The first day of winter is less than a week away, bringing us closer to the holidays and a few great Hill Country Events! There is no shortage of things to do, festivals to attend or fair weather to enjoy. If you’re spending the holidays in the Hill Country, consider adding one of these local activities to your to-do list!
1. Christmas Lighting Trail - People come from all around the Nation and the State to view the massive and dazzling light displays of the Hill Country. In fact, many return yearly to spend time in different towns or areas. There is so much to see it would take a few days to fully enjoy the whole thing. It’s easy to spend a full night just checking out one town and the surrounding festivals involved in the Christmas Lighting Trail. The towns that participate in the Hill Country Lighting Trail include Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Round Mountain and Wimberley.
2. Holiday Wine Trail – For the adults, the winter time is a great opportunity to go on a wine tour in the infamous Hill Country. About 24 wineries take part in wine tastings, appetizers, barrel tastings, art shows and more. The festival spans from Fredericksburg to Dripping Springs.
3. Carnaval De San Antonio – A little bit farther out, but just about an hour away is one of the Lone Star State’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations. It takes place right in the heart of downtown, which is lit up this time of year with, yes, more lights! It almost places it right next to the Alamo, great food, and the Riverwalk. Whether you go early or late, there’s event for every age group. Live music and special events for kids.
The last live event ends right before the countdown, leading up to a giant firework show. The best part is it’s all free! Yes, it’s a very popular celebration and hotels are always booked full – making renting a bit farther out a cheaper deal and the short drive more worth it.
Just because it’s nearly winter doesn’t mean you’re stuck indoor! Book your Hill Country retreat and get out there.