Just an hour north of San Antonio, head to festive Fredericksburg to experience a holiday wonderland complete with authentic German Christmas decorations, distinctive holiday shopping and award-winning wineries.
Christmas Nights of Lights
The highlight of the holidays is Fredericksburg’s Christmas Nights of Lights, which is a nightly lighting ceremony featuring carols, history and a grand finale countdown as the town’s square, Marktplatz, is transformed into a holiday wonderland.
Enjoy the beauty of Fredericksburg’s 26-foot tall authentic German Christmas Pyramid and its 30-foot tall Community Christmas tree, which serve as the centerpieces to a holiday décor-lined Main Street that looks straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. For a little family fun, hop on the ice at Eisbahn, Fredericksburg’s outdoor ice-skating rink.
Unique places to stay
Fredericksburg features so many things to see and do, you may want to stay awhile. One of the area’s nearly 1,500 vacation rentals can provide a picture-perfect setting to spend time with family, enjoy holiday meals or get away from the hectic holiday rush in the city.
If a hotel or motel is more your style, Fredericksburg has that too. Many of Fredericksburg’s unique places to stay will be decorated for the holidays. Need a last-minute gift? Give the joy of a Fredericksburg giveaway.
Texas Wine Country
Whether it’s a glass of Texas Tempranillo or a cup of German Glühwein, Texas Wine Country offers plenty of holiday-themed activities, including the Christmas Wine Affair.
Discover the latest releases from the wineries of the Texas Hill Country by booking a tour or simply tasting your way along Fredericksburg’s Urban Wine Trail.
Fredericksburg’s 150 locally-owned shops, boutiques and art galleries provide an unlimited amount of unique holiday gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Find jewelry, home décor items, locally-made products and more when browsing the town’s historic, walkable Main Street.
Can’t miss Fredericksburg holiday events
- 63rd Historic Home Tour and Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tour seven historic homes in the area and shop holiday vendors in an authentic Christmas market.
- Light the Night Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 2. See lighted parade floats cruise down Main Street, including Santa and Mrs. Claus.
- Luckenbach Christmas Ball on Saturday, Dec. 16. Dance in the historic Luckenbach Dancehall to the music of Aaron McDonnell.
In this often busy holiday season, it is important to plan by booking your lodging, restaurant and attraction choices in advance of arrival.
Long known as a weekend destination, experienced Fredericksburg visitors know that a Sunday through Thursday trip provides several benefits, including the best price on the town’s wide variety of places to stay, a personalized experience at the wineries and tasting rooms of Texas Wine Country, more space and time to browse at shops, museums and art galleries, plus less wait time at local restaurants.
To plan a holiday trip to the Texas Hill Country or to make plans for trip to the area in 2023, go to VisitFredericksburgTX.com.