Friday tree lighting to welcome holidays
A mix of German Christmas traditions and Texan hospitality will welcome the holiday season in Fredericksburg at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.
In partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau will begin the season with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and German Christmas Pyramid.
The festivities at Marktplatz will begin on the east side of the Vereins Kirche at 6 p.m. with entertainment throughout the evening by The Tubameisters, “The Low Brass Project” band, the Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub and the Fredericksburg Community Chorus.
The lighting ceremony and countdown will take place at 7 p.m.
Following the lighting ceremony, the entertainment will continue with more holiday favorites as Santa makes his way to the Oktoberfest Halle at Marktplatz, where free cookies, hot chocolate and bottled water will be available.
Cookies will be provided by local merchants, restaurants, chefs and catering companies. Hot chocolate will be served by the Fredericksburg Fire Department.
Children are invited to take free photos with Santa (visitors should bring their own camera or phone), and groups are encouraged to take photos at the holiday selfie station, also at the Oktoberfest Halle.
In case of inclement weather, all activities will be relocated under the Adelsverein Halle at Marktplatz.
Lighting ceremony attendees can also enjoy outdoor ice skating until 10 p.m. at Eisbahn in the Kinderhalle Pavilion at Marktplatz (for a fee).
All day skating and skate rental is $15 per person, and tickets are available at the gate.
“In a community where the holiday traditions of its German heritage are evident, the German holiday spirit is most apparent with Fredericksburg’s 26-foot tall wooden German Christmas Pyramid that was hand-crafted in Germany in 2009 specifically for Fredericksburg,” a spokesman said. “Considered staples in German holiday decorating, Christmas pyramids are wooden carousel-like structures (normally table-top size) that have several levels depicting Christmas motifs, such as angels and manger scenes.”
Fredericksburg’s Community Christmas Tree, also part of the lighting ceremony, stands 30 feet tall and is decorated with hand-crafted ornaments donated by Hill Country artisans.
The Christmas tree and Christmas pyramid will be displayed at Marktplatz through Jan. 5, 2018.
For more information, visit www.VisitFredericksburgTX.com/holiday.