​Five Things to Do in New Braunfels This Weekend (December 16-18)

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 are 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!

Drop by the Caverns for Christmas

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For the entire week, the Natural Bridge Caverns will be hosting their annual Christmas at the Caverns event. Head over to this amazing natural park to see some of the most unique Christmas attractions in the world. The caves will be illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, and carolers will perform inside the magnificent underground chambers. There will be a Christmas maze for visitors to go on a mission to find Santa’s lost reindeer, a four-story obstacle course covered in lights (and a smaller one for the kids) followed by a zip line, a Christmas village with music, shopping, and concessions - complete with a giant Christmas tree. And what fun would it be without a hayride, s’mores, and hot chocolate? More information is available at the Natural Bridge Caverns website.

When: Friday-Sunday, 5:30-10:00 PM

Where: Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd

Have a Drink at a Christmas Beer Festival

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It is no secret that New Braunfels has become a small town brewery scene and it has certainly appealed to the people who enjoy craft beers over the cheaper alternatives. Patek’s has been holding it down as one of the go-to places for fantastic drinks and copious amounts of laughter and fun in our little river town. This weekend they are having their 3rd Christmas Beer Festival, which will feature beers of only the holiday variety. Sample beers that taste like gingerbread, marshmallow, and other memorable flavors will flow throughout the day while you ring in the holiday spirit with friends. More up to date information will be on their Facebook event page.

When: Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM

Where: Patek’s Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 494 N Union Ave

See Some Holiday Art at the Pour Haus

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If you haven’t gotten your shopping done for the art lover in your life, Pour Haus has got you covered. This weekend is a super special holiday edition of “Art Haus,” an event showcasing local artists' pieces, which are available for purchase. Come down, grab a drink, settle down next to the fire and take a look around at what our friends and neighbors have created. Artwork featured by Kelsey Huckaby, Hannah Bee, Christopher McKinney, and many more will be on display while Gong Fu Cha serves traditional Chinese tea. Music by the Vagabonds and, oh yeah, be sure to catch the fire spinning performance in the parking lot. Who said New Braunfels can't be weird too?

When: Sunday, 4:00PM-12:00AM

Where: Pour Haus, 343 W San Antonio St

See Bob Schneider Perform at Gruene Hall

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This Saturday you should call a babysitter and head out to Gruene for some fun at Gruene Hall. Bob Schneider takes the stage for an evening of brilliant songwriting performed by a seasoned player. This Texas native is the most awarded singer-songwriter in Austin’s history and has won over thirty Austin Music Awards. He claims to have written over thousands of songs and has released several hundred over the course of his career as a solo musician and with his previous bands. Tickets are available online - get them before it’s sold out!

When: Saturday, 8:00 PM

Where: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd

NEXT THURSDAY: See a Spectacular Christmas Show

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This is a special event happening before next weekend that we really wanted to share - The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is coming to the Brauntex Theatre! This show began thirteen years ago in Brazosport as a fun charity variety show and has been selling out fast ever since. Local musicians Zack Kibodeauz, Greg Essington, and Will Hearn, who are better known for their Americana band Blue Water Highway, will host the show and help bring Christmas cheer to the Hill Country. Tickets are available here - hurry because they sell fast!

When: Thursday, 7:30 PM

Where: Brauntex Theatre, 290 W San Antonio St