Holidays German Style
Special to NHOME
It doesn’t take a multi-hour plane trip to experience the ultimate holiday experience in Germany. Fredericksburg, just a few miles down the road from San Antonio, has it all. Elaborate lighted Christmas trees, oompah music, wiener schnitzel, beer and 150 whimsically decorated shops featuring unique items, many handcrafted locally and from around the world.
Fredericksburg’s magical holiday season is kicked off with the ceremonious lighting of the German Christmas Pyramid and a 30-foot community tree located on opposite sides of the iconic Vereins Kirche at Marktplatz. Not to worry if you miss the opening, every night during the holiday season will be as breathtaking as the opening, a feast of lights for your eyes.
Light the Night Christmas Parade floats down Main Street on Friday, December 1, followed by After Glow at Marketplatz to re-energize yourself with food and drink. View authentic holiday decorations at the Fredericksburg Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 2, featuring elaborately decorated historic homes winding up with a shopping spree at the Market brimming with one-of-a-kind artisan items perfect for gift giving…maybe to yourself.
Capture the true spirit of the season on December 8 and 9 with a 10-minute drive-thru to view the Christmas Journey, a live presentation of the Christmas story by Bethany Lutheran Church with live characters and animals, music, special effects, and professionally hand-painted scenery .
Fredericksburg Trade Days (December 15-17) boasts more than 400 vendors to tickle your shopping fancy before taking a break in the centrally located Biergarten offering authentic German food specialties, and of course, lots of beer.
Kids and kids at heart will love the Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Rink opening November 24 thru New Year’s weekend. All day passes are just $15. For more information and a complete schedule: www.skateinfred.com
Southern Living Magazine named Fredericksburg one of The Best Small Towns for Christmas in the South highlighting the town’s old-fashioned celebrations and “nostalgic downtown shopping”.
Staying in Fredericksburg is every bit as charming as a European pension with dozens of historic hotels and pensions. And if you want to trot out of the box, several wineries and historic farms are just a stone’s throw away, some with overnight accommodations.
For more information visit www.fredericksburg-texas.com.