5 Things to Do in New Braunfels This Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov 25-27)

New Braunfels residents love that the town provides so much to see and do while still maintaining a great culture and small town feel. This weekend is no exception; there's a variety of different “things” happening in and around town. No need to research, five of the best fun things to do in New Braunfels this weekend are described below. Hopefully, this list will make planning a perfect Texas Hill Country weekend a little easier!

1. Have a Snow Day at Texas Ski Ranch

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If you didn’t already know, Texas Ski Ranch (the area's extreme sports training ground and fun-filled playground) has recently added a snowboarding hill. That’s right, in the heart of Hill Country, we have the ability to snowboard...kind of. With special turf and professional trainers, students can actually learn how to snowboard right here in Texas. Going for a day is obviously fun, but if you and the family are planning on a ski trip this winter, this is the perfect and affordable way to learn how before hitting the snowy slopes. TSR has teamed up with Burton to become an official teaching center, so you’ll be trained by the best and have fun all the while. Prices and times are available on the website.

When: see website for open hours

Where: Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 N I-35

2. Take Your Photo with Santa

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Bring the kids, the pets, and everyone else to take a traditional photo with Santa! Beat this holiday rush to the bearded jolly man this weekend by going to some Santa photo opportunities set up in New Braunfels. All weekend, Gruene's own kind of Santa, Cowboy Kringle, will be in the breezeway between The Grapevine and Gruene General Store. Another event put on by the Humane Society of New Braunfels is Pet Pix with Santa on Sunday at Landmark Lofts. More details on their Facebook event page, and don’t forget to bring the pets! Photo packages and other Christmas decorations should be available at both events.

When: Cowboy Friday-Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM / Pet Pix Sunday 1:00-3:00PM

Where: Cowboy, Gruene General Store, 1601 Hunter Rd / Pet Pix, Landmark Lofts, 144 Landa St

3. Get Fresh Food at the Farmers Market

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Thanksgiving is over, and once the leftovers have bit the dust, that pantry is going to need filling! The New Braunfels Farmer’s Market is the place to shop for all your pantry needs. Local farmers and vendors (75 of them!) grab produce on Friday to sell fresh at the market - how traditional! Items include grass-fed meats, eggs, bacon, pantry items, skin care, home and laundry care, baked goods, and some food hot and ready to eat!

When: Saturday, 9:00AM-1:00PM

Where: New Braunfels Farmers Market, 186 S Castell Ave

4. Shop and Support Small Businesses

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While you are out at the Farmers Market with that feel good spirit of supporting local farmers, don’t forget that this Saturday is Small Business Saturday! We are all familiar with Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving where big companies give ridiculous deals and crowds trample over each other for the last Kitchenaid mixer in turquoise. Small Business Saturday celebrates our neighbors who have the courage to run their own business and sell goods and services specifically to those in the community. Some of our favorites are the shops in downtown Gruene, Two Tarts, and New Braunfels Brewing Company. Most places will probably have discounts and deals, so feel free to stroll into that shop you always pass but never go into and support small business!

When: all day Saturday

Where: all small businesses

5. Watch Stoney LaRue at Gruene Hall

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Texas-born and Oklahoma-raised Stoney LaRue is taking the stage this weekend at the Historic Gruene Hall. LaRue makes real-life, thinking man’s music. His newest album, Aviator, tells us that he is here to stay for a while. He is no stranger to the Red Dirt circuit life, playing the same honky-tonks and dance halls like all the other “new country” acts, and he does have some tunes that can light up the darkest of nights. But his newest album features songs that allow the listener to hear about the path of change, and how someone copes with growth and loss. Troy Cartwright kicks off the night at 9:00PM. Tickets available here.

When: Saturday, Doors at 8:00PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd