January

AUSTIN: Nov. 24-Jan. 15 Ice Skating on the Plaza Spend an afternoon on the rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar Boulevard. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends. Whole Foods Flagship, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com 512-476-1206

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 1 “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945” Chronicling two decades of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States, this exhibition showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design. The more than 200 items are drawn primarily from the collections of the Harry Ransom Center. Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/mexicomodern 512-471-8944

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 7 “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation with the first comprehensive exhibition about the temperance movement and the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment. View more than 100 rare artifacts, visit a re-created speakeasy, and explore multimedia exhibits highlighting the 18th Amendment and the fashion, music, and culture of the Roaring ’20s. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com 512-963-8746

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 21 “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” The collection features more than 200 pins and brooches worn by former Secretary of State Albright. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. While serving under President Bill Clinton, Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press. A shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States, for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes. “Read My Pins” will explore the stories behind these works as well as their historical and artistic significance, and will be accompanied by a book, “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box,” published by HarperCollins. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St. lbjlibrary.org 512-721-0216

AUSTIN: Jan. 1-8 Free Week The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over the city. Red River Cultural District. do512.com/freeweekaustin

AUSTIN: Jan. 6 Children’s Book Fair A literary adventure featuring children’s authors, favorite characters, storytime, and bookworm-friendly activities. Hear inspiring stories, browse books, and make a purchase (or book donation) to keep the inspiration rolling. All activities are free with admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org/events 512-232-0100

AUSTIN: Jan. 15 Martin Luther King March and Festival Join the march from the MLK statue at the University of Texas campus to historic Huston-Tillotson University to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy for Austin and the world. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St. mlkcelebration.com

AUSTIN: Jan. 18 2CELLOS in Concert Enjoy this band’s signature style that breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film scores to pop and rock. As impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out, Sulic and Hauser know no limits when it comes to performing live. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Jan. 27 ACG International Series: Ioana Gandrabur One of the most remarkable and inspiring guitarists in the world will perform her first concert in Austin. Even better, she will be arriving early to spend a few days working with guitar students from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. austinclassicalguitar.org 512-300-2247

AUSTIN: Jan. 27 Winter Tree Fest Celebrate Texas trees in the Arboretum with family-friendly tree climbing, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building, a tree sale, and more. Wildflower Center ecologists and arborists will present fun, educational walks and demonstrations among the trees. Young explorers can learn, craft, and play all day. Get swept up in aerial tree yoga demonstrations under the oak canopies. All activities are free with admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org/events 512-232-0100

AUSTIN: Jan. 31 Captain Scott Kelly, The Sky is Not the Limit: Lessons from a Year in Space Captain Scott Kelly’s epic year in space solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. On his record-breaking voyage, Scott, together with his identical twin brother Mark on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. With awe-inspiring stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork, and testing limits, Scott inspires others to believe that they can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

BANDERA: Jan. 2 Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. silversagecorral.org 830-796-4969

BANDERA: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Experience the excitement of the Wild West with the award-winning Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters, re-creating shootouts and daily life of the Old West. Shows are at high noon and 2 p.m. Bandera Visitor Center, 126 SH 16. banderacattlecompany.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Jan. 6 The Old Timers Trading Post Meet local artists and artisans. The Old Timer, 14178 SH 16. 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Jan. 11-13 Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Youth of Bandera County show their livestock on Thursday and Friday, before an auction is held on Saturday. Mansfield Park Show Barn, 2886 SH 16. 210-260-8224

BANDERA: Jan. 14 Frontier Times Museum Cowboy Camp Enjoy traditional cowboy music. You are welcome to bring your guitar and join in the song circle. Bring your own refreshment and chair. Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St. frontiertimesmuseum.org 830-796-3864

BANDERA: Jan. 18 Cowboy Camp Come out and enjoy the pickers circle and join in if you wish. Bandera Beverage Barn Pavillion, 1407 SH 16. 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Jan. 27 Wild Game Dinner Expertly cooked wild game dinner featuring venison prepared many different ways, from chili to gumbo to sliders. Other game entrees also served. Grace Lutheran Church, 451 SH 173. 830-796-3091

BOERNE: Dec. 1-Jan. 1 Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch What better way to add extra sparkle to your holiday season than the magical glow of 2 million lights—plus food, drinks, crafts, gift shopping, and family fun? This event features all of that and more, making it a must on your holiday calendar. Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road. visitboerne.org 210-434-2340

BOERNE: Jan. 13-14 Boerne Market Days Since 1850, Main Plaza has been a center point of trade for the people of Boerne. In the present day, on the second weekend of every month, Main Plaza is home to a magical outdoor market that blends the traditions of the Texas Hill Country with the creations of today’s culture. Hundreds of festive booths display everything from collectibles and remembrances of the past to modern innovations that will bring a smile of wonder to those who stroll past. Scrumptious food and captivating music top the experience and delight the senses. Main Plaza, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-844-8193

BOERNE: Jan. 23 “Tango Fire” The hottest Tango company in Buenos Aires takes you on an explosive journey tracing the history of the art form from its origin through its evolution into contemporary ballroom styles. The show delivers an evening of high-energy and sophistication that will leave you breathless. Twelve spectacular dancers are accompanied by a quartet of brilliant musicians, promising an electrifying evening that showcases some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the dance business. Champion High School Auditorium, 201 Charger Blvd. visitboerne.org 830-331-9079

BOERNE: Jan. 26-Feb. 10 “Incorruptible” Welcome to Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D.: The river flooded again last week. The chandler’s shop just burned to the ground. Nobody’s heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Saint Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look rather dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Saint Foy and “their” bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstrel, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts. Boerne Community Theatre, 907 E. Blanco. visitboerne.org 830-249-9166

BULVERDE: Jan. 27-28 Chamber Rodeo On Saturday night, celebrate current and former military with a special military appreciation event. On Sunday afternoon, bring out the kids for a family-friendly day of fun complete with a petting zoo and more. Talented coloring contest winners will be on full display for all to see and of course there will be two rounds of mutton bustin’ and a fast-paced calf scramble event. Prior to the rodeo, Tejas Cowboy Church will be having a service on the dance floor. Tejas Rodeo Company, 401 Obst Road. bsbchamberrodeo.com 830-438-4285

COMFORT: Jan. 12-13 Kendall County Junior Livestock Show and Sale Friday’s show features all animals (except poultry). Participating children, families, and other visitors fe el the excitement in the air that comes with competition. But there is so much more than simply winning that comes from the event. Raising livestock is a fabulous teaching experience that brings families together and develops lifelong friendships. Kids learn not only the mechanics but also the underlying sense of responsibility and what it takes to get a job done well. Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center, 649 FM 289. visitboerne.org 830-249-9343

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating Annual seasonal outdoor ice skating event to benefit The Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. skateinfred.com 830-997-6597

FREDERICKSBURG: Jan. 5 First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations. ffawf.com 830-992-2044

FREDERICKSBURG: Jan. 19-21 Fredericksburg Trade Days Shop with more than 400 vendors in seven barns, featuring acres of antiques, a biergarten, live music, and more. 7 miles east on US 290 across from Wildseed Farms. fbgtradedays.com 210-846-4094

FREDERICKSBURG: Jan. 20-21 Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show The Fredericksburg Rockhounds present artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and much more. Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. fredericksburgrockhounds.org

FREDERICKSBURG: Jan. 20 Luckenbach Blues Festival The 11th annual event is an all-day celebration featuring local, regional, and Texas blues artists in historic Luckenbach Texas. Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. luckenbachtexas.com 830-997-3224

FREDERICKSBURG: Jan. 21 ROCO Brass Quintet Presented by Fredericksburg Music Club and featuring members of the brass section of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Admission by free-will donation. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano. fredericksburgmusicclub.com 830-990-2886

