Why You Need to Have a Merry Christmas in Texas Hill Country

Are you looking to make some new holiday traditions this year? Try spending Christmas in Texas Hill Country! From exhilarating ice skating to mind-blowing light displays, you’re sure to have Texas-sized fun when you visit the area this holiday season. We’ve outlined some of the top holiday attractions for you. 

To stay in the heart of the yuletide excitement, stay in Wimberley at Cypress Creek Cottages. Our central location will be your hub to the Texas Hill Country. Be sure to use our free Itinerary when you’re planning your trip for more information on the best things to see and do. 

The Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Texas Hill Country

Explore the EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens Trail of Lights

Toasted Marshmallow at wimberley trail of lights

Location: Wimberley, TX

Only a 5-minute drive from Cypress Creek Cottages. 

One of our favorite Christmas attractions in Texas is the EmilyAnn Theatre Trail of Lights. This trail of lights is a walking tour that leads guests through six acres of a festive winter wonderland full of Christmas lights. After your stroll, stop by the Yule Log and roast complimentary marshmallows and sip on hot cocoa. There’s always something happening at the trail, nightly themed events include visits from Santa Claus and the Grinch, movie viewings, and petting zoos. 

Visitor Information

  • There is no charge for admission, but donations are much appreciated.
  • The event runs from November 30 through December 28. 

Visit Santa’s Ranch

santa claus and little girl

Location: New Braunfels, TX

Only a 30-minute drive from Cypress Creek Cottages.

This fun-filled, family-friendly attraction is sure to bring Christmas cheer to all. Santa’s Ranch is one of the best light displays in the state. You’ll drive through a mile of winding country roads while you gaze at views of twinkling lights and animated displays. Stop by the concession stand for a delicious holiday treat, like hot chocolate or kettle corn. 

Visitor Information

  • Santa’s Ranch is open daily. It’s open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 
  • Cost is $28 per vehicle. 

Gaze at the Austin Trail of Lights

austin trail of lights

Location: Austin, TX

Only a 45-minute drive from Cypress Creek Cottages. 

The Austin Trail of Lights is the event of the season! It’s Austin’s most significant holiday tradition and the city’s second-largest event overall. Come to the trail to experience more than 60 lighted displays with over two million lights—impressive! Each night there is live entertainment and various local food trucks. They also have themed nights, such as their movie nights and tree lighting

Visitor Information

  • The event runs from December 10 to 23.

Try Outdoor Ice Skating

Girl on the figured skates at opened skating rink in austin

Location: Austin, TX

Only a 50-minute drive from Cypress Creek Cottages.

If you’re looking for an activity that is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit, go ice skating. Even better, go ice skating outside on a rooftop! Each year, the Whole Foods location in Austin opens a rooftop ice rink for the holiday season. It’s a highly anticipated event by locals and visitors alike. 

Visitor Information

  • The rink is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 
  • Cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental. 

Go to a Lighted Christmas Parade

Holiday River Walk Parade in San Antonio

Location: San Antonio, TX

Only an hour and a 10-minute drive from Cypress Creek Cottages. 

The Holiday River Walk Parade in San Antonio is one of the best Christmas events in Texas. This iconic night parade features costumed float riders, astounding music, Christmas trees, and of course, thousands of festive lights. 

Visitor Information: 

  • The parade takes place on November 29. 
  • You can view the parade from certain areas for free, or purchase a ticket to sit in specific areas. 

Make Cypress Creek Cottages Your Hub to the Texas Hill Country

If you’re looking for high-quality lodging with all the comforts of home, you’ll find it at Cypress Creek Cottages. We have 12 cabins in Wimberley, each offering deluxe amenities designed to make your stay as relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable as possible.
living room in red cottage

This holiday season, stay in our swanky Red Cabin. This cozy cottages sleeps four and features a private hot tub and deck, fireplace, and a spacious living room, kitchen, and dining area. This is one of our pet-friendly cabins, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your furry family member behind. Check our availability and start planning your Christmas family vacation in Texas today! 

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