Christmas Events & Holiday Things to Do in Boerne TX

Do you want to spend a memorable trip in the beautiful Texas Hill Country? Then, a Christmas in Boerne is what you’re looking for! This charming town’s German heritage and community spirit will make these Christmas events some of your new, favorite holiday traditions.

Boerne has everything from romantic, holiday getaways to day trip-worthy adventures for the whole family, meaning it’ll be a magical holiday season for everyone! Small-town holiday fun is definitely the best way to max out on the holiday cheer this year (if that’s even possible).

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The Jones CHRISTmas Ranch

We love a good drive-thru Christmas light display, and you’ll find just that at The Jones CHRISTmas Ranch, a critical part of Boerne’s holiday festivities run by a local family of four.

For just $30 per vehicle, you can enjoy over 3 million lights synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes spanning across 32 acres. Simply tune your car radio to 94.5 FM!

At least 10% of their profits go to their local non-profit, Shine Bright Ministries, which serves women and children’s homes. Tickets can be purchased at their on-site ticket booth. Both cash and card are accepted. Open nightly Nov. 14-Jan. 2, 2024; Sun-Thurs, 6 pm to 10 pm; Fri & Sat, 6 pm to 11 pm; Open until midnight the week of Christmas.

Boerne Holidays Gift Market

The Boerne Handmade Market is one of the largest markets of its kind in South Texas, so you know it has to be one of the best places for Christmas shopping! At this shopping event, you can browse collections of handmade products, including art, jewelry, household goods, and more, from over 70 vendors! It’s an easy way to support local businesses and simultaneously find the perfect holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.

The BHM will take place at the Cana Ballroom on historic main street, with the VIP market on Nov. 17 and the public market happening on Nov. 18, 2023. Purchase your tickets here.

Dickens on Main (Free)

If you prefer to celebrate the arrival of Christmas AFTER Thanksgiving, then the Hill Country’s premier holiday celebration, Dickens on Main, is the perfect event for you!

It’ll feature lots of live entertainment, from bands to dance groups, an ice carving show, the one-and-only Dickens Market; a Tiny Tim Village for the kids with crafts, photos with Santa, and trackless train rides; Christmas storytelling, a Birds of Prey Show and more at the Dickens Village, and finally, the South Pole Village, featuring food, live music, and photos with the Grinch! See the full, detailed schedule here. Nov. 24 & 25; Dec. 1-2, 2023

People dressed in Victorian style clothing in front of decorated Christmas tree and a sign that says "Dickens on Main"
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

Old West Christmas Light Fest

Get ready for a festive extravaganza like no other! Boerne’s Old West Christmas Light Fest transforms the Enchanted Springs Ranch into a mesmerizing wonderland, adorned with over 2 million sparkly lights. 

A man dressed in Santa Claus standing next to a cow with large horns
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

Imagine an authentic Old West town, bathed in the glow of a spectacular light show, offering tasty holiday treats, live music, and fun holiday festivities that everyone will love. And let’s not forget the chance to snap a photo with Santa himself! Nov. 24 – Dec. 10, Friday – Sunday; Dec. 15 – Dec. 23 daily. 5 pm to 10 pm. Get your tickets here.

A cute home decorated in lots of Christmas lights
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

A Very Tiki Holiday

We LOVED Assemble Cocktail Workshop the last time we visited Boerne, and we know you will too!

In celebration of Christmas in Boerne (or to prepare you to host your next holiday party/meal), you’ll learn to create two seasonal cocktails with a tropical twist. Nov. 24, 30, & Dec. 8 2023, 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Get your tickets here.

Breakfast with Santa – Tapatio Springs

Grab brunch with the kiddos and Santa at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort. Seating times are 8:30 am and 10:30 am. Children under 4 receive free admission. Get your tickets here. Nov. 25, 2023.

Make your reservation by emailing RSVP@tapatio.com or call 830-537-6236.

Seasonal Concert in Cave Without a Name

This will be a holiday performance like you’ve never experienced before!

Come watch the a’Capella quartet, Tinsel, perform inside the architectural marvel that is Cave Without a Name. The acoustics are phenomenal and the illuminated cave formations are absolutely stunning. Keep in mind, you will have to descend some stairs for the performance. Nov. 25, 2023, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Purchase your tickets here.

An dimly lit cave with a musician performing on a stage and a full crowd watching

There will also be a performance by Texas Cellos and a traditional Nordic choir in celebration of the Scandinavian tradition of St. Lucia Day. Dec. 9, 2023, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Get your tickets here.

Enjoy a variety of types of music and instruments, performed by Rudi and the Rudiments, in celebration of the Winter Solstice. Part of the concert will occur by candlelight, making it a must this holiday season!

Weihnachts Weekend

During the first weekend of December, you can expect a stocking stroll (purchase tickets here) and the much anticipated Weihnachts Parade, featuring enthusiastic marching bands, Christmas music, 100 gorgeous floats, and the joyous presence of Santa Claus, surrounded by the seasonal decor along Boerne’s historic main street.

Four women dressed in matching outfits standing on top of a glowing parade float
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets along the parade route, which extends from the local fire station to River Road.

Businesses will extend their opening hours during this time to accommodate your holiday and leisure needs. Take advantage of it! Dec. 1 & 2, 2023.

