People love Boerne for the small town atmosphere, Hill Country views, and quaint downtown scenery. However, Boerne also has far more to offer visitors and residents alike than many realize! Boerne is known for rich heritage, great location, and an active community, all of which are showcased by local businesses. No need to research: 15 of the best fun events to attend and businesses to visit in Boerne this month are described below.
1. Find Unique Gifts at Oma’s Christmas Fair
Looking for a unique, handmade gift? Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair is the spot to find the perfect gift “just like Grandma would make”! Not your typical hot-glue-and-cotton-balls type of craft fair, this market includes all kinds of high-quality Christmas shopping, with items like handcrafted wood pieces, homemade jams, ceramics, embroideries, and more.This family-oriented event will also feature “Santa Land” (aka free photos and visits with the man in red himself), a bake sale, and plenty of concessions. Get to shopping!
When: Saturday & Sunday, December 2-3, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds, 1307 River Rd
2. Fill Your Stocking in Downtown Boerne
If you just don’t have the knack for picking out “that perfect gift,” Boerne’s annual Stocking Stroll has you totally covered. With the Hill Country Mile acting as a personal shopper, attendees will have the chance to peruse over 20 local downtown businesses and receive a free gift (minimum $10 value) at each! Use your "stocking" (holiday shopping bag) to gather your gifts and enjoy special holiday sips and bites along the beautifully decorated Hill Country Mile.
When: December 2, 10:00 AM
Where: Hill Country Mile
3. Admire the Weihnacht Parade
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The annual Weihnacht Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2nd this year in downtown Boerne! A long-standing Christmas tradition in Boerne, the Weihnacht Parade will be celebrating its 31st anniversary, sending 100 beautifully designed floats down Main Street between Frederick Street and River Road. The parade is free, so just show up and enjoy all the festive sights and sounds!
When: Saturday, December 2, 6:00 pm
Where: S Main Street
4. Take a Walk in Bethlehem
Remember the reason for the season! This year, St. Helena's Episcopal Church will host “A Walk in Bethlehem,” an interactive, hands-on Christmas experience that will transport you right back to the heart of the Christmas story. Journey through the city, volunteer your name for the census, collect your denarii, and peruse a bustling marketplace. The highlight of the event will be the arrival of the Christ Child and a traditional nativity scene including camels and Magi!
When: December 5, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: St. Helena's Episcopal Church, 410 N Main
5. Shop Christmas Market Days
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If you’re like most of us, last-minute Christmas shopping is almost a tradition in your holiday season! Thankfully, Cowboy Christmas Market Days is the perfect place to find those last few Christmas gifts. This magical outdoor market blends “the tradition of the Texas Hill Country with the creations of today’s culture.” Hundreds of festive booths will display unique goods from all kinds of vendors, as well as live music and delicious food...for two whole weekends in December!
When: December 9-10, 16-17th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Main Plaza, 100 North Main
6. Experience Christmas at Herff Farm
Get to the heart of both the Boerne landscape and the Christmas season at Herff Farm’s special holiday event! Christmas at the Farm invites Boerne-ites to gather together for an event that celebrates both the holidays and the community itself. Attendees will enjoy hay and sleigh rides, a holiday market, hot chocolate, festive carols, visits with Santa, family photos, traditional holiday crafts, and tree decorating.
When: December 9, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd
7. Peruse the Second Saturday Art Beat
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Does art make your heart just a little bit faster? This is the question Second Saturday Art Beat is devoted to helping you answer! This colorful gathering is a monthly event devoted to helping you discover the vibrant local Boerne art scene. Participating local galleries will serve complimentary beverages and appetizers for you to enjoy while you peruse the fantastic artwork. And did we mention this event is free and open to the public? Participating galleries include Carriage House Gallery and Texas Treasures Fine Art. Take the free "Shabby Bus" or walk to the locations!
When: Saturday, December 9
Where: Various Galleries in Boerne
8. Explore The Christmas Town
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Bring the family to the Christmas Town, a free event designed to get the whole family in the spirit of the season! The Christmas Town has live music, hayrides, a replica of the town of the nativity, and plenty of shopping. There is also an interactive area for the kids with a gingerbread forest of more than 100 decorated trees and a 24-foot gingerbread house. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and sing along to carols all night. Don’t forget to leave without taking a fun family photo!
When: Saturdays, December 9th & 16th, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: 43360 I-10 West
9. Boerne Concert Band Christmas Concert
Celebrate Christmas with your favorite festive tunes! The Boerne Concert Band will perform a free, festive concert for audiences on December 10th.
When: December 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Boerne High School Auditorium, 1 Greyhound Lane
10. Paint with Pizazz at the Herff Farm
Want to flex your creative muscles? Join the Cibolo Nature Center for an evening of festive creative arts! Create a custom painting, decorate ornaments, and more. All creative materials will be provided, but you’re invited to bring your own beverage and snacks! Registration for this event will close at noon on Wednesday, December 13th, and pre-registration is required.
When: December 14, 6:30 PM
Where: Historic Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road
11. Enjoy a Festive Concert in the Cave
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Nothing screams “festive” like Christmas music, and nothing quite says “Hill Country” like a concert inside of an underground cavern. Cave Without a Name’s holiday concert lineup includes a “Winter Solstice” concert, presenting an eclectic mix of both traditional and contemporary instrumentation and song selection. To make the evening totally unforgettable, part of the concert will be performed in total darkness and flickering candlelight.
When: December 16, 7:00 PM
Where: Cave Without a Name, 325 Kreutzberg Rd
12. Geek Out at Star Wars Night
Want to catch up on your Star Wars knowledge before the new movie comes out? Come paint a themed mug and watch your favorite flicks with Maker’s Place Boerne. Dinner will be provided, and the whole family is invited!
When: December 1, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Maker’s Place, 233 S Main Street
13. Learn a New Skill at the Brush Lettering Workshop
Make your Christmas cards stand out with perfect hand lettering skills! By attending a Brush Lettering Basics workshop at the Dienger Trading Co, you will learn the foundation of how to start this gorgeous, practical skill. Create modern calligraphy letterforms with just a pencil and brush tip pen. Designed for beginners, this workshop was created to be accessible for everyone!
When: December 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Dienger Trading Co, 210 N Main St
14. Have Dinner with Cibolo Creek Brewing
The first in a series of exclusive private dinners, the CCB Family Beer Dinner will welcome 30 guests into for an intimate evening of locally-sourced, house-prepared foods...all paired with the perfect local brews, of course! This community-style dinner will feature shared seating and family-style plating. Plus, if you aren’t a beer drinker, CCB will happily provide you with two glasses of wine instead. The menu will include polenta cakes, wild mushroom strudel, Moroccan grilled leg of lamb, charcuterie board, and a double chocolate porter Cake with an espresso chocolate ganache sauce. Yum!
When: December 12, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Cibolo Creek Brewing Co, 448 Main S
15. Peruse the Christmas Farmers Market
Find locally sourced ingredients for your Boerne Christmas dinner! The weekend before Christmas, Windy Hill Foods is teaming up with Cibolo Creek Brewing, to offer a Christmas Farmers Market. Support local ranchers and farmers by purchasing meats (goat, lamb, beef, pork, quail), eggs (chicken, duck, quail), veggies (end of year tomatoes, greens, winter veggies), canned goods, dried goods, baked goods, dog treats, and more! Hill Country Homestead, Grandma's Garden at Bebe, Lucky Dog Bakery and Boutique, and Windy Hill Foods will all be in attendance, along with others.
When: December 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Cibolo Creek Brewing Co, 448 S Main St
Happy Holidays, y'all!