Lights, Parades, Ice Skating & More | Holiday Events and Activities in Central Texas

While malls and departments stores have been ready for the holidays since Halloween, Thanksgiving has passed and the holiday season has officially begun. Starting this weekend, cities and towns from across Central Texas are gearing up for the holidays with lights, events and festivities throughout the month of December. To help make your holiday season as festive as possible, we’ve compiled a partial list of events and celebrations happening in the area.

This weekend, Buda’s annual Budafest takes place from 10 a.m. to dusk, December 1-2nd. The 33rd annual celebration will feature an array of fun, family friendly events including live music, over 125 craft vendors, a wide selection of locally-prepared food and a carnival for the kids. The event takes place at Buda City Park and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a holiday parade starting from the Fire Station.

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November 28th to December 1st, San Marcos hosts their four-day Sights & Sounds of Christmas celebration south of Kyle. Festivities include arts and crafts, a carnival, food vendors, a 5K & 1K Run a parade along downtown Main Street hosted by the San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, and live music performances each night. Tickets to the event are $4 per night, or $7 for the complete four days. For more information about the event, including a performance schedule and event details, visit the Sights & Sounds of Christmas website.

Throughout the month of December, San Marcos will also host Santa’s Ranch – a mile of spectacular holiday scenes featuring over 1 million lights and 100 displays and animations.

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Other holiday light scenes can be found in towns throughout Central Texas thanks to the Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Tree Lighting Trail. Eleven communities are participating in this year’s event with light displays and special festivities occurring throughout the month. Special events and features a self-guided, winter wonderland walk amidst 2 million lights reflecting on the waters of Lake Marble Falls; a German-themed Christmas tree, holiday lights and an outdoor ice skating in Fredericksburg; and a Cowboy Christmas at Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne, December 22-23rd. For a complete list of participating communities, and more information about each city’s festivities, visit the Texas Hill Country Christmas Trail website.

Other holiday events in the area include a capella caroling inside the Cave Without a Name in Boerne December 8th, ice skating atop Whole Foods Market in Austin, Polar Express Movie Night under the stars in New Braunfels, and an endless array of holiday craft and vendor markets in towns across the area.

So, when you catch a minute between shopping, decorating, cooking and cleaning for the holidays, take some time to enjoy the spirit of the season with some lights and family fun in Central Texas.

A Stitch in Time | Quilting in Central Texas

It can’t be denied that recently there has been a surge in popularity for all things handmade. Crafts are growing in popularity thanks to favorite websites like Pinterest and Etsy, and many people are taking an interest in craftsmanship, learning new skills and embarking on their own projects. Quilting is one such craft that is experiencing a revival, and Kyle resident quilters (beginners or novices) don’t have to travel far to participate.

Kyle Quilters

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The Kyle Quilters are the area’s resident quilting experts. Meetings are held twice a month, on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. and the third Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Kyle Quilters meet at the recently renovated Historic Kyle City Hall located at 109 Burleson Rd. Those interested in trying their hand at the art can call Kathy Gilson at 512.449.6565 or by email at

Buda Quilters

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(Photo credit: B&B Quilting and Gifts)

Just up the road in Buda, B&B Quilting and Gifts offers classes for all knowledge and skill sets. Owned and operated by two fourth-generation quilters, the local store is a wealth of knowledge in the art of quilting and sewing. Experts from various parts of Central Texas teach a range of classes, and while classes are held from February to April, advice is doled out in healthy amounts to those with questions all year round! Head on down to 107 S. Austin Street in Buda to find out more.

Austin Area Quilters Guild

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(Photo credit: Austin Area Quilters Guild)

Even further north, the Austin Area Quilters Guild (AAQG) invites quilting enthusiasts to join the nonprofit organization established to preserve the art and legacy of quilting. The organization is not limited to quilters but encourages people who appreciate quilts, quilting and the history of quilting to participate. The guild hosts trunk shows, lectures and quilting bees as well. The AAQG serves as a source for information and experiential learning for quilters throughout Central Texas. Meetings are held at the Faith Lutheran Church at 6600 Woodrow Ave. To learn more, please visit the Austin Area Quilters Guild website.

