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The year-round sun and warmth of Texas is what makes it a great getaway no matter the time of year. The state and its towns put on an extra show for the holidays, including generous Thanksgiving feasts and fun events to enjoy. Historic Dripping Springs offers an experience like no other, with many buildings as old as the 1870s and many other popular historic landmarks either in town or nearby. The history makes it the perfect place to spend a Dripping Springs Thanksgiving with the ones you love.

A Dripping Springs Thanksgiving Dinner

While some restaurants may be closed to celebrate the holiday with friends and family, others remain open to celebrate with locals and visitors alike. The restaurants of Dripping Springs and the surrounding area offer plenty of delicious eats from traditional Thanksgiving feasts to tasty dishes from their regular menus. Ask about catering, take out, or delivery if you’d rather avoid the crowds at the restaurant or the hassle of making dinner reservations along with your other vacation plans.

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Buda Turkey Trot 5K

Work up an appetite at the 3rd Annual Buda Turkey Trot. The event starts Thanksgiving morning at the Sunfield Amenity Center at 10 a.m. The event is presented by Sunfield and benefits the Hays County Food Bank. There is a free kids’ sprint event as well, so the whole group can work up an appetite for dinner later in the day.

Funny Fridays Thanksgiving Edition

Enjoy some laughs during your Thanksgiving break. Head to Lando Sheppard, and others. There are two shows, Friday, November 26 at 8 and 10 p.m. The adult evening will also feature food and drinks and is the perfect relaxing date night after the family holiday.

Christmas on Mercer

If your Thanksgiving getaway lasts into early December, you’ll see historic Mercer Street transform with holiday cheer. The town of Dripping Springs starts the Christmas season with a bang with “Christmas on Mercer,” an event sponsored by the Lions club. The annual tradition is in its 17th year in 2021. The party is happening December 4, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in downtown Dripping Springs.

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Austin Trail of Lights

The Trail of Lights is returning to Zilker Park for its 57th year. Make sure to put it on the itinerary for your trip this Thanksgiving. The drive-thru event starts November 27 with an exclusive premier party. Cruise through two million twinkling Christmas lights. There are other special evenings throughout the month of December. The display is closed December 24th and 25th. Buy advanced tickets online and choose your date. The light trail is open from 5:45-10:45 p.m.

Austin Ghost Tours

If you still wish it was Halloween or want to learn about the area’s spookier historical side, Head into Austin for a ghostly good time. Throughout the year, Austin Ghosts hosts ghost tours of the town. Storytellers in the know will take you on a spooky tour of downtown as they tell you about some of the bloodiest conflicts, tales of woe and misfortune, and more about the real-life hauntings of the city. Tours are held year-round, rain or shine.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Make a Well-known Dripping Springs attraction part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The beautiful landscape and cool waters of Hamilton Pool draw locals and tourists alike throughout the year. The natural wonder was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed. The result is the unique structure you’ll see on your visit, which includes a waterfall and a grotto. Part of a 234-acre nature preserve, the pool is considered a Texas swimming hole gem. Wear your close-toed shoes for the hike back to the pool, and make sure to bring your bathing suit for a dip after you’ve admired the natural wonder. Though the water may be a chilly 55 degrees or less, many still want to cross the experience off their bucket list no matter what time of year. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the shores after your swim. From March through December, you’ll need to reserve one of the 140 per day 4-hour time slots. Each person in your group needs a slot, so make sure you can reserve space for everyone together!

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Thanksgiving Fun in Dripping Springs

Once you’ve decided to make Dripping Springs your Thanksgiving destination, make sure your next step is booking a vacation rental with I Love Dripping Springs. Begin and end every day of your adventures in a private, luxurious rental with all the comforts of home. Choose an intimate one-bedroom for your small family or sweetheart getaway or a six-bedroom to accommodate a turkey-filled family or other large group reunion. Create a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it in open living and dining spaces. Enjoy the privacy of your own room, and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Choose a premium unit for hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, flat screen TVs and more.

Contact us today to start planning your Thanksgiving trip to Dripping Springs and make memories to last a lifetime!