Nothing says Christmas like a street festival, full of delicious snacks and warm, comfy drinks, tons of shopping options, and lights, especially many lights displays. Craving something like that? Wassailfest, a German winter festival in New Braunfels, will have unlimited cider samples and fun for the holidays. 

This December 5th, the true spirit of the season will take over Downtown New Braunfels. Wassailfest is a cherished annual celebration and features entertainment, carolers, yummy treats, shopping opportunities, and of course lots and lots of wassail. There's even a Wassail Meister competition. 

In case you are not familiar, this is a German spiced-cider drink, very similar to hot wine or gluhwein. It is typically drunk at Christmas time when it's nice and cold outside, and it can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

This event is completely free and open to everyone, even you doggos. Make sure to attend between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. and you will be able to sample warm wassail.

At the first sip, you will be able to taste mulling herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange peel. It is truly the best drink of the season.

Wassailfest is the largest hot cider based festival in Central Texas, so it cannot be a better place to give this steamy apple drink a try. 

The event is very traditional to the city, so there will be a decent attendance for sure. Bring your crew to sing some Christmas carols, while getting close to German traditions. There will be a German Santa Claus on the premises as well.

The festival will be a great place for holiday gift shopping. Make sure to take home with you some classics like candles, knittings, and ornaments from the local artisans and crafters.

The food and drink concessions and even the vendors are local businesses and non-profit only. 

Main Square in New Braunfels will be full of festive fun. All is going to be lit up for Christmas and music will be everywhere, making you feel in an authentic winter wonderland.

Most of the wassail samples will be boozy, but they'll have non-alcoholic options for children since the event is family-friendly. Don't miss the chance to vote for your favorite recipe for the Wassail Meister contest. 

As usual in this type of event, the food is gonna be memorable. And besides the wassail, there will be other hot beverages, like coffee or hot cocoa. And if you are looking for a beer, well, you may find that too. 

Wassail Fest

Price: Free

When: December 5th. from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Address: Downtown New Braunfels, New Braunfels, Texas

Why You Need To Go: To taste delicious warm wassail samples and food all night long while you listen to carolers, and do some necessary holiday gift shopping. Enjoy the weather and see the amazing lights at Downtown New Braunfels.

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