Holidays in Gruene

Calendar of Events - November to January 2020

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November 12th


Stroll through Gruene Historic District enjoying complimentary beverages and special offers at many participating shops. This event is also the official “Kringle Cash” kickoff, available at select retailers. Stroll as long as you can, then rest your feet at Gruene Hall with live music. 

Get Kringle Cash here!

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Margarita Madness

Every Friday in November

Join us for Margarita Madness at Cantina del Rio! Every Friday in November, classic margs are only $2 from 4-7pm and ALL day on Black Friday.

Frozen or rocked, a Cantina del Rio margarita is exactly what you want when you're craving a margarita. It's been voted Best Margarita in New Braunfels for 8 years in a row!

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Photos with Cowboy Kringle

November 16th-17th

During Gruene Market Days

November 23rd-24th

November 29th-December 1st

During Thanksgiving Weekend

December 7th-8th

During Christmas Market Days

December 14th-15th

December 21st-22nd

Last chance!

*Click here for times*

Create a Christmas memory with photos with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene's own brand of Santa! Pictures will be taken in the breezeway between The Grapevine and Gruene General Store. Packages are available, along with Christmas cards and other special order items. A portion of  the profits from photos taken on November 17 & 18 will benefit Communities In Schools.For more info, including future dates and hours, click here.

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Old Gruene Market Days

November 16th & 17th

Gruene Christmas Market Days

December 7th & 8th

Get a start on your holiday shopping in Gruene's relaxed atmosphere— you're bound to find something special for everyone on your list. Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free admission. For more information, visit

Two Ton Tuesday

November 26th

Tuesdays are for swingin'! Our favorite rock-a-billy band Two Tons of Steel will be holding court at Gruene Hall starting at 8:30pm. If you haven't caught Two Ton fever yet, grab your dancing shoes and get ready. Doors open at 7:30pm. Or come early for Swing Dance Lessons! This class is perfect for beginners or experienced dancers, alike. The one-hour lesson begins at 6pm.

11th Annual Gruene Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk & 1/4 Mile Kids' Turkey Chase

Registration begins at 6:30am
Trot begins at 8:00am

Fun for the whole family! Start your Thanksgiving Day with an exhilarating 5K run/walk through Gruene Historic District. Kids under 12 years old will have a blast chasing a Turkey Mascot for a 1/4 mile through Gruene. Races begin and end in front of Gruene Hall. Benefiting local charities, including the Comal County Sheriff's Green Santa Program and the New Braunfels Police Department Blue Santa Program. Register online at or email for more information.

18th Annual Gruene Pony Express Ride

December 7th

Gruene Historic District welcomes Pony Express riders from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels at 10:00 am. Relay riders carry a "Christmas Greetings" message from the Governor of Texas. A temporary post office will be set up next to Gruene Outfitters in Gruene to cancel stamps for mailing.

Bring your Christmas cards to have the stamps cancelled with the 2019 commemorative stamp representing Gruene.

Bah Humbug

December 7th

December 8th

It's Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with an amazing twist — one actor plays all the roles in this powerful tale of hope and compassion.

Award-winning stage actor Damian Gillen transforms before your eyes into all the beloved characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, in this magical re-telling of the holiday classic! Complete with numerous costume changes, special effect and traditional Celtic Christmas tunes, this show is great fun for the whole family. Read more about this one-man Christmas Carol here.

Click here for a preview of the show!

Gruene Town Lighting

December 7th

Watch as Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and lights Gruene for the holidays. We'll be celebrating with live music, festival food and beer/wine available for purchase.

While you're here, get some holiday shopping done at Gruene's 30+ stores, cozy up to a fireplace for dinner at the Gristmill, head over to Mozie's for a warming cocktail, or stop by the Hall for the evening show.

SJRC Jingle Bell Run

December 14th

Registration & packet pickup begins at 6:30am
5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am
Kids' Run begins at 9:00am

This 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Run event benefits St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher, the top male and female masters, the top 3 finishers in each age group (All ages - 5 year increments through 75+), and the top three wheelchair athletes.

Presented by Comal ISD and held in Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit

Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist,

December 8th

Gruene decks its Hall for Christmas in the tradition of a New Orleans-style gospel brunch, with our own special Lone Star touches. Enjoy awe-inspiring gospel music, Christmas tunes and a savory buffet catered by Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar. Advanced tickets recommended. For tickets click here or call (830) 606-1601 (toll free from San Antonio).

Tickets on sale now.

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LIVE MUSIC at Gruene Hall,
Texas' Oldest Dance Hall

Gruene Hall features live music every day year 'round.
Special Holiday Shows include:

Wynonna & The Big Noise Rockin' Roots Christmas

December 5th

Wynonna —along with her band, The Big Noise— will bring their brand new "Rockin' Roots Christmas Tour" to audiences across the country this holiday season.
Tickets on sale now.

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Holiday Shindig

December 7th

This annual family-friendly tradition puts concertgoers of all ages in the holiday spirit with a warm celebration.
Tickets on sale now.

Kevin Fowler: Deck the Dancehalls Tour

December 19th

Tickets on sale now.

New Year's Eve at Gruene Hall featuring Charley Crockett

December 31st

Ticket purchase includes tamales and popcorn. Champagne splits will be available for purchase.
Tickets on sale now.

Hair of the Dog Day

January 1st

12-4 pm — Guy & Jeska Forsyth Band*
4-8 pm — Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros*
*Free show - Limited capacity


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*Advance tickets are recommended

For information or to purchase tickets, call (830) 629-5077,
stop by Gruene Hall in person or visit

See you in Gruene Historic District!

More InfoDecember 13 & 14
Todd Snider
at Gruene Hall

More InfoDecember 19
Kevin Fowler:
Deck the Dancehalls Tour
at Gruene Hall

More InfoDecember 20
Josh Ward
at Gruene Hall

More InfoDecember 21
Mike Ryan
at Gruene Hall