Texas Hill Country Vacation Getaways in Fredericksburg

Take your Christmas spectacle and shopping on the road this year to explore and experience the perfect German Christmas destination, Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, west of Austin.

Looking for a special vacation getaway? Fredericksburg, Texas offers over a month of holiday cheer with its 26 feet tall German Christmas pyramid, unique local shops along a holiday decorated main street and a host of other festive events. This Texas Hill Country town makes Christmas—Weihnachtszeit in German — that’s true.

The season is marked by Fredericksburg Christmas Nights, a night countdown that will take place every evening on the Marktplatz at 6 p.m. until Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Holiday shopping galore in Fredericksburg

Holiday Shopping on Main Street in Fredericksburg | Photo: Jason Risner, Courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Fredericksburg is home to over 150 stores, boutiques and art galleries, full of holiday gifts to choose from. From amazing housewares in the Warehouse District to shops on Main Street, Fredericksburg has everything you need to tick off your vacation list. The city’s craftsmanship dates back several centuries, so locally made goods are especially plentiful in Fredericksburg.

  • Main Street – The main thoroughfare in the city center is full of shopping options, not to mention dozens of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, a craft brewery, two museums, and more. Known for its year-round charm and architectural character, Main Street especially shines during the holidays, as local merchants and the town itself adorn the street in its best light. Learn about Main Street and explore the shops, restaurants and more.
  • Warehouse district – Adjacent to Main Street, the Warehouse District has a number of homeware and antique stores, as well as fine and sought-after dining at August E’s, a Vintner’s Hideaway wine tasting room and wine bar laid back Lincoln Street. Find out about shopping and dining destinations in the Warehouse District.
  • Locally made – Buyers will have no trouble sourcing locally made gifts and treats from the skilled artisans and craftspeople of Fredericksburg. Expect gourmet items, antiques and home goods, clothing and fashion (including many Texas-inspired styles perfect for the rodeo season’s big comeback in a few months), soaps and lotions and (naturally) locally made wine, beers and spirits. Explore the local products, brands and artisans of Fredericksburg.
  • Do not miss : The Christmas store – Perched squarely at the intersection of Main and S. Llano streets, the 10,000 square foot year-round Christmas store is a destination in its own right anytime of the year. But in the weeks leading up to Christmas, it’s a must-see shopping destination. Customers will find Department 56 miniature villages and Christopher Radko blown glass ornaments, along with other popular Christmas lines, but the store also has products and gifts for Hanukkah and for all holidays and occasions throughout. of the year. Find out more about the Christmas shop.
Holiday Shopping in Downtown Fredericksburg | Photo: Jason Risner, Courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Unique Holiday Events & Attractions

In addition to the nighttime lighting countdown, Fredericksburg offers a host of different holiday events, including…

  • The Christmas wine affair | Every day until Christmas Eve, Friday December 24 – Embark on a progressive wine tour, visiting any or all of the more than 40 participating Texas Hill Country wineries throughout the month. Each winery will offer passport holders a free tasting (limit of four wineries per day), as well as a 15% discount on purchases of three bottles. Passports cost $ 65 for individuals; $ 100 for couples. Order tickets, learn more and explore participating wineries.
  • Eisbahn – Outdoor ice skating | Every day until Sunday January 2, 2022 – Children and youngsters can have fun on an outdoor ice rink at Marketplatz von Fredericksburg, in the heart of the charming German town of Hill Country. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The $ 15 per day round-trip pass includes skate rental. Learn more.
  • Fredericksburg Christmas Nights | Every day until Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Night lighting of the community Christmas tree and German Christmas pyramid kicks off with holiday music at 5 p.m., followed by a 10-minute audio presentation telling the story of the city’s German heritage, with Christmas carols and a countdown to lights. The music ends at 6.30 p.m.
  • Christmas trip | Friday December 10 and Saturday December 11 | FREE – Take a 10-minute drive-through presentation of Christmas history at Bethany Lutheran Church, featuring nine scenes with special lighting, music and effects, live characters, animals and painted props by hand by professionals. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. both evenings. Learn more.
  • LBJ tree lighting | Sunday December 19 | FREE – Join a more than 50-year tradition started by the President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, when the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at LBJ State Park hosts spectacular tree lighting, with singers, a nativity scene alive, Santa Claus, refreshments and Suite. The event evokes what German Christmas Eve was like 100 years ago. 5.30 p.m. Learn more.
  • …& more – It’s just the tip of the Christmas tree. Take a look at all the upcoming vacation events in Fredericksburg.
Outdoor ice skating at Eisbahn | Photo: Trish Rawls, Courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Unique accommodation & Accommodation

With so much to see and do, plan ahead and stay awhile. Fredericksburg is home to more than 1,500 vacation rentals, chalets, chalets and guest rooms-as good as boutique hotels and motels. Expect many of them to be dressed in their finery.

Explore Fredericksburg’s accommodation options to find the perfect home away from home for your vacation weekend.

Interior guest room | Photo: Trish Rawls, Courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

Insider tip for Houstonians: midweek getaways

Houstonians looking to escape the hustle and bustle of a city vacation should plan to visit Fredericksburg during the week for more room in local stores, wineries and restaurants.

Most restaurants, shops and attractions are open all week. So plan a Visit from Sunday to Thursday to explore Fredericksburg at a slower pace with even more accommodation options, as weekends are understandably a popular time to visit.

Learn more about a midweek getaway to Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg‘s Light the Nights at Marktplatz von Fredericksburg | Photo: Wingman Imaging, courtesy of Fredericksburg CVB

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