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Go hiking with Santa Claus at Enchanted Rock

Santa Claus will lead a hike to the top of the batholith at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area on Dec. 13. The park is located at 16710 RR 965 between Llano and Fredericksburg. File photo


FREDERICKSBURG — Santa Claus is coming … Santa Claus is coming … Santa Claus is coming to … Enchanted Rock.

Yeah, you read that right. Good Old St. Nick is making a stop by the pink granite dome, or batholith, on Dec. 13. He’ll even be leading a hike to the top of Enchanted Rock at 9:30 a.m. Imagine getting a photo with the man himself on top of the rock overlooking the Texas Hill Country.

That will be a photo treasured for years to come. It won’t be your department store variety, that’s for sure.

But the hike up with Santa is only the start of a day of activities as Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 RR 965 between Llano and Fredericksburg, celebrates Christmas in the Park.

You can enjoy the entire day exploring this natural wonder. If you can’t make the morning hike, you can jump on the wagon at 4:30 p.m. for a hayride along with Santa Claus and his elves. The Friends of Enchanted Rock, an organization definitely on Santa’s “Good List,” will be providing cookies and hot chocolate.

And you can end the day on a very special note at 7 p.m. That’s when Santa leads a nighttime hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock to ring in the Christmas season. And you can top it off with some delicious hot chocolate.

As one of the states most popular outdoor destinations, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area fills up quickly on weekends. But they will let people in as others leave the park. So if you are headed to the park, it’s also good to have a back-up destination if that’s the case. The park officials have flashing signs on both sides of the approach to the facility notifying people if the park is full.

Go to or call (830) 685-3636 for more information on the park or events. The daily entrance fee is $7 for adults while children 12 and under are admitted free.