Missed The Christmas Town this weekend? You have ONE MORE NIGHT!
NOTE: This is an older post, from our 2017 trip to The Christmas Town. Check HERE for this year’s dates and times!
Who: The whole family!
What: Vanguard Institute’s The Christmas Town
When: Saturday, 12/16/17
Where: 43360 IH 10 West, Boerne
Why: It’s BEAUTIFUL, FREE, and SO MUCH FUN!
Saturday night we did something odd; I took the two older kiddos out for an evening of fun and left Dad at home with Baby. This isn’t exactly odd in itself; it was just strange to me because we usually do everything as a family. But, Baby has decided that his new bedtime is 6:30 and Dad’s under the weather, so we ventured out on our own. And do you know that the whole way home, I just kept thinking (and saying) that I had so.much.fun. Why don’t we do this more often? I forget sometimes that one-on-one time with the bigger kids is important too. And while technically, this was two-on-one, it was close enough and we had a ball!
We started our evening at the Dienger Trading Co. where we stopped for hot cocoa and a cookie as big as my kids’ heads. They were really having a great time and enjoying the heck out of that cookie until…it crashed to the floor and shattered into a million pieces (it was a perfectly, buttery-crunchy sugar cookie and those will do that, ya’ know?). Cue ALL THE TEARS.
I of course, went into immediate mom-panic-mode in my head. Do I buy them another one or is that just spoiling them? Because, sometimes you drop your cookie, right? That’s just life! Buuuuuut, this is also our special night out, so maybe it’s not the right time for teaching life-lessons?? I had JUST convinced them (and myself) that we didn’t need to buy another because we “still had hot cocoa!” and we "could bake sugar cookies on Sunday...with sprinkles, of course!”, and the tears had JUST started to fade when a super sweet employee stopped to see what was the matter and you guessed it, brought us another cookie. Awwww, BIG thanks to that guy for solving my mom-dilemma and allowing me to blame the “spoiling” all on him. Bravo!
After our quite exciting snack time at the Dienger, we walked right across the street to Main Plaza. Why? Because there’s Christmas lights, a gazebo, tons of room to run around, and a little tiny pond that my kids can’t get enough of. They love to just explore there, so that’s what we did.
THEN, we loaded back up in the car and headed straight down Main Street to hop on the highway and head north to The Christmas Town. GPS had no problem finding the place and there were huge signs, as well as folks directing you into the parking area. This event is FREE and you just won’t believe how gorgeous it is until you go and see it for yourself. Beautiful multi-colored lights everywhere; an AMAZING photo booth; free hot cocoa and coffee; carolers singing to live music; a hayride through the lights; and a walk-through town of Bethlehem:
Then there's also a Gingerbread Forest with over 100 beautifully-lit and decorated Christmas trees and a 24ft walk-through gingerbread house (be sure to have your sound up for this one!):
And crafts for the kids; a gingerbread house decorating contest, hot dogs and chicken pot pie; a Sweet Shoppe; and even “It’s a Wonderful Life” playing on a movie screen for you to enjoy during your dinner:
It was truly an amazing event and you don’t have to spend a dime if you don’t want to! The only things you pay for are the food and the gingerbread house decorating activity. Of course, donations are accepted, and you can drop those in one of the donation boxes located near the Gingerbread Forest.
This event is only for two Saturdays in December so make sure you don’t miss it! I am so glad that we decided to go, even if we couldn’t take the whole family. This has been our kids’ favorite holiday activity so far this year and will most definitely be something that we do again. But don’t take my word for it, go…explore…and HAVE FUN!
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