Each year for the last several years I have been the chairperson for The Annual Christmas Lighting in the Village of Bulverde, Texas. I grumble and grouse about the whole thing with all the planning and preparations for the event and then always regret my grumblings. This year was the 21st Annual. It's really a beautiful tradition that has been attended by thousands of families. A lot of the older ranchers and families in the area started bringing their children many years ago and are now bringing their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There is a parade that brings Santa to town on the firetruck, a lighting display, lots and lots of vendors (which we never charge for space) that give out free treats and fun things to all the children, live Christmas music by area musicians and Christmas caroling throughout the Village. It truly is a magical evening and worth all the time it takes to put together the event. This year I was able to keep my wits about me through unexpected help and the generosity of the many people around me.
The Quaint Village of Bulverde is rich in history and legend. It's located at the historic crossroads of the Musebach and Pinta Trails that were part of the Santa Fe Trail traveled by the Conquistadors in search of silver and Early Settlers. The Village has roots that connect to the very beginning of Texas.
The Village of Bulverde was founded before 1850 and was the primary center of commerce, rest and entertainment for the early settlers as they traveled from the Texas coast through New Braunfels on their way to the new city of Fredericksburg.
Today, The Village continues to offer that same hospitality upon which it was founded. Visitors enjoy the rustic, relaxed environment as they shop, eat and visit.
In Addition to great shops and restaurants, The Village offers places of worship, gathering and peaceful relaxation.
If you happen be around our little part of the world, I hope you will bring your family too and join us. It is always on the Friday following Thanksgiving and it is truly a magical evening and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.