Natural Bridge Caverns Announces 10th Anniversary of Christmas at the Caverns with an Extended Season and New Concerts
NEW: Extended Season, Live Underground Concerts, and an Expanded Trail of Lights planned for this year
November 2, 2023 - In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Christmas at the Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns is extending the season of celebration another week with the addition of a series of Live Underground Concerts and more through December 30th.
Texas’ favorite underground Christmas tradition returns starting Saturday, December 2nd and continues for the first time through the 30th, with holiday favorites including Caroling in the Cavern, a stunning walk thru the Trail of lights, giant Christmas tree, holiday food and drink and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Following Christmas Day, this year’s holiday celebration will continue with a series of Live Underground Concerts in the newest event space at Natural Bridge Caverns: the deepest underground event venue in Texas.
“Our Live Underground concerts have been so popular, when we were looking for a way to celebrate our 10th anniversary, it seemed like the perfect way to extend the festivities,” said Brad Wuest, President of Natural Bridge Caverns.
Christmas at the Caverns will take place on Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-23, and 26-30th. During the week of 26th through the 30th all the outdoor elements (walking trail of lights, holiday food and drink, and synthetic ice skating) will continue, however, instead of Caroling in the Cavern five different artists will take that stage for Live Underground Concerts in the Ballroom, the deepest venue in Texas. Additionally, neither Santa nor Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, having returned to the North Pole after Christmas. The Caverns will also continue its tradition of collecting food, financial contributions, and donating a portion from every ticket sold to the New Braunfels and San Antonio Food Bank to help families in need.
Music has always been at the heart of Christmas at the Caverns. Caroling in the Cavern featuring talent local and regional performance groups will be back inside the beautiful rooms of the Discovery Cavern. The acoustics in the cavern are spectacular for live performances, and the ancient formations of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and drapery that fill the cave serve as incredible natural backdrops.
The Holiday Live Underground Concert series performers include Zack Walther Band on December 21st, Scotty Alexander on December 26th, Matt Castillo on December 28th, and more to come. Concert attendees will have access to all above ground events including the popular Trail of Lights, Reindeer Round-Up, and more.
This year the popular Trail of Lights is being expanded. This spectacular walk thru of lighted holiday scenes and characters feature hundreds of towering Live Oaks, filled with lights. There is music throughout the trail, and it’s an easy one third of a mile walk beneath the Live Oaks. The trail ends back in Discovery Village with a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree.
Back by popular demand is the Discovery Village Synthetic Skating Rink, a perfect way to glide into the season and is free for children, ages 3-11. In keeping with the Cavern’s ranching heritage there will be a Reindeer RoundUp search for missing reindeer and an expanded s’mores campfire area. And no Christmas at the Caverns would be complete without Santa and Mrs. Claus! St. Nick will be on hand for photos and Mrs. Claus will host a special story time for kids.
Throughout December a portion of proceeds support the work of the New Braunfels and San Antonio Food Bank, which serves residents in the region. Travis Wuest, co-owner and vice president of Natural Bridge Caverns serves on the New Braunfels Food Bank’s Advisory Board. “We are blessed to continue our support of the Food Bank and its mission of feeding hungry families in our community,” said Wuest.
To date guests and Natural Bridge Caverns have given more than $125K. “This money provides more than 1.25 million pounds of food. We are grateful to do our part to restoring food security to families in our community.”
Guests can lend their support for the Food Bank this year through a Natural Bridge Caverns community food drive or take the option to Round Up for Hunger by adding a donation to their online ticket orders. In addition, every guest who brings a non-perishable food item will receive a FREE s’more treat to roast over the campfire. Finally, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Food Bank.
Jingle All the Way package includes all Christmas at the Caverns activities from December 2nd - 23rd, running $46.99 for adults and $36.00 for children 3-11. This full package sells out early, buy in advance online. Includes: Caroling in the Cavern, Twisted Trails, the Trail of Lights, Reindeer Roundup Maze, Story time with Mrs. Claus, visit with Santa Claus, synthetic skating, campfire, yard games, and live music.
Live Underground Christmas Concert package will be available on select nights. Visit the concert page online for details and pricing. All concert tickets include: Live Underground Concert, the Trail of Lights, Reindeer Roundup Maze, synthetic skating, campfire, and yard games.
General (park only) admission for Christmas at the Caverns through December 30th is $23.99 for adults and $17.99 for children aged 3-11, which includes the Trail of Lights, Reindeer Roundup Maze, campfire, synthetic skating for kids 3-11, yard games, and live music.
Twisted Trails or Caroling in the Cavern can be added to any ticket for $15 for adults and $11 for children.
Natural Bridge Caverns will continue offering daily tours of the largest cavern system in Texas through the Discovery Tour, Hidden Wonders Tour, private tours, Adventure Tours, and amazing surface attractions. Visit the Natural Bridge Cavern website for pricing, park hours, and availability.