January

Austin Sept. 9, 2021-March 13, 2022: “Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction, and the Language of Print” A key figure in the development of color-field painting, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique over the course of her life. When Frankenthaler began creating prints in 1961, she had to adapt to a medium that would involve collaboration and a new language of printmaking techniques. Asking questions that began, “Suppose I do…” or “Suppose I try…” she approached lithographs, screenprints, etchings, and woodcuts with curiosity and vision. Frankenthaler achieved the same balance of control and chance she cultivated in her painting practice through many annotated proofs, or trial prints, that traced her progress towards the final impression. She, along with other artists, contributed to a printmaking renaissance in the mid-20th century. When: Sept. 9-March 13 Where: Blanton Museum of Art AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-471-5482 Website: blantonmuseum.org

 

Austin Sept. 11, 2021-March 20, 2022: “Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams” This is the first major museum survey of visual art and music by Austin artist Daniel Johnston (American, 1961-2019). While Johnston is best known for his poignant songs about love and loss, this exhibition pairs reflections on his music career with his vibrant drawings as well as film and video documentation, collected ephemera, and personal memorabilia, offering the opportunity to view the cross-disciplinary, holistic nature of his work and legacy together for the first time. When: Sept. 11-March 20, 2022 Where: The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-453-5312 Website: thecontemporaryaustin.org

Austin Oct. 23, 2021-Jan. 8, 2022: Tito’s Prize 2021 Exhibition: “We are the [Hackers], Baby, [Hackers] are we” by Ariel René Jackson and Michael J. Love Ariel René Jackson in collaboration with Michael J. Love are the winners of the fourth annual Tito’s Prize, which is intended to provide an artist the means to take a new step in their career. The prize comes courtesy of a donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and includes a $15,000 award and a solo exhibition in the Big Medium Gallery. Jackson and Love were selected unanimously by a curatorial panel that includes Christopher Blay, Houston-based artist, writer, curator, and the News Editor at Glasstire Magazine; Lise Ragbir, independent curator and writer; and Coka Treviño, curator and director of programming at Big Medium. Ariel René Jackson (b. 1991) is a Black film-based artist whose practice considers land and landscape as sites of internal representation. Themes of transformation are embedded in their interest and application of repurposed imagery and objects, video, sound, and performance. Michael J. Love (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary tap dance artist, scholar, and educator. He was recently announced as a 2021-2023 Princeton University Arts Fellow. His embodied research intermixes Black queer feminist theory and aesthetics with a rigorous practice that critically engages the Black cultural past as it imagines Black futurity. When: Oct. 23-Jan. 8 Where: Big Medium Gallery AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: bigmedium.org

 

Austin Nov. 28-Jan. 3: Trail of Lights The 57th annual Austin Trail of Lights, the longest-running holiday tradition in the state capital, returns to Zilker Park, with 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. When: Nov. 28-Jan. 3 Where: Zilker Park AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: austintrailoflights.org

 

Austin Dec. 2-Jan. 30:  Luminations Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s beautiful Texas Arboretum. Luminations is one of the center’s signature events, featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. When: Dec. 2-Jan. 30 Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-232-0100 Website: wildflower.org/luminations

 

Austin Dec. 18-July 19: “Terry Allen: MemWars” Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Terry Allen, music, performance, writing, and visual artwork are truly all part of the same practice. He grew up in Lubbock in the 1950s and then moved to Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in 1966. Although he has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for many years with his wife and frequent collaborator, actress and fellow artist Jo Harvey Allen, his work is well-known to Austinites through his public sculpture at Laguna Gloria, “Road Angel” (2016), and because of his recent annual concerts at the Paramount Theatre. Much of his work, including his acclaimed songwriting, explores images and subject matter associated with the American West. As a visual artist, he often creates immersive sculptural installations with an aspect of performance, incorporated through projections and video–or live performers in some cases. Drawing is another of the mediums in which he is prolific. His recent works mark No. 9 of the Blanton’s Contemporary Project series. When: Dec. 18-July 19 Where: Blanton Museum of Art AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-471-5482 Website: blantonmuseum.org/rotation/terry-allen/

 

Austin Jan. 7-9: “Shen Yun” Experience the beauty of ancient China before communism. Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrics into a multi-dimensional, deeply moving journey. Featuring one of the world’s most ancient and richest dance systems—classical Chinese dance—along with dynamic animated backdrops and all-original orchestral works, “Shen Yun” opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. When: Jan. 7-9 Where: The Long Center for the Performing Arts AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 877-663-7469 Website: shenyun.com/austin

 

Austin Jan. 11-16: Hadestown The winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, makes its Austin debut as part of Texas Performing Arts’ 2021-22 Broadway in Austin Season. Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Rachel Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience. When: Jan. 11-16 Where: Texas Performing Arts, Bass Concert Hall AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-471-2787 Website: texasperformingarts.org

 

Austin Jan. 15-16: City-Wide Vintage Sale Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin’s famous vintage paradise open since 1977. When: Jan. 15-16 Where: Palmer Events Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-441-2828 Website: citywidevintagesale.com

 

Austin Jan. 18: Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Delusions of Space Enthusiasts” Award-winning astrophysicist and author Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson delves into the delusions of space enthusiasts. In this illustrated talk, expect to explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic realities that limit it.  When: Jan. 18 Where: The Long Center, Dell Hall AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-474-5664 Website: thelongcenter.org

 

Austin Jan. 23: 3M Half Marathon Run a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. The 3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. When: Jan. 23 Where: Downtown Austin AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: 3mhalfmarathon.com

 

