Fredericksburg’s Christmas and Holiday Season
FREDERICKSBURG, TX — German traditions, timeless holiday décor, great shopping , endless Christmas cheer and five weeks of festive holiday entertainment are just a few reasons to visit picture-perfect Fredericksburg during the holidays.
Fredericksburg’s holiday season kicks off the Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting Ceremony at 7:oo p.m. at Marktplatz on Main Street. Join visitors and locals as the Community Christmas Tree and 26-foot German Christmas Pyramid are illuminated for the first time this holiday season and for the opening of the much awaited Eisbahn, outdoor skating rink at Marktplatz Friday, November 23.
Festivities continue throughout Thanksgiving Weekend in Fredericksburg with Christmas shopping aplenty along Main Street and at three different shopping events over the weekend. Fredericksburg Trade Days returns for three days of holiday shopping Friday, November 23, through Sunday, November 25, at its Hwy 290 East location across from Wildseed Farms. The Peddler Show will also be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday, November 23 through 25. In addition, St. Nick’s Christmas Tree Farm opens Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 22 and welcomes families to choose and cut their own Christmas Tree at their farm just outside of Fredericksburg.
Experience old-world German traditions and have fun decorating holiday cookies while learning how German settlers prepared for the holidays at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall on Saturday, November 24.
Take time to relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the Holiday Wine Trail that takes place each weekend in the Hill Country from Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 16.
Several concerts and musical events including the Fredericksburg Chorale’s Christmas Concert are sure to bring Christmas cheer to guests Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at St. Joseph’s Hall. Rockbox Theatre celebrates the Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll with a holiday twist during their annual Christmas show. Performances, which will include toe-tapping holiday tunes, are every weekend, Friday, November 16, through Christmas Eve and Thursdays beginning Thursday, November 29. Tour historical homes Saturday, December 1, with the Gillespie County Historical Society’s Christmas Historical Homes and Buildings Tour showcasing some of Gillespie’s finest establishments decked out in their Christmas best.
Fredericksburg’s highly-anticipated lighted community Christmas parade featuring bands, lighted floats, and St. Nik himself, will march down Main Street Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. St. Nikolausmarkt, the traditional German holiday festival returns Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at Marktplatz. Visit St. Nikolausmarkt for all of your holiday shopping needs and plenty of holiday fun, then grab the kids and head to Kinderfest, a Christmas Children’s Festival, held at the Pioneer Museum Saturday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m., or celebrate the holidays in style at the Gillespie County Historical Society’s Tannenbaum Ball at the new St. Mary’s Event Center Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Fredericksburg will also host a holiday edition of First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg, a monthly art trail showcasing Fredericksburg’s fine art galleries, appetizers from local restaurants, and Hill Country wine on Friday, December 7.
Beginning Thursday, December 13 and running through Sunday, December 23 catch the Fredericksburg Theatre Company’s holiday performance of “The 1940’s Radio Hour” that is sure to bring joy to any audience. On Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, Bethany Lutheran Church’s beautiful Christmastime tradition, the Christmas Journey, invites guests to drive past depictions of the Christmas story with actors and live animals. Fredericksburg’s Trade Days returns for a final time in 2012, Friday through Sunday, December 14 through 16, to give shoppers yet another opportunity to purchase the perfect gift for everyone on their Christmas list. After spending the day shopping and soaking up Christmas cheer, head over to Pat’s Hall for their Christmas Party Dance with live music from Blue Clear Sky featuring Johnny Rodriquez on Saturday, December 15. The weekend wraps up with the 43rd annual LBJ Tree Lighting- a centennial year of celebration in honor of Lady Bird’s 100th birthday at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic site near Stonewall on Sunday, December 16.
Last minute shoppers can find something for everyone the weekend before Christmas in the more than 150 shops, boutiques and galleries along Fredericksburg’s Main Street then enjoy live music as Luckenbach Texas hosts their annual Christmas Ball with Gary P. Nunn on Saturday, December 22, at 9 p.m.
Special Christmas Eve Services will be observed at various congregations around Fredericksburg. Wrap up Christmas celebrations with a boot-scooting good time at Pat’s Hall for their Christmas Night Dance with the Bo Porter band on Tuesday, December 25. The day after Christmas, Wednesday, December 26, Becker Vineyards will celebrate Boxing Day with a special celebration at their award-winning winery just outside Fredericksburg.
Bring in the New Year by kicking up your heels (or boots) at any of the scheduled New Year’s dances and shows in and around Fredericksburg including events at Pat’s hall, the Stonewall Chamber Hall, Luckenbach Texas, The Turner Club, Albert Dance Hall, the Hangar Hotel and Rockbox Theatre. Or, bring in the New Year by participating in two Volkssport (walking sport) events planned for December 31 in Fredericksburg- the Memorial Volkssport Walk and the Midnight Volkssport Walk.
Information about each of the events listed here, including contacts and website information can be found in the free Fredericksburg Christmas & Holiday Guide and on the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau website at www.VisitFredericksburgTX.com. To request a copy of the 2012 holiday guide, call 830-997-6523 (toll free 888-997-3600), send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up a copy at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin Street.
Released: September 6, 201
Amanda Koone, Communications Manager
Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau
888/997-3600 or 830/997-6523