Christmas Lighting Ceremony

We watched in nervous apprehension as the City of Fredericksburg erected its custom-made 26 foot Christmas Pyramid at the Marktplatz in the gusty wind.  We watched the new Christmas tree as it was brought in, all 30 feet of it.  We’ve been waiting for when both are lit, signaling the start of the holiday season in Fredericksburg. The Lighting Ceremony is on Friday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Marktplatz.

New Years Eve Dances

Albert Dance Hall – Dinner and dance with music by the Sam Bentley Band. $30 single or $55 couple. Dance only $15 single or $25 couple. 5435 South RR 1623 in Albert, Texas. (830) 615-3570

Crossroads Saloon and Steakhouse – Dinner and music by Freeride, reservations needed. $100 per person dinner and entertainment. 305 W. Main St., Fredericksburg. (830) 456-8994.

Gillespie County Fairgrounds – Dance to the Jim Byrom Band. $15 per person; 12 and under free. Highway 16 South in Fredericksburg. (830) 997-2359.

Hangar Hotel – USO-Style dance with big band sound featuring Bill Smallwood & The Lone Star Swing Orchestra. $40 per person. (830) 997-9990. 155 Airport Rd in Fredericksburg.

Luckenbach Texas – Limited reserved seats available for dance with music by Dale Watson. $60 per person. 412 Luckenbach Town Loop near Fredericksburg. (830) 997-3224.

Pat’s Hall – Dinner and dance with music by Johnny Bush and his band. $100 per person by reservation. (830) 997-7574. 406 Post Oak Rd in Fredericksburg.

Turner Hall – Dance with music by The Wagon Aces. $15 per person. 103 W. Travis in Fredericksburg. (830) 997-2204.

Classic Christmas Cinema at Fredericksburg Theater Company – December 5

Join Fredericksburg Theater Company after the Christmas Parade at the Fredericksburg Theater Company for an evening of carols, popcorn, cocoa, wassel and holiday snacks. Our feature film on the big screen and in glorious Technicolor will be “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye! Proceeds will benefit the Fredericksburg Theater Company. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

7:30 – 10:30 pm. $10 adults; $8 children. Call (830) 997-3588 for more information.

New Years Eve Dances

Local venues catering to New Year’s Eve revelers on Friday, December 31 include:

  • Albert Dance Hall — 5435 S. RR 1623, Albert; dinner and dance; tickets online are $10 for dance or $20 for dinner and dance; purchased at door cost is $25; music at 8:00 p.m. by the Sam Bentley Band. 830-644-2042 /
  • Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse — 305 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; $100 per person for dinner, dancing and champagne toast (or $50 for entertainment only); music by Freeride. 830-997-0485 /
  • Hangar Hotel Officer’s Club — 155 Airport Rd., Fredericksburg; no cover; music starting at 7:00 p.m. by James Watson. 830-997-9990 /
  • Hangar Hotel Pacific Showroom — 155 Airport Rd., Fredericksburg; $40; big band sound by Bill Smallwood Band and the Lone Star Swing Orchestra. 830-997-9990 /
  • Hill Top Cafe — 10661 N US Highway 87, Fredericksburg; reservations required; two dinner seatings – 6:00 p.m. ($90) and 9:00 p.m. ($125); music by the Texas Allstars. 830-997-8922 /
  • Hondo’s on Main — 312 W. Main St., Fredericksburg; no cover; music by The Dust Devils. 830-997-1633 /
  • Luckenbach Texas — RR 1376 off Hwy 290, Luckenbach; limited number of tickets ($57 each) available for 8:00 p.m. dance with music by Mike Blakely and Thomas Michael Riley bands. 830-997-3224 /
  • Silver Creek Beer Garden & Grille — 310 E. Main St, Fredericksburg; no cover; music by Ben Beckendorf (noon), Jeff Wood (6:00 p.m.) and Josh Murley Band (10:00 p.m.). 830-990-4949 /
  • Turner Hall — 103 W. Travis, Fredericksburg; $15 per person; 8:30 p.m.; music by The Wagon Aces. 830-997-3936
  • VFW Post 7105 — 710 S. Washington, Fredericksburg; $10 per person; 8:00 p.m.; music by the Dave Laughlin Band. 830-997-5017
  • Woodrose Winery — 662 Woodrose Lane, Stonewall; 7:00 p.m.; dinner and music by T. Roy and Candace Miller and by Levi Darr; $25 per person in advance (for reservations made by December 29), $30 at door / $10 for entertainment only. 830-644-2539

56th Annual Holiday Home Tour & Gift Market

This year a Christmas wonderland will be on display at 11 sites in the Cherry Spring Community including seven historical homes plus the Mansefeldt Sheep Barn, Cherry Spring Church, Cherry Spring School and John O. Meusebach’s Burial Site. New this year will be a Holiday Gift Market. This is a self-guided tour. Pick up tickets and tour maps at the Pioneer Museum.

11 am to 5 pm. $25 per person. Vaudeville Picnic Box lunch by advanced purchase $16.50 per person. Call (830) 990-8441 for more information

Fredericksburg Restaurants Open Christmas Day

turkey with all the trimmingsAUGUST E’s
203 E. San Antonio St (830) 997-1585
Seatings at 2 PM and 4 PM, Reservations required

1035 S. Adams St (Hwy 16 S.) (830) 990-2808
Open 24 hrs

803 S. Adams (830) 997-3161
Open 7 AM – 10 PM

3234 Luckenbach Rd. (830) 997-0444
Open 11:30 AM – 6 PM

This information was provided by The Fredericksburg, Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Please call the restaurants to confirm the hours of operation.

25th Annual St. Joseph’s Halle Craft Sale this Saturday

Historic St. Joseph's Halle in Fredericksburg

St. Joseph’s Halle (next to St. Mary’s Church) will host its annual Craft Show showcasing crafts from artisans from across the Texas Hill Country on Saturday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 212 W. San Antonio St., in Fredericksburg. For information, call Kathy Adams at 512-355-9041.

Flag Day at National Museum of the Pacific War – June 14

History and legends of our nations flag program followed by a program and demonstration of flag disposal by Boy Scouts at National Museum of the Pacific War‘s George Bush Gallery. The grounds of the museum will be decorated with near 5,000 flags placed by Boy Scouts and NJROTC from Fredericksburg. This program is free with standard fee for museum attendees. Please call 830/997-8600 for more information.