Holidays in Gruene 2020

Please note changes, cancellations and closures due to Governor Abbott's orders.
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Holiday Happy Hour

Mon-Fri from 4-6pm at Cantina del Rio

$2 Margaritas, $2 Domestics, $3 Premiums & Imports


STATUS: Postponed until 2021


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. 

Cowboy Kringle

Photos with Cowboy Kringle

(Online Reservations Only)

November 21-22

During Gruene Market Days

November 27-29

December 5-6

During Christmas Market Days

December 12-13

December 18-20

Last chance!

*Click here for times*

Create a lasting Christmas memory with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene Historic District’s own brand of Santa! New and exciting photo options will be available to encourage social distancing. Masks will be required upon arrival, but may be removed for photos. Spots fill up quickly, so reserve a spot in advance for photo packages, Christmas cards and other special order items. Visit for more information and to reserve your time slot.

Cowboy Kringle

Old Gruene Market Days

November 21-22

Gruene Christmas Market Days

December 5-6

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.

Gruene Market Days has multiple hand sanitizing stations, including at each vendor booth. Vendors are required to wear face masks. All food vendors are providing samples following the City of New Braunfels guidelines. For more information, visit

12th Annual Gruene Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk & 1/4 Mile Kids' Turkey Chase

STATUS: Virtual (November 23-27)

To fulfill their mission and continue to support Blue and Green Santa, Comal Cops for Kids Foundation is hosting a virtual event that is a "Run-It-Yourself" race which can be run or walked anytime between November 23rd-November 27th. The race can be completed anywhere so you get to choose your own course. With your registration, you will receive a t-shirt and special CCFK face mask which will be mailed to you. To register or get more information, go to or email for more information.

10th Annual Black Friday Fun Event at Element 29

November 27

Join Element 29 right here in Gruene Historic District for their 10th Annual BFF (Black Friday Fun) Event! They will be serving up refreshments, observing extended hours and offering specials! (With every purchase over $50, you get to draw a coupon out of a bucket for discounts ranging 10%-50%!) And don't forget your Kringle Cash Coupons! Check out their website or Facebook page for details.

19th Annual Gruene Pony Express Ride

December 5

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 holiday mailbox will be set out next to Gruene Outfitters in Gruene to have the stamps cancelled with the 2020 commemorative stamp representing Gruene. This is a safe and socially distanced outdoor event. Masks required. Please click here for more information on how we are staying safe.

Gruene Town Lighting

STATUS: Postponed until 2021

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 12

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

The 2020 event will adhere to adjusted guidelines including a face mask policy, limited number of participants and attendees and more. To read more details or register for the race, please visit

Supper & A Song

Sunday, December 20th at The River House

Come wine, dine & jam with JOSH & KRISTI GRIDER! Call ahead for reservations.

Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist,

STATUS: Postponed until 2021

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).

Cowboy Kringle

LIVE MUSIC at Gruene Hall,
Texas' Oldest Dance Hall

Gruene Hall features live music every day year 'round.

New Year's Eve with Flatland Cavalry

December 31

Buy your table at

Live Music all day

January 1st

See band schedule >>

Click here for a complete schedule.
Click here to see how Gruene Hall is staying safe.

New Year's Dining Special

New Year's Day at Gristmill River Restaurant

12 oz. New York Strip with grilled bacon-wrapped shrimp, loaded mashed potatoes and served with an iceberg wedge salad ($27.99)

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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 InfoDaily in January
Free Music
at Gruene Hall

More InfoFebruary 13 & 14
Read Southall Band
at Gruene Hall

More InfoMonday thru Friday
Happy Hour
at Gristmill River Restaurant

More InfoFebruary 20 & 21
Old Gruene Market Days
in front of Adobe Verde