Thanksgiving Trade Days – Nov. 23-25

Fredericksburg Trade DaysShop with over 350 vendors and 6 barns in one location at this special Holiday Trade Days on Highway 290 East.   Acres of antiques, collectables and much more. Relax in the Biergarten while listening to live music. $3 parking fee is good all three days. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Please call 210/846-4094 for vendor info.

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.

Texas Hill Country Wineries “Holiday Wine Trail” Today until December 15

64457_10152095936816388_2046443182_nThe most coveted Texas Wine Trail of the year! Vineyards and tasting rooms are cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. Receive a collectible Christmas ornament and enjoy 1 – 3 complimentary tastes per person at each winery and special discounts on wine purchases. This is a self-guided wine trail to all 36 participating wineries. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online. Additional Christmas ornaments will be offered to wine trail participants at a 50% discount.

During regular winery hours for 10 straight days. $60 per couple or $35 per single.

Call (512) 914-5561 for more information

Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour this Saturday!

The Gillespie County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour unofficially kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, December 11, 2010. From noon to 6 p.m., seven select homes will be open to the public for the first time, from historic properties that have been restored, to modern structures designed to capture Fredericksburg’s architectural heritage.

Tickets for the Home Tour can be purchased up to the day of during the event. Tickets are $25 per person and include tour booklet and access to all properties. They may be purchased online at www.pioneermuseum.net, or by calling 830-997-2835. Visitors can also buy tickets in person at the Welcome Center, 325 West Main at the corner of Main and Milam Streets in Fredericksburg.

“This is a wonderful way to begin the holiday celebration in true Fredericksburg fashion,” said Michelle Weberpal, Event Chair. “These events also enable the Society to successfully continue and implement its mission of preserving the history and culture of this wonderful place.”

Featured properties include:

The Larry and Deanna Corn home, built in 1995 and enlarged in 2009. This is a fine example of Fredericksburg’s “built new to look old” architecture.

The Marsha and Jerry Bane home is filled with antiques, accent pieces, and – during Christmas – will include antique glass Christmas ball ornaments that have been collected over the years.

The Cydney Donnell and Robert Lotito home was restored by well-known local architect Albert Keidel in 1939. The current owners have kept the footprint true to the original, with remodeling and decoration touches that add style and function.

The David and Ruth Lusk home and guesthouse provide stunning Hill Country views from hilltop settings. Vibrant wall color helps to showcase the owners’ collection of Blue Ridge Pottery.

The Jim and Carol McCrae home is one they built themselves in 1995. This original home was small and efficient, and built of reclaimed materials, and filled with antiques.

The Walter and Judith Skinner Fredericksburg Sunday house was in the Weidenfeller family. In its later years it was a B&B, and is now filled with treasured collections.

The Pete and Alice Jensen rock home has a lively interior that features Alice’s sewing hobby and Pete’s woodworking. The roomy kitchen leads to a beautiful yard and porch. The downstairs serves as a workshop and the upstairs is a B&B.

This year marks the Diamond Anniversary for the nonprofit Society that was formed 75 years ago to preserve and share the area’s cultural heritage. For information: Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 West San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, 830-997-2835,

Zweite Weihnacten – December 26

Zweite Weihnachten Fest, a “Second Christmas”, is a traditional German holiday party. Enjoy refreshments, wine, decorations and German Christmas items at Hill Country Historical Foundation, 312 W. San Antonio Street, Sunday December 26 from 2-5 pm. This fest keeps alive the German traditions of community gathering the day after Christmas. Admission is free.

FTC presents The Sentimental Journey Orchestra Holiday Show – 12/11-14

Celebrate the holidays with the music of the fabulous Big Bands of the 1940′s . . . Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. ”The greatest music from the greatest generation!” At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm. $29 adults; $12 for youth 17 and under. Call (830) 997-3588 for details or tickets

St. Nikolausmarkt – December 7

Come to, St. Nikolausmarkt, a Traditional German Christmas Market at the Marktplatz in Fredericksburg Texas. Friday, December 7 from 3 pm to 11 pm. Call (830) 997-6523 for more information.

The festival, which is free to the public, will include local foods, beer and wine, arts & crafts, and entertainment under the glow of the magnificent Christmas lights of Marktplatz.

Fat Tuesday at Hill Top Cafe – February 17

fat-tuesday-flyer-600x776Featuring Swamp Blues with Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent. Special Mardi Gras menu will include authentic Cajun recipes and Hill Top classics (menu items will be individually priced). Reservations online or by phone.

$15 cover charge (food and drink items charged separately). Hill Top Cafe is at 10661 N US Hwy 87. 830-997-8922.

Canto Chamber Choir Concert – December 5

The annual Christmas Concert fundraiser benefitting the Good Samaritan Center at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Rd at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and will be sold in advance at the Good Samaritan Center, Grasshopper & Wild Honey, Memorial Presbyterian Church Office, Bierschwale-Rees Insurance, Hill Country Evangelical Free Church and also at the door.