampasasmuseum.org 512-556-2224

LAMPASAS: Nov. 2 Hunters’ Welcome Join the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in welcoming the hunters to the Lampasas communities, and enjoy some great barbecue. H-E-B Parking Lot, 705 S. Key Ave. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-5172

LAMPASAS: Nov. 3 Citywide Garage Sale Enjoy a day of spent on the beautiful court- house square. Trash to treasures, arts/crafts, food vendors and shopping with local merchants. Downtown Square. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-5434

LAMPASAS: Nov. 3-4 Lampasas Trade Days Meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items. Merchandise ranges from antiques, collectibles, quilts, crafts, folk and fine art, and home furnishings. Marigold’s Antiques & More, 2646 US 190. marigoldsantiques.com 512-734-1294

LAMPASAS: Nov. 11 Veterans Day Observance The Lampasas County Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. Lampasas County Museum, 606 S. Western. lampasasmuseum.org 512-556-2224

LAMPASAS: Nov. 22-Dec. 31 Christmas On The Creek Lighted Christmas Village, Santa Claus, drinks, and family fun. W. M. Brook Park, US 281. 512-525-3580

LAMPASAS: Nov. 30-Dec. 15 Christmas Tree and Gingerbread House Contest Display The Lampasas County Museum hosts a Christmas Tree and Gingerbread House con- test with an exhibit, which coincides with the Carol of Lights event. Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western. lampasasmuseum.org 512-556-2224

LLANO: Oct. 19-Nov. 3 “Western Trap- pings on the Llano” In its sixth year, this juried art exhibit and sale features the finest in custom gear and Western art. Llano County Historical Museum, 318 Bessemer St. westerntrappings.com 325-247-3026

LLANO: Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park Sip hot chocolate, stroll along the Llano River, and enjoy all of the displays that light up Badu Park. It’s a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends. Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive. llanostarrystarrynights.com 325-247-5354

MARBLE FALLS: Nov. 16-Jan. 1 Walkway of Lights Celebrate the holidays with more than two million lights, 400 beautiful sculptures, photos with Santa, and more. Make the Walkway of Lights your new family tradition, and experience the magic year after year. Admission to Walkway of Lights is always free. Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Dr. marblefalls.org 830-693-2815

MASON: Nov. 3 Seaquist Mansion Tours See the historic mansion. The Seaquist House, 400 Broad St. seaquist.org or masontxcoc.com 325-347-4058

MASON: Nov. 10 Annual Wild Game Dinner Features a barbecue dinner and raffle that includes a 2018 Mule and more than 50 guns. Fort Mason Park Community Building, 1015 San Antonio St. masontxcoc.com 325-347-5758

MASON: Nov. 24 Light Up the Town Annual event includes Santa Claus, Christmas lights, and kids’ activities. Odeon Theatre, 122 Moody St. masontxcoc.com 325-347-5758

NEW BRAUNFELS: Through Jan. 31, 2019 “War Stories: New Braunfels in World War I” Presented as part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of America’s role in WWI. New Braunfels’ uniquely German character compelled its citizens to respond with fervor once America was at war with Germany. On view in the exhibit will be artifacts from the Sophienburg’s rich collections—posters, photographs, uniforms, and other historical objects to showcase events, individuals and ideology during 1914-1919—as well as touch on the lasting impact of The Great War on America and on this German community. Sophienburg Museum & Archives, 401 W. Coll St. sophienburg.com 830-629-1572

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 2-11 Wurstfest! During the 10-day festival, you’ll find a variety of entertainment, food, and fun on the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park as well as many special events throughout New Braunfels and Comal County. 120 Landa St. wurstfest.com 830-625-9167

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 9-10 Heirloom Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival
A festival displaying a wide variety of stamping, card making, scrapbooking, and other paper arts products in a spacious, festive atmosphere. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave. heirloompro.com 541-574-8000

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 16 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting The City of New Braunfels invites everyone to ring in the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus beneath 100,000 twinkling lights in historic downtown New Braunfels. The dazzling dis- play of lights stretches through downtown and will remain lit for the holiday season. Down- town New Braunfels, Main Plaza. nbtexas.org 830-221-4350

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 16-18 Wiehnachtsmarkt The weekend before Thanksgiving, this New Braunfels tradition, pronounced Vy-noks-markt, offers the charm of open-air Christmas markets of Germany, except indoors. Enjoy Gemutlichkeit and fun at this three-day market supporting history education and preservation through the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. Shop more than 60 merchants and artisans offering unique German collectibles, foods and ornaments, holiday decorations, apparel, jewelry, and gifts. New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. sophienburg.com 830-629-1572