Ready your needle and thread, get lost in patterns and rub elbows with the top quilters of Central Texas.





Farmers’ Markets A-Plenty

Spring is in full swing in Central Texas and residents are rejoicing by getting outside, gardening and seeking out local markets. Farmers’ markets dot our Hill Country landscape and Plum Creek residents are perfectly situated to take advantage of this feast of riches.

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Several markets in Buda, Austin and Dripping Springs lie just north of Kyle’s city limits. The Buda Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Main Street, in the parking lot of City Hall. Drive a few more minutes north and you’ll find yourself with even more options. The SFC and Hope Farmers’ Markets cater to different areas of Austin, yet all provide locally sourced produce, artisan crafts and live music. SFC markets offer Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday market days north, south, east and west of central Austin. Hope has two east side markets open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Just a bit west of Austin, Dripping Springs hosts a Thursday market from 3 to 6 p.m. Local bakers, ranchers, farmers, chefs and craftsmen provide visitors a chance to sample their wares and enjoy a bit of the western Hill Country scenery.

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Shifting the focus to the east of Kyle, the Bastrop 1832 Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. This market functions as a business, with a legislative board, a target market and a charitable arm that donates to local nonprofits. Customers are even polled to gauge their experiences and to find areas that could use improvement. For a full experience that extends beyond the normal market, head to Bastrop to find a seamless operation. On the way back home, stop at the Lockhart Main Street Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with browsing the fresh produce, baked goods and preserves, visitors can shop artisan crafts and enjoy live music.

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Traveling south, people in search of locally-sourced produce and goods can find and abundance in San Marcos and Wimberley. The San Marcos Farmers’ Market hosts a Saturday and Tuesday market in two San Marcos locations. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can head to San Antonio St. for fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods and more. Tuesdays, the market is located on Edward Gary St. from 3 to 6 p.m.

Plum Creek, Kyle TX

If a smaller town experience is preferred, simply head west on Rand Road 12 out of San Marcos until it hits Mill Race Lane in Wimberley, Texas.  The Wimberley Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and is a strictly produce-only market, so be ready to stock up on fruits and vegetables.

Plum Creek, Kyle TX

For residents who prefer to keep their money local, Kyle has a market closer to home. Just a few minutes north of Kyle, residents can head to the 150 Market located at Michaelis Ranch on FM 150 for a unique farmers’ market that rotates wares. The first Saturday of the month is dedicated to local artists and craftsman while the other Saturdays feature purveyors of fresh produce, garden plants and other foods.

Gather the reusable bags and containers, make sure you’ve got plenty of cash and fill up the tank for a fun farmers’ market road trip, near or far.

Toons & Tunes

It’s Friday night.  You’re sitting around the house.  Bored.  No plans.  Wishing you could take advantage of balmy summer nights…

Sound like you?  Well, it just so happens that there’s a fun and easy solution!  Hop in the car and take a quick drive up to Buda for Toons & Tunes, an outdoor movie and concert series.  Every Friday night from June 3rd to August 5th you can come to Buda City Park and enjoy bands under the pavilion or family-friendly movies under the stars.  Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, snacks and the whole family!  The series kicks off June 3rd with Karate Kid.

Admission is free!  Movies begin at 9 pm and concerts begin at 8 pm.  Click here for schedule of events or call the Buda Parks & Recreation Department at (512) 312-0084 for more information.

Buda Country Fair & Wiener Dog Races

Make sure you don’t miss the namesake weekend of “The Wiener Dog Capital of Texas”!!  Hosted by the Buda Lions Club on April 30 and May 1, this annual country fair is sure to please adults and kids alike.  The weekend kicks off with a pet parade followed by the now nationally known Wiener Dog Races.  Qualifying rounds are held on Saturday and Sunday, and the main ‘run for the roses’ event is held Sunday afternoon.

The whole weekend will be hopping with live entertainment, food, arts, and craft vendors.  Also,  the Lions will sponsor a BBQ Cook-off and Chili Cook-off on Saturday.  This is serious business, as the chili cookers will compete for points that can qualify them for the world famous Terlingua International Chili Championship.

Get on up to Buda April 30 and May 1 before the wiener dogs leave you in the dust!  For more information please visit the Buda Lions’ Club Website.