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December Happenings Around Town

on November 30, 2012

DECEMBER 1

BANDERA: Market Day. On the courthouse lawn, 500 Main Street. Sponsored by Bandera Business Association. Open to individual artists and craftsmen presenting original works and to farmers selling produce.

BLANCO: Knife Thrower & More at the Buggy Barn Museum. Noon-3pm. Visit Buggy Barn Museum, for noted knife thrower Mike “Alamo” Bainton, plus see the bowie knife collection, have a chuck wagon meal, enjoy Western music and entertainment, and have carriage rides. 830-833-5708.

BOERNE: Weihnachts Parade. 6pm-9pm. Enjoy the sights and sounds and twinkling lights of the annual Weihnachts (Christmas) Parade as it meanders down Main Street in Boerne.

KYLE: 150 Market. 1pm-4pm. Farmer’s Market. Michaelis Ranch, 3600 W FM 150. Come savor Local, Hill Country, and all-Texas foods! 512-268-2241

LOCKHART: A Dicken’s Christmas. The Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library host this festival located on S. Main in front of the Library and Market Street.  Featuring authentic Victorian decorations, choirs, jugglers, bagpipers, carriage rides, festival vendors and the culmination on Saturday evening… the lighting of the Yule Log. Once lit, the Lord High Mayor announces the proclamation that Christmas has come to light. Then the library and the historic downtown are lit with thousands of lights. A variety of animals and other forms of entertainment provide the way for the arrival of Father Christmas into Lockhart. Father Christmas appears annual to hear requests for those special wishes of children.

SAN MARCOS: Seton Sights & Sounds of Christmas 5K & Reindeer Dash 1K. 9am at the San Marcos Plaza Park. Register online at http://www.sights-n-sounds.org.

SAN MARCOS: SMTXmas. Local artists selling hand crafted items with special holiday pricing.  215 W San Antonio St. 9am – 5pm.

SAN MARCOS: Art & Alternative Gift Bazaar. Over a dozen artists featuring jewelry, glass arts, cards, paintings and more at the San Marcos Activity Center, 1pm – 7pm.

SAN MARCOS: Bird Walk. This time of year gives you the perfect opportunity to observe raptors and songbirds passing through the area.  Leader is Stephen Ramirez. RSVP required, stephen@birdsiview.org.

SAN MARCOS: Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Visit the main stage and enjoy live holiday performances by local schools, professional musicians and dancers. Journey through the popular Town of Bethlehem and make traditional foods and crafts. Visit the arts and crafts booths, carnival rides and food booths.

WIMBERLEY: Lion’s Market Day. 7am-4pm. The oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. We feature over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Come stroll our tree-shaded paths, listen to live music and shop to your heart’s content.

WIMBERLEY: Annual Rudolph Run. Registration 8am. 5K run and 2K walk on the Blue Hole Regional Park Hike and Bike Trail. Start at Deer Creek of Wimberley, 555 RM 3237. Proceeds go to Wimberley Crisis Breadbasket. 512-847-5540.

DECEMBER 1-2

BOERNE: Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair. 10am-5pm. Kendall County Fairgrounds. Three buildings of vendors featuring 100% handmade, handcrafted, homemade merchandise. Bake sale, food and drink concessions, scheduled visits from Santa and photos, children’s activities, carolers, shopping & Gift ideas for all ages, door prizes, a holiday festive atmosphere and complementary holiday spiced tea. $3 admission for 13 and older.

BUDA: 33rd AnnualBudafest. 10am-dusk both days. Holiday kick-off celebration at City Park, including parade, carnival, live music, food, crafts, antiques and collectibles for sell.

DRIPPING SPRINGS: 2nd AnnualHill Country Holiday Gift Tour. Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. Noon-4pm. Hosted by Dripping Springs Lion’s Club.  Area merchants welcome visitors with an open house and gift tour during the peak of the holiday gift shopping season. Enjoy refreshments at each stop on the tour, which begins downtown during “Christmas on Mercer Street.”

GRUENE: Old Gruene Market Days. 10am-5pm. All products sold are made by the vendors themselves.

DECEMBER 2

CANYON LAKE: Trade Days. 9am-4pm, Canyon Lake Event Center, 1272 FM 2673.  Behind Kathi’s Resale by Mountain Valley Middle School. 830-964-6400.

SAN MARCOS: Unicycle Football. Come watch the Bezerkerz vs the Gnarwhals and the Unicychos vs the Hot Dogs at the San Marcos Activity Center parking lot, 2pm.

