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: five of the best fun events to attend and businesses to visit in Boerne this week are described below. Hopefully, this list will make planning a perfect Texas Hill Country weekend a little easier!
1. Attend a Candlelight Church Service
Remember the reason for the season! As Advent draws to a close and Christmas Day approaches, Boerne’s area churches are offering plenty of opportunities for you and your family to gather. Take a look at the service dates and times below!
Christmas Day Single Service at 10:45
Christmas Eve: 4:00 PM, 4:10 PM in the Cana Ballroom, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Christmas Day: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, & 12:30 PM Misa en Español.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 PM
Christmas Day Service at 10:45 AM
Christmas Eve: Services at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Spring Creek, 8:30 p.m. at Haven for Hope
Christmas Day: One combined service at 10:30 AM
Christmas Eve Service at 5:30
Candlelight Holy Communion: Christmas Eve at 7:00 PM, followed by Christmas Eve Reception at 8:15 PM
Christmas Day: Holy Communion at 10:00 AM
Christmas in the City on December 24 in Boerne Main Plaza (6:00-8:00 PM)
Christmas Eve Services: 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM
Christmas Day Service: 10:00 AM
Christmas Eve: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
2. Marvel at The Sparkling Christmas Lights Fest
Boasting over two million sparkling lights, Don Strange Ranch’s Christmas Light Fest takes holiday decor to a whole new level! Pack up your car and drive through tunnels of lights, scenic ranchland, and creative displays or grab a seat on the Ranch’s country-style hayride. After you’ve marveled at the incredible sights, head to Santa’s Village, a marketplace featuring free pictures with Santa, food, fun, holiday crafts and gifts!
This weekend, Christmas Light Fest will be open until 10:00 PM, making it the perfect post-gift-giving excursion. The cost of entry is $27 per vehicle (or $60 for a season pass).
When: Friday- Sunday (6:00-10:00 PM), Friday-Saturday (6:00-10:00 PM)
Where: Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Rd
3. Skip the Cooking...Try a New Restaurant!
You may have big plans for Christmas dinner… but on Friday and Saturday, try a new taste of Boerne cuisine! Check out The Ultimate Boerne Dining Guide and The Ultimate Boerne Dining Guide: Expanded Edition to get started. From Little Gretel to the Dodging Duck, there are plenty of local Boerne options to keep you full and happy this holiday weekend.
4. Grab Your Last Minute Christmas Gifts on the Hill Country Mile
Still in the market for those last few Christmas gifts? Shop local on Boerne’s Hill Country Mile! While many shops will have adjusted holiday hours, many will remain open on Friday and Saturday for at least a few hours. This historic stretch of shops is giving you one last chance to take on the holiday shopping scene! From home goods and jewelry to antiques and apparel, shop local and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. For those who need a little extra help, check out Visit Boerne’s edition of “12 Gifts You Can’t Miss Under $20” and “14 MORE Can’t Miss Gifts Under $50.” Our favorites include...
- Wacky Socks, Men’s $10 & Ladies $7.50- Celeste
- “Walking Gingerdead” Cookie Kit, $9.99- The Christmas Shoppe
- Vintage Inspired Tin Lunchboxes, $13.99- Sugar Shack
- Flavor Infused Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar, $21 ea.- Texas Gourmet Pantry
- Famous Fickle Pickles, $9.95- $19.95- Fickle Pickle
- Felt, Floppy Brim Hats, $30- Ella Blue
- Upcycled Bird Feeder, $46.75- Bergmann Lumber Co.
When: Shop Hours Adjusted Individually for Holiday Weekend
Where: Hill Country Mile (1100 S Main to 521 N Main)
5. Head to the Theater for a Box Office Hit
When the wrapping paper litters the living room floor (and the Christmas cookies have been consumed by the dozen), how do you entertain everyone? Head to a movie at AMC Starplex Boerne! The theater will be open all weekend, showing plenty of rising box office hits. Movies include Assassin's Creed, Star Wars: Rogue One, Why Him, Passengers, and Sing. From romantic comedy to science fiction, there’s something for everyone! Click for showtimes, schedules, and to reserve tickets.
When: Various Times
Where: AMC Starplex Boerne, 145 Old San Antonio Rd