Bandera Jan. 8-9: Hoka Bandera Endurance Trail Race The Hill Country State Natural Area serves as a great location for serious runners. Choose your distance: 100K, 50K, or 25K. This race is not for whiners, wimps, or wussies. It involves trails of rugged, brutal beauty where everything cuts, stings, or bites. When: Jan. 8-9 Where: Hill Country State Natural Area BANDERA, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-796-3045 Website: tejastrails.com/bandera

 

Boerne Jan. 8-9: 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 an 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 bring a smile to those who stroll past. When: Dec. 11-12, Jan. 8-9, Feb. 12-13 Where: Main Plaza BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-844-8193 Website: boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

Boerne Jan. 8, 22: Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural Every second and fourth Saturdays of the month (except in December), bring your instrument and play along or just come to listen to the free Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural (formerly the Agricultural Heritage Museum). When: Dec. 11, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 12, 26 Where: The AgriCultural Museum BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-445-1080 Website: theagricultural.org/bluegrass-jams

 

Cottonwood Shores Jan. 7-30: “Nunsense A-men!” “Nunsense A-men!” is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the convent.” Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, “no drag.” When: Jan. 7-30 Where: Hill Country Community Theatre COTTONWOOD SHORES, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-798-8944 Website: thehcct.org

 

Fredericksburg Oct. 1-Jan. 4: “Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018” The National Museum of the Pacific War and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation present this traveling art exhibition that includes 36 works by 15 combat artists, portraying Marine Corps service from the mid-1970s through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 34 works on canvas and two sculptures speak to the experiences of the artists, most of whom were deployed around the globe. The show is divided among three themes such as the readiness of the nation’s global force, delivering aid to those in need, and the sacrifices men and women in uniform, along with their families, make. When: Oct. 1-Jan. 4 Where: National Museum of the Pacific War FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-997-8600 Website: pacificwarmuseum.org/visit/exhibits/honor-courage-commitment-marine-corps-art-1975-2018-temporary-exhibit

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 15-17: Trade Days Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items; plus, there’s a biergarten and live music. $5 parking fee is good all weekend. When: Dec. 17-19, Jan. 15-17, Feb. 18-20 Where: Trade Days FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-846-4094 Website: fbgtradedays.com

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 15-16: Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show At the 53rd annual show, the Fredericksburg Rockhounds bring you artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and other precious items. Geologists are there to identify your mystery rocks, and there are free door prizes. When: Jan. 15-16 Where: Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-248-1067 Website: fredericksburgrockhounds.org

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 15: Luckenbach Blues Festival The 15th annual blues festival features an all-day music lineup with some of the best blues artists in the state. When: Jan. 15 Where: Luckenbach Texas FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 877-466-3404 Website: luckenbachtexas.com

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 16: The Agarita Chamber Players Fredericksburg Music Club presents the group founded by four musicians (playing the violin, viola, cello, and piano) rooted in San Antonio. Agarita aims to nourish the arts community through multidisciplinary collaboration, educational community engagement, and free, adventurous programming. When: Jan. 16 Where: Fredericksburg United Methodist Church FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: fredericksburgmusicclub.com

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 22: Hill Country Indian Artifact Show The show offers a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts and other pieces from Texas and the United States including arrowheads, pottery, beads, and books. When: Jan. 22 Where: Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-329-2636 Website: hillcountryindianartifacts.com

 

Fredericksburg Jan. 31-Feb. 25: Wine Lovers Celebration Love is in the air, wine is in your glass, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Take time this February to relax and say hello to a new year with a loved one or friend, discovering Texas wine and enjoying all that the Texas Wine Country has to offer. When: Jan. 31-Feb. 25 Where: Various locations FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 872-216-9463 Website: texaswinetrail.com

 

Kerrville Jan. 5-8: Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show This annual county and district livestock show covers 34 counties, with participants showing lambs, goats, steers, swine, and angora goats. Plus, there are demonstrations of mechanics and other livestock show activities. When: Jan. 5-8 Where: Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: hcdjls.org

 

Kerrville Jan. 8: Symphony of the Hills Pops: “Outlaws and Heroes: New Frontiers” The professional symphony orchestra welcomes the New Year with a musical exploration of the universal drive to seek new frontiers and accomplishments. A wine reception precedes the concert. When: Jan. 8 Where: Cailloux Theater KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-792-7469 Website: symphonyofthehills.org

 

Kerrville Jan. 22-23: Winter Market Vendors from all over the state present their art, jewelry, gourmet food, gift items, and other merchandise. When: Jan. 22-23 Where: Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 888-225-3427 Website: texasmarketguide.com

 

Marble Falls Nov. 19-Jan. 2: Walkway of Lights This is one of the biggest holiday events in the Highland Lakes each year. Two million lights on more than 130 sculptures illuminate Lakeside Park beginning each year in November. On weekends and holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, children can visit with Santa and his elves. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. When: Nov. 19-Jan. 2 Where: Lakeside Park MARBLE FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-693-4449 Website: visitmarblefalls.org/christmas

 

Marble Falls Nov. 19-Jan. 1: The Ice Skating Rink in Lakeside Park Ice skating on real ice in Lakeside Park promises to bring a smile to everyone’s face and delight visitors and their skating partners big and small. The ice skating rink is next to Walkway of Lights. When: Nov. 19-Jan. 1 Where: Lakeside Park MARBLE FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-693-4449 Website: visitmarblefalls.org/christmas

 

New Braunfels Jan. 1: Hair of the Dog Day Free live shows are performed all day at Gruene Hall on New Year’s Day. When: Jan. 1 Where: Gruene Hall NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-5077 Website: gruenehall.com

