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Published Tuesday, November 15, 2022 11:00am

NEW THIS YEAR: Professional Santa Photos, Story time with Mrs. Claus,

Expanded S'mores and Hot Chocolate Experience, and Free Kids Synthetic Ice Skating

New Braunfels, TX (November 7, 2022) – Natural Bridge Caverns announced the return of "Christmas at the Caverns” for the 9th year starting Saturday, December 3rd and runs for 12 nights through December 23rd. Filled with carols in the caverns, a stunning walk thru light stroll, giant Christmas tree, and of course, Santa Claus, this year’s event is shaping up to be bigger than ever. New this year: professional photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus story time with kids, a hot chocolate station and BBQ.

“Creating the perfect Texas Hill Country Christmas tradition has been our goal,” said Brad Wuest, President of Natural Bridge Caverns. “We want to bring the spirit of the season alive for families and friends with a twist that makes this a unique Cavern celebration.”

Christmas at the Caverns will take place on Dec. 3  and 4, 10 and 11, and 16-23. The Caverns will also continue its tradition of collecting food and donations at the event for the New Braunfels and San Antonio Food Bank to help families in need.

This year’s Christmas at the Caverns returns with everyone’s favorite elements. The most popular – Caroling in the  Caverns - will be back with live musicians and choirs performing holiday classics inside the beautiful rooms of the  Discovery Cavern. The acoustics in the cavern are spectacular for live performances, and the ancient formations of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and drapery that fill the cave serve as incredible natural backdrops.

Other popular elements are returning, like the popular Trail of Lights. This spectacular walk thru of lighted holiday scenes and characters feature hundreds of towering Live Oaks, filled with lights. There is music throughout the trail, and it’s an easy one-third of a mile walk beneath the Live Oaks. The trail ends back in Discovery Village where the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree lights up in synch with holiday music.

Back by popular demand is the Discovery Village Synthetic Skating Rink, a perfect way to glide into the season and free for children, ages 3-11. In keeping with the Cavern’s ranching heritage there will be an AMAZEn’ Reindeer RoundUp search for missing reindeer and an expanded s’mores campfire. And no Christmas at the Caverns would be complete without Santa Claus! The jolly old St. Nick will be on hand for photos and to hear every little explorer’s Christmas wishes.

Throughout December a portion of proceeds support the work of the New Braunfels and San Antonio Food Bank, which serves residents in the region. Travis Wuest, co-owner and vice president of Natural Bridge Caverns serves on the New Braunfels Food Bank’s Advisory Board. “We are blessed to continue our support of the Food Bank and its mission of feeding hungry families in our community,” said Wuest.

To date guests and Natural Bridge Caverns have given more than $107,800 dollars. “This money provides more than 754,600 meals for people who are struggling to feed their families. We are grateful to do our part to restoring food security to these families in our community.”

Guests can lend their support for the Food Bank this year through a Natural Bridge Caverns community food drive or take the option to Round Up for Hunger by adding a donation to their online ticket orders. In addition, every guest who brings a non-perishable food item will receive a FREE s’mores treat to roast over the campfire. Finally, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Food Bank.


Online General Admission for Christmas at the Caverns is $21.99 for adults and $16.99 for children aged 3-11, which includes the Trail of Lights, AMAZEn’ Reindeer Roundup, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, visit with Santa Claus, S’mores campfire, yard games, and live music.

A Caroling in the Cavern tour or the Twisted Trails may be added to any ticket for $15 for adults and $11 for children. Caroling sells out early; buy in advance online.  Skating is free for children, ages 3-11.

Natural Bridge Caverns will continue offering daily tours of the largest cavern system in Texas through the Discovery Tour, private tours, Adventure Tour, and amazing surface attractions. Visit the Natural Bridge Cavern website for pricing, park hours, and availability.

Natural Bridge Caverns is one of the world’s premier show caverns. Discovered in 1960 by local cavers, this family-owned and operated natural wonder is the largest cavern in Texas. More than two stunning cave tours, the property features above-ground adventures of a different kind including a ropes course, zip rails, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor maze, and even an interactive “gem panning” activity. More of the cavern is still being discovered; the Wuest family along with their caving team are still actively exploring new areas in the massive cavern. Natural Bridge Caverns is a designated State Historical Site, National Natural Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.