FREDERICKSBURG: Jan. 27 Hill Country Indian Artifact Show Featuring a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the U.S. including arrowheads, pottery, beads, and books. Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. hillcountryartifacts.com 830-626-5561

GRUENE: Jan. 1 Hair of the Dog Day Free live shows all day on New Year’s Day. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com 830-629-5077

INGRAM: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 Ingram Farmers and Artisans Market A community of farmers, ranchers, artists, business owners, friends, and families come together to sell the best of what the area has to offer. SH 39 and Old Ingram Loop. 830-367-2800

KERRVILLE: Jan. 5 First Friday Wine Share A fun way to meet new or different wines, people, and places of business or art. Please bring no more than one bottle of wine per every two people. Singles may feel free to bring a bottle every other month. Try to find the themed bottle of the month (if you can’t, just default to your favorite). Finger foods are always welcome. Bring your own wine glass—this could be a conversation starter in itself. firstfridaywineshare.com 830-896-6600

KERRVILLE: Jan. 6 Symphony of the Hills: “The Magic of Disney” Enjoy music from the Magic Kingdom. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. symphonyofthehills.org 830-792-7469

KERRVILLE: Jan. 21-27 Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Enjoy the fun and excitement at the fifth largest junior livestock show in Texas. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. hcdjls.org 830-792-4102

LAMPASAS: Jan. 6-7, 27-28 Lampasas Trade Days Come meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items. Merchandise ranges from antiques, collectibles, quilts, and crafts, to folk and fine art, and home furnishings. Marigold’s Antiques & More, 2646 US 190. marigoldsantiques.com 512-734-1294

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: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 Friday Afternoon Club A Gruene Hall tradition where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters mix it up to get their weekend started with cold beer, prize giveaways, and the best in Texas tunes broadcast live by KNBT 92.1 Radio New Braunfels. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com 830-626-1281

NEW BRAUNFELS: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 Farmers Market Enjoy a relaxing Saturday morning listening to live music, eating delicious food, and visiting more than 75 vendors offering local, fresh produce and homemade items. Historic Downtown New Braunfels, 186 S. Castell Ave. nbfarmersmarket.com 830-629-2223

NEW BRAUNFELS: Jan. 19 The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert The most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits. Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio. brauntex.org 830-627-0808

NEW BRAUNFELS: Jan. 20 John McEuen and Friends in Concert Ring in the new year with John McEuen—a founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio. brauntex.org 830-627-0808

SAN MARCOS: Jan. 14 Purgatory Trail Run 10 Mile and 5K A USA Track & Field-sanctioned trail race through the beautiful Purgatory Creek Natural Area and Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. The 10-mile course is designed to challenge trail runners with difficult technical sections. The rigorous 5K course has a medium technical rating and is a good introduction to trail running. Walkers and hikers are encouraged to participate. Purgatory Creek Natural Area Trailhead, Ranch Road 12. corerunningcompany.com 512-353-2673

SAN MARCOS: Jan. 27-28 Celtic Fest A free celebration of St. Brigid’s Day, considered the first day of spring in Ireland. The festival will feature traditional Irish and Celtic music, and arts and crafts. The family-friendly event is a cultural celebration appropriate for all ages. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St. sanmarcostx.gov 512-393-8400

SAN SABA: Nov. 23-Jan. 4 Christmas Extravaganza Grand Opening Make your holidays brighter this year by enjoying the Mill Pond Lighted Holiday Park. Set your radio to 88.7 FM and enjoy synced music to more than 30 acres of dancing lights. Mill Pond Park, Thomas Stewart Drive. visitsansabatexas.com 325-372-8291

STONEWALL: Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Celebration Annual event featuring live music, wine, and the best black-eyed peas and cornbread in Texas. Torre di Pietra Winery, 10915 US 290. torredipietra.com 830-644-2829

WIMBERLEY: Jan. 13 Second Saturday Gallery Trail Fourteen galleries in and around the Wimberley Square stay open late and offer great art, wine, and appetizers. Downtown Wimberley, 101 Wimberley Square. facebook.com/secondsaturdaygallerytrail 512-574-2980

WIMBERLEY: Jan. 18 Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse Concert Series The concert series brings the best musical talent to Wimberley every third Thursday. Enjoy great music in an intimate setting. Susanna’s Kitchen at Wimberley United Methodist Church, 1200 CR 1492. wimberleyumc.org 512-847-5464

WIMBERLEY: Jan. 25-28 Wimberley Art and Soul A series of workshops and classes combined with open houses at various locations throughout Wimberley. facebook.com/wimberleyartandsoul 512-847-2201

 

December

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 7 “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation with the first comprehensive exhibition about the temperance movement and the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment. View more than 100 rare artifacts, visit a re-created speakeasy, and explore multimedia exhibits highlighting the 18th Amendment and the fashion, music, and culture of the Roaring ’20s. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com 512-963-8746

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 1 “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945” Chronicling two decades of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States, this exhibition showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design. The more than 200 items are drawn primarily from the collections of the Harry Ransom Center. Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu/mexicomodern 512-471-8944

AUSTIN: Through Jan. 21 “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” The collection features more than 200 pins and brooches worn by former Secretary of State Albright. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. While serving under President Bill Clinton, Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press. A shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States, for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes. “Read My Pins” will explore the stories behind these works, as well as their historical and artistic significance, and will be accompanied by a book, “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box,” published by HarperCollins. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St. lbjlibrary.org 512-721-0216

AUSTIN: Nov. 22-Dec. 31 “A Christmas Carol” This rockin’ show provides a modern twist on the classic tale to help you ring in the holidays. In fact, this show has proven to be such a hit that is it the most popular show in the theatre’s history. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org 512-476-0541

AUSTIN: Nov. 24-Dec. 24 Blue Genie Art Bazaar A fixture of the Austin holiday season. Shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd. bluegenieartbazaar.com

AUSTIN: Nov. 24-Jan. 15 Ice Skating on the Plaza Spend an afternoon on the rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends. Whole Foods Flagship, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com 512-476-1206

AUSTIN: Dec. 1 A John Waters Christmas John Waters is back for an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one-man show. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor (he puts the X in X-mas) in this show for the open-minded and slightly left-of-center audience. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Dec. 2 German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market The German-Texan Heritage Society’s annual market offers shoppers handmade, imported crafts, decorations, ornaments, and more. Browse the market, visit Sankt Nikolaus, listen to traditional German Christmas music, and enjoy a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), gingerbread cookies, and other sweet baked treats. German Free School of Austin, Building 507, East 10th Street. germantexans.org 512-467-4569

AUSTIN: Dec. 2 Holiday Cocktail Workshop Come on down to Revelry and spread that holiday cheer. In this fun and interactive session, you’ll learn how to prepare, measure, and mix delicious, holiday-themed cocktails. The class will cover the basics, like the proper equipment and techniques needed to make perfect sips for the holiday season. Everyone takes home recipes, a list of bar tools needed, and great ideas for entertaining with family and pals. Revelry, 908 E. Fifth St., Unit 106. thisisrevelry.com 512-688-6368

AUSTIN: Dec. 2 Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll Join hundreds caroling in front of the Capitol as the tree is lit before heading down Congress Avenue for live music, shopping, art, and much more. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave. downtownaustin.com/holiday-stroll

AUSTIN: Dec. 5 Lady Gaga in Concert The Grammy and Golden Globe winner comes to Austin’s Frank Erwin Center for her Joanne World Tour. Her fifth studio album, “Joanne,” was recently released and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive No. 1 album. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Dec. 6-10 Luminations Forget that tangled ball of string lights in your closet. The Wildflower Center does the work of holiday decorating for you and the beauty and breadth is epic. During Luminations, the gardens and grounds light up the night with countless luminarias, casting an enchanting glow over an already magical place. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org/events 512-232-0100