SEGUIN: Yulefest. 10am-4pm. Seguin Coliseum.  Annual sale of handmade arts and crafts. Vendors from all around Central Texas will offer holiday shoppers gifts and goods in a variety that defies the imagination. All goods for sale are handmade or enhanced by hand by the vendor. Door prizes from vendors are awarded every 15 minutes.  

DECEMBER 4

BLANCO: Ladies Night Craft/Art Project. 6pm-8pm. 1st Tuesday every month. Uptown Blanco Art Center, 317 Main St. Special art project each month to make and take. $5 admission fee. 830-833-1579.

DECEMBER 5

BLANCO: Christmas Ornaments. 10:30am-1pm. Uptown Blanco Art Center, 317 Main St. Make and take a special keepsake ornament for your Christmas tree. $4 admission fee. 830-833-1579.

DECEMBER 6

BUDA: First Thursday. 5pm-9pm, downtown Buda. Stroll through the unique antique and specialty shops in downtown while enjoying food from downtown restaurants.

NEW BRAUNFELS: Wassailfest. 6pm. Sample free wassail and local merchants compete to win prizes! Live music, beautiful holiday lights and yummy festival foods, too! 830-221-4350.

DECEMBER 6-9

BASTROP: Shop, Rock, and Stroll. Downtown Bastrop shops open to 8pm.

BASTROP: Lost Pines Christmas. It’s all distinctly Christmas, distinctly Bastrop: the scent of pine, the sights and sounds of the holidays, reminders of past joys and new memories to warm your heart all year. More than 30 family friendly activities will mark the four-day weekend, all set in one of Texas’ most charming and historic cities. 1000 Main St.

DECEMBER 7

BANDERA: Annual Shoppers Jubilee. 4:30pm-9pm. Begin the evening in front of the Courthouse with Children’s choirs and a Living Nativity followed by an evening of strolling luminary lit streets filled with carolers, musicians, cowboys and shoppers.

BOERNE: Cascade Flashlight Tour. 7pm, Cascade Caverns. Every month Cascade Caverns hosts an extended nighttime tour using only flashlights in the Cave. The one-and-a-half-hour tour includes a Cascade Caverns LED flashlight and hot dogs (meat and veggie) beforehand. 830-755-8080.

FREDERICKSBURG: St. Nikolausmarkt. 3pm-11pm. Marktplatz. Entertainment. Holiday foods with a German flare will tempt festival attendees throughout the weekend. Holiday arts and crafts will be available for children attending the festival.  Lighted Christmas Parade with laser light show at 6:30pm.

LOCKHART: Star Gazing at Lockhart State Park. The Austin Astronomical Society will be teaching participants about the night sky.  Telescopes will be on hand or you may bring your own.  Entry fee of $3.00, 6pm – 8pm.

NEW BRAUNFELS: Volksfoto. 5pm-7pm. People’s Walking Photography Tour of New Braunfels. Participants will take photographs, learn about photography, and can even enter their pictures in a “bragging rights” competition for best photo from the group. 830-221-4370

DECEMBER 7-8

JOHNSON CITY: Living Story of Christmas. 6pm. Johnson City First United Methodist Church will put on its annual Christmas program. 5 free 10-minute shows per night; last show at 8:30pm. It is a show for all ages and a great part of anyone’s Christmas. Bleacher seating. Children are welcome to pet the animals after each show. Nativity scene display in Church Activity Center. Free refreshments (cookies, hot chocolate and coffee).

DECEMBER 8

BANDERA: Camp Fire Christmas. 5pm. Gather on the banks of the Medina River at City Park to enjoy amazing displays of Christmas lights, Cowboy story tellers and local cowboy singers. At dark the Bandera Riverside Players present a Living Nativity. Then gather around the chuck wagon for hot chocolate and cookies. Bring your lawn chair.

BASTROP: Lost in the Pines Lighted Christmas Parade. 9am-8pm. Downtown. Music, vendors, entertainment. Parade at 6:15pm. Holiday shopping.

BLANCO: Market Day. 9am-4pm. Old Blanco County Courthouse Square.  3rd Saturday of the month March through November with a special Christmas Market Day in Dec.

BLANCO: Christmas Parade and Evening on the Square. 6:30pm. After the Annual Christmas Market Day on the courthouse lawn, enjoy a parade and evening on the square. Visit Santa and enjoy music in Bindseil Park. Buggy rides will be available.

BOERNE: 2nd Saturday Art & Wine. 5pm-8pm. On Second Saturdays the galleries and “Other Walls” of Boerne host joint openings. Come out and enjoy a glass of wine and the latest offerings on the Boerne Art Scene. Park your car and take the free trolley to see the “Best Art East of Santa Fe.”