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 17 Chosen Half Marathon and 5K Event includes a half-marathon, 5K, and fun run for kids. Rockin’ R in Gruene, 1405 Gruene Road. chosen.care 830-455-0101

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 26-27 Liberty Gun Show Visitors will find competitive prices on firearms, ammo, knives, outdoor equipment, tactical gear, hunting and sporting equipment, and more. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. libertygunshow.com 210-708-6645

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Christkindlmarkt Commemorate the German heritage of the city with Christkindlmarkt —an open-air Christmas market where visitors will enjoy German-inspired food, craft beer, and live entertainment. Shop for Christmas ornaments, toys, books, and more. Family friendly activities include face painters, a rock climbing wall, bungee trampolines, and walk-on-water balls. Parking and admission are free. New Braunfels Conservation Plaza, 1300 Church Hill Drive. ckmnbtx.org 830-542-8448

OZONA: Nov. 1-Dec. 15 Remembering Crockett County Veterans Exhibit
Each year, the Crockett County Museum honors veterans both past and present with an exhibit featuring photos, artifacts, and memorabilia submitted by local families. There are hundreds of photos and other items dating back to the Civil War. Crockett County Muse- um, 404 11th St. ozona.com 325-392-2837

PIPE CREEK: Nov. 3 Annual Turkey Shoot Join the Castle Lake Ranch VFD for this annual event with raffle and silent auction. Castle Lake Ranch VFD, 3801 Bear Creek Road. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-3045

SAN MARCOS: Nov. 1-4 Lost River Film Festival A four-day film festival featuring con- certs, interactive events, workshops, and, of course, films. Some of the films include indie cinema, internationally culled short films, features, and TV/web content. Downtown San Marcos, 222 W. San Antonio St. lostriverfilmfest.org 512-463-9200

SAN MARCOS: Nov. 3 Bigfoot Trail Run The course winds through the beautiful, undeveloped parkland of Spring Lake Preserve, taking runners through meadow and woodland. Prepare for an exhilarating challenge and select from our three distance options: 5K, 10K, and 30K. Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive. austin.backonmyfeet.org 512-496-0542

SAN MARCOS: Nov. 10 CAF Veterans Dinner and ’40s Swing Band Hangar Dance Celebrate and remember the brave men and women who gave us our freedom at the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing in San Marcos. Enjoy an authentic ’40s-style swing dance surrounded by a number of restored and functional WWII aircraft. Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing Hangar, San Marcos Airport, 1807 Airport Drive. centraltexaswing.org 512-396-1943

SAN MARCOS: Nov. 17-18 Sacred Springs Powwow Join more than 5,000 other attendees for this eighth annual powwow, a beautiful Native American festival culturally rich in music, art, dancing, and food. There will be an array of more than 100 dancers, traditional drums and singers, a spectacular Indian market with arts and craft booths, Native foods, a family art tent, and more. Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive. sspowwow.com 512-393-3310

STONEWALL: Nov. 24 Holiday Cookie Decorating & German Traditions Observe and learn some of the early 1900s German holiday traditions such as cookie decorating, wreath making, tree decorating, and candle making. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. tpwd.state.tx.us 830-644-2252

TAYLOR: Nov. 10 Dr. Dickey Parade and Health Fair Celebrates the life of Dr. James Lee Dickey and promotes good health. Dickey Museum, 500 Burkett St. 512-296-6109

TAYLOR: Nov. 17-18 A Sami Show Shop at an arts, crafts, and home decor marketplace. Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail. samishow.com 512-441-7133

UVALDE: Nov. 9 Four Square Friday Late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Historic Downtown Uvalde. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 9-Dec. 2 “The Lion in Winter” Betrayal, treachery, and a knife fight: every family has its ups and downs. A performance by the Wimberley Players. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. wimberleyplayers.org 512-847-0575

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 9-10 Wimberley Home Tour Visit homes with amazing stories of renovation, green technology, and use of local materials. This annual fundraiser provides grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to local students. Various locations. wimberleyccc.org

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 15 Kevin Welch in Concert A performance by singer-songwriter Kevin Welch. Proceeds largely benefit the artist but what is left over supports mission opportunities. Susanna’s Kitchen, 1200 CR 1492. wimberleyumc.org 512-847-3109

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 16-17 Wimberley Winter Wonderland Visit the wonderland of Thanksgiving and Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces created by local artists and talented, crafty people. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12. wimberley.org 512-847-2201

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