'Tis the season for holiday cheer, and if you're looking to get out of town for a bit, there are plenty of festive options within an hour or two drive of Austin. Here are four recommendations.
You can't beat a show at Gruene Hall, and during the holiday season, this small town a little less than an hour from Austin gets totally dressed up for the holidays. Whether you snap a photo with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene's version of the big man in red, or take in the Two Ton Tuesday Christmas show on Dec. 18, there's lots of fun to be had. Learn more at gruenetexas.com/holidays.php.
For an experience that's truly memorable, consider a visit to Salado, located less than an hour north of Austin on I-35. First stop? Salado Glassworks, where you can blow your own glass ornament. Many weekends are already booked, so call ahead for openings. Learn more at saladoglassworks.com/2017-byo-ornament-season.
Sample a taste of Germany in Fredericksburg, which is known for going all out for the December holidays. Do your holiday shopping at one of 150 boutiques and art galleries, or sample Hill Country wines along the Holiday Wine Trail. Find a full list of events at visitfredericksburgtx.com/2018/08/23/2018-holiday-guide-now-available.
From the Holiday Homes Tour to the Lighted Christmas Parade, Bastrop glows with holiday fun the weekend of Dec. 8 and beyond. Looking for New Year's plans? Check out the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, where you'll find everything from a Ferris wheel to a barbecue feast on New Year's Eve. Learn more about the holidays in Bastrop, located 45 minutes from Austin, at visitbastrop.com/things-to-do/holiday-happenings.
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