In This Issue — Old Fashioned Winter's Eve in Wimberley, Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts Presents Handel's Messiah, Eisbahn is Back, Catch Your Breath in Blanco, Cowboy Capital Christmas in Bandera, Johnson City's lights, and more.
Cover Photo — Photo by Richard Mason, Mason Photography.
Winter's Eve: An Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration in Wimberley
Winter’s Eve is an old fashioned Christmas celebration in Wimberley featuring festive foods, holiday lighting, music, and late night shopping as all the merchants around the Square stay open late to accommodate Christmas shoppers.
The festival takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on December 8 around the Wimberley Café on the Wimberley Square, according to Cissy Yates, president of the Wimberley Merchants Association, which is sponsoring the event.
Santa Claus will, of course, be available f ... Read More
Bindseil Park Sparkles This Christmas Season
“Christmas is a-coming, the goose is getting fat,” and Keep Blanco Beautiful is preparing for the celebration! Plans are underway for the Best Christmas Spectacular Ever! Lights are going up in Bindseil Park on the Blanco Square. Stars and trees, reindeer and camels, candy canes and candles (oh my!) are being refurbished thanks to the hard work of volunteers. Read More
Blanco County Community Choir Performs “All is Well"
This year’s concert is a delicate, exquisite program taken from highlight moments in the musical life of Director Vickie Pautz. The Choir convenes in September and performs the first weekend of December -- Friday, December 7, at 8pm in Johnson City at the Church of the Hills and Sunday, December 9, at 7:30pm in Blanco at the Baptist Church.
At this stage in practice while the choir is still learning the music, they are also perfecting the sound, both vocally and textually, to project the mea ... Read More
Catch Your Breath in Beautiful Blanco, Texas
Life paces itself slower in small towns. In Blanco, for instance, old-timers gather regularly at the Blanco Bowling Club and Café to exchange opinions over a cup of coffee, and on the square, residents pause to chat at the post office after retrieving the morning’s mail.
While residents and visitors can enjoy the small town way of life, Blanco is just a quick hop from both Austin and San Antonio, and just a jump from Houston. Read More
Eisbahn is Back!
With Texas’ winters being relatively mild, folks might not expect to find an outdoor ice skating rink in the middle of downtown Fredericksburg.
But, that’s exactly what will happen for the eighth consecutive year when “Eisbahn” returns to Marktplatz (the downtown square) Nov. 23-Jan. 5.
Cooling coils laid out on the Kinderhalle pavilion floor are what make possible the improbable -- a slick ice skating rink in the middle of an often sunny Texas winter.
Opening the day after Thanksgiv ... Read More
Johnson City's 23rd Annual Lights Spectacular
Prepare to delight yourself as you enjoy the spectacular light displays provided to you here in Johnson City. This year marks the 23nd anniversary of Lights Spectacular, Hill Country Style. The Lights Spectacular is proclaimed as "the Centerpiece of one of the biggest shows on the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail" Read More
Shop Wimberley for Precious Finds All Over Town
Wimberley is such a small place, on Ranch Road 12 about halfway between San Marcos and Dripping Springs, not on the way to anyplace else, and yet visitors flock to the town. Why? Shopping.
Wimberley is most famous for Market Days, held the first Saturday of every month March through December. Read More
Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts Presents Handel’s Messiah
Uvalde Main Street and Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts are collaborating in producing a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Uvalde’s Grand Opera House on Sunday, December 9, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Featuring the Uvalde High School varsity chorus who will be joined by community choir members from Uvalde and the surrounding area, local organist Susanna Steigerwald joined by well-known organist Madolyn Fallis of San Antonio; Jason Sclichting at the piano; Bass, Sam Mungo, chair of the opera depa ... Read More
Trail of Lights Brings Hill Country Holiday Magic
It’s all about the lights—Christmas and Hannukah—and Wimberley’s Trail of Lights is shining for its 15th year.
The Trail of Lights is held on eight acres in the wooded hills at the EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens. It’s a popular community event that wasn’t ever planned to be one.
When Ann Rolling, director of the EmilyAnn, is asked why it happened, she smiles and shakes her head. Read More