Guide: 16 events to do in and around New Braunfels

Fischer Park in New Braunfels. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fischer Park in New Braunfels. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fischer Park in New Braunfels. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Christkindlmarkt will be held Dec. 6-7 in New Braunfels.
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The Sophienberg Museum & Archives will host the Weihanchtsmarkt Nov. 22-24. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Local bakery 2tarts will host a mommy and me cooking class on Dec. 6. (Courtesy 2tarts Bakery)
November

15-24 Juan Sanchez Art Show

  • Works by Juan Sanchez will be on display at The Gallery at Gruene Lake Village with a public reception Nov. 16. 2:30 p.m. (Fri. opening), 3:30 p.m. (Sun. closing). Free. 2339 Gruene Lake Drive, New Braunfels. 830-358-3480. www.gnbac.org


19 Gordita workshop


  • Learn to make this Mexican treat through hands-on instruction at Westside Community Center. Ages 16 and up. 6-7 p.m. $25 (per person). 2932 S. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-4630. www.nbtexas.org/signup




19-21 Festival of Trees


  • Stroll through aisles of over 30 fully decorated Christmas trees donated by local clubs, churches, businesses and individuals. Trees are available for purchase, and all proceeds are donated to the Comal County Senior Center and Central Texas Advocates for Seniors. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free (admission). 490 Porter St., New Braunfels. 208-431-4960. www.festivaloftreesnb.com




23 Chosen Half Marathon


  • Support local foster care and adoptive families by running through the Texas Hill Country. Half marathon, 5K and kids runs available. All ages welcome. First race (half marathon) at 7:30 a.m. $20-$115.14130 River Road, New Braunfels. 830-455-0101. www.chosen.care/race




23 Saturday SEAM Series: Bubble-ology


  • Participate in Headwaters at the Comal’s hands-on science lesson to learn about how bubbles form and to discover the ultimate bubble recipe. 10-11 a.m. $9 (members). $12 (nonmembers). Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com


22-24 Weihanchtsmarkt


  • Shop over 60 vendors at the annual Weihanchtsmarkt hosted by Sophienburg Museum & Archives. All proceeds support museum operations and educational programming. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 (admission). 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-221-4011. www.sophienburg.com


27 Das Rec Pre-Turkey Burn


  • Work off your Thanksgiving feast before you eat it with cardio, strength, aqua and core fitness classes. All ages welcome. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free (members), $6 (nonmembers with a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the New Braunfels Food Bank). 345 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4170. www.dasrec.com


30 Shop Small Saturday


  • Support local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday following Thanksgiving. Avoid the Black Friday crowds and get to know the shopping available in downtown New Braunfels. Free (admission). 500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. www.downtownnewbraunfels.com


December


4 Art Afternoons


  • Kids ages 3-7 can learn more about an artist or illustrator, art style or technique through a hands-on project at the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St., New Braunfels, on the first Wednesday of every month. 4-5 p.m. Free. 830-221-4300. www.nbtexas.org/114/library




5 Wassailfest and Community Sing-Along


  • Celebrate the Christmas season with a warm cup of wassail hot cider as you explore downtown New Braunfels, check out local shops and participate in a community sing-along. 6-9 p.m. Costs vary. 500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. 830-221-4057. https://nbtexas.org/1845/wassailfest


6 Kids Cookie Decorating


  • 2tarts Bakery hosts a Mommy and Me Cookie Decorating class. Each pair will take home 12 decorated cookies and a sugar cookie recipe. Parents and kids ages 5 and up. 4-6 p.m. $75 (per pair). Tickets online. 360 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-221-4370. http://signup.nbparksandrec.com




7 Fischer Park Garden Club


  • Spend time in nature this winter and learn gardening basics by helping make Fischer Park’s butterfly garden ready for the spring. Tools and gloves provided to volunteers. Open to all ages. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Fischer Park Nature Center, 110 Golf Course Road, New Braunfels. 830-221-4350. parksonline.nbtexas.org




6-8 ‘Elf Jr. The Musical’


  • Watch the story of Buddy the elf as performed by New Braunfels Performing Arts Academy. Times vary. $12. Tickets available by phone. 124 Elizabeth St., New Braunfels. 830-660-9537. www.nbfperformingarts.com




12 Sip & Shop


  • Visit wine shops and local boutiques and listen to live music in Gruene Lake Village during December’s Sip & Shop. •5-9 p.m. Free. 2348 Gruene Lake Drive, New Braunfels. www.gnbac.org




14 Sting Ray Anthony ‘Jukebox Rocks’


  • “Jukebox Rocks” brings a retro feel to the holiday season with Sting Ray Anthony’s performance at the Palace Theater in Seguin. 4-7 p.m. $30-$35. Tickets available by phone. 314 S. Austin St., Seguin. 832-312-0074. www.palacetheaterseguin.com

By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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