BOERNE: Christmas at the Cave Without a Name. 6:30pm. 325 Kreutzberg Rd. Experience the sounds of Magical Music, song in Capella by the Boerne Champion High School Show Choir, “A Voce.” Seasonal lights are twinkling at the Cave plus Santa’s Workshop. Tickets $20. 830-537-4212

BUDA: Wild Flour’s Holiday Market. 10am-4pm. Wild Flour Cakery & Boutique, 316 N Main St. Holiday refreshments and door prize drawings. Gifts and stocking stuffers too. 512-295-0015

CANYON LAKE: Christmas Parade. 11am. Sponsored by Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club. Fun day for all, floats, bands, Shriner entries, organizations and churches, individuals.

CEDAR PARK: Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop. 6:30pm-9pm at the Heritage Oak Park. 512-401-5500.

DRIPPING SPRINGS: Christmas Jewelry Show. 10am-5pm. Wesley Gallery. Showcasing Anne Dee Thierry’s “Pieces of Bali” and Lee Carrell’s Fine Art Jewelry. Anne Dee’s ever popular and unique collection (from the island of Bali) has always been a favorite at the gallery. Lee, a renowned silver artist, will be displaying his one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Other holiday art and gifts will be on display. Refreshments and wine served.

KYLE: 150 Market. 1pm-4pm. Farmer’s Market. Michaelis Ranch, 3600 W FM 150. Come savor Local, Hill Country, and all-Texas foods! 512-268-2241

SAN MARCOS: Art Unhitched. Outdoor art market featuring live music. Corner of Hopkins St & CM Allen Pkwy 11am – 5pm.

SAN MARCOS: Classic Car Cruise In Night. 5pm-9pm. Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum. Got a classic car? Bring it. Don’t have one? Bring yourself! Dick’s Cruise In Night is open to everyone so join us as we take a step back in time. 512-878-2406.

WIMBERLEY: Winter’s Eve on the Square. Stroll through a winter wonderland and embrace the season! Don your festive winter attire. Enjoy the enchanting lights and music of the season as you make your way around the Wimberley Square for holiday shopping. Shops open late, live entertainment, Santa arrives at 6:30pm, food and spirits. Food and food booths open at 5pm on the Square.

DECEMBER 8-9

BOERNE: Market Days. 10am-5pm. Main Plaza. Market Days has become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with artists, craftsmen and vendors showing their creative talents and wares to the background music of some of Texas’ best homegrown musicians. Jewelry, plants, collectibles, antiques, and more. Great food with a local flavor.

BUDA: Santa’s Village. 2pm-4pm. Cabela’s. Santa pictures, elves workshop, holiday samplings, festive fun.

DECEMBER 9

SEGUIN: Sleigh Bells Ring with Mid-Texas Symphony. 4pm. Jackson Auditorium. Celebrate the season with the Mid-Texas Symphony along with the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus and the Community Music Academy Youth Choir. We’ll spread some cheer as we play perennial favorites Sleigh Ride and selections from The Nutcracker. We’ll also premier Carol Medley, an arrangement of beloved Christmas carols by our wonderful conductor, David Mairs. Tickets required, 830-372-8089.

DECEMBER 10

LOCKHART: Wrapping Party for Toy Drive. 6pm – 8pm at the Lockhart Chamber, the community is invited to wrap gifts from the toy drive for the HeadStart of Lockhart.

DECEMBER 12-20

BUDA: Trail of Lights. 6pm-10pm nightly. Christmas cheer radiates throughout the season! Food, fun, and holiday splendor await visitors to enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating Historic Stagecoach Park with various Winter Wonderland themes.  

DECEMBER 14

LULING: Cocoa & Carols. Local shops stay open late for hot cocoa and holiday shopping, caroling and a visit from Santa. Main Street.

DECEMBER 15

BANDERA: Singing in the Saddle. 3pm. Christmas Caroling Bandera Style. Gather at the Longhorn Saloon for a Christmas Caroling Trail Ride around Bandera. Wagons available for non-riders. Chuck wagon waiting at the end of the ride for hot chocolate and cookies.

BUDA: BBQ and Holiday Bazaar. 2pm-9pm. Hays High School.  Holiday vendors will be set up throughout the main hall way. Silent auction items in the cafeteria. Dinner served at 5:30pm. Supports Rebel Baseball. 512-268-2911.