AUSTIN: Dec. 7 Starry Nights Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. Held the first Thursday of every month (except January, June, July, and August), each month features a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. All ages are welcome; RSVP is recommended. Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane. girlstart.org 512-916-4775

AUSTIN: Dec. 8-23 Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet Austin kicks off the season with the 55th annual production of this beloved holiday tradition. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr. balletaustin.org 512-474-5664

AUSTIN: Dec. 9 Black Fret Ball The fourth annual event will be both a concert and a platform for delivering grants to all 20 of this year’s nominees—including Jackie Venson, Leopold and his Fiction, Mobley, and Whiskey Shivers. The nonprofit has awarded $500,000 over the past three years. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. blackfret.org

AUSTIN: Dec. 9-10 Cherrywood Art Fair This neighborhood fundraiser benefits the eastside arts scene. Enjoy local food artisans, live music, more than 80 artists, kids crafts, and a silent auction at the annual event. Maplewood Elementary, 3808 Maplewood Ave. cherrywoodartfair.org

AUSTIN: Dec. 9-23 Trail of Lights The 51st annual event is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories, and fun. The annual tree-lighting ceremony is held in November, then the 5K fun run kicks off the spectacular season in early December. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. austintrailoflights.org

AUSTIN: Dec. 12 Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s “Messiah” This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing. Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway. austinsymphony.org 512-476-6064

AUSTIN: Dec. 12 Tommy Emmanuel in Concert An accomplished fingerstyle player, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords, and the bass all at once. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Dec. 4 “The Moth” A surefire sellout every year, “The Moth” returns to Austin with an all-new batch of stories and storytellers from all walks of life. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Dec. 14-24 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers, and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest-running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. armadillobazaar.com 512-974-6700

AUSTIN: Dec. 31 Austin’s New Year This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers, and other festive performances. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr. austintexas.gov

BANDERA: Dec. 1 Cowboy Capital Christmas and Shoppers Jubilee Featuring live nativity, caroling, and a Christmas program at the County Courthouse. Shoppers Jubilee is a citywide Christmas open house for shoppers. Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Dec. 1 Cowboy Christmas Night Parade Held in downtown Bandera to honor Bandera’s cowboy and western heritage. Enjoy a parade on Saturday, arts and crafts, music, re-enactments, and a ranch rodeo. Main Street. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Dec. 1-31 Holiday Lights on the River When the sun goes down, the lights come out. Bring the family and drive through City Park to enjoy the true Christmas experience. Bandera City Park, 1102 Maple St. 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters Experience the excitement of the Wild West with the award-winning Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters, re-creating shootouts and daily life of the Old West. Shows are at high noon and 2 p.m. Bandera Visitor Center, 126 SH 16. banderacattlecompany.com 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Cowboys on Main Cowboys, horses, wagons, and strolling entertainers are just some of the characters you might see on Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. Bandera County Courthouse, 500 Main St. banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Dec. 2 The Old Timers Trading Post Meet local artists and artisans. The Old Timer, 14178 SH 16. 830-796-3045

BANDERA: Dec. 5 Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. silversagecorral.org 830-796-4969

BANDERA: Dec. 9 Cowboy Christmas Ball Sponsored by the Medina Volunteer Fire Department, enjoy a washers tournament, a dinner (sausage, barbecue, and all the trimmings), and a dance and concert. The Farm Country Club, 475 Pue Road. banderacowboycapital.com 830-589-7225

BANDERA: Dec. 10 Frontier Times Museum Cowboy Camp Enjoy traditional cowboy music. You are welcome to bring your guitar and join in the song circle. Bring your own refreshment and chair. Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St. frontiertimesmuseum.org 830-796-3864

BANDERA: Dec. 21 Cowboy Camp Come out and enjoy the pickers circle, and join in if you wish. Bandera Beverage Barn Pavillion, 1407 SH 16. 830-796-3045

BLANCO: Dec. 9 Lighted Christmas Parade Celebrate the holiday with a festive lighted parade in the beautiful town of Blanco. Community floats will be alight for your enjoyment. Make a weekend of it and enjoy a slower pace for your season. Old Blanco County Courthouse Square, 300 Main St. blancochamber.com 830-833-5101

BOERNE: Dec. 1-Jan. 1 Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch What better way to add extra sparkle to your holiday season than the magical glow of two million lights—plus food, drinks, crafts, gift shopping, and family fun? This event features all of that and more, making it a must on your holiday calendar. Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road. visitboerne.org 210-434-2340

BOERNE: Dec. 2-3 Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair You will find all your Christmas shopping easy to handle with every type of gift available at Oma’s. Texas handcrafted wood items, homemade jellies, handcrafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand-embroidered items “like your grandmother used to make,” and hand-painted bird feeders and birdhouses that will please the most discerning backyard birds. With three large buildings full of handmade crafts, you are sure to find the perfect gift for any loved one no matter what their age or liking. Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Road. visitboerne.org 830-249-2839

BOERNE: Dec. 2 Weihnachts Parade A long-standing Boerne Christmas tradition. Now in its 31st year, up to 100 lit entries will travel Main Street. The parade will travel south beginning at Frederick Street (by the Fire House) and ending at River Road. Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-249-9511, opt. 5

BOERNE: Dec. 5-6 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 (provided before entrance) and enter a marketplace bustling with activity from over a dozen authentic shops; enjoy samples from the baker’s shop; marvel at the potter’s, carpenter’s, and basket weaver’s crafts; and listen for the rumor of a king’s birth from excited townspeople. The highlight of the event will be the arrival of the Christ Child and a traditional nativity scene including camels and Magi. St Helena’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-249-3228

BOERNE: Dec. 9-10 Christmas Market Days This annual Christmas market includes handmade arts and crafts, art, woodwork, antiques, collectibles, chic clothing and accessories, vintage jewelry, and more. Great food variety and music by local Texas musicians. Main Plaza, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-844-8193

BOERNE: Dec. 9 Christmas at the Farm A community event to celebrate the winter holidays. Families will enjoy hay/sleigh rides, hot cocoa, singing carols, meeting Santa, family photos, traditional holiday crafts, and decorating trees for wildlife. Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road. visitboerne.org 830-249-4616

BOERNE: Dec. 9 Second Saturday Art Beat Boerne shops and art galleries team up to bring you a heart-racing fine art experience. Take a walk on the art side every second Saturday of the month. Look for the flashy banners displayed throughout Boerne. Various locations, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-954-6659

BOERNE: Dec. 16 Concert in the Cave—Winter Solstice Celebration Circle presents a thrilling and eclectic concert of contemporary acoustic songs, soaring vocals, ancient instrumentation, improvisation, and contemplation celebrating the Winter Solstice. Cave Without a Name, 325 Kreutzberg Road. visitboerne.org 830-537-4212

BOERNE: Dec. 16-17 Cowboy Christmas Market Days Finish your last-second Christmas shopping at this outdoor market with a cowboy twist. 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. Enjoy great food and original music from local bands and singer songwriters. Main Plaza, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-844-8193

BOERNE: Dec. 16 The Christmas Town This event is fun for the entire family with a walk through Bethlehem on the night Christmas began, live music, beautiful lights, hayrides, a gingerbread forest, shopping, kids’ activities, great food, and so much more. Vanguard Institute, 43360 I-10 West. visitboerne.org 830-537-6157

