12 Boerne Christmas Events NOT to Miss - And They Start THIS WEEKEND!
I know that on the day before Thanksgiving, we’re busy. There are pies, breads, and tamales to make, turkeys to brine, and—let’s face it—chores to be done. But what happens after all those leftovers are sent home with loved ones and we’ve watched about all the football we can handle? We leap straight into the merriest, holly-jolliest of holidays, that’s what! So today I have for you, TWELVE Boerne events to help you and your family dive right into the Christmas spirit…and the fun starts this weekend, so check it out!
1) Plaid Friday, Nov 23rd:
You’ve heard of Black Friday, I’m sure, but have you heard of Plaid Friday? Plaid Friday was launched a few years back and is an effort to encourage folks to shop local, small businesses on the Friday after Thanksgiving. What better way to kick off the Christmas shopping season than by supporting those small “mom and pop shops” in our community, right? Find a comprehensive list of Boerne retailers HERE, then put on your favorite plaid outfit to hit the town (and burn off some of that pie)!
Have you ever been to a concert way down deep inside of a cave?? It is truly an experience not to be forgotten, and this Saturday, Boerne’s beautiful Cave Without a Name is hosting "Tinsel”—an a’Cappella quartet—to regale us all with the sounds of the season. We’ll enjoy both “contemporary classics and beloved carols [as] Tinsel's original arrangements of holiday favorites sparkle with sophistication, while respecting tradition and cherished memories.” Get your tickets HERE and definitely enjoy a dinner or nightcap at one of Boerne’s fantastic restaurants before or after the show!
Read about our experience at a Concert in the Cave, HERE.
“Tinsel” photo below courtesy of Cave Without a Name.
3) Dickens on Main, Downtown Boerne, Nov 23rd-24th:
Now in its 19th year, Dickens on Main is a long-standing tradition for many Boerne families, with “live musical entertainment, snow on Main Street, Dickens-era theatrical performances, a variety of children’s activities including Santa, live ice sculpting shows, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a 60-foot snow slide.” And this year, we’ll see the addition of "Scrooge Village," where there will be a real blown snow area, costumed characters, and more. With all its wonder-filled lights, Dickens-era-costume-clad musicians, shopping, kids activities…and FOOD, what’s not to love? Find the full schedule HERE!
4) Weihnachts Parade, Downtown Boerne, Dec 1st:
Can you believe this year marks the 32nd Annual Boerne Weihnachts Parade? Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Main Street, then sit back and relax as a hundred sparkling Christmas floats with a “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”-theme travel on by. The fun kicks off at 6pm so get there early to grab your spot!
5) Old West Christmas Light Fest, Enchanted Springs Ranch, Nov 22nd-Dec 30th:
Christmas Light Fest has a new home this year…at Enchanted Springs Ranch! What’s Enchanted Springs Ranch? Well, it’s “part Hollywood movie set, part animal farm, and part historic recreation…[where you can] enjoy a glimpse of Christmas inside an authentic western town, with more than 40 buildings, used for numerous films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos.” You’ll be able to both drive and walk through the Christmas lights, shop at Mistletoe Market, decorate holiday cookies, visit with Santa, and of course partake in all the yummy food and drink of the season! Get your tickets HERE.
Read about our experience at Christmas Light Fest last year, HERE.
Photos below courtesy of Old West Christmas Light Fest.
6) Christmas on the Ranch, Don Strange Ranch, Nov 23rd-Dec 23rd:
Head out to Don Strange Ranch for “brand new displays, interactive carriage and hayrides, food galore, Christmas shopping…Santa every night and over 3 MILLION dazzling lights.” Not to mention the longhorns, fire-pits with s’mores roasting, and the Cantina with beer and wine for those old enough to partake. Fun for the whole family! Get your tickets HERE.
Photos below are courtesy of Don Strange Ranch.
7) The Christmas Town, Vanguard Institute, Dec 7th-8th and 14th-15th:
The Christmas Town is one of Boerne’s best kept holiday secrets with “live Christmas music, hayrides, the town of Bethlehem on the night of Christ's birth, shopping hand-made gifts, an entire interactive area just for kids with a Gingerbread Forest of more than 100 decorated trees and a 24-foot Gingerbread house, comfort foods, free hot cocoa or coffee, and more!” There is no entry fee or ticket required, but donations are gladly accepted!
Read about our experience at The Christmas Town last year, HERE.
8) Pictures with Santa, The Dienger Trading Co., Nov 24th & Dec 1st:
The Dienger Trading Co. is a beautiful place to visit, grab coffee, have lunch or pastries, and shop any time of year, but at Christmas? At Christmas, it becomes even more cozy and magical…so magical, in fact, that Santa himself can’t stay away! Visit Santa at The Dienger on November 24th, from 3:00-7:00pm and December 1st, from 1:00-4:00pm. Pictures are $25 and will be emailed. FYI: I stopped by last year while this was happening and there was NO LINE!
9) A Walk in Bethlehem, St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Dec 4th-5th:
This event is a walk-through representation of the city of Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth. You’ll find authentic shops and treats with “the highlight of the event being the arrival of the Christ Child and a traditional nativity scene including camels and Magi!” Tours begin each night at 6pm and 7:30pm.
That’s a whole lot of Christmas cheer right there, friends! So, what are you waiting for? Pick a few events or activities you think the kids would enjoy, pick something special for a date night, or grab your best girlfriends and head out for the night. Heck, do one of each! However you choose to celebrate Christmas in Boerne this year, I hope you’ll go, explore, and HAVE FUN!
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