Holiday Fun in Texas Hill Country


Looking for something different to do with family and friends during the holidays? Texas Hill Country offers a variety of seasonal entertainment sure to please all ages and light up your holidays with a magical glow.

You don’t have to be kid to enjoy the “Christmas Toy Show,” running now through December 26 at the Shooting Star Museum in Castroville. This holiday extravaganza features both vintage and modern-day toy and quilt displays. The event also includes classic holiday movies, with a special showing of “White Christmas” on Sunday, December 20, at 6 p.m.

The show will be open on Dec. 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 1 to 6 p.m. Best of all, admission to the show and museum is free. Shooting Star Museum is located at 5445 CR 5710, 6 miles south of Castroville off 1343. For more information, call 210-386-6038.

Do you yearn for a more traditional kind of Christmas, when the holidays meant riding to Grandma’s house in a horse-drawn sleigh? Then you won’t want to miss “Christmas Like It Used to Be,” a holiday event being held at 12 noon on December 17 at Bank of the Hills in Kerrville that promises to take you back to a good old-fashioned Christmas.

You’ll feel like you’re in Grandma’s kitchen, where you’ll savor homemade cookies, mulled cider and eggnog before a roaring fireplace. Enjoy all “the sights and sounds of the season” presented by Hill Country artists and craftsmen. Call 830-895-2265 for more details.

Another great way to spend the holidays is at the famous Rockbox Theater in downtown Fredericksburg, which offers live entertainment for the whole family. Each weekend, from now through Dec. 26, the theater will feature a different musical production with “costumes, choreography and comedy” that showcase some of the most popular songs of the season and Christmas hits from your favorite decade.
“The Christmas Show” presents Elliott Park on Dec. 16-19, and Johnnie Red will perform from Dec. 23-26. The theater is located at 109 N. Llano Street, just one block off Main Street in Fredericksburg. Call 1-866-349-6688 for reservations or visit for show times.

For last-minute holiday shopping, avoid the mall rush and have more fun at “Trade Days,” a bargain-lover’s dream being held December 17-19 in Fredericksburg. Featuring more than 350 vendors, six barns and acres of antiques and collectibles, this is the perfect one-stop-shop for one-of-a-kind treasures. Then, relax in the Biergarten and enjoy some live music.  The $ 3 parking fee is good for all three days. Call 830-990-4900 for directions.

Find the perfect gift for all the “foodies” on your Christmas list at “Kerr County Market Days” on December 18. Held at the Kerry County Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this holiday market will offer fresh produce and plants, arts and crafts and other quality goods from Texas Hill Country. Call 830-792-4655 for more details.
The fun doesn’t end on Christmas Day. After you’ve unwrapped all your presents, enjoy some yuletide music, holiday goodies and fireside readings on December 26 at Becker Vineyards’ “Boxing Day Celebration” from noon to 5 p.m. in Fredericksburg. The winery is located at 464 Becker Farms Road. Call 830-644-2681 or visit

Also on December 26 is the “Zweite Weihnachten Fest,” or “Second Christmas,” at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. A traditional German community holiday party, the event features refreshments, wine, decorations and German Christmas items. Admission is free. Call 830-997-2835 for directions.
These are just a few of the fun-filled family events in Texas Hill Country. Visit for a complete list. Happy Holidays!

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