 

San Saba Nov. 25-Jan. 6: The Dancing Lights at Mill Pond Park The magic of the holiday season has certainly found its way to the charming town of San Saba for the return of the Dancing Lights at Mill Pond Park. Over one million shimmering lights, set to the beat of joyful classics, enchant 30 acres of stunning waterfront property, igniting a completely immersive Christmas experience one does not want to miss. Guests may choose to walk or drive through the path. When: Nov. 25-Jan. 6 Where: Mill Pond Park SAN SABA, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-784-0550 Website: visitsansabatexas.com/holidays/christmas-comes-to-san-saba

 

Taylor Jan. 16: Run for the Roses 5K and 10K The ninth annual 5K and 10K benefit the Taylor Garden Club, which provides scholarships for youths who are pursuing careers in ecology , horticulture, landscaping, arbor, and forestry studies. When: Jan. 16 Where: Murphy Park TAYLOR, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-924-3276 Website: athleteguild.com

 

Taylor Jan. 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Program Join in for a march through the town in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. It begins at Fannie Robinson Park and ends with a program at City Hall. When: Jan. 17 Where: Robinson Park TAYLOR, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-352-5818 Website: taylormadetexas.com

December

Austin Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021: Virtual Exhibit: “The Brush is a Bow” Howard Rains is an artist and master fiddler originally from Texas and now living in Kansas. Rains performs, records, and collaborates with his wife, fellow artist and musician Tricia Spencer. The portraits seen in this collection are all from 2019 and 2020 and represent both where he has been with his work and where he is going. The abandonment of touring and the quiet hours in the studio during the pandemic have begun to shift Rains’ portraits into the realm of the surreal, as can be seen in some of the work. Rains continues to create with Tricia and their children, playing music every evening and making art every day. When: Dec. 18, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021 Where: Virtual AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-441-9255 Website: qrco.de/howardrains

 

Austin Feb. 19-Dec. 31: Virtual Exhibit: “Access Delayed—African American Suffragist’s Courageous Influence on the 19th Amendment” Texas Folklife virtually exhibits a curated collection of quilts created by Quilt Friends Collective, comprised of African American quilters from across Texas, Ohio, and Florida. The quilts are intended to educate, celebrate, and recognize some of the African American suffragists who influenced and contributed greatly to the suffrage efforts made to gain the right to vote for all women with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, although they remained disenfranchised until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. When: Feb. 19-Dec. 31 Where: Virtual AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-441-9255 Website: texasfolklife.org/event/access-delayed-african-american-suffragist%E2%80%99s-courageous-influence-on-19th-amendment

 

Austin Aug. 5-Dec. 31: Museum of the Future Present Museum of The Future Present is an experiential, self-guided museum featuring 11 unique installations. The museum has enlisted artists and musicians to create exhibits that bridge the gap between the music and the viewer. Artists are featured on a rotating basis, and you never know who may just pop-in. Current creators include Strangeloop, Shabazz Palaces, Hannibal Buress, and Lorelei Linklater. When: Aug. 5-Dec. 31 Where: Native Hostel AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: museumofthefuturepresent.com

 

Austin Sept. 9, 2021-March 13, 2022: “Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction, and the Language of Print” A key figure in the development of color-field painting, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique over the course of her life. When Frankenthaler began creating prints in 1961, she had to adapt to a medium that would involve collaboration and a new language of printmaking techniques. Asking questions that began, “Suppose I do…” or “Suppose I try…” she approached lithographs, screenprints, etchings, and woodcuts with curiosity and vision. Frankenthaler achieved the same balance of control and chance she cultivated in her painting practice through many annotated proofs, or trial prints, that traced her progress towards the final impression. She, along with other artists, contributed to a printmaking renaissance in the mid-20th century. When: Sept. 9-March 13 Where Blanton Museum of Art AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-471-5482 Website: blantonmuseum.org

 

Austin Sept. 11, 2021-March 20, 2022: “Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams” This is the first major museum survey of visual art and music by Austin artist Daniel Johnston (American, 1961-2019). While Johnston is best known for his poignant songs about love and loss, this exhibition pairs reflections on his music career with his vibrant drawings as well as film and video documentation, collected ephemera, and personal memorabilia, offering the opportunity to view the cross-disciplinary, holistic nature of his work and legacy together for the first time. When: Sept. 11-March 20, 2022 Where: The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-453-5312 Website: thecontemporaryaustin.org

 

Austin Oct. 23, 2021-Jan. 8, 2022: Tito’s Prize 2021 Exhibition: “We are the [Hackers], Baby, [Hackers] are we” by Ariel René Jackson and Michael J. Love Ariel René Jackson in collaboration with Michael J. Love are the winners of the fourth annual Tito’s Prize, which is intended to provide an artist the means to take a new step in their career. The prize comes courtesy of a donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and includes a $15,000 award and a solo exhibition in the Big Medium Gallery. Jackson and Love were selected unanimously by a curatorial panel that includes Christopher Blay, Houston-based artist, writer, curator, and the News Editor at Glasstire Magazine; Lise Ragbir, independent curator and writer; and Coka Treviño, curator and director of programming at Big Medium. Ariel René Jackson (b. 1991) is a Black film-based artist whose practice considers land and landscape as sites of internal representation. Themes of transformation are embedded in their interest and application of repurposed imagery and objects, video, sound, and performance. Michael J. Love (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary tap dance artist, scholar, and educator. He was recently announced as a 2021-2023 Princeton University Arts Fellow. His embodied research intermixes Black queer feminist theory and aesthetics with a rigorous practice that critically engages the Black cultural past as it imagines Black futurity. When: Oct. 23-Jan. 8 Where: Big Medium Gallery AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: bigmedium.org

