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A note regarding COVID-19

Due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, some events have been postponed or canceled. Please make sure to check the event website, social media, or call ahead to confirm an event is still taking place if you are interested in attending.

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Nov. 27

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, the Frontier Times Museum hosts this family-friendly event that offers live music, storytelling, and other performances.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Dallas

"The Happy Elf"

Nov. 27-Dec. 23

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents Grammy-winning musician Harry Connick, Jr.'s holiday jazz musical. Eubie is, much to the exhaustion of his co-workers, an elf of unparalleled and endless energy looking to get a spot on Santa’s coveted sleigh team. When his unstoppably sunny spirit comes into contact with the miserable town of Bluesville—where every single child is on the naughty list—he’s in for the shock of a lifetime. Will his relentless positive attitude be enough to turn this gloomy place around, or has the happiest elf in the North Pole finally met his match?

dct.org

Fredericksburg

A Christmas Wine Affair

Nov. 28-Dec. 23

Various locations

Savor all that Texas Wine Country has to offer this holiday season by sipping and sampling award-winning wines at participating Texas Hill Country wineries.

texaswinetrail.com

The Woodlands

Christmas Gift Market

Nov. 29

The Woodlands Country Club , 100 Grand Fairway Drive

Start your holiday shopping at this indoor and outdoor market where a wide selection of exhibitors bring clothing, decor, solid-wood furniture, art, Christmas decor, and foods such as dips, salsas, artisan chocolates, pastries, and canned vegetables. Admission and parking are free and strollers are welcome.

bigtop.show/thewoodlandscountryclub

Amarillo

Farm and Ranch Show

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.

Find about 500 exhibitors showcasing agricultural products, services, and technologiesis at one of the nation’s largest indoor farm and ranch shows. 

ideaggroup.com/amarillo

Huntsville

Lone Star in the East

Nov. 29-Dec. 30

Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library, 1836 Sam Houston Ave.

At this holiday exhibit that celebrates Texas, visit the museum’s rotunda and see "The Lone Star in the East" Christmas Tree featuring the work of Texas theater artist and designer Barry Doss.

samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com

Sonora

Downtown Christmas

Nov. 30

Main Street

A twinkling, lighted parade strolls down Main Street with a live nativity scene to ring in the Christmas season.

sonoratexas.org

Mesquite

Christmas on the Square

Nov. 30

Heritage Square Park, 100 Broad St.

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas at this holiday season tradition in the historic heart of Mesquite, with festivities including holiday treats and the sparkle of holiday lights.

visitmesquitetx.com

Wichita Falls

Santa House

Nov. 30-Dec. 9

Kell House Museum, 900 Bluff St.

Santa and company invite you for a visit to their Texas home for the holidays. Santa’s elves guide visitors of all ages through a magical Christmas wonderland, including the original play “The Magical Rocking Horse, Part I,” a visit with Santa himself, a stop in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for a cookie, and then step into Santa’s workshop to make an ornament to take home.

kellhouseheritagecenter.org

Mansfield

Hometown Holidays

Nov. 30-Dec. 3

Dr. Jim Vaszauskas Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W. Debbie Lane

Find two great Mansfield traditions combined into four days of holiday magic. Get ready for midway rides, an ice slide, carnival games, interactive arts, Santa visits, food vendors, Toys for Tots drop-offs, and special highlights each day including a tree lighting and fireworks show.

mansfieldhometownholidays.com

Granbury

"Christmas Carol Experience"

Dec. 1-30

Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center, 308 E. Pearl St.

Inside the Dora Lee Langdon Mansion, guests are transported to Fezziwig’s living room and Scrooge’s office. Brian Clowdus Productions presents "Christmas Carol Experience," a haunting immersive experience where audiences enter to find themselves as guests at the funeral of Jacob Marley. Limited to only 50 guests per show, "Christmas Carol Experience" begins very dark but ultimately ends with a heartwarming story of redemption and hope that is sure to melt even the most frozen hearts.

visitgranbury.com/the-christmas-carol-experience

La Grange

Schmeckenfest on the Square

Dec. 1

Fayette County Courthouse Lawn, 151 N. Washington St.

Celebrate 16 years of Schmeckenfest, a wassail tasting and Christmas extravaganza. Sample different types of wassail (hot cider) made by various business owners and community leaders, in which participants hope to win the coveted honor of being named "Schmeckenmeister." There's also music, delicious treats sold by local nonprofit organizations, a Christmas parade, lighting of the county Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn, kids' activities, and pictures with Santa.

visitlagrangetx.com

Cameron

Christmas Parade and Fireworks

Dec. 1

Downtown Cameron, 102 E. First St.

Kick December off right with the one of the best parades in Central Texas and the lighting of the downtown Cameron and Milam County courthouse square. This year's parade theme is “Musical Notes and Holiday Floats!” Street vendors and food trucks dot the scene, and visitors can enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas carols while perusing the area. At the Old Town Cameron Railroad Museum, ride the Polar Express through the miniature replica of 1940s Cameron, and stick around the downtown area to hear the winning float announcement. The night ends with a street dance.

cameron-tx.com

San Marcos

Sights and Sounds of Christmas

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

San Marcos Plaza Park , 206 N. CM Allen Parkway

San Marcos turns into a winter wonderland with the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Journey through time to the town of Bethlehem where costumed actors and live animals set the atmosphere. Enjoy local children caroling, holiday concerts, and a special visit from Santa every night when he arrives in an unsuspecting way. Make furry friends at the petting zoo, ice skate, watch snow falling in Central Texas, get a thrill on carnival rides, and indulge in holiday food.

sights-n-sounds.org

Brenham

"Coney Island Christmas"

Dec. 1-18

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

Weaving together nostalgia, music, and merriment, this is a holiday show for people of all ages and faiths. An older Shirley Abramowitz tells her great-granddaughter the story of when she was cast in the role of Jesus in her school’s Christmas pageant. As a young Jewish girl, her immigrant parents are horrified and would not allow her to participate. This sweet comedy by Donald Marguiles is based on the story “The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley.

unitybrenham.org

Houston

Art on the Avenue

Dec. 1-3

Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St.

Art on the Avenue returns for its 25th anniversary with more than 500 original artworks from over 250 local artists. The event has grown to be the city's largest silent art auction, giving back to the thriving arts community of Houston while supporting the affordable housing and community revitalization efforts of local nonprofit organization Avenue. The Thursday night preview event offers art lovers a first look at this years' exhibition, along with curated art-inspired bites and cocktails. The party continues Saturday evening with the auction and party.

avenuecdc.org/art-culture/art-on-the-avenue

Austin

Driskill Grand Lobby Tree Lighting

Dec. 1

The Driskill, 604 Brazos St.

Gather at The Driskill hotel and watch as the Grand Lobby tree is lit, accompanied by holiday music and caroling. The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas.

driskillhotel.com/driskill-experiences/driskill-holidays

Mexia

Merry Christmas

Dec. 1-3

Various locations

On Thursday, the city Christmas tree is lit for the holiday season, and shopping and food are available. Friday and Saturday, the Merry Christmas Market takes place, and on Saturday morning, the annual Christmas parade makes its way through downtown Mexia.

mexiachamber.com

Victoria

Conspirare Christmas

Dec. 1

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Join the Victoria Bach Festival for Conspirare Christmas. This traditional holiday concert inspires with songs of hope, courage, and love.

victoriabachfestival.org

Henderson

Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

Dec. 1

Historic Downtown Henderson, 100 E. Main St.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as the holiday season begins with Henderson's annual tree lighting and Christmas parade. Full of beautifully lit floats, classic cars, trucks, and tractors, the parade is certainly a sight to see. As darkness rolls in, watch as the Christmas tree is lit for the season.

visithendersontx.com

Paris

The Texas Barbecue Blowout

Dec. 1-3

Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate St.

