Holiday Season Kicks Off Friday in Historic Downtown New Braunfels

New Braunfels, Texas –

The City of New Braunfels invites everyone to kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 18th with the arrival of Santa Claus beneath a hundred thousand twinkling lights in historic downtown New Braunfels. The evening will begin at 5:50 p.m. with festive melodies provided by the Comal County Courthouse bells, and the Comal County Community Band will begin playing at 6pm..

New Braunfels police officers will be on hand starting at 5pm. to shut down Main Plaza traffic and to provide safety for the gathering celebrants. The streets will be reopened byofficers at 8:30pm.. Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Dicke advises that  “Beginning at approximately 6:15pm., Mayor Barron Casteel, and other dignitaries, will welcome guests and officially light downtown and then Santa will arrive on a vintage fire truck escorted by Fred Fey’s festive calliope at approximately 6:30 p.m.,” said “A special treat this year will be a performance by the Canyon High School Steel Drum Band during the final hour of the event.” The New Braunfels Downtown Association conducts fundraising activities as part of the event, including the sale of port tamales, Frito pie, hot chocolate and hot cider to attendees. All children are invited to have a visit with Santa, with optional photos available for $10 as an additional fundraiser for the association. For additional information contact City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 830-221-4350  According to City officials, a roadway impact fee study and possible fee update are scheduled for 2017/2018. For more details, contact Assistant Director of Public Works Garry Ford or the Engineering Division at (830) 221-4020. (We've corrected the band according to a request. The New Braunfels Steel Drum Band, we're now told, will play at the Hospice Tree Lighting at the Marketplatz on Thursday, Nov. 29th.)