BOERNE: December 9. Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas – Second Saturday Art Beat! HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY little CHRISTMAS!
Carriage House Gallery will host its Holiday Miniature Show November 11th and December 9th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The show features miniature works of art from all gallery artists,  showcasing paintings in oil and water color, paintings on glass, fused glass paintings, encaustics, photography, sculptures and much more!
Gallery guests will vote on their favorite miniature beginning December 1, with the winner being announced December 9th during the Second Saturday event.
And, to give our guests the opportunity to create their wish list, we will offer complimentary postcards and mailing of the postcard WISH LIST to their “Santa”.  Stop by anytime before December 10th to complete your list. 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm www.carriagehousegalleryofartists.com 830 248-1184

BURNET: Dec. 1-31 Christmas Trail of Lights Celebrate Christmas on Burnet’s historic square with seasonal activities. Follow the trail from Wallace Riddell Park, sparkling with thousands of Christmas lights. Downtown Square and Wallace Riddell Park, 220 S. Pierce. cityofburnet.com 512-756-4297

BURNET: Dec. 1-3, 8-10 Main Street Bethlehem Wind your way through a village alive with peasants, royal guards, shepherds, and, of course, wise men on the trek to see the baby Jesus. First Baptist Church, 108 S. Vanderveer St. fbcburnet.org 512-756-4481

BURNET: Dec. 9 Christmas at Old Fort Croghan Families gather together to celebrate the Christmas season as it was done in the 1800s, including hot cider, cookies, and live music. Fort Croghan, 703 Buchanan Dr. 512-756-8281

BURNET: Dec. 9 Christmas on the Square The lighting of the Burnet County Courthouse and the arrival of Santa kick off the holiday season. Downtown Historic Square, 220 S. Pierce. burnetchamber.org 512-756-4297

CASTROVILLE: Dec. 1-2 Old Fashion Christmas A two-day craft show featuring more than 220 vendors with various crafts, food, and art. Santa is available for photos Friday evening and Saturday morning. Houston Square, 1304 Lorenzo. chamber@castroville.com 830-538-3142

COMFORT: Nov. 25-Dec. 25 Lifesize Nativity Figures Nativity figures from the 1950s, originally atop the Sears building in San Antonio, have been artistically restored and will be on display. Comfort Park, 423 Main St. comfortchamber.com 830-995-3131

COMFORT: Nov. 25-Dec. 25 Townwide Christmas Lighting 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. comfortchamber.com 830-995-3131

COMFORT: Dec. 1-2 Hill Country Handmade Market The traveling market begins with a VIP shopping event for more than 30 handmade vendors and all Eighth Street Market vendors, a drink ticket, dessert and snacks, live music, free hand-lettering classes, giveaways, shopping bag, and more. The following day features more than 30 handmade vendors, all Eighth Street Market vendors, live music, food trucks, a coffee shop, and more. Eighth Street Market, 523 Eighth St. hillcountryhandmademarket.com 210-663-9046

CONCAN: Dec. 16 River Road Market Fest Arts, crafts, food, music, and more. Andy’s River Road. visituvaldecounty.com 830-232-4310

CONCAN: December 2nd. Tracy Byrd Live in Concert at House Pasture Cattle Company
http://www.roadhousetickets.com/Ticket/Detail/590 9:00 www.visituvaldecounty.com 8302324310

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Dec. 2 Redbud Artisan Market An all-handmade show featuring the art and fine craft of more than 50 Texas artisans. This is an indoor, one-day event. Admission is only $1, benefitting the local food bank. Come out to shop for a variety of art, rain or shine. Enjoy live music, food, and wine, and shop while your kids make a free craft to take home. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 29401 RR 12. 512-858-7892

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating Annual seasonal outdoor ice skating event to benefit The Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. skateinfred.com 830-997-6597

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 1 First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations. ffawf.com 830-992-2044

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 1 Light the Night Christmas Parade and AfterGlow Lighted night parade and activities presented by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. Main Street and Marktplatz. lightthenightchristmasparade.com 830-997-5000

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 1-17 Texas Hill Country Wineries’ Christmas Wine Affair Tickets include a Tasting Passport to receive complimentary tastings at more than 45 participating wineries, wine discounts, and a collectible Christmas ornament on this self-guided tour. Participating Texas Hill Country Wineries. texaswinetrail.com 872-216-9463

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 2 A Ranger Christmas Meet Cowboy Santa and enjoy Ranger Town, wagon rides, trick roping, caroling, hot chocolate and wassail, and more. Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E. Main. trhc.org 830-990-1192

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 2 Christmas Home Tour and Market This is a self-guided tour through selected homes that have been decorated for the holidays, along with a market specializing in one-of-a-kind merchandise. Participating homes in and around Fredericksburg. pioneermuseum.net 830-990-8441

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Day Observance Recognition and memorial program with speakers, chaplain, Joint Color Guard, music, and more. National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main. pacificwarmuseum.org 830-997-8600, ext. 205

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 8-9 The Christmas Journey Free drive-through presentation of the Christmas story depicted in nine scenes, all with live animals and actors, magnificent backgrounds, special lighting and effects, and Christmas music filling the night air. Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 W. Austin. bethanyfredericksburg.com 830-997-2069

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 9 Tannenbaum Ball A seated dinner, live music, and auction to benefit the Gillespie County Historical Society. St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, 306 W. San Antonio. pioneermuseum.net/tannenbaum-story.html 830-990-8441

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 15-17 Fredericksburg Trade Days Shop with more than 400 vendors in seven barns, featuring acres of antiques, a biergarten, live music, and more. 7 miles east on US 290 across from Wildseed Farms. fbgtradedays.com 210-846-4094

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 15-17 The English Brothers: Cowboy Christmas Presented by Fredericksburg Theater Company, The English Brothers will perform Christmas favorites for the season along with classic Western tunes. Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87. fredericksburgtheater.org 830-997-3588

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 16 Luckenbach Christmas Ball An annual holiday dance in this historic dance hall features Gary P. Nunn. Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. luckenbachtexas.com 830-997-3224

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 22-23 The Singing Christmas Tree Local volunteers will present a one-hour concert standing on a 30-foot-tall decorated and lighted Christmas tree. Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main. pioneermuseum.net 830-990-8441

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 31 Luckenbach New Year’s Eve Celebration Usher in the New Year with one heck of a party in the historic Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall featuring music by Dale Watson. Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop. luckenbachtexas.com 830-997-3224

FREDERICKSBURG: Dec. 31 USO Style Hangar Dance 1940s-style dance with swing dance lessons, big band live music, costume contest, photo booth, and concessions. Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road. hangarhotel.com 830-997-9990

GRUENE: Dec. 2-3 Holidays in Gruene: Christmas Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, crafted items, and packaged Texas foods. Perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Free admission. Gruene Historic District. gruenemarketdays.com 830-832-1721

GRUENE: Dec 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23 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. Packages are available, along with Christmas cards and other special-order items. Gruene Historic District. grapevineingruene.com 830-606-1601

GRUENE: Dec. 2 Holidays in Gruene: Pony Express Ride Gruene Historic District will receive the 16th annual Pony Express rider from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels. Relay riders carry a “Christmas Greetings” message from the Governor of Texas. A temporary Post Office will be set up next to Gruene Outfitters in Gruene to cancel stamps for mailing. Bring your Christmas cards to have the stamps cancelled with the 2017 commemorative stamp representing Gruene. Gruene Historic District. gruenehall.com

GRUENE: Dec. 2 Holidays in Gruene: Town Lighting Gruene closes out the 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. Free admission. Gruene Historic District. gruenehall.com

GRUENE: Dec. 3 Holidays in Gruene: Bah Humbug at The Grapevine 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 before your eyes into all those beloved characters—from Scrooge to Tiny Tim—in this magical and imaginative re-telling of the holiday classic. Complete with numerous costume changes, special effects, and traditional Celtic Christmas tunes. The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road. gruenetexas.com

GRUENE: Dec. 9 Holidays in Gruene: Jingle Bell Run/Walk The 25th annual event benefits St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher, the top male and female masters, the top three finishers in each age group (all ages—5-year increments through 75-plus), and the top three wheelchair athletes. Sponsored by the New Braunfels Running Club. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. nbrunclub.com