On Thursday, a live concert commences to kick off the festivities, and Friday brings a fish fry. On Saturday, the Texas Barbecue Blowout includes a cookoff for chicken, ribs, pork butt, brisket, and turkey. The cookoff has a $10,000 payout.

facebook.com/loveciviccenter

Seguin

Lighted Holiday Parade

Dec. 1

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Featuring 70-plus entries all decked out in lights, this parade starts at the intersection of Austin and College streets and travels south to Central Park. At the end of the parade, the mayor hits the switch to turn on the lights in downtown, and Santa is available for photo opportunities.

visitseguin.com

Amarillo

Christmas in the Gardens

Dec. 1-8, 12-15, 19-23

Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive

Christmas in the Gardens readies you for the holiday season with a stroll through the Amarillo Botanical Garden’s glowing foliage.

amarillobotanicalgardens.org/events

Grand Prairie

Cirque du Soleil's "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dec. 1-4, 7-11

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Cirque du Soleil takes a modern spin on a holiday classic with its very first Christmas show. See performances full of Christmas cheer, exhilarating fun, and lovable characters for the whole family to enjoy.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Quarter Horse Racing

Dec. 1-17

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

On Thursday through Saturday, head to the racetrack to see horses race past you during the quarter-horse season.

lonestarpark.com

Freeport

Holiday on the Brazos

Dec. 1

Freeport Municipal Park

Enjoy holiday festivities on the banks of the Old Brazos River including a special appearance from Santa Claus and a lighted boat parade.

freeport.tx.us

Boerne

Old West Christmas Light Fest

Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-24

Enchanted Springs Ranch, 242 SH 46

This fest delights attendees with holiday flavors and favorite traditions. Stroll through more than 2 million twinkling lights in an authentic Old West town, then enjoy live music, snacks, and drinks. Shop at the local artisan handmade market and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Snap photos at the digital photo booth, meet animals at the petting zoo, or let the kids run free on an inflatable jumping pad.

christmaslightfest.com

Plano

Deerfield Holiday Lights 2022

Dec. 1-30

Legacy Drive at Archgate Drive

Deerfield, a community in Northwest Plano, is known for its holiday and Christmas light displays. Every year the city offers carriage rides and plenty of houses lit up to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.

facebook.com/deerfieldplanotexas/events

Jefferson

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

Various locations

Step back in time and take narrated tours of historic homes lavishly decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas, with live greenery, candlelight, and trees adorned with tinsel, ribbon, and sparkling glass balls. Docents in period costumes greet you and describe each home's origin and finery.

jeffersoncandlelight.com

Ingram

Art Mart Christmas Gift Showcase

Dec. 1-17

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

This annual holiday shopping showcase features handmade crafts by area artists.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

Texas Furniture Makers' Show

Dec. 1-23

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, this annual statewide competition showcases some of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas.

kacckerrville.com

Galveston

Dickens on The Strand

Dec. 2-4

Strand National Historic Landmark District, 2002 Strand St.

The Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 49th annual Dickens on the Strand, a holiday tradition based on 19th-century Victorian London. It features parades, nonstop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, the Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

galvestonhistory.org/events/dickens-on-the-strand

Granbury

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Dec. 2-3

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

The Granbury community bands together in an assemblage of lights, carols, Christmas treats, and carriage rides. Plus, a selected group of citizens opens their private, historic homes to the public. Between volunteer docents and the owners themselves, a story unfolds of each home's rich and unique story. This year, Texas historical sites such as the Hood County Courthouse, the Granbury Opera House, and the Nutt House Historic Hotel are included on the tour, as well as Granbury museums and churches.

granburycandlelighttour.com

Dallas

"Black Nativity"

Dec. 2

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

This hand-clapping, toe-tapping, finger-snapping theatrical wonderment, inspired by Langston Hughes' retelling of the Nativity story, returns to the Bishop Arts Theatre Center stage for its 18th anniversary. Black Nativity is a holiday favorite enjoyed by the entire family.

bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

Rosenberg

Hollydays Market

Dec. 2-4

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 SH 36

With more than 100 merchants to shop with, you're sure to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for all your festive events. Grab your crew and enjoy the fun while shopping and supporting some of the cutest shops at Hollydays Market.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com/rosenberg-hollydays

Humble

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

Dec. 2-3

Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway

With more than 100 merchants to shop with, you're sure to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for all your festive events. Grab your crew and enjoy the fun while shopping and supporting some of the cutest shops the area.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com/humble-hfth-1

Salado

Christmas Stroll

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

Village of Salado, Main Street

Experience the magic of Christmas in the idyllic Village of Salado during its 62nd annual Salado Christmas Stroll, held the first two weekends of December. This year’s Stroll kicks off with a lighted Christmas parade. Salado businesses host a variety of Stroll events during each weekend including an outdoor live Nativity at First Baptist Church, live performances of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Tablerock Amphitheatre of Salado, and live music at various venues along the route.

business.salado.com/calendar

San Angelo

Christmas at Old Fort Concho

Dec. 2-4

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes St.

Stroll through Fort Concho's 24 historic buildings and 40 acres for holiday shopping, entertainment, food, special displays, children's events, special programs, and living history.

fortconcho.com

South Padre Island

Christmas Parade

Dec. 2

Padre Boulevard, 4701 Padre Blvd.

Kick off the holiday season with the city of South Padre Island's 33rd annual Christmas Parade. Watch as festive groups and beautifully decorated floats pass by on Padre Boulevard.

sopadre.com/event/33rd-annual-christmas-parade/870

Andrews

Holly Jolly Weekend

Dec. 2-4

ACE Arena, 1441 SH 176 East

Celebrate the season with three days of festivities that begin on Friday with the lighted Christmas parade and continue on Saturday and Sunday with the annual Sugar Plum Marketplace featuring merchandise vendors, food trucks, and an ice skating rink.

andrewstx.com

Temple

First Friday: Downtown Temple for the Holidays

Dec. 2

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Hear street music and see live performances, plus enjoy drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. This month's First Friday has a festive theme.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

Port Aransas

Garden Club Farley Boat Decorating Contest and Scavenger Hunt

Dec. 2-31

Various locations

Scattered throughout town are numerous cement boat planters created by local businesses. Jump in the car and try to locate all of them pictured in the Farley Boat Scavenger Hunt worksheet. The worksheet can be printed or picked up at the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Port Aransas Parks and Recreation. Once you locate the planters, email your answers in and the winner is announced.

portaransasgardenclub.org/farley-boat-scavenger-hunt

Del Rio

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Dec. 2

Downtown Del Rio, South Main Street

Get in the Christmas spirit with a holiday parade and tree lighting in Greenwood Park. Live music, performances, and food trucks complete the fun.

cityofdelrio.com

Galveston

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Dec. 2-3

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

A powerful story of redemption, "A Christmas Carol" shares with audiences its simple message of holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge—the most unrepentant and miserly of fellows—is made to see the light as he is visited by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future. Look forward to this new adaptation of Dickens' ever-popular classic filled with lush costumes, stunning sets, song, dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message.

thegrand.com

Borger

Hometown Christmas

Dec. 2

Main Street, 500th Block of Main Street

In the heart of Borger, the twinkle of lights and holiday cheer floods Main Street as locals and visitors celebrate the season. Hosted by local nonprofit Project Build Borger, the day is filled with live music, vendors, a car show, Christmas movie showing, carriage rides, a parade, and a beer garden.

facebook.com/projectbuildborger

Victoria

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 2

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

Kick off the holiday season in historic downtown Victoria at Christmas on the Square. Festivities include a lighting ceremony for a 30-foot, animated Christmas tree, photos with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa, and kids' activities.

explorevictoriatexas.com

Corsicana

Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl Pep Rally and Game

Dec. 2-3

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

On Friday, join in for a pep rally to kick off Heritage Bowl weekend. On Saturday, the Heritage Bowl, an annual Division II, post-season collegiate football game takes place. Established in 2017, the game is played each year the first Saturday in December. The two participating teams consist of schools competing in the Lone Star Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and/or the Great American Conference.

visitcorsicana.com

Coleman

Christmas on Commercial

Dec. 2-4

Downtown Coleman, 218 Commercial St.

