St. Nick’s Christmas Tree Farm – November 26 to December 22

Family oriented activities centered around choosing and cutting your favorite Christmas tree. Wreaths and garlands also available (cash or check only).

Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 5:30 PM; weekdays from noon to 5:30 PM. Mondays and Tuesdays by appt. only.

St. Nick’s Christmas Tree Farm is at 12638 North State HWY 16. Call 830-685-3412 for more information.

Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball scheduled

Continuing a 55-year-old tradition, the Gillespie County Historical Society is inviting the public to enjoy its Holiday Home Tour and Tannenbaum Ball during this year’s Holiday Happenings week.

55th Annual Holiday Home Tour
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Noon until 6pm

Seven unique, never before toured Fredericksburg area homes all decorated for the Holidays. A booklet with the Tour map and full description of each home is given to each Holiday Home Tour participant.

Tour Tickets are $25 per person and available for purchase through December 1 at Pioneer Museum 325 West Main Street, Vereins Kirche, and Gastehaus Schmidt (you can purchase the tickets online when you make your reservation) in Fredericksburg and Crenwelge Motors in Kerrville.

Tickets can also be purchased online at or call 830-990-8441

55th Annual Tannenbaum Ball
St. Mary’sEventCenter
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7pm until 11:30pm 

An evening celebration in the new St. Mary’s Event Center. The event features a seated dinner by Delicious Details, open bar, Silent & Live Auction, and dance music by The Flying GTs. Segner’s Jewelry will offer a $2400 custom-designed jewelry item in the prize drawing.

Ball Tickets are $110 per person before November 26, 2012, and $125 after that date until December 6. Reservations are required for the Ball. Benefactor tables are available.

Tickets may be purchased at the Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main in Fredericksburg, on line at or call 830-990-8441.

Call 830-990-8441 for more information about either event.

Kinderfest 2013 at the Pioneer Museum – December 7

Children ages 10 years and younger are invited to bring their stockings this Saturday, December 7 to the Pioneer Museum for the annual Kinderfest, a special children’s Christmas event held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the museum at 325 W. Main St., in Fredericksburg. The museum admission is free via the S. Milam Street entrance from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for children accompanied by an adult. On tap will be story-telling, crafts and refreshments, and a visit from St. Nikolaus, a.k.a Santa! For more information, call the Gillespie County Historical Society at 830-997-2835.

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

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.

A Christmas Journey

Angels appearing before the shepherds in Bethany Lutheran Church's Christmas JourneyBethany Lutheran Church presents its annual outdoor holiday tribute—The Christmas Journey—on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. This inspiring 10-minute drive-through presentation of the Christmas story is depicted in nine scenes, all with live characters or animals, magnificent backgrounds, special lighting and effects, plus with Christmas music filling the night air—and all enjoyed from the comfort of your warm vehicle. This free event is open to the public at the church location at 110 W. Austin (enter parking lot on N. Adams St.), in Fredericksburg. For more information, call 830-997-2069.

Volkssport Walks – December 31

Walk off some of those holiday calories with two Volkssport walks in Fredericksburg on New Years Eve:

  • Memorial Volkssport Walk – Beginning at the Nebgen School at 9 AM.  Participants will be allowed to start until 12 noon and must be off the trail by 3 PM. 1718 N. Grape Creek Rd off of RR 2721 just north of Stonewall.  (210) 496-1402.
  • Midnight Volkssport Walk – Meet at St. Joseph’s Halle between midnight and 12:30 AM to enjoy a 5K or 10K walk.  Walkers must finish by 3:30 AM.  212 W. San Antonio.   (972) 530-1026.

Becker Vineyards’ Christmas in the Vineyard

Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg, TexasShop at this old fashioned Christmas market with unique and handmade items at Becker Vineyards. Enjoy music and concessions. Admission is complimentary. Hours are Friday noon – 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday noon – 5:00pm.

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.

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