HOLIDAYS IN THE HILL COUNTRY

During this time, the health and well-being of our local community and our visitors is vital. Travelers to Austin – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national, state and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel and when they are visiting any destination. For the latest updates about the status of each featured event, please check each location's website. To learn more about local restrictions and closures, please visit each city's website.

This holiday season, celebrate in the charming, picturesque towns of Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country with these rural and small town holiday events. Be sure to factor in time for a memorable day trip into the Hill Country during your visit to Austin, and experience these spectacular seasonal festivals and markets.

Marktplatz at Christmas in Fredericksburg near austin texas
Fredericksburg Marktplatz. Credit T. Rawls and Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.

11/12/20 - 1/6/21
55 Nights of Fredericksburg Lights
Fredericksburg, TX
This year, Fredericksburg has a new, daily holiday light experience. Each evening around 6 p.m., start with an audio program that includes traditional holiday music as well as the history of the iconic 26-foot German Christmas Pyramid and Community Christmas Tree. The audio program will conclude with a countdown to the lighting of all the holiday lights.
lightthenightchristmasparade.com

11/20/20 – 1/2/21
Marble Falls Walkway of Lights
Marble Falls, TX
Over two million lights illuminate Lakeside Park every year at the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights. Visitors can take a stroll and sight see all the bright and cheerful lights they have displayed throughout the park. The trail takes around 30 minutes to complete and is free. Social distancing will be enforced at this outdoor event, and wearing masks is encouraged.
visitmarblefalls.org

11/27/20 - 1/3/21
Lights Spectacular
Johnson City, TX
Enjoy a twinkle town full of lights and fun, Hill Country style! Here you can stroll downtown Johnson City fully lit with spectacular Christmas lights. The season-long celebration is family & pet-friendly with no admission.
johnsoncitytexas.info

12/1/20 - 12/24/20
Holiday Celebrations at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort
Experience the magic of the holiday season at Hyatt Lost Pines. From filling out letters to Santa and making s’mores to holiday movie screenings and cookie-decorating bags, guests who stay at the resort in the month of December will be experience one-of-a-kind and socially-distanced holiday celebration.
hyatt.com

12/1/20 - 12/25/20
Holiday in the Hills Snowdown
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Experience a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn at West Austin's Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa to celebrate the wonderment of the season. Plus, don't miss even more festive activities at the resort, from holiday crafting and Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts to golfing for good and more.
omnihotels.com

Salado texas with christmas decorations
Salado. Courtesy of Stagecoach Inn.

Throughout December
Holidays in Gruene
New Braunfels, TX
Stroll through Gruene Historic District this holiday season. Reserve your spot for photos with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene's own brand of Santa, join the Jingle Bell Run on December 12 (with a face mask policy and limited participants) and live music every day at Texas' Oldest Dance Hall, Gruene Hall.
gruenetexas.com/holidays

12/4/20 - 12/5/20 & 12/11/20 - 12/12/20
Dickens on Main
Boerne, TX
Kick off the holiday season as Boerne’s historic Hill Country Mile transforms into a Christmas wonderland. This year, enjoy the lights and atmosphere in this historic small town and visit Boerne’s boutiques, breweries and restaurants for a safe holiday shopping experience. While many shops are open daily, the shops will stay open until 9 p.m. on these selected nights.
boernedickensonmain.com

12/4/20 - 12/26/20
Cowboy Capital Christmas
Bandera, TX
Come on down to the Cowboy Capital of the World to celebrate the holiday season. Although the parade has been canceled for 2020, Bandera is still hosting a full schedule of festive events. Don't miss Singing in the Saddle on December 19, and the last performances of the year by the Bandera Business Association’s Cowboys on Main on December 26.
banderatexasbusiness.com

12/4/20 - 12/20/20
Christmas Wine Affair
45 Hill Country Wineries
Here's a holiday tradition worth toasting with a trip to wine country. Texas Hill Country wineries will be decked out with lights and holiday cheer, so pick up your Tasting Passport to start your wine tasting adventure at the Christmas Wine Affair. Each passport entitles the holder to a complimentary tasting at 45 participating wineries (up to four per day), as well as special discounts on bottle purchases.
texaswinetrail.com

12/4/20 - 12/31/20
Sights & Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos, TX
Sights & Sounds in San Marcos is the Winter Wonderland we all dream of. Although many festivities have been postponed for 2020, visitors can still safely celebrate the holiday season with a beautiful light display throughout City Park, San Marcos Plaza Park, CM Allen Parkway, Hutchison Street, and downtown San Marcos.
sights-n-sounds.org

Christmas Tree at Desert Door Distillery near Austin Texas
Courtesy of Desert Door Distillery

12/4/20 - 12/6/20 & 12/11/20 - 12/13/20
Salado Christmas Stroll
Salado, TX
The picturesque Village of Salado's 60th annual Christmas Stroll draws Texas travelers from near and far. For two weekends, visitors can enjoy late night shopping, live music and a live nativity, Christmas photo ops and more.
salado.com

12/5/20
Christmas on Mercer Street
Dripping Springs, TX
The sights and sounds of the Hill Country come alive in Dripping Springs at the Annual Christmas on Mercer Street. This year, enjoy holiday shopping and tune in to the virtual tree lighting at dusk.
cityofdrippingsprings.com

12/12/20
Annual Holiday Market
Desert Door Distillery
Driftwood's Desert Door sotol distillery is hosting its 2nd annual Holiday Market, featuring exclusive Texas makers, seasonal cocktails, savory bites from Eden West and live music. While browsing the market, guests can enjoy the fire on the patio or cozy up in the desert-inspired tasting room, with a live performance by Meagan Tubb from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m and, of course, Desert Door’s special holiday cocktails

12/12/20
Christmas Bazaar
Luckenbach, TX
Folks! Luckenbach is holding its 3rd annual "Bazaar Christmas" December 7th, 2019. Enjoy family photos with Santa, Christmas tree lighting, shopping, arts & crafts, and all-day Christmas music.
luckenbachtexas.com

12/5/20
Christmas Parade
Round Top, TX
The historical town of Round Top is having a lighted Christmas Parade & Street Dance downtown. This celebration is a whole day packed with fun holiday festivities including live music, vintage cars and lighted floats, holiday shopping, food and drinks, and the occasional farm animal.
exploreroundtop.com