Holidays in Gruene

Calendar of Events - November to January 2019


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. 

Cowboy Kringle

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.

Cowboy Kringle

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

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.

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.

27th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk

December 14th

Registration begins at 7:00am
Race begins at 8:00 am

This 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Ks event benefits a local charity. 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.

Sponsored by the New Braunfels Running Club and held in Gruene Historic District. For information, call (830) 708-2991 or visit


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 & compassion!

Award-winning stage actor Damian Gillen transforms before your eyes into all those beloved characters...from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, in this magical and imaginative re-telling of the holiday classic! Complete with numerous costume changes, special effects and traditional Celtic Christmas tunes! Great fun for the whole family! Click here for a clip from the show.

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.

Cowboy Kringle

LIVE MUSIC at Gruene Hall,
Texas' Oldest Dance Hall

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

New Year's Eve at Gruene Hall featuring TBA*

December 31st

Hair of the Dog Day

January 1st

Artists TBA
*limited capacity


Click here for a complete schedule.

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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 InfoAugust 17 & 18
Gruene Market Days
in front of Adobe Verde

More InfoAugust 17
Micky & The Motorcars
at Gruene Hall

More InfoAugust 14
Kody West
at Gruene Hall

More InfoEvery Tuesday
Two Ton Tuesday &
Swing Dance Lessons
at Gruene Hall