 

Austin Nov. 28, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022: Trail of Lights The 57th annual Austin Trail of Lights, the longest-running holiday tradition in the state capital, returns to Zilker Park, with 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. When: Nov. 28-Jan. 3 Where: Zilker Park AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: austintrailoflights.org

 

Austin Dec. 2-5: Austin Fashion Week The annual Austin Fashion Week, hosted by Fashion by Texas, returns for in-person, outdoor runway shows. Unlike past years, shows this year are shorter in duration with fewer designers in each show. Most shows run 40 minutes to 1 hour with several shows throughout each day. Shows run approximately every 90 minutes with a new ticketed audience. Restaurants and bars offer special menus and items for Austin Fashion Week ticket holders. When: Dec. 2-5 Where: The Domain AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-795-4230 Website: fashionbyevents.com

 

Austin Dec. 2-Jan. 30: Luminations Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s beautiful Texas Arboretum. Luminations is one of the center’s signature events, featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. When: Dec. 2-Jan. 30 Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-232-0100 Website: wildflower.org/luminations

 

Austin Dec. 4-23: “The Nutcracker” From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is one of the city’s favorite holiday traditions. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from the Austin Symphony Orchestra. When: Dec. 4-23 Where: The Long Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-474-5664 Website: balletaustin.org/performances/thenutcracker

 

Austin Dec. 17-19: Armadillo Bazaar Outside For more than 45 seasons, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists alongside live music in a festive atmosphere. This year, the Armadillo offers a new rendition of the Austin tradition: Armadillo Bazaar Outside is a three-day in-person event taking place outdoors on the grounds at Palmer Events Center. The event creates a safe, family friendly fine art scene while still being the place for locals and visitors to buy art and artful gifts while enjoying live music. When: Dec. 17-19 Where: Palmer Events Center AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-447-1605 Website: armadillobazaar.com

 

Austin Dec. 31-Jan. 1: New Year Celebration This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, and fire dancers. When: Dec. 31-Jan. 1 Where: Auditorium Shores AUSTIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-974-6700 Website: austintexas.gov

 

Bandera Dec. 3-31: Cowboy Christmas The sights and sounds of Christmas take a Western spin in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Previous years have seen lighted Christmas displays, lighted hayrides with hot chocolate and caroling, cowboy songs, kids entertainment, and goat roping. When: Dec. 3-31 Where: Various locations BANDERA, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-796-3045 Website: banderacowboycapital.com

 

Bandera Dec. 7: Cowboy Capital Opry On the first Tuesday of every month, artists donate their time and talents to perform a show full of Grand Ol’ Opry-style entertainment. The show benefits Meals On Wheels, and popcorn, soft drinks, and water are available for purchase. Hang on to your ticket stub to be eligible to win one of several door prizes. When: Dec. 7 Where: Silver Sage BANDERA, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-850-0930 Website: silversage.org

 

Boerne Dec. 11: Holidays at the Kuhlmann King Come see the holidays as celebrated in the 1880s. The museum is decorated for the season and plans include caroling, ornament crafts, and holiday recipes from the museum’s antique cookbooks. When: Nov. 27, Dec. 11 Where: Kuhlmann-King Museum BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-275-8301 Website: ci.boerne.tx.us

 

Boerne Dec. 3-4: Stocking Stroll Boerne’s Hill Country Mile is a stretch of locally owned specialty shops and restaurants situated along Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Boerne. Participants of this holiday shopping event follow the map with bag in hand to collect treasures at each participating shop. Check some gifts off your shopping list as you stroll along the Hill Country Mile. When: Dec. 3-4 Where: Hill Country Mile BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-431-5833 Website: facebook.com/hillcountrymile

 

Boerne Dec. 4, 11: A Day at the Farm Spend a Saturday at the historic Herff Farm. At the open-air farmers market, shop for products directly from local growers, ranchers, and crafters. Explore the farm’s fenced gardens, pollinator meadow, and trails, and see the historic limestone Herff House. There are events and programs offered throughout the year during the market including yoga and Barre Blend outdoor fitness classes, adventure for young children, guided hikes, and live music. When: Dec. 4, 11 Where: Historic Herff Farm BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-249-4616 Website: cibolo.org/locations/herff-farm

 

Boerne Dec. 10-11: Toast of Old Town Head to the Hill Country Mile for a date night of shopping, dining, and fun. When: Dec. 10-11 Where: Hill Country Mile BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-431-5833 Website: facebook.com/hillcountrymile

 

Boerne Market Days Dec. 11-12: 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 an 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 bring a smile to those who stroll past. When: Dec. 11-12, Jan. 8-9, Feb. 12-13 Where: Main Plaza BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-844-8193 Website: boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

 

Boerne Dec. 11: Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural Every second and fourth Saturdays of the month (except in December), bring your instrument and play along or just come to listen to the free Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural (formerly the Agricultural Heritage Museum). When: Dec. 11, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 12, 26 Where: The AgriCultural Museum BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-445-1080 Website: theagricultural.org/bluegrass-jams

 

Boerne Dec. 17-18: Kinder Fest Retailers located at the Hill Country Mile, a stretch of locally owned specialty shops and restaurants situated along Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Boerne, offer a day of fun with kids’ activities and shopping. When: Dec. 17-18 Where: Hill Country Mile BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-431-5833 Website: facebook.com/hillcountrymile

 