Ring in the holiday season with three days of family fun. Food trucks are set up downtown, and Saturday brings breakfast with Santa, the Little Mr. and Miss Christmas pageant, shopping, craft vendors, the Sip and Stroll, and a lighted parade.

colemancountytexas.com

Goliad

Christmas in Goliad

Dec. 2-3

Downtown Goliad

Goliad County Historical Commission’s 39th annual Christmas in Goliad features Friday night festivities, including homemade-handmade booths and a lighted parade. Saturday morning, everything opens back up and goes till 4 p.m., with Santa arriving on the square at high noon on the back of a "reinsteer." Other Saturday activities include live music, special dance performances, a best-dressed dog contest, and Miss Ruby’s Corral, with Texas authors ready to sign their books.

facebook.com/christmasingoliad

Keller

Santa Scurry 5K

Dec. 2

Keller Town Hall/Bear Creek Trail, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway

Grab your jingle bells, Santa hats, Rudolph noses, and headlamps, and join along for a great time with your friends. This event is coupled with the Keller HollyDays featuring the city Christmas tree lighting, Holly Jolly Light Parade, and holiday laser show. Hang your finisher medal from your neck or on the Christmas tree. The Santa Scurry medals always double as an ornament.

santascurry.com

Lubbock

Carol of Lights

Dec. 2

Texas Tech University , 2500 Broadway

Walk into a winter wonderland at Texas Tech University's Carol of the Lights. This tradition is home to a 38-foot Christmas tree, 20-foot wreath, and over 25,000 lights surrounding Memorial Circle. Spectators can watch the lighting ceremony while enjoying hot cocoa and enjoy Christmas carols performed by Texas Tech's combined choirs.

ttu.edu/traditions/carol.php

College Station

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 2-3

Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in College Station. Bring the family or your friends and take an old-fashioned hayride, then stay for cookies, hot cocoa, live entertainment, real snow slides, photos with Santa, and a children's train.

cstx.gov/christmas

La Grange

Slaid Cleaves in Concert

Dec. 2

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

The Bugle Boy, an intimate listening room music venue in converted WWII Army barracks, hosts singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves, who is accompanied by guitarist Michael O'Connor.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Austin

"The Watchmaker's Song"

Dec. 2-18

Neil-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Ventana Ballet and Red Nightfall Productions present "The Watchmaker's Song," an immersive retelling of "The Nutcracker." An Austin holiday favorite, this jazzy and interactive re-imagination of the classic story is performed at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum and serves to nurture and grow the vibrant culture of Austin, giving artists of all backgrounds and cultural traditions a platform to share their craft.

ventanaballet.com

Bellville

Small Town Christmas

Dec. 3

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

The 40th annual, two-day event kicks off Friday night with a lighted parade on the square, the lighting of the tree, Santa, and a community-wide celebration in the park. There's real snow, a petting zoo, train and carriage rides, a movie in the park, food, drinks, and live music. The weekend continues Saturday with breakfast with Santa, music, characters walking the downtown square, and a Christmas market on the square as well as the artisan market boasting more than 120 vendors.

bellvillesmalltownchristmas.com

Cottonwood Shores

"A Tuna Christmas"

Dec. 2-18

Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 W. FM 2147

It’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp. A mysterious "Christmas Phantom," known for vandalizing the yard displays, threatens to throw the contest into turmoil. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills.

thehcct.org/a-tuna-christmas

Seguin

Sip 'n' Stroll

Dec. 2

Various locations

Take an evening stroll through downtown and taste over a dozen varieties of homemade hot chocolate at businesses that keep their doors open late. Other activities include live entertainment from the Seguin High School Star Steppers, photos with Santa, and a variety of food vendors.

visitseguin.com

Amarillo

Center City Electric Light Parade

Dec. 2

Downtown Amarillo , Polk Street

Kick off the holiday season with the Center City Electric Light Parade in downtown Amarillo. This year's theme is "March of the Toys." The parade includes visits with Mr. and Mrs. Clause, food vendors, music, and the lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

centercity.org/lightparade

Maxwell's Magical Christmas

Dec. 2-23

Maxwell's Pumpkin Farm , 12908 Bell St.

Celebrate the holiday season with more than 20 activities at Maxwell's Pumpkin Farm, including visits from Santa, the Trail of Lights, and a Christmas market.

maxwellspumpkinfarm.com

Grand Prairie

"A Christmas Story, the Musical"

Dec. 2-11

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

Based on the beloved Christmas classic, the musical brings Ralphie and his dream of Santa bringing him a Red Ryder BB gun to life through a delightful score.

uptowntheatergp.com

Palestine

Festival of Trees

Dec. 2-31

Various locations

Follow the trail of lights and greenery downtown to explore the 11th annual Festival of Trees. Each tree is decorated by a local nonprofit organization. Find the locations by downloading the Visit Palestine app in Google Play or the Apple Store and choose Tours at the top right. From there, you can choose the Christmas Light Tour.

visitpalestine.com/events/2020/11th-annual-festival-of-trees

Boerne

Stocking Stroll

Dec. 2-3

Hill Country Mile, Dowtown Main Street

With your event bag and ticket in hand, stroll the Hill Country Mile to collect treasures at participating shops. You'll have two days to make the rounds. While you're strolling, be sure to see what each store offers: You may be able to knock some gifts off your shopping list.

facebook.com/hillcountrymile

Waxahachie

Bethlehem Revisited

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

The re-creation of the town of Bethlehem and the events that took place on the night of Christ's birth comes complete with live camels and characters in period costume. The event is located behind Central Presbyterian Church.

waxahachiecvb.com

Plano

"The Gift of Christmas"

Dec. 2-4, 7-11

Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 W. Park Blvd.

This Prestonwood tradition has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season, with thousands of guests attending every year. The multimedia event features special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, a live orchestra, flying angels, and other elements for a memorable holiday experience.

prestonwoodgoc.org

Granbury

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Dec. 2-4

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

For Granbury's Candlelight Tour of Homes, the community comes together for lights, carols, and Christmas treats, and a select group of residents open their private, historic homes to the public. Between volunteer docents and the owner's themselves, a story unfolds about each home's rich and unique story. Pick up your wristband and book at the Plaza on Pearl Street.

visitgranbury.com/event/granbury-a-candlelight-tour-of-homes/13748

Bandera

Cowboy Evening Shoppers Stroll

Dec. 2

Various locations

Bandera's Main Street and neighboring shops on 11th and surrounding streets stay open late on Friday. Before shopping, enjoy the holiday lights at the courthouse. Local singers may also perform at the courthouse.

banderatex.com

Ingram

"A Christmas Carol"

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

"A Christmas Carol" recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

hcaf.com

Kerrville

"A Sanders Family Christmas"

Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Playhouse 2000 presents the final show in its 2022 season, the holiday musical "A Sanders Family Christmas." It’s Christmas time 1941 in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina (home of the pickle factory), and Dennis Sanders is making his last appearance with the singing Sanders Family before heading off to join the war effort. The family shares the news with their Mount Pleasant Baptist Church friends while celebrating the season the only way they know how—with amazing music.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Fredericksburg

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg

Dec. 2

Various locations

Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month.

firstfridayartwalkfbg.com

Light the Night Christmas Parade and After Glow

Dec. 2

Main Street

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, this event lets you see Fredericksburg's historic Main Street awash in the glow of an illuminated holiday night parade. 

lightthenightchristmasparade.com

Bowie

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival and Parade

Dec. 3

Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St.

