Celebrating Christmas in the New Braunfels area could take you into the great outdoors or inside the Brauntex, the area’s performing arts center. The holiday events are an eclectic mix of favorite traditions and new activities that might be the next best ways to enjoy the season. Below are just a few of the many events to be enjoyed throughout the season.

Go Outside

The local Natural Bridge Taverns celebrates the season by hosting campfires, hayrides and Christmas carols. Bring the kids along for the AMAZEn’ Reindeer Roundup where you’ll be in charge of rounding them up to make their deliveries on Christmas Eve. The roundup is a daily occurrence between 9 AM and 5 PM.

If that challenge isn’t enough, take a zip line ride to see how Santa and the Reindeer feel about flying through space. The youngsters brave enough to try have their own scaled-back zip line to enjoy.

Why not stretch your legs at the Madeleine Memorial 5K Christmas Stroll held at Gruene Lake Village. It starts at 4 PM and lasts until 9. All of the proceeds benefit the Madeleine Hindman Memorial Fund. You’ll find festivities that include face painting, visits from Santa, live music and snacks and beverages.

The Jingle Bell Walk/Run is a 5K event that benefits a local New Braunfels charity. As a family event, it offers awards in numerous categories, including a children’s category and wheelchair participants. The race on December 8 sponsored by the New Braunfels Running Club.

Live Performances

The American Dance Company performs The Nutcracker Ballet at the local Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre. This Christmas classic is a must-see for music and dance lovers. It runs from December 21 to December 24 with two matinee and two evening performances.

Suzy Bogguss and her band will entertain you with an evening of her acoustic Swingin’ Little Christmas Show. Chamber music lovers can enjoy an evening of traditional and classical music performed by renowned tenor, Richard Novak on December 14 at the Brauntex.

See the Lights

No holiday season in New Braunfels is complete without a trip to see the lights at Santa’s Ranch. Just up the I-35 off exit 199, you’ll find the ranch and its 50 foot Christmas tree. Altogether there are over 1.5 million lights used in displays of the North Pole, nativity scenes, gingerbread houses and more. There is a vehicle charge to enter and the Ranch does sell season passes.

Do Some Tasting

Wine lovers can partake in the 2018 Christmas Wine Affair in the New Braunfels area. What better way to select the wine you plan to give as gifts than choosing it yourself from a local Hill Country vineyard. The wine tasting event runs from early to mid-December.

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There is no shortage of fun to be had this holiday season in hill country. Experience the wondrous charms of your New Braunfels community with friends and neighbors at Alair Homes.