Boerne Dec. 18-19: Christmas Market Days Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones at this holiday-themed market near the Hill Country Mile in Boerne. When: Dec. 18-19 Where: Main Plaza BOERNE, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-844-8193 Website: boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

 

Brownwood Dec. 2: Lighted Christmas Parade The annual Christmas Under the Stars lighted parade features over 100 entries from classic cars, floats, marching bands, and other vehicles, all decorated and lit for the holiday season. Thousands of residents and visitors pack downtown Brownwood each year to watch the parade. The parade begins at Adams and Carnegie, goes to Center Avenue, turns right and proceeds to North Broadway, then turns right to Fisk. When: Dec. 2 Where: Brownwood Depot Civic and Cultural Center BROWNWOOD, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-646-9535 Website: brownwoodchristmas.com/parade.html

 

Brownwood Dec. 2-4: Christmas Under the Stars Festival Celebrate the holidays at this annual tradition, which has included Santa Claus, “snow,” children’s activities, an inflatable obstacle course, and big wheel races for kids of all ages. When: Dec. 2-4 Where: Brownwood Depot Civic and Cultural Center BROWNWOOD, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-646-9535 Website: brownwoodchristmas.com/festival.html

 

Brownwood Dec. 4: Sipping Under the Stars Sip, stroll, and shop at this evening event. Start your stroll downtown while shopping at participating boutiques and merchants. Wineries have signature wines for sale by the glass or bottle. When: Dec. 4 Where: Downtown Brownwood BROWNWOOD, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-646-9535 Website: brownwoodchristmas.com/sipping-under-the-stars.html

 

Burnet Dec. 11: Christmas On The Square Snow kicks off a grand day of events for Christmas on the Square. A truck dumps 40,000 pounds of snow for children of all ages to play in with a snow slide and two snow play areas. There are plenty of artisan vendors and food booths. Don’t miss the parade and visits with Santa. When: Dec. 11 Where: Burnet Historic Square BURNET, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-756-4297 Website: burnetchamber.org

 

Cedar Park Dec. 4: World Championship Ice Racing Series Witness as the most fearless racers shred the arena’s solid ice track with over 2,000 razor-sharp studs in their tires. Racers hit off-the-chart speeds while going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, battling it out for one thing: the most prestigious world championship ice racing title. When: Dec. 4 Where: H-E-B Center at Cedar Park CEDAR PARK, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-600-5000 Website: hebcenter.com/events/detail/world-championship-ice-racing

 

Cedar Park Dec. 5: For King and Country Concert: A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour Grammy Award-winning duo For King and Country embark on their A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour. From the holiday staple “The Little Drummer Boy” to No. 1 hit “God Only Knows,” this annual concert event features Christmas classics and new songs performed in the exuberant, high-energy fashion that the duo has become known for. When: Dec. 5 Where: H-E-B Center at Cedar Park CEDAR PARK, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-600-5000 Website: hebcenter.com/events/detail/for-king-country-christmas

 

Cedar Park Dec. 27: Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular An all-new production features some of the greatest holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica. Cirque Musica blends the grace and thrills of the world’s greatest cirque performers with stunning symphonic music. When: Dec. 27 Where: H-E-B Center at Cedar Park CEDAR PARK, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-600-5000 Website: hebcenter.com/events/detail/cirque-musica-holiday-spectacular

 

Comfort Dec. 1-25: Holiday Decorating and Lighting Contest From Thanksgiving through Christmas, see Comfort businesses and homes lit up for the holiday season with tremendous displays and decorations. When: Dec. 1-25 Where: Various locations COMFORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-995-3131 Website: comfort-texas.com

 

Comfort Dec. 1-31: Life-Size Nativity Display The Nativity scene that formerly graced the Sears building in San Antonio resides at Comfort Park each holiday season. For more than 50 years, the life-size Nativity scene has been tastefully displayed here. Visit during the day or after dark when they are lighted. When: Dec. 1-31 Where: Comfort Park COMFORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-995-3131 Website: comfort-texas.com

 

Dec. 3-19: “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas”  Hill Country Community Theatre presents this outrageously funny comedy, where it’s Christmastime in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being double-crossed by the county. When: Dec. 3-19 Where: Hill Country Community Theatre COTTONWOOD SHORES, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-798-8944 Website: thehcct.org

 

Oct. 1-Jan. 4: “Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018” The National Museum of the Pacific War and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation present this traveling art exhibition that includes 36 works by 15 combat artists, portraying Marine Corps service from the mid-1970s through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 34 works on canvas and two sculptures speak to the experiences of the artists, most of whom were deployed around the globe. The show is divided among three themes such as the readiness of the nation’s global force, delivering aid to those in need, and the sacrifices men and women in uniform, along with their families, make. When: Oct. 1-Jan. 4 Where: National Museum of the Pacific War FREDERICKSBURG, Texas. More Information: Phone: 830-997-8600 Website: pacificwarmuseum.org/visit/exhibits/honor-courage-commitment-marine-corps-art-1975-2018-temporary-exhibit

 

Fredericksburg Nov. 26-Jan. 2: Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating Since 2008, this annual seasonal outdoor ice skating rink has been an integral part of the Christmas season in Fredericksburg and the Hill Country. One hundred percent of the families at the Heritage School volunteer to work on Eisbahn, with proceeds benefiting the Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. When: Nov. 26-Jan. 2, 2022. Where: Marktplatz FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: heritageschool.org/eisbahn