GRUENE: Dec. 10 Holidays in Gruene: 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 its own special Lone Star touches. Enjoy awe-inspiring gospel music, Christmas tunes, and a savory buffet catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Advanced tickets recommended. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenemusicandwinefest.org 830-629-5077

GRUENE: Dec. 21 Come and Taste It: Meet Texas’ Best Winemakers A featured winemaker showcases three of its newest 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: Dec. 31 Holidays in Gruene: New Year’s Eve at Gruene Hall A Gruene Hall favorite returns to help ring in the New Year at Texas’ oldest dance hall. Advance tickets are recommended. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com

INGRAM: Nov. 17-Dec. 2 “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Acts” Mark Landon Smith’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

INGRAM: Nov. 17-Dec. 16 ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase Handmade items for your Christmas shopping. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

INGRAM: Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28 Ingram Farmers and Artisans Market A community of farmers, ranchers, artists, business owners, friends, and families come together to sell the best of what the area has to offer. SH 39 and Old Ingram Loop. 830-367-2800

JOHNSON CITY: Dec. 2 Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy live holiday music by the Pearl Snaps; children’s Christmas activities; lamplight tours of Lyndon Johnson’s boyhood home; a chuck wagon cooking demonstration; cowboy singing, poetry, and storytelling; and exhibits. Free admission. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, 200 Elm St. nps.gov/lyjo 830-868-7128, ext. 233

KERRVILLE: Oct. 26-Dec. 1 Texas Furniture Makers Show A juried exhibit featuring the best furniture makers in Texas. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Dec. 2 Hill Country Swap Meet A giant community garage sale, flea market, and trade day all-in-one. Buy or sell new, used, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, knives, books, furniture, tools, clothing, kitchen and household items, and much more. Concessions on-site and 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: Dec. 2 Kerr County Market Days An indoor marketplace for vendors of original handcrafted goods, artwork, and home-grown 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: Dec. 3 Hill Country Youth Orchestra Enjoy a special holiday concert. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. hcyo.org 830-285-9781

KERRVILLE: Dec. 7-Jan. 18 “Kerrville Art Club Juried Show,” “Heaven and Nature Sing,” and “KACC Members Gift Show” Enjoy three separate art exhibits. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Dec. 7 Symphony of the Hills “Gloria” Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. symphonyofthehills.org 830-792-7469

KERRVILLE: Dec. 9 “A Night in Who-Ville” Games, face painting, candy cane hunt, movie, and the people of Whoville. Kerrville-Schreiner Park, 2385 Bandera Hwy. kerrvilletx.gov 830-257-7300

KERRVILLE: Dec. 9-10 Hill Country Gun Show Approximately 70 various vendors. Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane. dochill6679@gmail.com 830-315-3101

KERRVILLE: Dec. 9 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. caillouxtheater.com 830-896-6116

KERRVILLE: Dec. 11-15 Schreiner Mansion Guided Christmas Tours The Hill Country Youth Orchestra will host tours of the historic mansion to raise funds for tuition scholarships and music education for the organization. Schreiner Mansion, 226 Earl Garrett St. caillouxfoundation.org/schreiner-mansion 830-634-7814

KERRVILLE: Dec. 15 “The Nutcracker” Enjoy this ballet production from the Quenedit Dance Theater of San Antonio. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. caillouxtheater.com 830-896-9393

KERRVILLE: Dec. 15-17 Dog Agility Show Watch dogs run and jump as their handlers direct them through an obstacle course. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27. heartoftexasdogsports.com 512-663-2055

KERRVILLE: Dec. 15-17 Wild West Victorian Fest Queen Victoria hosts a retro futuristic adventure set in the 1800s. Be amazed by cowboys, ray guns, steam-powered inventions, and time machines. Participate in gadget, invention, and costume contests. Join in for historical re-enactments, entertainment, crafts, games, and tea with the Queen. River Star Arts & Event Park, 4000 Riverside Dr. wildwestvictorianfest.com 214-632-5766

KERRVILLE: Dec. 16 “A Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all” A Holiday Concert with Asleep at the Wheel A Christmas concert that the whole family will love. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. caillouxtheater.com 830-896-9393

LAMPASAS: Dec. 2 Carol of Lights Enjoy a lighted Christmas parade, a visit from Santa Claus, caroling around the downtown square, shopping, a Christmas tree decorating contest, entertainment on the bandstand, a museum exhibit, and more. Lampasas Courtyard Square, Live Oak and Third Street. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-5172

LAMPASAS: Dec. 3 Holiday Tour of Homes One of the largest fundraisers for the Lampasas County Museum, the tour allows ticket holders to visit a selected roster of area homes decorated for the holidays. Various locations, 303 S. Western St. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-2224

LAMPASAS: Dec. 30 Lampasas Trade Days Come 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 E. US 190. lampasastradedays.com 512-734-1294

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 1-2 Christkindlmarkt Enjoy a German-style Christmas market. New Braunfels Conservation Plaza, 1300 Churchill Dr. christkindlmarktnbtx.org 830-542-8448

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 2-3 Kookin For Kids Christmas Cookoff A barbecue cookoff that provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged, abused, or neglected children, organized by Texas BBQ. Rockin R’ River Rides, 1435 Gruene Road. 830-629-9999

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Farmers Market Enjoy a relaxing Saturday morning listening to live music, eating delicious food, and visiting more than 75 vendors offering local fresh produce and homemade items in the Krause’s Cafe parking lot. Historic Downtown New Braunfels, 186 S. Castell Ave. nbfarmersmarket.com 830-629-2223

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 7 Wassailfest Enjoy an evening of live music, food, great shopping, thousands of twinkling holiday lights, and of course plenty of free wassail to sample at the 25th annual event. Historic Downtown, Main Plaza. nbtexas.org 830-221-4350

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 8 Michael Martin Murphey—Cowboy Christmas Show An American singer-songwriter with six gold albums. Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio. brauntex.org 830-629-8022

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 16 Craft ‘N Flick with St. Nick Hang out with the big man himself—Santa. Enjoy snacks, crafts, and cookie decorating. Bring your own camera for photos with St. Nick. Landa Haus, 360 Aquatic Circle. nbtexas.org 830-221-4350

NEW BRAUNFELS: Dec. 17 Annual Art Contest A sponsored event for artists. This year’s theme is “creativity.” New Braunfels Art League, 239 W. San Antonio. newbraunfelsartleague.org 830-629-8022

OZONA: Nov. 1-Dec. 7 Remembering Crockett County Veterans Each year, the museum honors veterans with an exhibit featuring photos, artifacts, and memorabilia submitted by local families. There are hundreds of photos and other items dating to the Civil War. Crockett County Museum, 404 11th St. ozonamuseum.com 325-392-2837

OZONA: Dec. 2 Crockett County Deerfest A community-wide appreciation banquet for hunters, this evening helps raise money for local civic organizations and the West Texas Rehab. Attendees are fed a meal of chicken-fried deer, turkey, axis, deer sausage, deer chili, deer tamales, and brisket. Proceeds are raised through ticket sales for door prizes and admission fees. Previous years’ door prizes have included $10,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, a Polaris Ranger, and more. Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center, 1303 Avenue AA. deerfest.org 325-277-9345

OZONA: Dec. 2 Wool and Mohair Style Show The Crockett County Museum will be hosting this annual event, and proceeds will benefit the museum. Free admission and door prizes. Crockett County Senior Center, 2 SH 163. ozonamuseum.com 325-392-2837

