Christmas caroling is a popular activity during this festive time of year; besides being a lot of fun, it’s a great way to spread some holiday cheer. In Bandera, “the Cowboy Capital of the World”, they’ve come up with a uniquely Texan way to perform those heartfelt Christmas songs we all know and love so well: they sing them while on horseback!
The event is called Christmas Singing in the Saddle, and is sponsored by The Longhorn Saloon, a Bandera hotspot. The Longhorn is a fun, cowboy-themed bar with all the charms of a Wild West honky tonk saloon. It’s a welcoming place where people go to hang out with friends, grab an ice-cold beer, and do some 2-steppin’ while listening to some of the best local, regional and touring country music acts around.
This year, Christmas Singing in the Saddle will take place on Sunday, December 20. Participants are asked to gather at the parking lot of the Longhorn Saloon with their horses at 12:00 pm sharp. Feel free to dress up for the occasion, and that goes for your horse, too! Don’t own a horse? No problem, you can either rent one or take advantage of a wagon, buggy or hayride which will be provided free of charge. There will be guitar players (and sheet music) on hand, but feel free to bring your own instrument…that is, if you can ride and play at the same time! Santa Claus is also planning on taking part; I wonder if he’ll be riding a horse or a reindeer!
Besides serenading the locals along Main Street, the revelers will make stops at the Bandera Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and The Cedar Hill Nursing Home, a wonderful way to bring some cheer to the residents. (I’ve had the pleasure of caroling at nursing homes and hospitals in the past and it’s always been an extremely rewarding experience.) The event will conclude with a chuck wagon serving hot chocolate and cookies.
If you want to try caroling the cowboy way, saddle up your steed, grab your guitar–or just come as you are– and head on over to the Longhorn Saloon on Sunday, December 20…a perfect way to bring some holiday cheer to the good people in the “Cowboy Capital of the World”!