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 1-24: A Christmas Wine Affair Savor all that Texas Wine Country has to offer this holiday season by sipping and sampling award-winning wines at participating Texas Hill Country wineries. When: Dec. 1-24 Where: Various locations FREDERICKSBURG, Texas. More Information: Phone: Website: texaswinetrail.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 3: First Friday Art Walk Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. When: Dec. 3 Where: Various locations FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: firstfridayartwalkfbg.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 3: Light the Night Christmas Parade and After Glow See Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street awash in the glow of this illuminated holiday night parade. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. When: Dec. 3 Where: Main Street FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: lightthenightchristmasparade.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 4-5: Redbud Artisan Market Shop an all-handmade market with over 50 Texas artisans, each selling their own original, unique art. There is also live music and wine. Admission is free. When: Dec. 4-5 Where: Market Square Pavilion FREDERICKSBURG, Texas. More Information: Phone: 512-660-3328 Website: facebook.com/redbud-artisan-market-376852969327182

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 4: A Ranger Christmas Wonderland Come see Santa in the Ranger Wonderland at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. Enjoy crafts, cookies, cocoa, wagon rides, and other holiday festivities. When: Dec. 4 Where: Texas Rangers Heritage Center FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-990-1192 Website: trhc.org

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 4: Kinderfest Children ages 10 and under are invited to bring a stocking to hang on the fireplace. While the children aren’t looking, Santa and his elves work to fill the stockings according to German tradition. When: Dec. 4 Where: Pioneer Museum FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-990-8441 Website: pioneermuseum.net

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 10-11: The Christmas Journey At this free drive-through presentation, the Christmas story is depicted in various scenes, all with live animals and actors, magnificent backgrounds, special lighting and effects, and Christmas music filling the night air. When: Dec. 10-11 Where: Bethany Lutheran Church FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: bethanyfredericksburg.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 17-19: Trade Days Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, primitives, ranch furniture, hunting accessories, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, food, and other items; plus, there’s a biergarten and live music. $5 parking fee is good all weekend. When: Dec. 17-19, Jan. 15-17, Feb. 18-20 Where: Trade Days FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-846-4094 Website: fbgtradedays.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 31: USO-Style Hangar Dance Ring in the New Year dancing to the sounds of a 1940s-style big band. Take swing dance lessons and wear your best 1940s-inspired outfit to take part in the costume contest. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the United Service Organizations (USO) in Fort Hood. When: Dec. 31 Where: Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 844-596-2300 Website: hangarhotel.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 31: Luckenbach New Year’s Eve Celebration The annual New Year’s Eve dance takes place in the historic Luckenbach Dancehall. When: Dec. 31 Where: FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: 877-466-3404 Website: luckenbachtexas.com

 

Fredericksburg Dec. 31: Countdown to 2022 Ring in the New Year in downtown Fredericksburg. The city hosts two events: one earlier in the evening especially for kids and a later event for all-ages featuring the ball drop on the Square. When: Dec. 31 Where: Marktplatz FREDERICKSBURG, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: fbgtx.org

 

Hutto Dec. 3: Tree Lighting Hutto begins the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting, plus music and craft vendors. When: Dec. 3 Where: Downtown Hutto HUTTO, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-759-5995 Website: facebook.com/downtownhutto

 

Hutto Dec. 4: Santa Claus Crawl The fifth annual Santa Claus Crawl features special holiday drink recipes served up by your favorite downtown businesses. Purchase a commemorative Santa Claus mug then stroll downtown, shopping and sipping at stores. At the end of the night, vote on your favorite beverage and take home great gifts for the special people on your list. This event is geared toward adults 21 and up. When: Dec. 4 Where: Downtown Hutto HUTTO, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-759-5995 Website: facebook.com/downtownhutto

 

Hutto Dec. 11: Downtown Hutto Christmas Fair Join the city of Hutto at the annual Christmas Fair in downtown. Catch craft vendors, music, train rides, kids’ activities, and snow. There is also an opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa. Downtown stores and restaurants have specials throughout the day. When: Dec. 11 Where: Downtown Hutto HUTTO, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-759-5995 Website: facebook.com/downtownhutto

Ingram Dec. 1-17: ArtMart: Christmas Gift Showcase The holiday shopping showcase features handmade crafts by area artists and is open Tuesday through Saturday only. When: Dec. 1-17 Where: Hill Country Arts Foundation INGRAM, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-367-5121 Website: hcaf.com

 

Ingram Dec. 3-4, 10-11: “A Christmas Carol” The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future delights audiences of all ages. When: Dec. 3-4, 10-11 Where: Hill Country Arts Foundation INGRAM, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-367-5121 Website: hcaf.com

 

Kerrville Dec. 1-17: Texas Furniture Makers Show The 22nd annual juried show, open Tuesday through Saturday, features the best furniture in Texas. When: Dec. 1-17 Where: Kerr Arts and Cultural Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-895-2911 Website: kacckerrville.com

 

Kerrville Dec. 2: Symphony of the Hills: “Holiday Hopes: Dream Pray Love” Symphony of the Hills, a professional symphony orchestra with musicians from the Hill Country and Central Texas, performs concerts that blend classical and contemporary music. The holiday program includes music from Englebert Humperdinck’s “Overture to Hansel and Gretel,” Peter Lawson’s “Christmas in Lapland,” and a Christmas carol sing-along. When: Dec. 2 Where: Cailloux Theater KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-792-7469 Website: symphonyofthehills.org

 

Kerrville Dec. 4: The Four Freshmen in Concert Celebrate the holidays with the legends of four-man jazz and this special Christmas show that includes songs like “Snowfall,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas.” For more than 50 years, members of the Four Freshmen have come and gone but always have performed with the same unmistakable sound of the original group. When: Dec. 4 Where: Cailloux Theater KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-896-9393 Website: caillouxperformingarts.com