Bowie Community Development, citizens, and local businesses host the 31st annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, following the tree lighting and live musical entertainment along with special Christmas shopping promotions. The day includes breakfast with Santa and craft time at Elf ’n Magic. Colorful floats, vehicles, riding groups, and marching groups light up the night. Prizes for floats are awarded in numerous categories. The parade winds through the streets of Bowie with announcers on both Mason and Smythe streets.

cityofbowietx.com/143/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade

Portland

Christmas on the Coast

Dec. 3-Jan. 1

Portland Community Center, 1900 Billy G Webb Drive

Portland rings in the holiday season with events all month long including art, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

portlandtx.gov

Mckinney

Holiday Tour of Homes

Dec. 3-4

Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut St.

Tour a collection of private homes in the famed historic district of McKinney, all dressed up for the holidays and open to the public. This 49-year tradition benefits Chestnut Square, which includes a collection of house museums in downtown McKinney. Tickets are available online and are not available at homes.

chestnutsquare.org/holiday-tour-of-homes

Plano

Dickens in Downtown Plano

Dec. 3

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Kick off the season with Dickens, a free annual event nestled in the heart of the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District with holiday-themed activities, a tree lighting, and other family fun.

visitplano.com/event/dickens-in-downtown-plano-2022

Huntsville

Christmas Fair

Dec. 3

Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave.

Come to downtown Huntsville for Christmas performances, a special Christmas book reading for kids, snow, food, crafts, games, Santa Claus, and other holiday festivities.

huntsvillemainstreet.com

Austin

SantaCon

Dec. 3

Rainey Street

Don your Santa suit or finest holiday attire and join hundreds of participants for drink specials and networking at select venues along Rainey Street. SantaCon combines fun, friends, and fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. All funds raised support the organization's work to provide caring, adult mentors for children who need them. Ages 21 and up only.

bigmentoring.org/santacon

Rockport

Tour of Historic Homes

Dec. 3-4

Various locations, 110 Pintail Lane

Step inside three homes in Rockport and Fulton that date from 1868, 1879, and 1945. Docents in period attire tell the history of the homes and their owners though the years.

Bay City

HomeTown Christmas Celebration

Dec. 3-4

Bay City USO, 2105 Avenue M

Ring in the holiday season with two days of festive fun. On Friday, see the lighted Christmas parade, where trophies are awarded to groups in multiple categories. On Saturday, have fun ice skating and take photos with Santa and the Grinch. New this year is a giant gingerbread house slide. There's also crafts, games, and food trucks. The evening ends with a lighted hayride.

cityofbaycity.org/221/events

South Padre Island

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 3

South Padre Island Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

Watch as boats of all sizes cruise by, all decorated in their holiday best. Designated viewing areas throughout the route offer free public viewing, and the bay sparkles with the light of these beautifully decorated boats.

sopadre.com/event/lighted-boat-parade/868

Fairfield

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 3

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

Gather around the Fairfield square for a parade, live Nativity scene, vendors, and crafts.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Temple

Family Day: Santa at the Depot

Dec. 3

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Santa is coming to the museum and checking his list while giving out toys. Santa arrives by train and meets with kids throughout the day. There are crafts, music, and old-fashioned holiday fun in the grand lobby.

templeparks.com

Nocona

Small Town Christmas

Dec. 3

Nocona Downtown Park, 104 Clay St.

Nestled in the North Texas Hill Country, Nocona gives you a dose of small-town Christmas charm. Celebrate the season with a parade, carolers, concerts, dancers, and fun activities in historic downtown. Located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Nocona sparkles with Christmas lights, decorated trees, and Christmas music floating in the air.

nocona.org/events

Sweetwater

Applause! Christmas Special

Dec. 3

Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium, 201 E. Fourth St.

The holidays come to Sweetwater in the form of a student art show and a Christmas concert featuring the Southwestern University string Quartet and a choir.

sweetwaterauditorium.org

Camp Wood

Old Settlers Reunion and Christmas in the Nueces Canyon

Dec. 3

Lindbergh Park and Downtown Camp Wood, State Highway 55 at Fifth and Sixth Streets

The Christmas season in Camp Wood starts off with a parade down Nueces Street through downtown Camp Wood, followed by more events in Lindbergh Park, including the king and queen coronation, live entertainment, annual pie and salsa contests, and decades-old washers and horseshoes tournament. Vendors are selling artworks, crafts, woodwork, leatherwork, jewelry, candles, paintings, hats, baked goods, stonework, taxidermy, new clothing, and handbags. Food vendors have all of the most delicious festival food delights. Downtown businesses are decorated for Christmas, and in the evening, stores open with homemade cookie and candy treats. While shopping in stores, register for door prize giveaways. Special guest Santa Claus hears wishes from all the children at the Corner Store Cafe.

nuecescanyonchamber.org

Van Horn

Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Van Horn, 1801 W. Broadway St.

Experience the lighted parade along Broadway and an open house with vendors, food, arts and crafts, and a pecan dessert contest.

vanhorntexas.org

Del Rio

Wild Game Dinner and Gun Raffle

Dec. 3

Del Rio Civic Center , 1915 Veterans Blvd.

The Del Rio Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual gun raffle with a wild game dinner.

drchamber.com

Frisco

Merry Main Street

Dec. 3

Simpson Plaza, 8874 Coleman Blvd.

Ring in the holiday season with Frisco's official tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, choirs, and a parade.

visitfrisco.com/event/merry-main-street/3908

Monahans

Christmas and Chili Market

Dec. 3

Ward County Event Center, 1525 E. Monahans Parkway

Christmas comes to Monahans with a craft show with more than 100 vendor booths. Kids can take pictures with Santa, and everyone can take a walk through Bethlehem.

monahans.org

Lewisville

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Dec. 3

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St.

Ring in the holiday season at this family-friendly event. Highlights include the Selfies with Santa, Motorcycle Toy Run, Huffines Christmas Parade, Elf Scavenger Hunt, and Lewisville Lights. Also, enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, winter carnival attractions, a movie in the Plaza, and carriage rides through Old Town Historic Home District.

oldtownlewisville.com

Clifton

Norwegian Country Christmas Tour

Dec. 3

Various locations, 115 N. Avenue D

In the 1850s, Norwegian immigrants wandered into Central Texas. They settled in an area near Clifton that became known as Norse. Since that time, settlers have celebrated their heritage in many ways. Tour historical homes, learn about the area's history, and see unique pieces of art.

cityofclifton.org/visit-living/special-events/norwegian-country-christmas-tour

Austin

German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market

Dec. 3

German Texans Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th St.

The German-Texan Heritage Society's annual market offers shoppers handmade and imported crafts, decorations, and ornaments. Browse the market, listen to traditional German Christmas music, and take home Christmas stollen made by the New World Bakery and German cookies from Silke's German Gourmet Cookies.

germantexans.org/christmas-market

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 3-23

The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive

From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of "The Nutcracker" is Austin’s favorite holiday tradition. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.

balletaustin.org/performances/thenutcracker

Llano

Dickens of a Christmas Festival

Dec. 3-4

Llano Courthouse Square, 801 Ford St.

Step back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and see downtown Llano transform into a 19th-century jewel. A variety of musicians and Dickens characters fill the streets. Expect to see and interact with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the Cratchit family from "A Christmas Carol." Have breakfast with Santa, decorate Christmas cookies, make a Christmas craft, try your skill at games, take a carriage ride around town, and shop the variety of arts and crafts vendors.

facebook.com/llanos-a-dickens-of-a-christmas-109967451767977

The Colony

Christmas Spectacular

Dec. 3-Jan. 1

Central Fire Station, 4900 Blair Oaks Drive

Illuminated trees, twinkling snowflakes, and dazzling displays choreographed to music are sure to make your evening merry and bright. Be sure to tune your radio to 99.9 FM and listen to festive holiday music at this free light show for all ages.

thecolonytx.gov/834/christmas-spectacular

Holiday in the Park

Dec. 3

Perryman Park, 4930 South Colony Blvd.

