Holidays in Gruene

Calendar of Events - November to January 2020


November 17


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 21-22

During Gruene Market Days

November 27-29

December 5-6

During Christmas Market Days

December 12-13

December 18-20

Last chance!

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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. Photos taken on November 21-22 will benefit Communities in Schools of South Central Texas.

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. 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.

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 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 commemorative stamp representing Gruene.

Gruene Town Lighting

December 5

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

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 13

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.

Special Holiday Shows will be announced.

New Year's Eve with Gruene Hall Favorite*

December 31

Hair of the Dog Day

January 1st

Bands will be announced.
*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

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