 

Kerrville Dec. 4: Running Home for the Holidays 5K At this annual holiday 5K, familes come together dressed up in their favorite Christmas holiday characters as they complete the 5K to celebrate the holidays. When: Dec. 4 Where: Louise Hays Park KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-257-7300 Website: kerrvilletx.gov

 

Kerrville Dec. 4: Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet Market Days continues to feature artists and crafters bringing their own original handcrafted items, while the Hill Country Swap Meet is a community garage sale/flea market. When: Dec. 4 Where: Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-459-6198 Website: kerrmarketdays.org

Kerrville Dec. 4-5: Hill Country Gun Show Shop for new and used guns, knives, coins, cutting boards, ammunition, and other hunting and collectible items. All proceeds go to local veterans. When: Dec. 4-5 Where: Hill Country Veterans Center KERRVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-315-3101 Website: gunshowtrader.com

 

Lampasas Dec. 4: Carol of Lights This event is an all-day Christmas celebration filled with boutique vendors. Santa is on hand to see good boys and girls and Mrs. Claus reads stories and has gifts for the youngsters. Grown-ups can find plenty to do in the mom-and-pop shops and cafes on the square. Don’t go home early because the lighted Christmas parade has lots of fun floats and Santa and Mrs. Claus in the grand finale of the parade. When: Dec. 4 Where: Lampasas County Courthouse LAMPASAS, Texas More Information: Phone: 515-556-5172 Website: visionlampasas.org

 

Lampasas Dec. 5: Holiday Tour of Homes Tour five homes of Lampasas residents, benefitting funds for the Lampasas County Museum’s programs. When: Dec. 5 Where: Lampasas County Museum LAMPASAS, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-556-5172

 

Leander Dec. 4, 11, 18: Old Town Christmas Festival Every first Saturday of December, Old Town Leander comes alive to spread Christmas joy throughout the community. This event includes the Old Town Rudolph Run 5K and local vendors offering holiday gifts and goodies. When: Dec. 4, 11, 18 Where: Old Town Leander LEANDER, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-259-1907 Website: visitleandertx.com/attractions-activities/major-events-festivals/old-town-christmas-festival

 

Llano Nov. 26-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. It’s a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends. When: Nov. 26-Dec. 31 Where: Badu Park LLANO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-247-5354 Website: llanostarrystarrynights.com

 

Llano Dec. 11: Snow Day Winter fun comes to the Texas Hill Country with sled riding in Badu Park. The entire family is welcome to zip through the snow and participate. When: Dec. 11 Where: Badu Park LLANO, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-247-5354 Website: llanostarrystarrynights.com/snow-day.html

 

Marble Falls Nov. 19-Jan. 2: Walkway of Lights This is one of the biggest holiday events in the Highland Lakes each year. Two million lights on more than 130 sculptures illuminate Lakeside Park beginning each year in November. On weekends and holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, children can visit with Santa and his elves. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. When: Nov. 19-Jan. 2 Where: Lakeside Park MARBLE FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-693-4449 Website: visitmarblefalls.org/christmas

Marble Falls Nov. 19-Jan. 1: The Ice Skating Rink in Lakeside Park Ice skating on real ice in Lakeside Park promises to bring a smile to everyone’s face and delight visitors and their skating partners big and small. The ice skating rink is next to Walkway of Lights. When: Nov. 19-Jan. 1 Where: Lakeside Park MARBLE FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-693-4449 Website: visitmarblefalls.org/christmas

 

Marble Falls Dec. 4: Christmas Market on Main Come to Main Street to experience 70-plus craft makers, bakers, and style creators from around the Hill Country area. When: Dec. 4 Where: Main Street MARBLE FALLS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-693-4449 Website: visitmarblefalls.org/christmas-in-marble-falls

 

New Braunfels May 8-Dec. 11: Second Saturday at Heritage Village Every second Saturday of the month through December, Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture presents rotating living history demonstrations that include blacksmithing, broom making, military review, rope making, weaving, woodworking, hearth cooking, jewelry making, sewing, candle dipping, and cabin life. When: May 8-Dec. 11 Where: Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-6504 Website: texashandmadefurniture.com/livinghistory

 

New Braunfels Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 17-19: Holidays in Gruene: Photos with Cowboy Kringle Create a lasting Christmas memory by taking a picture with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene’s own brand of Santa. Reserve a spot in advance for photo packages, Christmas cards, and other special order items. When: December 4-5, 11-12, 17-19 Where: Gruene Historic District NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-5077 Website: holidaysingruene.com

 

New Braunfels Dec. 4: Holidays in Gruene: Pony Express Ride See a Pony Express rider from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels come through the Gruene Historic District at 10 a.m. Relay riders carry a “Christmas Greetings” message from the governor of Texas. Bring your Christmas cards to have the stamps cancelled with the 2021 commemorative stamp representing Gruene at the temporary post office set up next to Gruene Outfitters. When: Dec. 4 Where: Gruene Historic District NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-5077 Website: holidaysingruene.com

 

New Braunfels Dec. 4: Holidays in Gruene: Bah Humbug It’s Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with a 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 the beloved characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, in this magical and imaginative retelling of the holiday classic that comes complete with numerous costume changes, special effects, and traditional Celtic Christmas tunes. When: Dec. 4 Where: The Grapevine NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-5077 Website: holidaysingruene.com

