15 Things to Do in New Braunfels in December

People love Boerne for the small town atmosphere, Hill Country views, and quaint downtown scenery. However, Boerne also has far more to offer visitors and residents alike than many realize! Boerne is known for rich heritage, great location, and an active community, all of which are showcased by local businesses.

Curious about how to get involved in this Hill Country community this month? No need to research! Here 15 of the best fun events to attend and businesses to visit in December.

1. See Seussical the Musical

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This month, the kids are performing Seussical the Musical at the Circle Arts Theatre! Watch the magical world of Dr. Seuss come to life in this fantastic musical featuring the children who have been in the Klasses in Drama program. Tickets are available here.

When: December 1-3 (2:00 pm matinee, 7:00 pm evening)

Where: Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave

2. Spend Christmas at the Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns is putting on events throughout the month to celebrate the Christmas season. Events include things like caroling, a reindeer roundup, hayride, zip lines, a Christmas village, and more! Check out the website for more information and try to get out and see as much as you can!

When: December 1-25th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd

3. Check Out the Pony Express

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Head over to the Gruene Historic District to see Pony Express riders from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels carry Christmas Greetings from the Governor of Texas. A temporary post office will be set up and mail cards with the 2017 commemorative stamp representing Gruene.

When: Saturday, December 2nd - 10:00 AM

Where: Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Rd

4. Catch Lyle Lovett at Gruene Hall

What is better than seeing a true music legend at a legendary music hall? Lyle Lovett is taking the stage at Gruene Hall the first Sunday in December and bringing a good time along with him. He is one of the most iconic performers of our time, and tickets are moving FAST for this one. See you on the dance floor!

When: Sunday, December 3 - 7:00 PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd

5. Get Fit in a 5K

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Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell RUN! The 25th annual Jingle Bell Run is happening this December starting at Gruene Hall. This run benefits abused children who call SJRC Texas home. By running, you are changing the lives of your community members! Sign up here, and get ready to run. Afterwards, you might receive a cash prize for, you can enjoy a sausage wrap and hot chocolate!

When: Saturday, December 9th - 8:00 AM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd

6. Have a Family Fun Day

On December 9th, the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a family fun day at Fischer Park. This month, it’s a family fishing derby, where families will fish in the ponds to try and catch the biggest fish. If you don’t have any fishing equipment, there will be some provided. Prizes go to the winners!

When: Saturday, December 9th - 10:00 AM

Where: Fischer Park, 1820 Old McQueeney Rd

7. Attend the New Braunfels Christmas Parade

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This time of year, the spirit of community and togetherness is in the air, and why not solidify that feeling with your neighbors by attending the New Braunfels Christmas Parade downtown! Christmas lights, festive music, and (of course) Santa Claus will be there to bring a sparkle to the season just in time for the holidays.

When: Saturday, December 9th - 5:30 PM

Where: Downtown New Braunfels

8. Let the Kids Have a Night Out

New Braunfels Parks and Recreation does its best to provide one night a month where the parents can drop off the kids and go out knowing their children are in good hands. From 6-10:00 pm, kids will enjoy board games, sports, and many other creative things. Register here to get the kids signed up for a night out!

When: Saturday, December 9th - 6:00 PM

Where: Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Drive

9. Go to the Holiday Jamboree

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Faust Hotel and Brewing Company is one of New Braunfels’ most notable businesses, loved by locals and tourists alike. This month, they are hosting a holiday jamboree with live music, a great selection of beers, and plenty of Christmas spirit. Dress like Santa, and you will receive a special gift!

When: Friday, December 15th - 7:00 PM

Where: Faust Hotel & Brewing Company, 240 S Seguin Ave

10. Participate in an Art Contest

Do you have super great art skills and need a contest to win already?! The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council is partnering with the New Braunfels Art League to sponsor an art contest this month with the theme of creativity. More details to come, so check t his website soon!

When: Sunday, December 17th - 2:00 PM

Where: Greater New Braunfels Arts Council

11. Learn How to Make Tamales

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Admit it: your tamale skills are not up to the standards that you want, and you need that extra push in training to get those delicious dishes in the optimal form in time for the holidays. No worries, head over to the Westside Community Center on the posted Monday and Wednesday nights to learn how to make traditional tamales with hands-on training. Sign up now because space is limited!

When: Dec 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th - 9:30 PM

Where: Westside Community Center, 2932 S I-35

12. Attend a Holiday Adventure Camp

What are the kids supposed to do when school is out for winter break? Playing video games all day and sitting inside and surfing the Internet? Not in New Braunfels! A winter camp sounds like the perfect escape from the house for the kids to play games, watch movies, experience nature, and do all sort of projects and experiments. Check out the website for information on the camp and how to sign up.

When: Wednesday-Friday, December 27-29th

Where: Landa Recreation Center, 164 Landa Park Dr

13. The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show

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Don’t miss one of the greatest Christmas musical extravaganzas of the year! Blue Water Highway Band hosts the Grand Ol’ Christmas Show every year, and every year it sells out way in advance. The show is presented as an old radio show, and brings a tingling of excitement and wonder to each audience member. Get those tickets now!

When: Thursday-Friday, December 21-22, 7:30 PM

Where: Brauntex Theatre, 290 W San Antonio St

14. See Roger Creager Perform Live

Roger Creager and his band are one of the biggest red dirt, Texas country music acts still touring today. His shows are electric with familiar riffs and a rhythm that will keep you on the dance floor all night long, singing along to songs you didn’t know you knew the words to. Get your tickets here, and get them fast before this show sells out.

When: Saturday, December 30th - 8:00 PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd

15. Dance Like Crazy on NYE

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The Phoenix Saloon is putting on a Dancetastic New Year’s Eve Extravaganza on December 31st. If you don’t have solid plans on the last night of the year, we suggest dancing your 2017 woes away at one of the best bars in New Braunfels. It’s always a good time at The Phoenix Saloon!

When: Sunday, December 31 - 8:00 PM

Where: Phoenix Saloon, 193 W San Antonio St