Holiday Events in Texas Hill Country

Holiday Events in Texas Hill Country


Holiday season in the Texas Hill Country is about as action packed as it gets. Texas Wineries are in full swing, with festive decorations and holiday themed specials. The towns of the Texas Wine Country take the holidays seriously as well, and there are many events to take part in in between your sampling of the fine Texas wine that comes from the region. Here are the top holiday events in Texas Hill Country to hit up on your visit!


Singing Christmas Tree – The “Der Singende Weihnachtsbaum” is a one-hour Christmas music concert performed by local volunteers on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. The event celebrates the group singing tradition of the German culture by volunteers singing on a 30-foot tall decorated and lighted Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas Tree). To be held on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum.Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. For more information, visit

North Pole Village – An annual festival in Canyon Lake, the North Pole Village is a Texas Wine Country holiday event that is fun for the whole family. From letter writing to Santa Claus to hay rides and a petting barn, this event is packed with activities primarily aimed at the little ones. Families visiting the Texas Wineries in the area this holiday season will not want to miss out!

LBJ Tree Lighting- A Texas Hill Country community tradition started by Lyndon B. Johnson himself, this annual tree lighting event takes place in the LBJ State Park. First follow a lit up trail through the forest to the living Christmas tree and then enjoy a traditional German style Christmas party, including a live Santa Claus and Christmas carolers, at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm.

Singing in the Saddle- Known throughout the Texas Wine Country as the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, the town of Bandera puts on a whole month of holiday events in its unique country style that are well worth checking out. The most famous of these is the annual “Singing in the Saddle” event, which features horseback Christmas caroling all around town. Don’t worry if you can’t ride a horse, there will be carriages and wagons available to ride in as well!

Christmas on the Square – Located right on the main square of Burnett, one of the most historic and charming small towns in Texas Wine Country, this Christmas festival puts on display some of the top artisans and vendors in the area. Also be ready for a live Santa Claus, live music and a holiday themed parade that marches through town.

The Tannenbaum Ball – Put on by the Gillespie County Historical Society, this elegant holiday affair is a showcase of Texas Hill Country finery at its best. Guests enjoy a catered dinner, local Texas Wine and other spirits, dancing to a live band and a silent auction where trips and other gifts are available. Don’t miss it this Friday!

Hot Air Balloon Festival – Holiday season in the Texas Hill Country is also the time of year for one of our favorite annual outdoor events – the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held in the polo field of Fredericksburg, the massive event feature tastings from Texas wineries, live music, cooking demonstrations, pop up art galleries and much, much more. Of course, you will also get to check out the hot air balloons before they take over the Texas skies!

Johnson City Light Spectacular – For the last 29 years, Johnson City transforms itself from a slow-paced, presidential hometown nestled on the banks of the Pedernales River, into a bright beacon of light like a guiding star welcoming visitors with good old fashioned Christmas cheer.  The season-long celebration is family & pet-friendly with no admission and lasts until New Year’s Day. ​​