Winter in Texas Hill Country can be a great time to explore the area and make lasting memories. With mild temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-60s and lighter crowds, winter is the perfect time to enjoy all that this destination has to offer.
Here are Our Top Ten Things to Do in the Winter in Fredericksburg:
Celebrate the New Year
Kick off the New Year in downtown Fredericksburg at the Marktplatz, where the Christmas Nights of Lights, including the community Christmas tree and German Christmas Pyramid, continue to light up the square through January 6. There is a family-friendly Countdown to the New Year event at Marktplatz starting at 3 p.m. with children’s activities and a ball drop at 6:30 p.m. Most restaurants and wineries stay open on New Year’s Eve with live music, special menus, and festive events.
On New Year’s Day, join park rangers for a guided “First Day Hike” at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park or Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and rangers will provide natural and cultural history of the area. Well-behaved pets are welcome.
Hang Out on Main Street
Downtown Fredericksburg has many boutiques and specialty shops to explore, with unique gifts and souvenirs available. Enjoy a meal at one of Fredericksburg’s great downtown restaurants – from BBQ to Tex-Mex, there are plenty of delicious options to delight your inner foodie.
Visit a Local Winery
Many of the wineries and breweries in the area host special events throughout January and February. Visit Grapetown Vineyard to book a “wine safari” with their local exotic pets, or participate in an old-fashioned grape stomp.
Tour the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area
Located just eight miles outside of Fredericksburg, this wildlife management area offers hiking trails, an observation tower, and the opportunity to observe the local colony of bats.
Explore Texas Hill Country
Take a scenic drive to see the natural beauty of Hill Country. Along the way, check out the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for stunning views, or stop for a picnic at Pedernales Falls State Park. Stop in Luckenbach to visit the historic dancehall and catch some live music.
Visit a Museum
Located in the heart of Fredericksburg, the National Museum of the Pacific War pays tribute to those who served in the Pacific Theater of World War II with interactive exhibits, historical artifacts, and memorabilia from the era. The Pioneer Museum offers a look at what homestead life was like for early German pioneers to the area.
Go on a Ghost Tour
Join a Haunted Fredericksburg Ghost Walk and explore the city’s haunted past.
See Some Local Art
Don’t miss out on Frederickburg’s annual Winter Art Show, a weekly event at the Fredericksburg Art Guild through January, where you can see a variety of work by local artists. There are also a number of art galleries along Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
Visit Lyndon B. Johnson State Park
Learn about one of Texas’ most influential past presidents at this park, which offers guided tours of the “Texas White House” and a glimpse into German farm life in the early 1900s.
Attend a Winter Event
The monthly Fredericksburg Trade Days is a large market with over 350 vendors selling crafts, antiques, furniture, jewelry, and clothing. Visit the Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show to find a treasure among a collection of vendors and gem experts. See some live music at the 16th Blues Festival in Luckenbach, a day-long live blues event at the historic dancehall.
Whether you’re looking to explore the town or cozy up indoors, there are plenty of things to do in Fredericksburg during winter! Book your Fredericksburg vacation rental today and enjoy the winter season in Texas Hill Country.