New Braunfels Celebrates the Holidays with German Christmas Traditions

Sunday, December 01 2013 17:20   Winter Fun
In New Braunfels, Texas, evergreen Live Oaks rather than pines cover the surrounding Texas Hill Country, but "O Tannenbaum," a German Christmas Carol, is still a favorite holiday song along with many other German traditions, and there will be plenty of holiday spirit for guests to enjoy in 2013.

New Braunfels'
Sophienburg Museum and Archives will have "feather trees," advent wreaths, and Inge-Glas Christmas ornaments representing German legends, folklore and traditions.

new_braunfelsWassailfest on Thursday evening, Dec. 5, will get you in the spirit with a downtown celebration as merchants offer wassail to drink, special treats to munch and lots of holiday cheer. Talented musical groups perform throughout the lit-up downtown area and merchants vie for people's choice awards that go to the top three "wassail-meisters."

Pat Green does two shows, too, to help kick off the holiday season at the iconic
Gruene Hall, "the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas." Its old floor echoes the sounds of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, Gregg Allman and many more great musicians.

Don't miss Cowboy Kringle and Old Gruene Christmas Market Days, the Christmas Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist and lots more holiday fun, including Pam Tillis with an Intimate Evening of Holiday Tunes & Hits pn Dec. 19 at
the Brauntex Theater downtown. The music keeps going throughout the holiday season at Gruene Hall, too, with Jerry Jeff Walker, Dec. 13 and 14; The Mavericks, Kelli Willis and Bruce Robison and Reckless Kelly Dec. 17 - 21; and Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, The Casey Donahew Band, and Kevin Fowler closing up the year at Gruene Hall, Dec. 27 - 31.

Then start 2014 off with a little adventure in New Braunfels.

Explore the biggest and most spectacular show cave in Texas which also allows you the unique experience of caving the way the original discoverers did.
Natural Bridge Caverns has a variety of caves to explore in a variety of ways and the temperature is always in the 70s no matter what's happening outside.

In winter, the magnificent Guadalupe River offers a scenic rafting, canoeing and kayaking opportunity and the amazing chance to fish for rainbow trout in the southern United States. These year-around adventures keep people coming back to New Braunfels no matter the season.

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