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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Nov. 17-19

Written by , published November 13, 2017

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Jingle all the way to weekend fun at these events happening across the state—including winter-themed activities in The Woodlands, Wimberley, San Antonio, Tomball, Arlington, Houston, and Austin.

Lighting of the Doves

The Woodlands: Nov. 18
For 35 years, this event has signified the start of the holiday season in the Woodlands. Attendees come together in a sign of unity and peace for the ceremonial illumination of the giant doves. Throughout the magical evening, families can enjoy snow play areas, live music, children’s activities, and Santa’s grand entrance on a waterborne sleigh.

Winter Wonderland

Wimberley: Nov. 17-18
Visit the wonderland of Christmas trees and wreaths created by local artists and talented, crafty people. Thanksgiving centerpieces will also be available. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments, and a visit with Santa.

Zoo Lights—Holiday Nights

San Antonio: Nov. 17-Dec. 31
Spend the holidays at San Antonio Zoo while strolling under an array of twinkling lights and sipping hot cocoa. Plus, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and even roast s'mores by Christmas Tree Lake. Get into the holiday spirit during an electric light show set to an exciting soundtrack that will make you feel like you're at a dance party. Don't forget to visit Santa to tell him what's on your Christmas wish list and ride a camel.

Ranch Hand Festival

Kingsville: Nov. 17-18
The festival kicks off Kingville's La Posada holiday celebration with cowboy-themed entertainment and activities. The breakfast is Saturday on the King Ranch. It is followed by the festival with artists, food and craft vendors.

The Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll

Tomball: Nov. 17-Dec. 31
More than 50 ornamental lamp posts covering 12 city blocks will be decked out for the Christmas season at this annual event. These holiday creations are done by downtown merchants, local organizations, and businesses. On Saturday, more than 40,000 people are expected to attend the city’s annual Holiday Parade to see more than 175 floats on Main Street.

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Via Colori Street Painting Festival

Houston: Nov. 18-19 
More than 200 local and international artists will converge on the streets of downtown Houston to create live street paintings during the 12th annual festival. Attendees can enjoy live music performed by local bands and entertainers on three stages, family-friendly activities, and delicious local food and beverages.

East Austin Studio Tour

Austin: Nov. 18-19
More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries will open their doors for the second and final weekend, inviting the public to view and purchase at their pleasure during this biannual event.

Holiday in the Park

Arlington: Nov. 18-Dec. 31 
Six Flags Over Texas' annual holiday extravaganza is complete with millions of lights, Santa himself, and a real snow hill.

Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally

Denton: Nov. 18 
An annual bike rally that offers an opportunity to work off the Thanksgiving calories before taking a single bite. The bike rally has variable lengths which range from 8 to 68 miles to benefit both novice and expert riders.  

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

San Antonio: Nov. 18-Dec. 31 
SeaWorld San Antonio is decking the halls for its annual holiday program. Enjoy stunning live shows in a wintery, watery wonderland. Immerse your family in the spirit of the season, sip hot cocoa as you stroll through a sea of sparkling Christmas lights, and share laughs with a jolly Texas Santa Claus.

Chuy's Christmas Parade

Austin: Nov. 18
A procession of giant balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, celebrities, and floats usher in the season of giving. Downtown Austin. chuysparade.com

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Houston Zoo Lights

Houston: Nov. 18-Jan. 14
Every winter, the Houston Zoo and its more than 6,000 animals get that festive feeling when the park undergoes its annual holiday makeover. This weekend, staff will flip the switch and illuminate more than 2 million lights—a 15-mile display of eco-friendly LED lighting presented by TXU Energy. Visitors can enjoy festive carols, hot chocolate, and Holly Berry: a 1958 Cadillac with a lightshow set to music. Last year ushered in a new tradition: a 33-foot-tall Christmas tree adorned with colorful decorations—the ideal backdrop for holiday selfies. 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park

San Antonio: Nov. 18-Jan. 18
It's the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Experience the park transformed into a winter wonderland after dark.

Wine and Swine

Austin: Nov. 19
Central Texas’ top chefs will honor the spirit of New Orleans for the popular annual pig roast, which raises funds for culinary grants through the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. In a tribute to the food, drink, and music of New Orleans, Wine and Swine features more than 20 chefs preparing pork dishes and whole roasted pigs for the outdoor party that includes live music, premium wine, beer and spirit tastings, and plenty o’ pork.

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