New Braunfels Dec. 4: Holidays in Gruene: Town Lighting Gruene closes out the many festivities of the day with a brass band street performance at 5 p.m. followed by the annual town lighting at 6 p.m., when Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and hands out candy canes to the kids. When: Dec. 4 Where: Gruene Historic District NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-629-5077 Website: holidaysingruene.com

 

New Braunfels Dec. 4-5: Holidays in Gruene: Christmas Market Days Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items, packaged Texas foods, and other merchandise for everyone on your holiday shopping list. When: Dec. 4-5 Where: Gruene Historic District NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-832-1721 Website: gruenemarketdays.com

 

New Braunfels Dec. 11: Holidays in Gruene: Jingle Bell Run/Walk Sponsored by Comal ISD and held in Gruene Historic District, this 29th annual 5K run/walk and kids’ K 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 3 finishers in each age group (all ages in 5-year increments through 75-plus), and the top three wheelchair athletes. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. When: Dec. 11 Where: Gruene Historic District NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-708-2991 Website: athleteguild.com

 

New Braunfels Dec. 16: Come and Taste It: Meet Texas’ Best Winemakers On the third Thursday of the month (except January), come to The Grapevine Garden and taste some of Texas’ best wines and craft beers straight from the winemakers and brewers. Come and Taste It features complimentary tastings, live music, and door prizes. Sit back, sip, and relax in the heart of Gruene Historic District. When: Dec. 16 Where: The Grapevine NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-606-0093 Website: grapevineingruene.com

 

New Braunfels Dec. 21, 28: Holidays in Gruene: Two Ton Tuesday Holiday Show If you haven’t felt the energy of Two Tons of Steel live, grab your dancing partner and get ready for a rockin’ night. The band takes the stage for two shows, each starting at 8:30 p.m. Come early for swing dance lessons from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. When: Dec. 21, 28 Where: Gruene Hall NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-606-1281 Website: gruenehall.com

 

New Braunfels 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. When: Dec. 31 Where: Gruene Hall NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-606-1281 Website: gruenehall.com

 

Ozona Nov. 1-Dec. 31: “Remembering Crockett County Veterans Exhibit” Each year, the Crockett County Museum honors area 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. Open to the public during regular museum hours. When: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 Where: Crockett County Museum OZONA, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-392-2837 Website: ozona.com/events-calendar

 

Ozona Dec. 9: Evening on the Town Do a little early holiday shopping or learn about the products and services available in Ozona. Shoppers are treated to specials including discounted prices, refreshments, and other delights at each location. Local businesses remain open to the public. The time and date may be subject to change, depending on current COVID-19 guidelines, so you are encouraged to confirm event details on the website before traveling. When: Dec. 9 Where: Ozona’s Historic Town Square OZONA, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-392-3737 Website: ozona.com/events-calendar

 

Ozona Dec. 11: Crockett County 4-H Junior Livestock Show Area youth bring their best livestock for the judges to review. Open to the public. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 4-H barn. The time and date may be subject to change, depending on current COVID-19 guidelines, so you are encouraged to confirm event details at the website before traveling. When: Dec. 11 Where: Crockett County 4-H Barn OZONA, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-392-2721 Website: ozona.com/events-calendar

 

Ozona Dec. 19: Community Christmas Program Ozona’s Community Christmas Program takes place at the First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, with refreshments served after the program at the FBC Hoover Building. The time and date may be subject to change, depending on current COVID-19 guidelines, so you are encouraged to confirm event details at the website before traveling. When: Dec. 19 Where: Ozona First Baptist Church OZONA, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-392-5555 Website: ozona.com/events-calendar

 

Ozona Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Dance An evening of entertainment and fun as the community rings in the New Year. Proceeds benefit local charities. When: Dec. 31 Where: Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center OZONA, Texas More Information: Phone: 325-226-4994 Website: ozona.com/events-calendar

 

Taylor Dec. 4: Christmas Fair Deck the halls in Taylor with an arts and crafts extravaganza in two locations. When: Dec. 4 Where: Heritage Square Park TAYLOR, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-352-3675 Website: taylortx.gov

 

Taylor Dec. 4: Victorian Christmas Visit the home of Texas’ youngest governor, Dan Moody, and take photos as you create your own Victorian Christmas ornaments. This is a free event. When: Dec. 4 Where: Moody Museum TAYLOR, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-284-8243 Website: moodymuseum.com

 

Taylor Dec. 4: Christmas Parade of Lights Floats, organizations, and vehicles take a trip down Main Street all decked out for the holiday season. The event ends with the arrival of Santa, who is in his hut for visits. The lighting of the Christmas tree caps off the event. When: Dec. 4 Where: Main Street TAYLOR, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-352-3675 Website: taylortx.gov

 

Taylor Dec. 4-18: Santa on the Square Kids and kids at heart can meet Santa and sometimes Mrs. Claus nightly in the Santa Hut. Bring a camera to take your own photos. When: Dec. 4-18 Where: Heritage Square Park TAYLOR, Texas More Information:Phone: 512-352-3675 Website: taylortx.gov

 

Taylor Dec. 11: Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Take a pilgrimage to Bethlehem and tour a re-enactment of the birth of Christ. When: Dec. 11 Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church TAYLOR, Texas More Information: Phone: 512-365-9494 Website: ilctaylor.org

Uvalde Dec. 10-11: Dolph Briscoe Barbecue Cookoff Sanctioned by the Champions Barbecue Alliance, barbecue teams compete for cash and prizes. Categories include brisket, pork ribs, pork butt, chicken, and a jackpot ribeye steak cookoff. When: Dec. 10-11 Where: Uvalde County Fairplex UVALDE, Texas More Information: Phone: 830-486-7055 Website: uvaldebbq.com

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