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and jolly fun for the whole family. Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with an evening of festive holiday activities, classic Christmas tunes, and magical light displays. Festivities start with the Parade of Lights and lead up to a night of live performances, carnival games, rides, and a holiday baking contest.

thecolonytx.gov/832/holiday-in-the-park

Victoria

Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St.

Downtown Victoria comes alive with Christmas cheer as more than 100 parade floats and vehicles decked out in their holiday best cruise through historic downtown Victoria.

explorevictoriatexas.com

Marble Falls

Christmas Market Day on Main

Dec. 3

Downtown Marble Falls, Main Street

Shop authentic wares including handcrafted leather goods and beautifully carved art. Around 70 makers and creators are on site, and food vendors are available.

marketdayonmain.com

Anson

Christmas Tour Of Homes

Dec. 3

Various locations, 1132 W. Court Plaza

Uniquely decorated homes showcase individual decorating styles that feature both newer and traditional Christmas decor. Stop by each house on the tour to see a festive variety of holiday expression.

Yoakum

Christmas On Grand

Dec. 3

Railroad Park, 501 Front St.

Grab your friends and family and head to Yoakum’s annual Christmas on Grand celebration for family-friendly festivities including holiday goodies for children, Santa photo-ops, and real snow to play in. There is also a lighted Christmas parade and a Christmas movie showing.

yoakumareachamber.com

Rockport

Tropical Christmas

Dec. 3

The Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze Drive

The downtown harbor area hosts this day-long extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season with food, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, games, and Santa Claus. The evening festivities include an illuminated parade, lighting of the Christmas tree, and fireworks.

cityofrockport.com

La Grange

John Fullbright in Concert

Dec. 3

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

American singer-songwriter John Fullbright performs in the intimate Bugle Boy listening room, which is a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Quanah

Christmas Festival and Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Quanah, 300 Main St.

It's the holidays in Quanah and festivities include a lighted parade, visits with Santa, a chocolate party, vendor booths, Christmas carols, food, and games.

Round Top

Christmas with Masterworks: Rejoice

Dec. 3

Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road

The annual eclectic celebration includes joyful and distinctive rhythms of Vivaldi's "Gloria." The audience shares holiday memories as the chorus weaves carols and holiday favorites throughout, ending in a candlelit sing-along of "Silent Night."

festivalhill.org

Lewisville

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Dec. 3

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Old Town

Ring in the holiday season with a family-friendly event in partnership with the Main and Mill Association. Highlights include selfies with Santa, the Motorcycle Toy Run, tie-dye shirt making, Huffines Christmas Parade, the Elf Scavenger Hunt, and the Lewisville Lights tree lighting ceremony.

cityoflewisville.com

Paris

Christmas in Toyland Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Paris

The downtown streets of Paris come to life for the season with the lighted Christmas parade. Santa makes an appearance to put smiles on children's faces.

downtownptx.com

Bellville

First Saturday Market Day

Dec. 3

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

More than 85 vendors gather around the downtown square for a day of shopping and entertainment. Find music, family activities, food trucks, wine tastings, and baked goods. Crafts vendors sell woodwork, yard art, plants, photography, and boutique goods. Admission and parking are free.

discoverbellville.com

Magnolia

Magic of Christmas Parade of Lights

Dec. 3

Various locations, Nichols Sawmill Road, Commerce Street, and Unity Park Drive

On the first Saturday of December, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce hosts a parade down the local streets of Magnolia to inspire the spirit of Christmas.

greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org/parade-of-lights-the-magic-of-christmas

Bellville

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Dec. 3

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 area farmers, ranchers, bakers, and artisans gather to bring fresh produce, various meats, honey, herbs, plants, kolaches, homemade noodles, and more to Bellville on the first Saturday of the month. Shoppers enjoy live demonstrations and artisans selling soaps, bread oils, jewelry, custom lures, and dog treats. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, or cold brew coffee.

discoverbellville.com

San Antonio

Christmas at the Caverns

Dec. 3-23

Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road

Hear your favorite carols echo throughout Texas' largest underground cavern. Visit with Santa Spelunker Claus, join Mrs. Claus for story time, and then round up his reindeer in an outdoor maze. As the sun sets behind the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, take a stroll through a trail of lights and enjoy s'mores around the campfire. Don't forget to have some barbecue, enjoy music, and shop for your holiday gifts.

naturalbridgecaverns.com/christmas

Rosenberg

Troop 801 Scout Holiday Market Day

Dec. 3

KC Hall , 2007 Kay Cee Drive

Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, decor, handmade wooden crafts, candles, soaps, jewelry, leatherwork, T-shirts, homemade jams and jellies, pecans, and educational items. There is a drawing for a handmade quilt, plus other prizes and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 801 summer camp and adventure programs.

brazostroop801.org

Post

Light Up Post

Dec. 3

Downtown, 105 Main St.

This Christmas celebration in downtown Post begins in the morning with merchants and vendors hosting a sip and shop. The Silent Night Village is open for "Taste of Post," with food vendors serving local specialty foods. Santa and Mrs. Claus and a pesky Grinch welcome children. Then, a Lighted Float Parade lines up in the late afternoon on Main Street, where regional antique firetrucks and local floats brighten the streets.

cityofposttexas.com

Baytown

Christmas on Texas Avenue Festival

Dec. 3-4

Baytown Town Square, 213 W. Texas Ave.

Celebrating 25 years, Christmas on Texas Avenue Festival offers door prizes every 25 minutes, Santa's playground for young and old fans, shopping, food trucks, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a car and bike show, and live music.

acedistrictbaytown.org

Seguin

North Pole Stroll

Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

This family-friendly affair in downtown Seguin features a variety of nonprofit organizations hosting activities for children in Central Park. Take pictures with Santa, decorate cookies, and write letters to Santa Claus.

visitseguin.com

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Pony Express Ride

Dec. 3

Gruene Historic District, 1613 Hunter Road

Gruene Historic District receives a Pony Express rider from the Heritage Trail Ride Association of New Braunfels in the morning. Relay riders carry a Christmas greeting from the governor of Texas. A temporary post office set up next to Gruene Outfitters cancels stamps for mailing. Bring your Christmas cards to have them canceled with the commemorative stamp representing Gruene.

holidaysingruene.com

Holidays in Gruene: Bah Humbug

Dec. 3

The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road

It’s Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" with a twist—one actor plays all the roles in this tale of hope and compassion. Award-winning stage actor Damian Gillen transforms into the beloved characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, in this imaginative re-telling of the holiday classic, complete with costume changes, special effects, and traditional Celtic Christmas tunes.

holidaysingruene.com

Holidays in Gruene: Town Lighting

Dec. 3

Gruene Historic District, 1601 Hunter Road

Gruene closes out the many festivities of the day with a brass band street performance followed by the annual town lighting when Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and hands out candy canes to the kids.

holidaysingruene.com

Holidays in Gruene: Christmas Market Days

Dec. 3-4

Gruene Historic District, 1724 Hunter Road

Find nearly 100 vendors offering Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items, packaged Texas foods, and other goods perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

gruenemarketdays.com

Houston

The Menil Collection Gala: Cirque Surréaliste

Dec. 3

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

The Menil Collection’s anniversary gala takes place once every five years, and is a special event that brings together supporters of the museum, the arts, and the city. All proceeds for the 35th-anniversary gala help ensure that access to the Menil’s art buildings, programs, and green spaces remain available to everyone, free of charge.

menil.org/gala

Canyon

Christmas Open House

Dec. 3

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave.

