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Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas Y’all


You can bet that Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World stands alone as the quintessential cowboy town, and that the cowboy will be included in all civic activities surrounding the holidays. Throughout December there are a variety of memory-making events scheduled that will enhance your enjoyment of the season, but Bandera you can bet will be just a bit, well, more “cowboy.”
The Cowboy Christmas season begins at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at the Bandera County Courthouse on Main Street. The Bandera Business Association welcomes children’s choirs from around the area to perform holiday music, and students from the Pipe Creek Christian School will perform a living nativity in honor of the season. Santa will also make an appearance on the lawn and then will be available at the Bandera General Store to talk to children. Feel free to make use of this photo opportunity and take pictures of the kids with Santa!
Folks can then stroll the downtown streets during our Shoppers Jubilee, a festive evening of merchant open houses complete with carolers, refreshments and strolling cowboys. Shops will be open until 9 p.m. for your shopping convenience. And don’t miss out on the great prizes you can win if you shop Bandera! Information will be available at local participating merchant stores.
Saturday morning, Dec. 2, visit the Bandera County Library between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for their book sale, shop Main Street for some great holiday buys and find a seat to watch the Holiday Christmas Parade, which will begin at 11 a.m.
Afterwards, grab some lunch and visit the Bandera County Convention and Visitor Bureau for a performance of the Bandera Cattle Company at noon. If you miss it, the gunslingers will perform again at 2 p.m.
Then, venture out to Country Accents Antiques in Pipe Creek, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for the 27th Annual Christmas in the Hill Country Open House, located at 8312 Hwy. 16.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, enjoy Grand Old Opry-style entertainment at the Silver Sage Community Center. Gerry and Harriet Payne will host the Cowboy Capital Opry. There will be refreshments and door prizes. $5 admittance; $5 for reserved seating.
Christmas activities shift into high gear beginning Dec. 8 with the annual Holiday Tasting Tea at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Sample delicious offerings provided by local establishment and members of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. Holiday decorative items and gifts will be available. 403 State Hwy 173 N, in Bandera.
At 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, Aztec dancers will perform outside of St. Stanislaus Church, at 311 7th Street. At 7 p.m., a special Mariachi Mass will be recited and include the dramatization of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Juan Diego.
At 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, Christmas activities continue with “Singing in the Saddle,” a Christmas caroling trail ride around Bandera originating at Bandera City Park. Non-riders can jump aboard a wagon for the caroling, then head back to the park for hot chocolate and cookies served from a chuck wagon.
Yup! Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World does it the cowboy way. The final performance of the year by the Cowboys on Main will be extra special, too, featuring singers as well as gunfighters. Bring the kids and get them deputized, from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 30. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y’ALL!