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Horseshoe Bay Resort announces winter holiday festivities

LPGA’s Gerina Mendoza among celebrity Christmas tree lighters

Horseshoe Bay, TX – Horseshoe Bay Resort continues its tradition of seasonal signature events with the Holiday Season’s upcoming slate of Winter Wonderland festivities. To kick off the holidays in style, the resort will host its first annual Holiday Tree Lighting of its giant 50-ft tall Christmas tree. Celebrity guest tree lighters include LPGA professional golfer Gerina Mendoza (November 25), Austin FC Goalie Brad Stuver (November 26), and Real Housewives of Dallas star Kary Brittingham (December 3).

As the acclaimed resort transforms into the Central Texas Hill Country’s version of the North Pole, its holiday-themed activities include the December 3rd Winter Wonderland extravaganza, complimentary s’mores every Friday and Saturday evening, and a Friday Night Holiday Film Fest every Friday in December.


“Horseshoe Bay Resort has become a special occasion destination for so many families from Texas and beyond, and we are thrilled to see plenty of familiar faces making memories at these special times of the year,” says Managing Director Bryan Woodward. “Our team is excited to make this a holiday season to remember and cherish for guests of all ages. Having celebrities joining us for the tree lighting adds a fun touch to the festivities.”

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On Saturday December 3, from 4:00 to 8:30 pm, the wintry festivities move into high gear when Horseshoe Bay Resort guests will enjoy a Holiday Shopping Market with specially curated vendors. Outdoor activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, letters to Santa, Texas snow, a 50-foot Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm, fireside s'mores, delicious hot chocolate, holiday laser light show, and a 6:15pm performance by Vocalibre, Texas State University’s A Capella group. Food and beverage concessions presented by Bad Donkey BBQ will be available for purchase.

That afternoon, Horseshoe Bay Resort will transform into a full-scale Winter Market with an alluring array of retail vendors, including Stitch and Stone, Runaway Luna Lifestyle, Plenty Boutique, Just Gotta Have It, Boat Town, JADEtribe, Know that Girlfriend Boutique, G5, Tulum 2 You, Kamo by Kary, Oak and Olive Boutique, Frankie Junior Co., Kendra Scott, Linked by Ashley, Classic Childhood, C. Jane and Lakeside Aesthetics and Skincare.


Reservations are also being taken now for horse-drawn carriage rides that will begin at 5:30 pm on December 3. Times will be confirmed after booking. Guests may call 877-611-0112 to reserve approximately 15-minute carriage rides for up to six people, for $60 per ride. Reservations are required.

The evening will be topped off at 6:30pm, by an arrival by the jolly one himself, Santa Claus.


Nov. 25 LPGA professional golfer Gerina Mendoza
Nov. 26 Austin FC Goalie Brad Stuver
Dec. 3 Real Housewives of Dallas star Kary Brittingham

Room reservations are required to enjoy any resort amenities. Call 877-611-0112 or visit for more information on available packages.


About Horseshoe Bay Resort’s 2002 Celebrity Christmas Tree Lighters

Gerina Mendoza is an American professional golfer who currently competes on the LPGA Tour. She played for the University of Texas El Paso, winning four tournaments her senior year. She went on to win Conference USA Champion, Conference USA Player of the Year, and UTEP Female Athlete of the Year. Mendoza, a three time competitor for the United States in the Solheim Cup, turned pro in 2007 and has since finished top 10 on countless tournaments throughout the years and was one of the runners-ups on The Big Break.

Brad Stuver is a goalkeeper in Major League Soccer and currently playing for Austin FC. Originally born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stuver played soccer for the Vikings at Cleveland State University where he finished with 71 appearances, winning multiple Horizon League Players of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Year. Stuver went on to be a goalie in Columbus Crew, New York City FC, and most recently Austin FC. Stuver was named Austin FC Defensive Player of the year in 2021 and his minutes played were tied for third-most among MLS goalkeepers in 2021. He has also been recognized by 4ATX Foundation Legend of the Year, is an MLS Humanitarian the Year Finalist, and nominee for ESPN Humanitarian of the Year.

Kary Brittingham is a self-made businesswoman, mother, and TV personality who is best recognized for appearing on The Real Housewives of Dallas as a main cast member. Brittingham is the founder and owner of Kamo by Kary, a jewelry line with a modern yet timeless, classic look. Kamo was founded in 2017, long before her appearance on The Real Housewives, and has since grown immensely.


About Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort is one of the largest golf resorts in the country and is the original Texas lakeside resort destination. It is located 45 minutes from Austin on over 7,000 picturesque acres of the Texas Hill Country and along the spectacular shores of constant-level Lake LBJ. The AAA Four Diamond resort is the only waterfront resort in Texas and is part of the Crescent Hotels & Resorts management company’s distinguished Latitudes lifestyle hotels and resorts division. It features four championship golf courses designed by World Golf Hall of Fame members Robert Trent Jones Sr, and Jack Nicklaus, as well as the exciting 18-hole natural grass Whitewater Putting Course.

Horseshoe Bay Resort has invested $100+ million in a property-wide renovation and new construction. The work included new guest rooms, suites, and multi-room units, as well as renovation of the golf courses and facilities, dining experiences, meeting spaces, and more. The resort also features a world-class spa and health club, tennis facilities with 14 courts, bike rentals, hiking trails, lake activities with a full-service lake marina and boat valet service, nearby wineries and a private airport. For more information and reservations visit or call 877-611-0112. 

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