For its one-day-only Christmas Open House, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum bustles with holiday activity. Along with Santa taking requests at his sleigh in the snowy woods of Hazlewood Lecture Hall, children can make holiday crafts, listen to storytellers weave Christmas stories in a cozy living room setting with a crackling fire, and hear children’s choirs and entertainers fill the rest of the museum with music from the Derrick Room. Santa's helpers also have a cookie station.

panhandleplains.org

Grand Prairie

Holiday Market with Santa

Dec. 3-24

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Shop for holiday gifts and decorations from more than 3,200 vendors on Saturdays and Sundays in December.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332, behind Target

Visit the historic archeological site of Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Christmas with the Fishes

Dec. 3

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

“Sandy Claws” dives with the Sea Center Texas fish to find out their Christmas wishes and to make sure the aquarium gets a good cleaning in preparation for Santa’s Christmas visit. Children can drop off their letters to Santa, and “Sandy Claws” makes sure they get delivered to the North Pole.

tpwd.state.tx.us/seacenter

Ozona

Crockett County Deerfest

Dec. 3

Crockett County Fair Park Convention Center, 1303 Ave. AA

This community-wide appreciation banquet for hunters helps raise money for local civic organizations and the West Texas Rehab. Proceeds are raised through ticket sales for door prizes and admission fees. Door prizes include guns and $10,000 in Cabela's gift cards.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Palestine

Freeze Your Buns Fun Run and 5K

Dec. 3

Palestine Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Main St.

This Palestine tradition, organized by the local YMCA, is a festive fun run through downtown that gets the whole family into the spirit of the season. Wear your favorite holiday costume. The 5K is a USA Track and Field-certified course that utilizes chip timing. It is also a fundraiser for Palestine YMCA youth and senior scholarships.

palestineymca.org

Christmas Parade of Lights

Dec. 3

Historic Downtown Palestine, Main Street

Palestine's only nighttime parade is themed "The Sweetest Christmas" this year. The courthouse lighting ceremony begins as the parade leaves the courthouse square and winds its way through downtown. See the streets of historic downtown aglow with colorful lights and floats. After the parade is a Christmas movie in Rotary Park. Meet Santa there and enjoy the hot chocolate bar and refreshments.

palestinechamber.org

Hearth and Tinsel Tour of Homes

Dec. 3

Palestine Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Main St.

Get a glimpse of some of the architecture of Palestine decorated for the Christmas holidays. For one day only, the Tour of Homes features properties with varying architectural styles from years gone by. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce office and participating homes during tour.

visitpalestine.com/events/2020/hearth--tinsel-tour-of-homes2

Christmas at the Farmers Market

Dec. 3

Farmers Market Pavilion, 813 W. Spring St.

Get your holiday shopping done at this farmers market, where you can find unique gifts for your friends and family along with merchandise like herbs, produce, local honey, homemade soaps, handmade items, jewelry, and art.

palestinefarmersmarket.com

Boerne

Weihnachts Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Main Street

This beloved Christmas tradition dates back more than 30 years. Always on the first Saturday of December, the parade is held at night along historic Main Street. Up to 100 floats, bands, and other entries are lit up in the holiday cheer as they make their way from the fire station to the parade's end at River Road. Grab a chair and some blankets and pick your space to take it all in.

ci.boerne.tx.us/564/weihnachts-parade

Oma's Christmas Craft Fair

Dec. 3-4

Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road

The annual event, a part of the Kendall County Fair Association for over 35 years, cherishes the workmanship of artisans who still have a love for handcrafted items. Featured craftsmen are skilled in time-tested American folk art techniques. They carve, weave, string, paint, sew, cook, draw, and create beautiful items all year long.

kcfa.org/events/omas-christmas-fair

Waxahachie

Christmas Market and Gift Show

Dec. 3

Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane

The Waxahachie Junior Service League Christmas Market is held the first weekend in December and offers a unique shopping experience with over 100 vendors (mostly local) featuring a wide variety of gifts including holiday décor, clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothing, and toys.

waxahachiejsl.org

Granbury

"The Majesty of Christmas"

Dec. 3-4

Texas Amphitheatre, 5000 Texas Drive

The Promise presents “The Majesty of Christmas," a show filled with inspiring original music, live animals, and a talented cast. Bring your blankets and get ready to witness the story of the birth of Christ.

thepromiseglenrose.com

Nativity Scenes

Dec. 3-11

See more than 1,300 Nativity scenes from all over the world. This private collection is on display each year for a short time at the Langdon Center Concert Hall.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/christmas-in-granbury

Sherman

Snowflake Festival and Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Grayson County Courthouse Square, 100 W. Houston St.

The fun and festive family-friendly festival leads up to the city's annual Christmas parade in historic downtown Sherman. The tradition includes the big Christmas tree lighting.

shermantx.org

Bandera

Bandera Market Day

Dec. 3

County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St.

Once a month (except in January and February), the Bandera Business Association hosts an arts and crafts market along Main Street. Artists and craftsmen present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked goods.

banderabusiness.com/2022-market-days

Cowboys On Main

Dec. 3-Feb. 25

Main Street

Every Saturday, see free cowboy fun in downtown Bandera. Activities can include chuckwagon storyteller, hopping on a saddle-broke Longhorn, or a horse-drawn wagon tour of Bandera. Most Saturdays the Bandera Cattle Company perform gunfights at Rattlesnake Ridge located behind the Visitors Center.

banderabusiness.com

Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Main Street

Line up on Main Street to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and other holiday revelers. Enjoy the fun and activities in town. The Cowboy Capital Parade heads north on Main Street.

banderatex.com

Barrel Racing

Dec. 3

Mansfiled Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 SH 16 N.

Witness exciting barrel racing presented by Riding on Faith. Watch as the talented youth show the adults how it's done.

ridingonfaithrodeo.com

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides with Santa

Dec. 3, 10, 17

Wagon Rides of Bandera are giving evening carriage rides with Santa around the Bandera County Courthouse on Main Street.

facebook.com/wagonridesofbandera

Kerrville

Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet

Dec. 3

Kerr County Hill Country Youth Event Center, 3785 SH 27

Enjoy two shopping events at one facility. On the first Saturday of the month (except January and February), Market Days features artists and crafters who bring their own original handcrafted items, while the Hill Country Swap Meet is a community garage sale and flea market.

kerrmarketdays.org

Hill Country Gun Show

Dec. 3-4

Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview

Find vendors selling new and used guns, knives, coins, cutting boards, ammunition, and other items for hunters and collectors. Proceeds go to local area veterans.

gunshowtrader.com

Running Home for the Holidays 5K

Dec. 3

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Join the Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department for its annual holiday 5K. Get the family together and dress up as Santa, elves, "Whoville" residents, or other Christmas characters for an enjoyable way to celebrate the season.

kerrvilletx.gov

Fredericksburg

A Ranger Christmas

Dec. 3

Texas Rangers Heritage Center, 1618 E. Main St.

Come visit with Santa at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center. Enjoy crafts, cookies, cocoa, wagon rides, and other holiday festivities.

trhc.org

Kinderfest

Dec. 3

Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.

Children ages 10 and under are invited to bring a stocking to hang on the fireplace. While the children aren't looking, Santa and his elves work to fill the stockings according to German tradition.

pioneermuseum.org

Elgin

Time to Shine, Hot Cocoa Stroll, and Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown , 310 N. Main St.

