Texas Hill Country Christmas in San Saba
Texas Hill Country Christmas celebrations just can’t be beaten. Hey, everything is bigger in Texas and that goes for our Christmas spirit. Brilliant light displays and holiday events can be found all over Central Texas. San Saba – at the top of the Texas Hill Country – is no exception. Though small, our holiday season is Texas-sized and downright magical (in our honest opinion). Thanksgiving to January, the holiday spirit takes over the town. The events are all family-friendly, and free with only one exception – San Saba’s annual Christmas wine event the Sip n’ Stroll. December 9 is our biggest day of celebration; check out all we’ve got going on up here in the Pecan Capital of the World.
The 6th Annual Mill Pond Christmas Extravaganza is back in all its twinkling glory. San Saba’s Christmas Park is a 10-acre wonderland featuring over one million twinkling lights. Lightseers can opt to walk or drive through the 30-acre winter wonderland that features more than one million dancing lights. Dancing, you ask? The lights dance with a curated list of Christmas carols broadcasts over 88.7 FM. If the weather is nice, we suggest walking through the park for the full effect. Digitally animated scenes are cast upon an animation tree and displays range from a 20-feet snowman to a guitar-playing Santa Claus with new surprises added each year. The Christmas Extravaganza is open nightly from November 23, 2016, through January 5, 2017. Entry is free and open to all. The park opens at dusk and closes at 10 p.m.
5th Annual Sip N’ Stroll
On December 9th, The San Saba County Chamber of Commerce hosts its fifth annual Sip N’ Stroll. The renowned wine tasting event starts at 2 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m. A number of visiting Hill Country wineries join forces with San Saba’s own Wedding Oak Winery and Old Man Scary Cellars to pour delicious Texas wine samples. Stroll through San Saba’s downtown snack, sip, shop and be merry in great shops like Harry’s Boots, J.C. Campbell & Co. Mercantile, Alamo Pecan & Coffee, Evertt’s housed in seven businesses will pour wine and serve snacks. Tickets are $20 and include a wine glass and 10 taste pours. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite or in person at Everett’s Furniture Emporium (310 E. Commerce) or Wedding Oak Winery.
Participating wineries include:
Red Wing Dove Vineyard & Winery (Everett’s Furniture)
Texas Legato Winery (JC Campbell & Co. Mercantile)
Spirit of Texas Winery and Vineyard (Madeleine & Me)
Flat Creek Estate Winery (Alamo Pecan)
Brennan Vineyards (San Saba Olive Oil)
Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery (Oliver & Co.)
Caroling on the Square
The spirit doesn’t end with the Sip ‘n Stroll. San Saba’s annual Christmas Concert fills the square with carols from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the strains of holiday favorites at the beautiful historic courthouse square for this annual event presented by the River City Band, that brings together old and young to delight in the carols of the season. Free, open to all.
Parade of Lights and Cheer
Also on December 9, the Lighted Christmas Parade starts rolling after the Christmas concert. Sip wine or craft brew as tractors, trailers and all manner of transport transform into a rolling Christmas themed show. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; free and open to all.
Santa will be in the house at Santa’s Workshop in the Estep-Burleson Plaza. Kiddos can ask Santa for their number one present, and Mrs. Claus will have cookies and ornaments to decorate. Small gifts and light refreshments like hot cocoa and cookies will be available. Santa’s Workshop will be open for play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 9; free and open to all.
Get Your Christmas Shop On
Did you know that you can knock out most of your Christmas shopping in just a couple of downtown blocks? Harry’s Boots has five rooms of high-quality western wear, boots, custom hats, outdoor gear, and trinkets. Madeleine & Me features home decor, home goods, art and candles, novelty gift shop – a sure bet to pick up a couple of Christmas presents. J.C. Campbell & Co. Mercantile has a wide selection of antiques, craftsman goods, artisan confections decor, clothes, jewelry and much more from more than 13 independent vendors located in a gorgeous historic building in downtown San Saba. Alamo Pecan & Coffee for gourmet pecans, coffee, pies, sweet treats, fudge, pecan butter and oils, and other locally sourced gifts with a Texas spirit! San Saba Olive Oil Company offers an impressive assortment of gourmet oils and vinegar that are perfect for your foodie friends.
If hunger strikes after the festivities, stop by Pepperbelly’s on the square, Bar D Brewhouse or Digg’s Steakhouse down the road. On behalf of all of San Saba, please come and join us as we eat, drink and be merry. There’s nothing quite like a Texas Hill Country Christmas.
Cheers to the holiday season, y’all.