Winter Holidays and Christmas in New Braunfels

The fun doesn't stop when the temperatures drop! Even when it's too cold to tube, you'll find plenty of fun for the entire family in New Braunfels. Getaway for a day or a weekend, we have plenty of to-dos in New Braunfels.

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Festivals & Markets

Wassailfest – December 2

Wassailfest is an event that families look forward to every year! Businesses and streets close at 6pm and the streets line up with people eager to sample wassail (both "leaded" and kid-friendly) and enjoy other activities and festive snacks. The festival ends with a FREE street concert by Wade Bowen. Visit the City's website for more information.

Christmas at the Caverns – Various Dates in December

Carols in the caverns, a 30-foot Christmas tree, a stunning trail of lights, campfire s'mores, and even ice skating are just a few of the festivities at Natural Bridge Caverns this Christmas season! Click here for hours, details, and tickets.

Christmas Gruene Market Days – December 4 & 5

Gruene Market Days are the perfect place to finish your Christmas shopping! Browse unique handmade and local jewelry, gifts, home decor, and more from 100+ vendors. Parking, admission, and live entertainment is free. Visit the Gruene Market Days website to learn more.

New Braunfels Farmers Market – Every Saturday, 9am to 1pm

The farmers market is even more special during the holidays! Local vendors bring goods that look, smell, and taste like the Christmas season, from scented candles to gorgeous ornaments and festive baked goods. View vendors on the New Braunfels Farmers Market website.

Holiday Events

Photos with Cowboy Kringle – Various Dates from November 20 to December 19

Bring the family, and even your dog, to take photos with Cowboy Kringle, the Gruene Historic District's own unique Santa Claus! Please be aware that this year will be a little bit different, but just as fun and festive as usual! Appointments must be booked online. Visit CowboyKringle.com for details and to reserve your appointment.

Santa's Ranch – November 5 through January 2

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like a drive through Santa's Ranch! 1.5 million lights make up countless colorful displays of the North Pole, gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, and more. Visit SantasRanch.net for tickets and information.

Gruene Pony Express Ride - December 4

Don't miss the 20th annual Gruene Pony Express Ride! A crew of relay riders will arrive on horseback in Gruene at 10am with a "Christmas Greetings" message from the Governor of Texas. The event is fun and free, just show up to Gruene!

Gruene Town Lighting - December 4

Cowboy Kringle rides into Gruene on his trusty horse to illuminate Gruene for the holidays! The event features live music and will have food and beer/wine available to purchase. 

Visit HolidaysInGruene.com for a complete list of holiday events in Gruene. 

DBD Christmas Festival - December 4

Get in the Christmas spirit! Dance by Design Studios will have dancers and special guests performing at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center from 10am-5:30pm.

28th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes - December 4

Get inspiration for your own holiday decorations or simply gaze in awe at beautifully decorated local homes! Visit the event page for more info.

St. Nikolaus visits Sophienburg Museum - December 5

Learn about the legends and age-old German traditions honoring Nikolaus of Myra. Reservations are required as space is limited. Call 830-629-1572 to make your reservations.

42nd Annual Caroling on the plaza - December 10

Our beautiful city gathers around the historic gazebo and downtown Christmas tree as we light candles, celebrate the season, and sing in unison to Christmas favorites. Come out and enjoy performances from local art organizations!

North Pole Village - December 9-11, 16-18

At this fun and festive event, kids can write letters to Santa, play at the petting barn, adopt a free stuffed toy at the toy workshop, get their face painted, decorate cookies, and more! Learn more or sign up to volunteer on the CCRC's website.

Holiday Shows

The Polar Express Experience at the Brauntex - December 3

Watch the Christmas classic, The Polar Express, on the big screen! Photo opportunities with Santa will be available with a $5 donation at The Train Museum next door from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Bring your phone or camera to take your photos! Hot chocolate will be served at the cash bar outside.

Bah Humbug! - December 4

One award-winning stage actor puts on a stunning re-telling of the classic "A Christmas Carol" by himself, complete with costume changes and special effects to play characters like Scrooge and Tiny Tim. You've got to see it to believe it! Visit HolidaysInGruene.com. Visit The Grapevine at 1pm to attend the FREE event.

Alex Meixner Band Christmas Show - December 9

Don't wait to buy tickets – AMB shows in New Braunfels always sell out! Alex Meixner is a Grammy-nominated musician and extraordinary entertainer, known for his polka music with fun funk, rock, swing, and pop twists. Buy your tickets through the Brauntex.

Rockapella Christmas - December 10

Since the early 90s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’ “Where in The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” Rockapella has toured the globe providing a powerful funky soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans.

The Nutcracker - December 17-19

Don't miss the American Dance Co.'s production of The Nutcracker! Nothing puts the whole family in the Christmas spirit like this classic, magical performance. Buy your tickets through the Brauntex website.Two Ton Tuesday Holiday Shows

Two Ton Tuesdays are a ton of fun! Swing by Gruene Hall for special holiday shows on 12/21 and 12/28. Tickets are $7 at the door, doors open at 7:30pm.

Soul Sessions NYE Celebration

Start your New Year's Eve with Soul Sessions! The high-energy soul ensemble is sure to put you in a celebratory mood. Soul Sessions will be grooving at Gruene Hall from 1-5pm.

New Year's Eve with The Mavericks

Where better to ring in the New Year than at Gruene Hall?! Buy your tickets to say goodbye to 2021 with The Mavericks here.

Past Events

Mark your calendars for these great events in 2022!

Festival of Trees

The Annual Festival of Trees is a free, family-friendly event in Gruene. Kick off the Christmas season by strolling through aisles of more than 30+ beautifully decorated trees and wreaths.

Weihnachstsmarkt – Weekend Before Thanksgiving

Pronounced Vy-noks-markt, this New Braunfels tradition offers the charm of open-air Christmas markets of Germany, except indoors. The market features more than 60 merchants and artisans with unique German collectibles and ornaments, holiday decorations, apparel, jewelry & gifts. 

For more information, visit the Sophienburg website.

Downtown Holiday Lighting

Ring in the holiday season with us in New Braunfels! After the Mayor officially lights up downtown with a hundred thousand twinkling lights, Santa arrives on a vintage fire truck to spread holiday cheer and take photos with the kids.