OZONA: Dec. 7 Evening on the Town Do a little early holiday shopping or learn about the products and services available in Ozona. Shoppers will find many special delights, including discounted prices, refreshments, and other exciting experiences at each location. Local businesses will remain open late to the public. Ozona Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, 505 15th St. ozona.com/eventscalendar 325-392-3737

OZONA: December 7. 12th Annual Holiday Hands Arts & Crafts Fair This annual arts and crafts fair provides a wonderful opportunity to buy that one of a kind Christmas gift for that special someone. Artists from throughout the region come together to display and sell their arts, crafts and other handmade items. All proceeds benefit the “Meals on Wheels” of Ozona. For more information, contact Corba at 325-392-3302 or 325-206-2331. 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. www.Ozona.com/EventsCalendar 325-392-3302

OZONA: Crockett County 4-H Junior Livestock Show December 16. Area youth bring their best livestock for the judges to review. Open to the public at the Crockett County 4-H Barn. For more information, contact the Crockett County Extension Office 325-392-2721. All Day www.Ozona.com/EventsCalendar 325-392-2721

ROUND ROCK: Nov. 30-Dec. 23 “A Miracle on 34th Street” Classic Radiocast The players at the fictional KPNF radio station return to put their stamp on another holiday classic. As they bring to life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live sound effects, you’ll be re-introduced to Kris Kringle, the charming Macy’s mascot put on trial for claiming to be the real Santa Claus. Besieged by commercialism and disillusionment, winning the trial and restoring his friends’ faith in the most precious, intangible parts of Christmas will require Kris to perform nothing short of a miracle. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd. penfoldtheatre.org 512-850-4849

SAN MARCOS: Dec. 9 Art Squared Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, crafts, live music, and more. The art market is held on the second Saturday of March through December. Downtown San Marcos Square, 111 E. San Antonio St. 512-393-5930

SAN SABA: Nov. 23-Jan. 4 Christmas Extravaganza Grand Opening Make your holidays brighter this year by enjoying the Mill Pond Lighted Holiday Park. Set your radio to 88.7 FM and enjoy synced music to more than 30 acres of dancing lights. Mill Pond Park, Thomas Stewart Drive. visitsansabatexas.com 325-372-8291

SAN SABA: Dec. 2, 9, 16 Santa’s Workshop Amid the Christmas Extravaganza light show in Mill Pond sits Santa’s Workshop in the Igloo Gazebo. Bring your children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus to decorate cookies, make ornaments, and enjoy free hot cocoa and refreshments. Mill Pond Park Gazebo, Thomas Stewart Drive. visitsansabatexas.com 325-372-8291

STONEWALL: Dec. 17 LBJ Tree Lighting Enjoy carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments, and the 48th annual spectacular tree lighting. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/lyndon-b-johnson 830-644-2252

UVALDE: Dec. 8-9 Briscoe Ranch Barbecue Cookoff The 11th annual cookoff will help support Southwest Texas Junior College through scholarships to deserving students. Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Lane. uvaldebbq.com 830-486-7055

UVALDE: Dec. 8 Four Square Friday Enjoy late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Downtown Uvalde. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

UVALDE: Dec. 10 “The Messiah” Uvalde Grand Opera House. uvaldeoperahouse.org 830-278-4184

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 10-Dec. 3 “I Hate Hamlet” When an up-and-coming TV star decides to take on the iconic role of Hamlet, who could have expected he would have the ghost of John Barrymore along for the ride? As he prepares for the role of his life, he’ll have to master everything from wearing tights to sword fights to a particularly lively ghost in Paul Rudnick’s comedic take on one man’s pursuit of the perfect performance. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. wimberleyplayers.org 512-847-0575

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 25-Dec. 28 Trail of Lights The 20th annual event is a fun and safe way to view Christmas lights on a walking tour that leads visitors through six acres of decorated Wonderland with Ye Olde Yule Log burning nightly as weather permits. There is no admission to the Trail of Lights, however donations are accepted. 1101 FM 2325. emilyann.org 512-847-6969

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 2 Market Days The oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country, featuring more than 475 booths filled with unique treasures. Live music, plus lots of great food and beverage options make for a fun shopping experience. Market Day is held every first Saturday, March through December. Lions Field, 601 FM 2325. shopmarketdays.com 512-847-2201

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 9 Second Saturday Gallery Trail Fourteen galleries in and around the Wimberley Square stay open late and offer great art, wine, and appetizers. Downtown Wimberley, 101 Wimberley Square. facebook.com/secondsaturdaygallerytrail 512-574-2980

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 9 Winter’s Eve—A Christmas Festival Enjoy live music, great food, a visit with Santa, and lots of holiday offerings. Wimberley Square, 101 Wimberley Square. wimberleymerchants.com 512-847-1818

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 16 Blue Christmas This is a free annual holiday event featuring horse carriage rides, an ugly sweater contest, a roaring fire, local music groups, Santa, and blue lights everywhere. Blue Hole Regional Park, 100 Blue Hole Lane. cityofwimberley.com 512-660-9111

WIMBERLEY: Dec. 17 Starlight Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert Holiday music to inspire you. Free admission. Wimberley Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Pkwy. starlightsymphony.org 512-902-1361

 

November

AUSTIN: Oct. 26-Nov. 11 “Blu” This play by Virginia Grise, directed by Florinda Bryant, follows a queer Chicana/o family through explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 409 E. Fifth St. salvagevanguard.org 512-474-7886

AUSTIN: Oct. 26-Nov. 2 Austin Film Festival Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike. Various locations. austinfilmfestival.com

AUSTIN: Nov. 3 2CELLOS in Concert This band’s signature style breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. As impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out, 2CELLOS knows no limits when it comes to performing live. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com 512-477-6060

AUSTIN: Nov. 4-5 Celtic Fest This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish, and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops, and more. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. austincelticfestival.com

AUSTIN: Nov. 4 Austin Powwow Now in its 25th year and the largest of its kind in Texas, this festival features American Indian dancing, singing, arts and crafts, and food. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. austinpowwow.net

AUSTIN: Nov. 4-5 Texas Book Festival Last year’s iteration of this annual favorite welcomed 300 nationally and critically recognized authors and 50,000 attendees in a record-setting celebration of books, literacy, and the culture of ideas. Events are spread across more than 20 venues including the State Capitol, featuring more than 80 exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Texas State Capitol and surrounding grounds. texasbookfestival.org 512-477-4055

AUSTIN: Nov. 5 Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival Now in its fourth year, this tasty festival only has four rules: muster as many of Texas’ best BBQ joints as possible; have them serve up their specialties, side-by-side; let smoke and sauce fly for five intoxicating hours; and finally, let the people decide who made the best goods. City Terrace, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr. tmbbq.com

AUSTIN: Nov. 8 An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor Captivating with his signature blend of humor, charisma, and wisdom, Keillor shares his journey to becoming one of America’s greatest storytellers. He regaled audiences for more than 40 years as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” and continues to bring stories to life on public radio’s “The Writers Almanac.” Sharing his passion for everything from creativity and literacy to the great journey of life, Keillor entertains with a sage yet wry perspective, inspiring with kernels of wisdom audiences carry long after he has left the stage. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Nov. 9 Demetri Martin: Let’s Get Awkward Martin has released two standup comedy albums and three hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix in 2015, and he created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central. Moontower Comedy, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Nov. 11-12, 18-19 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. 12 Jack Hanna: Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, America’s most beloved animal expert will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jungle Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Hanna has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Nov. 17 Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Birthday Bash The seminal singer-songwriter is back with family and very special guests joining him onstage. Hubbard started his journey as a folk singer in his native Oklahoma before falling in with the wild and wooly cosmic/outlaw Texas country scene of the 1970s. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Nov. 18 John Hodgman: Vacationland The theater welcomes writer, comedian, actor, and author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia, all of them New York Times Bestsellers. After an appearance to promote his books on “The Daily Show,” he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show’s “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire.” Currently, he is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast, where he settles serious disputes between real people, such as “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Nov. 19 Gladys Knight in Concert The seven-time Grammy winner and film and television sensation is back at the Paramount Theatre for the first time since 2011. Knight has recorded more than 38 albums and charted No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary. From her Motown days with The Pips to her solo albums, she has enchanted audiences with five decades of memorable hits songs, including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” and “Midnight Train To Georgia.” Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org 512-474-1221

