Enchanting Hill Country Holiday Day Trips Just Beyond Austin: A Festive Adventure Awaits!
As the holiday season unfolds, escape the hustle and bustle of the big city where there’s a world of magic waiting just beyond Austin’s city limits in the Hill Country. Here you will find some delightful day trips to nearby destinations in several charming small towns each offering its own unique blend of holiday cheer, picturesque landscapes, and memorable experiences.
Fredericksburg, Texas: A German-Inspired Christmas Extravaganza
Just a scenic drive away from Austin, Fredericksburg transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays. Explore the town’s German-inspired architecture, indulge in holiday shopping at local boutiques, and savor warm, spiced cider at charming cafes. Don’t miss the enchanting holiday light displays as every evening from November 22nd-January 7th at 5pm., the town puts on a wonderful holiday program with festive music followed by a 10-minute audio program that includes the history of this Fredericksburg’s German history and Community Christmas Tree. The program then concludes with a countdown to the lighting of all the holiday lights.
Johnson City, Texas: Home of LBJ’s Historic Christmas
About an hour’s drive from Austin, step into the holiday spirit at Johnson City, the hometown of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Visit the LBJ Ranch and the Texas White House, beautifully adorned for the holidays, and gain insight into a presidential Christmas. Enjoy the town’s festive atmosphere, explore the charming downtown area and local art galleries, and warm up with a cup of cocoa at one of the cozy cafes.
Marble Falls, Texas: Twinkling Lights on the Lake
Head to Marble Falls for the dazzling Walkway of Lights, a spectacular display illuminating Lakeside Park. Stroll along the pathway adorned with thousands of lights, creating a magical ambiance. Marble Falls offers events almost nightly during the holiday months so check them out. While you’re there, explore the town’s charming shops, dine at lakeside restaurants, and experience the joy of the season reflected in the shimmering waters.
Georgetown, Texas: Victorian Christmas Magic
Georgetown, just a short drive from Austin, transports you to a Victorian Christmas wonderland. The town square comes alive with holiday charm, featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, and a sparkling town Christmas tree. From the Christmas Carol Musical, the Jingle & Mingle shopping extravaganza, Coffee & Cocoa Crawl, Christmas at the Farm and the annual holiday lighting of downtown, there is something for everyone! Explore the quaint boutiques, enjoy the live music performances, and bask in the nostalgic atmosphere as well that defines Georgetown’s holiday celebrations.
New Braunfels/Gruene: Holiday Festivals & Markets Galore
Whether you’re exploring the historic markets, cruising along the river, or enjoying the lively festivities, the holiday spirit in New Braunfels & nearby historic Gruene is bound to make your season merry and bright. There is something for everyone whether it be Historic Weihnachtsmarkt the German-Inspired Christmas Market, holiday river lights while cruising down the Guadalupe, Christmas Gruene Market Days, Christmas at the Caverns, Downtown Holiday Lighting and so much more.
Dripping Springs: Charming small town feel with holiday activities for all
“Christmas on Mercer” in Dripping Springs is more than just a holiday event; The twinkling lights, soulful carols, and festive aromas create an ambiance of pure magic, inviting families, friends, and visitors to come together and embrace the joy of the season. There will be arts & crafts for children, a holiday movie, live music, food vendors and shopping on top of the holiday lights making for a very festive event for all!
Boerne: Charming downtown that takes you back in time for the holidays
Main Street in Boerne undergoes a breathtaking transformation, turning into a picturesque Victorian village straight out of Dickens’ novels. Adorned with ornate holiday decorations, gas lanterns, and antique storefronts, the street exudes old-world charm. Experience carriage rides and carolers The festive markets offer a delightful array of handcrafted gifts, vintage treasures, and delectable treats. The highlight of the evening is the majestic tree lighting ceremony, where the town square is illuminated with a dazzling display of lights, marking the official start of the holiday season.
Salado: Historic Hill Country Town to Visit this Holiday
Visit Salado this holiday season-a charming town that comes alive with the spirit of the season during its most cherished event: the 63rd Annual Salado Christmas Stroll. As evening falls, the town of Salado is transformed into a glowing spectacle, with luminaries lining the streets, casting a warm and inviting light on the path of the Christmas Stroll. Along this stroll you will find late night shopping, carriage rides, lives entertainment, photos with Santa and so much more.
Texas Hill Country Wineries- Christmas Wine Affair
Indulge your senses at the Texas Hill Country Wineries Christmas Wine Affair, where the spirit of the holidays mingles with the flavors of exceptional wines. You will explore this exquisite affair, where wine enthusiasts and holiday enthusiasts alike come together to sip, savor, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Purchase your password ticket which allows you to visit and sample wines from over 25 Hill Country Wineries while traveling through the breathtaking Hill Country.
As you immerse yourself in the holiday magic of the Hill Country, you’ll find that this region offers more than just a destination; it provides an experience that lingers in your heart. From the festive ambiance of small towns to the serene beauty of nature, the Hill Country offers a unique and enchanting holiday escape. So, pack your bags, embrace the warmth of the community, and embark on a holiday adventure that celebrates the beauty of the season in the heart of Texas.