Guide: 10 holiday events to-do in and around New Braunfels

The fourth annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 7. (Courtesy Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade)
The fourth annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 7. (Courtesy Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade)

The fourth annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 7. (Courtesy Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade)

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The 8th annual Madeleine Memorial 5K Christmas Stroll is scheduled for Dec. 21. (Courtesy Madeleine Hindman Memorial Foundation)
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Breakfast with the Grinch will be held Dec. 14 at Landa Haus. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department)
11th Annual Gruene Turkey Trot

Nov. 28

Start Thanksgiving Day with a 5K run and walk through the Gruene Historic District, hosted by the Comal Cops for Kids Foundation. Kids under 12 can run a quarter-mile race chasing a turkey mascot through Gruene. Proceeds benefit local charities such as Green and Blue Santa.

8:30 a.m. (5K), 9:30 a.m. (Kids’ Turkey Chase). Price varies.

1601 Hunter Road, New Braunfels


830-626-8786

www.comalcopsforkids.org

Christmas at the Caverns

Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-23

Natural Bridge Caverns will kick off its sixth annual holiday celebration with ice skating, caroling, an underground nativity scene and hayrides. In partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, a portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the food bank, and guests who bring a nonperishable food item to donate will receive $2 off an adult ticket or $1 off a child ticket.

$23.99 and up

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio

210-651-6101

https://naturalbridgecaverns.com

Hometown Holiday Parade

Dec. 7

The fourth annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade will take place in downtown New Braunfels and will include floats, local groups, live music and a visit from Santa Claus.

Parade begins at 6 p.m. in downtown New Braunfels. Free

500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

www.thehometownholidaychristmasparade.com

Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, Christmas Edition

Dec. 8

Led by Bret Graham and accompanied by The Levites, the Gospel Brunch presents a Christmas edition of the monthly show hosted at Gruene Hall. The buffet is catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. All ages are welcome.

9:30 a.m.-noon. $35 (per person)

1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels

830-606-1281

www.gruenehall.com

US Air Force Band of the West

Dec. 10

Enjoy a holiday concert performed by the highly trained USAF Band of the West at the New Braunfels Civic Center. All ages are welcome.

7-8:30 p.m. Free

375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels

830-221-4011

www.playinnewbraunfels.com

Santa Science at Headwaters at the Comal

Dec. 14

By participating in experiments such as Run-Away Milk, Gum Drop Tree Challenge, Insta-Snow and Secret Santa Messages, students will learn about superabsorbing polymers and how snow falls from the sky. All ages are welcome.

10-11 a.m. $5

333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels

830-608-8937

www.headwatersatthecomal.com

Breakfast with the Grinch

Dec. 14

Join the Grinch at Landa Haus for breakfast, holiday-themed crafts and cookie decorating. All ages welcome. Three sessions offered: 8-9 a.m., 9:15-10:15 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m.

$15 (per person), register online

360 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels

830-221-4000

www.nbtexas.org/signup

‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 17-19

The School of Classical Ballet & Dance and the Madeleine Hindman Memorial Fund present this timeless Christmas ballet at the New Braunfels Civic Center at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome.

$15 (general admission)

375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels

830-221-4011

www.schoolofclassicalballetanddance.com

‘Polar Express’ Movie in the Park

Dec. 21

Bring your blankets and chairs to watch this Christmas classic at the Dance Slab in Landa Park. All ages are welcome.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Free

Landa Haus, 360 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels

830-221-4000

www.nbtexas.org

8th Annual Madeleine Memorial 5K Christmas Stroll

Dec. 21

Join the community at Gruene Lake Village for a 5K run/walk to benefit the Madeleine Hindman Memorial Fund. Come early and enjoy Christmas crafts, live music, face painting and Santa Claus.

4 p.m. (prerace activities), 6 p.m. (5K fun run). Free (age 5 and under), $20 (ages 6-11), $25 (age 12 and over).

2339 Gruene Lake Drive, New Braunfels

830-624-8377

www.madeleinehindmanmemorialfund.com
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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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