AUSTIN: Nov. 24-Dec. 24 Blue Genie Art Bazaar A fixture of the Austin holiday season. Shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd. bluegenieartbazaar.com

BANDERA: Nov. 4 Hunter’s Game Dinner and Dance An annual event sponsored by the Medina Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy a washers tournament, barbecue dinner, and a dance and concert. The Farm Country Club, 475 Pue Road. banderacowboycapital.com 830-589-7225

BANDERA: Nov. 4 Hunters’ Barbecue Celebration A Texas-size gun raffle, live music, barbecue, exhibits, and entertainment. 300 11th St. banderatx.com 830-796-3280

BANDERA: Nov. 4 Market Days Find arts and crafts vendors on the courthouse lawn downtown. 500 Main St. banderatexasbusiness.com 830-796-4447

BANDERA: Nov. 7 Cowboy Capital Opry Grand Old Opry-style entertainment is hosted by Gerry and Harriet Payne. Refreshments and door prizes. Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek. silversagecorral.org 830-796-4969

BANDERA: Nov. 11 Bandera Honors Veterans Family displays, music, a ceremony, and parade. Free barbecue sandwich lunch for veterans and their spouses. Additional food available for purchase. See military displays, concessions, and more. Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St. 830-460-0394

BANDERA: Nov. 12 Frontier Times Museum Cowboy Camp Enjoy traditional cowboy music—bring your guitar and join in the song circle. Bring your own refreshments and chair. Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St. frontiertimesmuseum.org 830-796-3864

BOERNE: Nov. 4 Hot Rod Night Reminiscent of old-fashioned Americana street parties—a gathering place for old and new friends. Soda Pops, 103 N. Main. visitboerne.org 830-331-8799

BOERNE: Nov. 4 Wild Game Dinner Go hog wild at the seventh annual dinner. Admission includes savory wild game dishes, live and silent auctions, and registration for door prizes. Enjoy some old favorites like smoked turkey, smoked pulled pork, brisket tacos, and beans. Then move on to something a little more exotic like fried alligator, Cajun crawfish pasta, stuffed pheasant, bison sliders, bacon-wrapped Nilgai, duck gumbo, spicy jambalaya, and flavorful axis carne guisada. Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center, 248 FM 289. visitboerne.org 210-316-4297 or 210-215-3486

BOERNE: Nov. 9 Diva Night Support your local businesses with a night of fun shopping. Stores will have regular business hours during the day. Diva Night festivities will include shopping, live music, dining, and great specials for the diva in you. Hill Country Mile, Main Street. visitboerne.org 210-861-7333

BOERNE: Nov. 10-12 Kid N’ Ewe and Lamas Too The 29th annual three-day event is Texas’ premier fiber arts festival for spinners, weavers, knitters, crocheters, felters, and anyone else who enjoys the wide variety of fiber arts. Come shop for tools and supplies in three halls totaling more than 30,000 square feet of nationally-known vendors who provide a wide variety of artisan-made goods. Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road. visitboerne.org 832-584-4695

BOERNE: Nov. 11-12 Market Days Artists, crafters, and vendors share their creative talents and wares to the sounds of homegrown Texas musicians. Main Plaza, 100 N. Main. visitboerne.org 210-844-8193

BOERNE: Nov. 24-25 Dickens on Main The 18th annual celebration officially kicks off the holiday season in Boerne, spreading tidings of good cheer and merriment. 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. Hill Country Mile, Main Street. visitboerne.org 830-248-1617

BOERNE: Nov. 25 Sounds of the Season Tinsel—an a cappella quartet—entertain audiences with contemporary classics and beloved carols. The group’s original arrangements of these holiday favorites sparkle with sophistication, while respecting tradition and cherished memories. Cave Without A Name–Throne Room. cavewithoutaname.com 830-537-4212

BRADY: Nov. 17-18 Heart of Texas Outdoor Expo This inaugural event includes a gun and knife show. Curtis Field Airport, 3825 N. Bridge St. bradytx.com 325-597-3491

BULVERDE: Nov. 4 Tejas Rodeo Weekly rodeos, live music, events, and steak dinners. Tejas Rodeo, 401 Obst Road. visitboerne.org 830-980-2226

BULVERDE: Nov. 24 Christmas Lighting The 27th annual event offers entertainment, music, and treats for the young and young at heart. 2355 Bulverde Road. bulverdespringbranchchamber.com 830-438-4285

BURNET: Nov. 4 Fall Area-Wide Garage Sale Shop for reusable treasures from a variety of vendors in one place. Downtown Square, 220 S. Pierce St. burnetchamber.org 830-798-5738

BURNET: Nov. 4 Hill Country Christmas Features lots of vendors just in time for Christmas shopping. YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1601 S. Water St. ymcagwc.org/burnet 512-756-6180

COMFORT: Nov. 25 Christmas in Comfort Day of activities includes more than 100 craft and food vendors, entertainment, Santa, kids activities, a nighttime lighted parade, and fireworks. Historic Downtown, Town of Comfort. comfort-texas.com 830-995-3131

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 3 First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations. ffawf.com 830-997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 4 Harvestfest German Chorale Fall Concert An evening of German singing and Fredericksburg gemütlichkeit. Light refreshments provided. 830-456-1713

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 9-11 Texas All Star Big Band Bash The 20th annual event offers three nights of rockin’ concerts benefitting boys and girls in Gillespie County that are involved in music and theater. Hill Top Cafe, 10661 N. US 87. hilltopcafe.com 830-997-8922

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 10-12 Die Kunstler Fine Art Show and Sale Representing more than 65 member artists and more than 300 original works of art. Vote for the People’s Choice Award. Zion Lutheran Church, 406 W. Main. diekunstler.com 830-990-4641

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 11-12 Pacific Combat Living History Reenactment See equipment and weapons used during WWII and a battle reenactment set on an island in the Pacific. Pacific Combat Zone, 508 E. Austin. pacificwarmuseum.org 830-997-8600

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 11 Veterans Day Observance On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we honor all veterans of all conflicts. The event is free and open to the public. Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main St. pacificwarmuseum.org 830-997-8600 ext. 205

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 17-19, 24-26 Trade Days For two weekends in November, shop more 400 vendors in seven barns, with acres of antiques, a Biergarten, live music, and more. Sunday Farms, 355 Sunday Farms Lane. fbgtradedays.com 830-990-4900

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 24 Annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid Capturing the spirit and celebration of Christmas through the town’s rich German heritage with refreshments, caroling, and the countdown to flipping the switch. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. visitfredericksburgtx.com 830-997-6523

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 24-Jan. 2, 2018 Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating Annual seasonal outdoor ice skating event to benefit The Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Marktplatz, 126 W. Main St. skateinfred.com 830-997-6597

FREDERICKSBURG: Nov. 24-26 The Peddler Holiday Show One of Texas’ favorite arts and crafts shows celebrates 40 years, just in time for holiday shopping. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 2000 Texas 16. peddlershow.com 800-775-2774

GRUENE: Nov. 12 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist In the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, this event serves awe-inspiring gospel music coupled with a mouth-watering buffet catered by the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road. gruenehall.com 830-629-5077

GRUENE: Nov. 16 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 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. 18-19, 24-26 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. Packages are available, along with Christmas cards and other special order items. Gruene Historic District. holidaysingruene.com