This new event is held in conjunction with the Hot Cocoa Stroll and Lighted Christmas Parade and features the official dedication of Elgin's #ETX150 time capsule at 1:50 p.m. 'Tis the season for holiday-themed children’s activities, Santa's reindeer games, Christmas carols, a special screening of "The Polar Express," and festive food trucks.

elgintexas.gov

Dallas

Holiday Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown, Commerce Street

The Dallas Holiday Parade is the largest event in the state with a live audience of 790,000 people and over 22 million viewers on live TV. The event celebrates its 34th year with festivities that include appearances by Cirque du Soleil, Miss America, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as being part of the Hallmark Channel's countdown to Christmas.

dallasholidayparade.com

Mesquite

Christmas Concert

Dec. 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Community Band presents its annual holiday concert. The band is made up of volunteer musicians from high school through retirement age.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Winter Gala: A Community Celebration

Dec. 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center hosts its Winter Gala, a night of family fun with food and music.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 4-5

Westlake Park, 601 Gross Road

Mesquite Parks and Recreation’s largest annual event, Christmas in the Park, kicks off the holiday season with free carnival rides, arts and crafts, visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, indulging on cookies and hot cocoa, and other activities.

visitmesquitetx.com

Seguin

Yulefest

Dec. 4

Seguin Coliseum, 950 S. Austin St.

The Seguin Art League has been presenting this event for 10 years. Enjoy a fine arts and crafts show featuring handmade items, gifts, and decorations; over 70 vendor booths; door prizes; food; and a craft activity for children.

seguinartleague.com

Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestras Winter Concert

Dec. 4

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Hill Country Youth Orchestras' mission is to “bring the joy of the orchestra experience to the youth of the Texas Hill Country” with the vision to nurture, encourage and assist young musicians by sharing the love and joy of music through quality instruction, concert performances, and community service. See the talented youth perform at the organization's annual winter concert.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Orange

"My Fair Lady"

Dec. 5

Lutcher Theater , 707 Main Ave.

From Lincoln Center Theater and director Bartlett Sher comes a sumptuous new production of "My Fair Lady." Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "My Fair Lady" tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a proper lady. But who is really being transformed?

lutcher.org

Temple

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Dec. 5

Downtown Temple, Main Street

Relive the magic that has become a part of downtown Temple's Christmas season for 75 years. See bands, floats, decorated automobiles, and walking groups participate in the parade, and witness the annual tree lighting.

templeparks.com

Sweetwater

Parade of Lights and Christmas on the Square

Dec. 5

Downtown , Oak Street

Spend the evening on Oak Street and watch the annual Christmas parade roll through downtown. Local businesses give out complimentary hot chocolate and goodies.

Vega

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 5

Vega Courthouse Square, 105 S. Ninth St.

Spread holiday cheer and head to the courthouse square of Vega for shopping, sweet treats, and festive beverages.

oldhamcofc.org

Houston

"Mary Poppins"

Dec. 6-24

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

Spend a jolly holiday season with this wonder-filled production of the children's classic based on the Disney film and book by P.L. Travers. This brand-new production of the hit Cameron Mackintosh musical is created for the family by Theatre Under The Stars.

tuts.com

Austin

"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical"

Dec. 6-11

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

The record-setting Broadway holiday show features the songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates while the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday- loving Whos. Sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and remind everyone of the true meaning of the holiday season.

austin.broadway.com

Clute

Planetarium Show

Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector that reproduces the night sky, along with a variety of other high-tech equipment to give visitors a close-up feel of comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

brazosportcenter.com

Boerne

A Walk in Bethlehem

Dec. 6-7

St. Helena's Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St.

Take a step back in time to the small quiet town of Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus Christ's birth. Wander through the town, pet a camel, meet the town's citizens, and don't be surprised if you see the holy family walk by.

sthelenas.net

Orange

Christmas with Santa

Dec. 7-8

Heritage House Museum of Orange County, 905 W. Division Ave.

Get your photo with Santa inside the historic Heritage House Museum. Snacks, cookies, beverages, and entertainment are all part of the fun. Generations of families have traveled to Heritage House for their annual photo with Santa.

heritagehouseoforangecounty.com

Houston

Asiatown Evening Walking Tour

Dec. 7

DIHO Square, 9188 Bellaire Blvd.

Explore one of Asiatown's oldest and most diverse shopping centers. Enjoy dinner, dessert, and shopping. End the evening with a luxurious foot massage.

asiatowntourhtx.com

Dallas

88 Keys Jazz Concert

Dec. 7

Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

Sammons Jazz artistic director and Steinway artist Arlington Jones plays classical music followed by his jazz arrangements of the same compositions. Jones also performs music from some of his friends and influences that are no longer alive, including keyboardists Bernard Wright and George Duke. Jones is joined by James Driscoll on bass, Arlington Ollie Jones III on drums, and Jorge Ginorio on percussion.

sammonsartcenter.org/concerts/jazz

Bryan

Holiday Stroll and Lighted Parade

Dec. 8

Downtown Bryan, Bryan Avenue and Main Street

Floats, vehicles, and fire engines make their way through downtown Bryan in the only lighted Christmas parade in town. The parade starts at 24th and Bryan streets, heads south on 28th Street, and then makes its way to Main Street. Santa Claus might make an appearance at the end of the parade, so bring the little ones for a holiday event to remember.

destinationbryan.com/events/downtown-bryan-holiday-stroll-lighted-parade

Victoria

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 8-11

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

Performed since 1984, this Victoria Ballet Theatre production of Tchaikovsky's classic includes more than 150 cast members. Follow Clara as she journeys through a dream sequence of mystical scenery, enchanting music, and dance. This timeless holiday tradition is one of Tchaikovsky's most enduring scores for the ballet.

victoriaballet.org

Lubbock

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 8-11

Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts , 1300 Mac Davis Lane, Suite 1

Ballet Lubbock presents their annual performance of "The Nutcracker." This holiday classic follows the dreams of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and travel through the Lands of Snow and Sweets. Kids of all ages love the whimsical costumes, music, and an adventurous plot that's sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

balletlubbock.org/performance-archive/the-nutcracker

Houston

"El Milagro Del Recuerdo"

Dec. 8-18

Cullen Theater , 559-575 Prairie St.

The Houston Grand Opera-commissioned mariachi opera "El Milagro del Recuerdo" (The Miracle of Remembering) transports audiences to Michoacan, Mexico, just in time for the holidays. A celebration of family and tradition, this timely story follows the lives of Laurentino, a laborer who returns from the United States to spend Christmastime with his family, and his wife Renata, who worries that his time away from home is changing him. The two face a life-changing decision: whether to stay with family in Mexico, or leave for the promise of a better life.

houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2022-23-season/el-milagro-del-recuerdo

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Artist Presentations

Dec. 8

Storefront Bookstore, 203 N. Commerce St.

Storefront Bookstore, the public space of the Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, presents new works from visiting artists and writers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The ground-floor space in historic downtown Corsicana provides easy access to meet, hear, and view works produced in the nearby work/living space at 100 West.

corsicanaresidency.org

Houston

Emerson String Quartet in Concert

Dec. 8

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Stude Concert Hall, 6100 S. Main St.

The perennial Chamber Music Houston favorites make a record-setting 35th appearance for a bittersweet but not-to-be-missed farewell tour. The legendary ensemble performs a program of quartets from Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.

chambermusichouston.org

Ozona

Evening on the Town

Dec. 8

Ozona’s Historic Town Square, Intersection of Loop 466 and State Highway 163

Get ahead of your holiday shopping at this event where shoppers are treated to discounted prices, refreshments, and fun experiences at local businesses that remain open after usual business hours.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Dec 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9

Downtown , 114 Central Ave.

The second Thursday of each month, sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

Mckinney

Holidays at The Heard

Dec. 9-10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

The beauty of the holiday season is brought into nature. Bundle up and experience one of the most unique holiday events in North Texas. Guests see lights and holiday decor along a half-mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty. Also, you’ll get to travel back in time to experience 10 life-size dinosaurs along a nature trail. Children and the young at heart enjoy the opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting.

heardmuseum.org/holidays-at-the-heard

Orange

"Hairspray"

Dec. 9

Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 Main Ave.

