NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS TO HOST SEVENTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AT THE CAVERNS
Celebration Offers Holiday Favorites While Keeping COVID Safety A Top Priority
New Braunfels, TX (Nov. 16, 2020) – “Christmas at the Caverns” begins Saturday, Dec. 5. This annual family-friendly event brings you the sights and sounds of the holiday season combined with Texas’ largest cavern system for a truly one-of-a-kind experience, all while providing extensive health and safety protocols to minimize the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Last year’s popular hayride has transitioned to the Trail of Lights, a spectacular one-third-mile walkthrough of lighted holiday scenes and characters with towering Live Oaks all wrapped and adorned in tens of thousands of lights, perfect for meandering and social distancing.
The caverns, 180 feet below the surface, will resonate with traditional family favorite carols and new popular tunes filling the cave with the sounds of Christmas. Large choirs have been transitioned to small intimate groups of performers, some with instruments and others filling the space with only the sound of voices in perfect harmony.
Christmas at the Caverns will be held on nine evenings: Dec. 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19-23. For specific times, please visit our Christmas page for a schedule of events.
While you may have attended Christmas at the Caverns in year’s past, do not let it stop you from coming this year, for an entirely new experience. While 2020 has brought about many changes, you must see this change to believe it. This year’s Caroling in the Caverns has a whole new look. Literally. Earlier this year, Natural Bridge Caverns unveiled a brand-new, dynamic, multimillion-dollar programmable LED lighting enhancement package throughout the interior of the cavern. What used to be illuminated by a mere 319 fixtures has been replaced with more than 1,200 lights all strategically placed to both enhance and showcase formations in a way never seen in North America.
“The quality of the LED light reveals textures and colors in the cave that you simply could not see before,” said Travis Wuest co-owner and vice president of Natural Bridge Caverns. “Programming allows us to create beautiful scenes for guests and gives us the ability to turn off lights as guests move from room to room inside the cave, or to illuminate specific speleothems that guides are interpreting.”
Guests will be awed by the beautifully lit formations and inspired by the voices of the carolers echoing throughout the caverns. “The acoustics in the caverns provide an incredible soundstage for carolers and stunning backdrop for guests,” said Brad Wuest, President, and CEO of Natural Bridge Caverns. “We want families to enjoy Christmas at the Caverns knowing we have put in place additional measures to enhance health and safety including opportunities for social distancing without sacrificing the fun and entertainment of the event.”
Christmas at the Caverns activities start at 4:30 p.m. with Caroling in the Caverns tours, then at 5:30 p.m. in Discovery Village, guests can roast s’mores over a warm, inviting campfire, or drink hot chocolate while strolling through the brand-new Trail of Lights, a one-third mile walking trail covered with native Live Oaks wrapped in an array of twinkling lights. Adults and children alike will enjoy lighted scenes throughout the trail, highlighted with the sounds of Christmas music. After the trail, gather around our 30’ tall Christmas tree for the perfect family photo for this year’s Christmas card or search out our other amazing photo locations.
Visit with Santa “Spelunker” Claus as he reads some of his favorite Christmas stories. Afterward, try your luck in the AMAZEn’ Reindeer Roundup outdoor maze and help Santa find Rudolph and the rest of his eight reindeer in this 5,000 square foot maze and save Christmas! Once your work is done, take a break under the stars and watch holiday movies on the lawn. Visit our website for the schedule of events.
During this season of giving, Christmas at the Caverns continues to support the San Antonio Food Bank, which serves residents of San Antonio and New Braunfels. Travis Wuest, co-owner and vice president of Natural Bridge Caverns serves on the New Braunfels Food Bank’s Advisory Board. “Natural Bridge Caverns is proud to continue its support of the New Braunfels Food Bank and its mission of feeding hungry families,” said Wuest. “To date, more than $76 thousand has been donated through Christmas at the Caverns, which equates to more than 532,000 meals for families in need, and we are proud to be a small part of solving hunger in our community.”
Support for the Food Bank this year will come in several ways, first, a community food drive will be held in December, and area residents can even stop to drop off non-perishable food items via a contactless drop off program. Guests will have the option to Round Up for Hunger by adding a donation to their online ticket orders and every guest who brings a non-perishable food item will receive a free s’mores kit to enjoy by our campfire. Finally, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Food Bank.
General Admission for Christmas at the Caverns is $19.99 for adults and $14.99 for children aged 3-9, which includes the Trail of Lights, AMAZEn’ Reindeer Roundup, Storytime with Spelunker Claus, Discovery Village campfire, yard games, outdoor Christmas movies, and live music.
Caroling in the Caverns tours or the Twisted Trails may be added to any ticket for $12.99 each.
Natural Bridge Caverns will continue offering daily tours of the largest cavern system in Texas with our Discovery Tour and Hidden Passages Tour, private tours, and it’s amazing surface attractions. Visit our website for pricing, park hours, and availability.
PHOTO ASSETS AND B-ROLL
Christmas at the Caverns photos and b-roll is available here.
ABOUT NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS
On March 27, 1960, four college students, Orion Knox Jr., Preston Knodell Jr., Al Brandt, and Joe Cantu from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio began an underground exploration that ultimately would reveal the most extensive, largest cavern system in Texas. After hearing of an incredible 60-foot natural limestone bridge, which later became the caverns’ namesake, the students asked landowner Clara Wuest if they could investigate what laid beneath their family’s ranch. On the cavers’ fourth expedition, they uncovered a long, narrow crawlspace that ultimately opened into 2 miles of virgin caverns. Today, their discovery is recognized as one of the world’s premier show caverns.
Natural Bridge Caverns located between San Antonio and New Braunfels in Comal County, Texas, offers year-round activities including multiple cavern tours, a maze, an adventure course, gemstone mining, restaurants, and shopping. Grounds offer several ideal settings for weddings, groups, and birthday parties. Christmas at the Caverns includes holiday light displays and carolers throughout the caverns.