GRUENE: Nov. 18-19 Old Gruene Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Gruene Historic District. gruenemarketdays.com 830-832-1721

GRUENE: Nov. 23 Holidays in Gruene—Gruene Turkey Trot Start your Thanksgiving Day with an exhilarating 5K run/walk through Gruene Historic District benefiting local charities. Kids under 12 years old will have a blast chasing a Turkey Mascot for a quarter mile through Gruene. Gruene Historic District. holidaysingruene.com

INGRAM: Nov. 17-Dec. 2 “A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Acts” Mark Landon Smith’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

INGRAM: Nov. 17-Dec. 16 ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase Handmade items for Christmas shopping. Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road. hcaf.com 830-367-5121

JOHNSON CITY: Nov. 24-26 Market Days Local artisans and craftsmen sell their wares during this three-day festival kicking off Lights Spectacular. Surrounding the Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St. lbjcountry.com 830-868-7684

JOHNSON CITY: Nov. 25 Art Walk Galleries along Nugent Avenue will be open for viewing and wine tasting. lbjcountry.com 830-868-7684

JUNCTION: Nov. 25 Wild Game Dinner Food is abundant at this annual dinner, and prizes are too. Raffles for many guns, knives, trips, and more items are a part of the fun and fellowship experienced at this unique festive affair. Stevenson Center, 440 US 83. junctiontexas.com 325-446-3190

KERRVILLE: Oct. 20-Nov. 5 “Nunsense” A comic musical by Dan Goggin. Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St. playhouse2000.com 830-896-9393

KERRVILLE: Oct. 26-Dec. 1 Texas Furniture Makers Show A juried exhibit featuring the best furniture makers in Texas. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. kacckerrville.com 830-895-2911

KERRVILLE: Nov. 3 First Friday Wine Share A fun way to meet new or different wines, people, and places of business or art. Please bring no more than one bottle of wine per every two people. Singles may feel free to bring a bottle every other month. Bring your own wine glass—which could be a conversation starter in itself. firstfridaywineshare.com 830-896-6600

KERRVILLE: Nov. 4 Hill Country Swap Meet 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. Concessions on site and lots of free parking. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-459-6198

KERRVILLE: Nov. 4 Kerr County Market Days An indoor marketplace for vendors of original handcrafted goods, artwork, and home-grown plants and produce. Pets on a leash are welcome. Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 Texas 27. kerrmarketdays.org 830-895-7524

KERRVILLE: Nov. 18 Holiday Lighted Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony Officially welcome the holiday season with a lighted parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. After the parade, enjoy a Christmas program, caroling, and the lighting of the Courthouse and 45’ tree ceremony. Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St. kerrvilletx.gov 830-258-1151

KERRVILLE: Nov. 18 Taylor, Chapin, and Eva A phenomenal evening of folk. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. caillouxtheater.com 830-896-9393

KERRVILLE: Nov. 18-19 Texas Gun and Knife Show 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 Texas 27. texasgunandknifeshows.com 830-285-0575

LAMPASAS: Nov. 3 Hunters’ Welcome Join the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in welcoming hunters to the community, and enjoy some great barbecue. H-E-B Parking Lot, 705 South Key Ave. lampasaschamber.org 512-556-5172

LAMPASAS: Nov. 25 Lampasas Trade Days Come 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. lampasastradedays.com 512-734-1294

LEAKEY: Nov. 25 Christmas on the Square If you’re full of turkey and ready to get out of the house, spend a fun day filled with arts and crafts, food vendors, meet Santa, and enjoy the beautiful Frio Canyon in Fall. Historic Downtown Leakey, 146 US 83. friocanyonchamber.com 830-232-5222

MEDINA: Nov. 4 The Old Timers Trading Post Meet local artists and artisans. The Old Timer, 14178 Texas 16. 830-796-3045

MENARD: Nov. 4 Hunters’ Blowout Ball Chili, beans and tamales with all the fixings. Enjoy a live band and a chance to win guns, knives, and more. There will also be a special raffle. Come as you are. Coolers welcome; ice and water will be provided. Club Victoria, 806 Frisco. menardchamber.com 325-396-2365

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 3-12 Wurstfest Join the fun at this 10-day celebration of sausage and beer, which includes live music on multiple stages, dancing, a carnival and lots of German-Texan hospitality. 120 Landa St. wurstfest.com 830-625-9167

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 17-19 Weihnachtsmarkt German-inspired Christmas market offers unique decorations, specialty items, fabulous gifts, and antiques. New Braunfels Civic & Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave. sophienburg.com 830-629-1572

OZONA: Nov. 1-Dec. 7 Remembering Crockett County Veterans Each year, the museum honors veterans 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. ozonamuseum.com 325-392-2837

SAN SABA: Nov. 23-Jan. 4 Christmas Extravaganza Grand Opening Make your holidays brighter this year by enjoying the Mill Pond Lighted Holiday Park. Set your radio to 88.7 FM and enjoy synced music to more than 30 acres of dancing lights. Mill Pond Park, Thomas Stewart Dr. visitsansabatexas.com 325-372-8291

SONORA: Nov. 11 Sutton County Game Dinner Dinner, raffles, and more than $50,000 in prizes including guns and a polaris. Sutton County Civic Center & Park, 1700 N. Crockett. sonoratexas.org 888-387-2880

SPICEWOOD: Nov. 17 Collin Hauser and Stevie Jo Rosenbalm in Concert Reaping Grammy nominations while still a student at the University of North Texas, Hauser’s skillful guitar, liquid sax, and unique voice have captivated audiences everywhere. Backed by drummer and singer Stevie Jo Rosenbalm, a Top 20 contestant on “The Voice,” with a stand-up bass, the trio will thrill with their blend of musical textures. Spicewood Arts Society, 9807 Texas 71. spicewoodarts.org 512-264-2820

STONEWALL: Nov. 25 Holiday Cookie Decorating and 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, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson 830-644-2252

UTOPIA: Nov. 4 Fall Arts and Crafts Fair At the 52nd annual fair, more than 60 vendors from around the state will display and offer for sale handmade arts and crafts including jewelry, metal work, canned goods, furniture, and other works of art. Utopia Town Square, RM 187. 830-966-4159

UVALDE: Nov. 10 Four Square Friday Late-night shopping, food, live music, and art. Historic Downtown Uvalde. visituvalde.com 830-278-4115

WIMBERLEY: Oct. 27-Nov. 19 “The Diary of Anne Frank” Performed in the Burdine Johnson Indoor Studio Theatre. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325. emilyann.org 512-847-6969

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 4 Market Day Walk along a shaded path to discover treaures of all sorts and enjoy lots of great food and live music. Lions Field, 601 FM 2325. shopmarketdays.com 512-847-2201

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 10-Dec. 3 “I Hate Hamlet” When an up-and-coming TV star decides to take on the iconic role of Hamlet, who could have expected he would have the ghost of John Barrymore along for the ride? As he prepares for the role of his life, he’ll have to master everything from tights to sword fights to a particularly lively ghost in Paul Rudnick’s comedic take on one man’s pursuit of the perfect performance. Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Road. wimberleyplayers.org 512-847-0575

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 17-18 Winter Wonderland Visit the wonderland of Christmas trees and wreaths created by local artists and crafty people. Thanksgiving centerpieces will also be available. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and a visit with Santa. Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12. wimberley.org 512-847-2201

WIMBERLEY: Nov. 25-Dec. 28 Trail of Lights The 20th annual event is a fun and safe way to view Christmas lights on a walking tour that leads visitors through six acres of decorated Wonderland with Ye Olde Yule Log burning nightly as weather permits. There is no admission to the Trail of Lights, however donations are gratefully accepted. 1101 FM 2325. emilyann.org 512-847-6969

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