Boerne Bright (Free)

The First Baptist Church Boerne will host a walk-thru Christmas light experience with over 20,000 bulbs synced to your favorite holiday songs, hot cocoa, seasonal photo ops like a walk-in snow globe and a gingerbread village, and kid-friendly activities. Dec 1-2, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23, 2023, from 6 pm to 9 pm; Dec. 3 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.

Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair

Every age group will feel the Christmas spirit at Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair! Over the course of two days, the Kendall County Fair Grounds will host over 100+ artisans from all over Texas; lunch (for a $5 fee), children’s activities, and free photos with Santa in Santa Land, plus door prizes and raffles.

Concessions will be available for purchase. When you donate 2 canned food items or 1 unwrapped toy to the 8th Annual Food & Toy Drive benefiting Hill Country Family Services, you’ll receive $1 off admission.

Not only will there be three buildings full of unique, handmade gifts, you’ll be able to watch the very same artisans demonstrate their craft. Dec. 2 & 3, 2023. Admission for both days is just $5, free for those 12 and under. Parking is also free. Click here for their full schedule of events so you don’t miss out on anything!

A Walk in Bethlehem (Free)

St. Helena’s Episcopal Church & School will host their very own Little Town of Bethlehem walk-through experience for those looking to learn about and/or celebrate the story of Christ’s birth. Dec. 5 & 6, 2023, with showings at 6 pm & 7:30 pm nightly.

A Toast to Olde Town (Free)

Toast of Olde Town simultaneously celebrates the charm of historic downtown Boerne AND the holiday season. Local businesses and restaurants will have delicious food, refreshing drinks, live music, Wassail tastings with different holiday drinks made of hot mulled cider, ale, or wine and spices, and a spirited Caroling Contest.

There will also be a pop-market and movie night with visits from Santa and a kid’s crafting table; free photos with Santa at The Christmas Shoppe, and finally, Christmas Market Days with 130+ vendors and more holiday family fun! Dec. 8-10, 2023. Click here for their detailed schedule of festive events.

Several store exteriors along historic main street decorated in Christmas lights with lots of people standing in front of them
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

Boerne Chanukah Celebration (Free)

During this free event, the city of Boerne will light the annual Menorah in the Main Plaza in celebration of Hanukkah. There will also be live music by Pertnears. Dec. 11, 2023, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

Parade of Lights (Free)

There isn’t any holiday activity that can replace driving around or walking through your neighborhood and looking at Christmas lights.

The Boerne Parade of Lights consists of the most elaborately decorated homes in town, all conveniently labeled on its very own map so you can admire them at your own pace.

Keep tabs on their social media for when the map goes live. Dec. 13-31, 2023, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

A couple kissing in front of two lit up stars, one blue in the background and one red directly behind them
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

Kinder Fest

Kinder Fest is a family-friendly Christmas festival Dec. 15-17 along the Hill Country Mile, perfect for either holiday date nights or last-minute errands.

The Kinder Fest’s Cookie Crawl is a highlight and a favorite among the kiddos (potentially an easy way to collect a dozen cookies for your upcoming holiday party). Your $25 ticket includes 12 cookies, one from each participating business, and a cute bag for easy transport! Purchase your tickets here! Dec. 15 & 16

There will also be a FREE Santa Scavenger Hunt. You can pick Santa Scavenger Hunt Passport at Before Your Eyes Interiors or The Dienger Trading Co. and, after checking off all your Santa sightings on your scavenger hunt passport, turn it in at J. Forks Designs for a chance to win a child’s gift basket! Dec. 15 & 16

Or, pose for FREE photos with Santa at The Christmas Shoppe (Dec. 15 & 17) or pick up a few last-minute trinkets at the Cowboy Christmas Market Days. Dec. 16 & 17, 2023.

A man dressed as Santa Claus talking to a little gril
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

Holiday on the Farm

Take the cutest photos with Santa and his friends, the donkeys at Hutch Farms. Other activities will include crafts, feeding and petting donkeys and goats, visiting Franklin the Tortoise, playing on the Nature Playground, roasting marshmallows, and you can even take the donkeys for a walk!

Children 3 and under will receive free admission. Dec. 16, 2023, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Register here. Limited spots are available.

A little girl walking next to a goat with Christmas lights in the background
Photo courtesy of Visit Boerne

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Boerne Concert Band Christmas Concert (Free)

The Boerne Concert Band will perform a free Christmas concert, consisting of your favorite seasonal songs, at the Boerne High School Auditorium. Dec. 17, 2023, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

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Dienger Trading Co.

Located along Boerne’s iconic Hill Country Mile, Dienger Trading Co. is the perfect place for last-minute Christmas shopping. With its selection of carefully curated artisanal items, local crafts, and boutique-style clothing, you’re sure to find something to wear to your next holiday party or the perfect gift for your upcoming White Elephant gift exchange.

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Holiday Things to Do in Boerne TX: Final Thoughts

Christmas in Boerne definitely deserves a spot at the top of your list of holiday traditions. Enjoy various holiday-themed activities, all while taking in Boerne’s historic, charming atmosphere.

Although we love to visit downtown Boerne year-round, the holiday decor is quite a sight! And with it being just a short drive from major cities like San Antonio and Austin, it’s a fun way to experience all that the holidays across Texas have to offer!

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Last Updated 2 months ago by Jessica Serna | Published: November 18, 2023