KERRVILLE: Kerr County Market Days. Kerr County Courthouse Square. Join growers, artists, craftspeople, and food producers who operate a pet-friendly, child-friendly open air market on the grounds of the beautiful Kerr County Courthouse Square.

KYLE: 150 Market. 1pm-4pm. Farmer’s Market. Michaelis Ranch, 3600 W FM 150. Come savor Local, Hill Country, and all-Texas foods! 512-268-2241

LOCKHART: Hometown Homemade Christmas. Come learn how easily Christmas can become a homemade affair with fun, hands-on present making! All are invited to put recycled materials to good use in making Christmas ornaments, bird houses, and bird feeders. Old-fashioned taffy pull demonstration where visitors can learn the process of making this holiday treat. Regular park entrance fees apply. Lockhart State Park, 11am – 2pm.

NEW BRAUNFELS: Flick with Saint Nick. 6:30pm. Enjoy caroling at the dance slab, hot chocolate and a movie under the stars in Landa Park. Park by the train depot and ride the train to the dance slab. We will be showing Polar Express. Dress warmly and bring your own chairs and blankets. Free admission.

SAN MARCOS: Last Minute Market. Find gifts from local artists.  San Marcos Nature Center, 10am – 5pm.

DECEMBER 15-16

BOERNE: Christmas Market Days. Main Plaza. Find unique and special gifts and a chance to visit with Santa. Market Days has become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with artists, craftsmen and vendors showing their creative talents and wares to the background music of some of Texas’ best homegrown musicians.

BUDA: Santa’s Village. 2pm-4pm. Cabela’s. Santa pictures, elves workshop, holiday samplings, festive fun.

DECEMBER 16

SAN MARCOS: “Hecho a Mano” Made by Hand Artisan Market. Cultural inspired art and a children’s market featuring gifts of $5 and less.  Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 11am – 6pm.

DECEMBER 18

NEW BRAUNFELS: Santa’s Ornament Workshop. 6pm, ages 3-15. 164 Landa Park Dr. Get into the holiday spirit and bring your family to make your own Christmas tree ornaments and create memories that will last year after year. $10 admission. 830-221-4370

DECEMBER 19

BANDERA: Christmas Charity Ball. 8pm-midnight. Presented by Dusty Britches and the Rhythm Ranch Hands and Arkey Blue. Enjoy good food, good friends and good music at the Silver Dollar. 8:00 PM. Admission is a new toy and/or 4 canned goods or nonperishable food items. Door Prizes & raffle.

WIMBERLEY: Live Nativity. Wimberley Chapel in the Hills. Annual outdoor reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ.

DECEMBER 22-23

BOERNE: Cowboy Christmas. 10am-5pm. Enchanted Springs Ranch. Celebrate the holidays “Old West” style at its annual Cowboy Christmas. Interactive Nativity Scene, Carolers, Woodrow the Longhorn, a Pistol Packin Paula Wild West Show, a “Texas Night Before Christmas” Puppet Show, Tractor Rides through the Wild Animal Park, Happy Trails – Animal Interactment and Education, Kid’s Playground, Arrest-A-Guest, Craft Tables (free ornament craft), Cowboy Skits, Kid’s Races, Cowboy Santa, Christmas Music and a Decorated Old West Town. 830-249-8222

DECEMBER 29

FENTRESS: Leisure Resort 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off.  Bring out the secret family recipe and join the amateur cook-off.  Items to be judged include chili, beans and cornbread.  Stay for the weekend and take 50% off all camping sites!

DECEMBER 31

BANDERA: New Year’s Eve Texas Two-Steppin to 2013. 9pm-1am. Farm Country Club, 475 Pue Road. Featuring the Almost Patsy Cline Band. Includes breakfast buffet. Benefits the Bandera Sports Complex. $40/person, $75/couple. 830-460-3211.

KERRVILLE: Turn Back the Clock New Year’s Eve. Fabulous Sentimental Journey Orchestra at Kerrville’s Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center. Ring in the New Year with the greatest music this side of Heaven. Rumba, fox trot, swing, waltz, tango, and cha-cha to the classic arrangements of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, the Dorseys and more. Reservations include reserved seating, complimentary champagne toast, party favors, and our delicious midnight breakfast buffet. Cash bars. Coat & tie are requested for gentlemen, and black tie is optional. $65/person. 830-895-1535.

SEGUIN: Brothers Medina Band New Years Eve Concert and Dance. Join The Brothers Medina Band for a New Year’s Celebration at the Texas Theatre. Enjoy friends and family with a live concert and dancing. Included in the celebration are hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a cash bar on location. $25 per ticket.

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