– a fun-filled festival highlighting this city’s German heritage with plenty of Gemütlichkeit, German treats, music, and beer! At St. Nikolaus Markt, over 35 booths will provide visitors with the opportunity to shop early, with wares ranging from Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, mugs, clothing and accessories, to traditional German clothing, German jellies and jams; candles and jewelry.
Traditional German foods will be served, including sausage, schnitzel, warm pumpernickel rolls, sauerkraut, stuffed meat puffs, and more. Sweet lovers will marvel at the variety of cakes, cookies and candies. And don’t forget the beer! Along with soft drinks and local wines – including the warm, spiced Glühwein – the festival will serve a variety of German beers, further emphasizing the German theme of this event.
Entertainment on Saturday night will headline the popular band, the Sauerkrauts, on stage from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Throughout the day on Saturday, visitors will enjoy the sounds of traditional German accordionist as well as Fredericksburg High School carolers. And a mention of Christmas cannot go without the mention of children. Dancers from the Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble will perform the holiday classic, the Nutcracker Suite, at 8:00pm immediately following the Fredericksburg Community Parade on Friday, which begins at 6:30pm.
Gates to the St. Nikolaus Markt open on Friday at 4:00pm and remain open to welcome visitors until 10:00pm. On Saturday, gates are open from 10:00am – 9:00pm. There’s no admission charge on Friday, while tickets on Saturday are $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger. Adult admission is one dollar off on Saturday for individuals with active military ID and seniors age 65 an older. Merry Christmas!
President George H.W. Bus, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and General James T. Conway, USMC, Marine Corps Commandant, will be honored guests at the grand opening on Monday, December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day) of the expanded George H.W. Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific War, located at 311 East Austin Street in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with a precision parachute jump by the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army Parachute Team; immediately followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. The conclusion of the ceremony will be marked by a flyover of World War II aircraft and with a performance of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.
From noon to 9:00 p.m. the public will be invited to take free timed tours of the new $15.3 million, 33,000-square-foot gallery.
For a complete schedule of weekend activities in Fredericksburg relating to the grand opening of the gallery or to request times tour tickets for December 7, visit http://www.nationalmuseumpacificwar.org . The National Museum of the Pacific War is a project of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation and the Texas Historical Commission.
By: Lynne Renaud, sales Associate
Did you know that the tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables – and most often turnips – existed throughout the British Isles? It was not until 1837 that the term Jack-o-lantern was uses to describe carved vegetable lanterns. In the United States carved pumpkin first signified the harvest season, but in 1850, it became associated with Halloween when John Greenleaf Whittier wrote: “The Pumpkin” Oh!- fruit loved of boyhood!-the old days recalling, When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
2009 Christmas Home Tour and Decorating Contest
Sponsored by CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors
Many people enjoy looking at well decorated homes during the holidays.
CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors would like more families to have the same tradition and are hoping to help with it’s first time 2009 Christmas Yard Decorating Contest.
Families who enter their home in the contest will be advertised so other residents can travel around Fredericksburg and be sure to see all the best lights.
Fredericksburg residents who want to enter their home in the contest get entry forms from CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors at 408 W. Main St., online at www.Century21SunsetRealtors.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look in the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post during November.
All applications are due in the office by noon on December 9th and can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered with your name, address, and category to:
CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors 408 W. Main St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-997-9591 Fax: 830-997-2400
Prizes will be awarded to one home in each of the following 4 catagories: Santa’s Favorite; Christmas Elegance; Best Outdoor Daylight Display; and Best Religious Display.
The Christmas Elegance award will be awarded to the home that has the best evening/night display and the best outdoor daylight award will be given to the home with the best daytime display. The best religious display will be awarded to the home that displays the true religious root of Christmas and must have over 50% religious decorations to qualify. The Santa’s Favorite award will be given to the best home that captures the true spirit of the Christmas holidays. .
Winners will be announced December 11th by yard signs, on the radio, on www.Century21SunsetRealtors.com and at the Century 21 ® office located at 408 W. Main St and prizes will be awarded on December 14th. Winning homes will also be published in the Dec.16 edition of the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post.
The Christmas Home Decorating Contest is limited to residents within the city limits and up to one mile outside the city limits who have entered by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
Preliminary judging for all homes will be Dec. 10th from 7:00 pm on. All entered homes will have their displays lighted at this time. Entrants must keep their displays set up and lit each evening until Jan. 1.
“We’d love to get eveyone in our great community involved. We have some great prizes to give away,” said Dwight Oestreich, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors.
featuring “The City of Christmas Trees”- It’s time to get in the holiday swing of things! This year, in preparation for the holiday shopping season, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Fredericksburg, will sponsor the 1st annual “Storefront & Christmas Tree Decorating Contest 2009”. A Must Have: All entries must have a decorated tree somewhere in the design. It can be a small or large tree either in the interior or exterior of your business. All entries must be received by Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Chamber offices. Please pick up your application in the Visitor Center at 302 E. Austin Street. There is no entry fee.