HOLIDAYS IN THE HILL COUNTRY

This holiday season, celebrate in the charming, picturesque towns of the Texas Hill Country with these rural 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.

Holidays in the Texas Hill Country at Driftwood Winery 
Courtesy of Driftwood Winery.

11/22/19 – 1/1/20
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.
marblefalls.org

11/29/19 - 11/30/19
Dickens on Main
Boerne, TX
Kick off the holiday season as Boerne’s historic Hill Country Mile transforms into a Christmas wonderland. Here you will enjoy live music with great headliners, a visit from Santa Claus, theatrical performances, ice sculpting battles, kids’ take-home crafts and the biggest Hill Country miracle of all—snow along Main Street.
boernedickensonmain.com

11/29/19 - 12/15/19
Christmas Wine Affair
48 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, November 29 - December 15. Each passport entitles the holder to a full complimentary tasting at 48 participating wineries (up to four per day), as well as special discounts on bottle purchases.
texaswinetrail.com

11/29/19 - 1/5/20
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 and lasts until January 5, 2020.
johnsoncitytexas.info

12/4/19 - 12/7/19 & 12/11/19 - 12/14/19
Sights & Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos, TX
Sights & Sounds in San Marcos is the Winter Wonderland we all dream of. With carnival rides, a food court, a petting zoo and much more, Sights & Sounds has so much to offer for the holiday season. Nightly admission is $5 but admission is free for kids 12 and under.
sights-n-sounds.org

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

12/6/19
Light the Night Christmas Parade & Afterglow
Fredericksburg, TX
Get in the Christmas spirit at the lighted parade down Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street. The parade is open to the public and seating is free on a first come-first serve basis. The fun doesn’t stop there. During the parade, there are even more bright and cheerful activities.
lightthenightchristmasparade.com

12/6/19 - 12/7/19
Christkindlmarkt
New Braunfels, TX
If you want to experience the German heritage from Wurstfest all over again, Christkindlmarkt will give you just that. Visitors will get to enjoy a German-inspired Christmas market complete with food, drinks, beer, Glühwein, German music, singing and dancing.
christkindlmarktnbtx.org

12/6/19 - 12/8/19 & 12/13/19 -12/15/19
Salado Christmas Stroll
Salado, TX
The picturesque Village of Salado's 59th annual 12 Nights of Christmas Stroll draws Texas travelers from near and far. For two weekends, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, carolers, a Nativity performance and the holiday parade along Main Street. While in town, be sure to stop in to the historic Stagecoach Inn for a delectable meal or to visit Santa’s Workshop at the Stagecoach Inn.
salado.com

12/7/19
Christmas on Mercer Street
Dripping Springs, TX
The sights and sounds of the Hill Country come alive in Dripping Springs at the 15th Annual Christmas on Mercer Street. The public will get to enjoy holiday shopping, arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, a petting zoo, trackless train, pony rides, children’s activities and a tree lighting at dusk.
cityofdrippingsprings.com

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

12/7/19
2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar
Luckenbach, TX
Folks! Luckenbach is holding its 2nd annual "Bazaar Christmas" December 7th, 2019. Enjoy family photos with Santa, Christmas Tree Lighting, Shopping, Arts & Crafts, and all-day Christmas music.
luckenbachtexas.com

12/7/19
Cowboy Capital Christmas Parade
Bandera, TX
Come on down to the Cowboy Capital of the World to celebrate the holiday season. Bring your lawn chair, look out for Santa and enjoy the night parade down Main Street in Bandera.
banderatexasbusiness.com

12/7/19
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

11/30/19 - 12/28/19
Trail of Lights
Wimberley, TX
The Hill Country’s Christmas treasure, the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens' Trail of Lights, opens November 30 and runs nightly through December 28. Santa Clause, princesses and superheros, a train ride, s'mores and yule logs, live entertainment… this trail has it all. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
emilyann.org