You can’t stop the beat of this Tony Award-winning musical comedy that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event. Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

lutcher.org

Corpus Christi

One in the Chamber Clays Tournament

Dec. 9

Corpus Christi Gun Club, 2832 FM 763

Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Particularly when combined with a little fun and competition? If so, make plans to seize the day at the Portland Chamber of Commerce's One in the Chamber Clays Tournament. Participants compete against one another to see who can shoot the most clay targets with a shotgun.

business.portlandtx.org/events/details/3rd-annual-one-in-the-chamber-clays-tournament-presented-by-corpus-christi-medical-center-12036

Lubbock

Candlelight at the Ranch

Dec. 9-10

National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St.

Visitors step into a "living Christmas card" when the annual Candlelight at the Ranch recreates a frontier holiday similar to those on the open prairie from 1780 to 1950. More than 4,000 luminaries line the paths of the historic park as volunteer ranch hosts dress in period clothing to recreate holiday scenes from another era. Guests enter through the front doors and proceed to Campbell Patio, where they can buy kettle corn, hear Christmas carols provided by the Lubbock High School choir, and access the park trails of their choice. Santa Claus greets visitors in the Pitchfork Pavilion, and cowboy Christmas music plays in the 6666 Barn.

ranchingheritage.org/nrhc-events/candlelight-at-the-ranch/#upcoming

La Grange

Radney Foster in Concert

Dec. 9

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Country music singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer Radney Foster performs in the intimate Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Trail of Lights

Dec. 9-23

Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites, 414 State Loop 92

The trails of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites are lit with beautiful holiday lights for this 10-night festival. The first five nights feature children's crafts, entertainment, visits with Santa, refreshments, and volunteers in costume sharing Victorian-German Christmas traditions at the Kreische home and smokehouse. The final five "encore" nights allow guests to simply walk the trail to enjoy the lights, which include several new thematic displays.

friendsofkbmh.org/events

Mckinney

Holidays at the Heard

Dec. 9-10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Bundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience this unique family-friendly holiday evening event in North Texas.

heardmuseum.org

Amarillo

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 9-11

Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Buchanan St.

See Lone Star Ballet perform its annual production of the classic Christmas ballet "The Nutcracker," which attracts generations of fans each year. 

lonestarballet.org/season-of-dance

Lake Jackson

Tiffany in Concert

Dec. 9

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

The '80s pop star has released two No. 1 hit singles ("I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could’ve Been") and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. She has sold over 15 million albums to date.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Clute

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 9-10

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

Come out and celebrate the holiday season with two days of Christmas activities and fun featuring a lighted Christmas trail and seasonal photo opportunities.

clutetexas.gov

Palestine

A Walk Through Bethlehem

Dec. 9-11

Montalba Baptist Church, State Highway 19 North and Farm-to-Market Road 321

Guided tours through replicated streets of Bethlehem begin with a hayride to the gates of the city. Walk through the streets, complete with live animals and townspeople dressed in costume as merchants during biblical times. At the end, you reach the stable and nativity scene with baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph.

montalbabaptist.church

"The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa Claus"

Dec. 9-11

Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St.

Who is the man who wanted to be Santa Claus? That's what they're asking each other at the local police station when Santa Claus shows up handing out gifts. It's not so much the gifts that amaze Howard and Bertie but the fact that ol' Santa seems to know them all so well and they haven't a clue who's wearing the red and white.

thetexastheater.com

San Angelo

"The Influence of Sculptor Charles Umlauf"

Dec. 9-Feb. 5

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

Michigan-born, Austin-based sculptor Charles Umlauf influenced artists around the world and art students, including Farrah Fawcett, at the University of Texas, where he taught for 40 years. Come see this exhibit featuring artworks that show the influence of Charles Umlauf on other artists.

samfa.org

"Selections and New Acquisitions: San Angelo Museum of Fine Art's Spanish Colonial Collection"

Dec. 9-Feb. 5

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

Since 2005, Spanish Colonial and Mexican religious art has been one of the focus areas of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art's Permanent Collection. This collection now numbers about 100 works including eight major masterpieces of the Mexican Baroque period.

samfa.org

Fredericksburg

The Christmas Journey

Dec. 9-10

Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 W. Austin St.

This drive-through presentation of the Christmas story depicts various scenes with live animals and actors, closely replicated backgrounds, special lighting and effects, and Christmas music filling the night air.

bethanyfredericksburg.com

"Miracle on 34th Street"

Dec. 9-11, 16-18

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents the heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, staged with live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols. 

fredericksburgtheater.org

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Dec. 10-11

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Dec. 10-11

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

Holiday shopping gets in full swing at this long-running arts and crafts marketplace. Open since 1975, shoppers can expect a variety of handcrafted goods. Every show is different and includes wood and metal crafts, floral designs, children's and women's boutique clothing, and an array of wonderful home decor from the vivid imaginations of the crafters.

samishow.com

Irving

Home for the Holidays Concert

Dec. 10

Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

A favorite for the entire family, the annual Holiday Concert features the Irving Chorale, a visitor from the North Pole, a singalong, a talented pianist, and fresh arrangements.

irvingsymphony.org

Llano

Snow Day

Dec. 10

Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive

Badu Park is transformed into a winter wonderland of white and fluffy fun as 35,000 pounds of ice is brought to the park and made into a giant sledding hill. Wristbands are required and sleds are provided.

llanostarrystarrynights.com

The Woodlands

Christmas Gift Market

Dec. 10-11

Town Green Park , 2099 Lake Robbins Drive

Start your holiday shopping at this indoor and outdoor market where a wide selection of exhibitors bring clothing, decor, solid-wood furniture, art, Christmas decor, and foods such as dips, salsas, artisan chocolates, pastries, and canned vegetables. The market is made up from half handmade items and half manufactured items, but all exhibitors are small business owners based in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Admission and parking are free and strollers are welcome.

bigtop.show/thewoodlandstxdecember

San Marcos

Art Squared Arts Market

Dec. 10

Hays County Historic Courthouse Lawn, 111 E. San Antonio St.

Experience a juried arts and fine crafts market that brings the best local artists together in one place. Find great art of all kinds, live music, a free kids' arts and crafts booth, and live art demonstrations.

artsquaredmarket.com

Baytown

Christmas Past and Present

Dec. 10

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

Festive decorations and unique surroundings of Christmas life past and present are depicted at the Baytown Historical Preservation Association's 13th annual Christmas Past and Present. Historic buildings are adorned in traditional and modern-day decorations with luminaries lighting up the pathways throughout the Living History Museum. Kids get to see Santa and tell him their wishes, cowboy poets recite poems, docents in period clothing show you what Christmas was like in the early 20th century, and kids can make Christmas crafts and get their faces painted.

baytownhistory.org

Sweetwater

Cookies with Santa

Dec. 10

National WASP WWII Museum, 210 Avenger Field Road

Bring the kids to see Santa and snap a picture, then enjoy free cookies and drinks.

Corpus Christi

Christmas on the Diamond

Dec. 10

The Miracle League of Corpus Christi, 1354 Airport Road

The inaugural Christmas on the Diamond includes fun holiday displays, lights, music, and food trucks. All sales from this event benefit the residents of the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.

corpusvsc.com

Spicewood

Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

Dec. 10

Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 CR 409

Partake in a holiday fitness tradition for adventurous runners and walkers. The Spicewood Vineyards Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K takes you past rolling vineyards and along country roads, then rewards you with a souvenir wine glass, post-race wine tasting and meal, all at a beautiful, award-winning winery in the Texas Hill Country. All finishers get medals. Dress up for a chance to win wine awards in the holiday costume contest.

runintexas.com/spicewood

Corpus Christi

Home for the Holidays Concert

Dec. 10

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive #5723

As one of the best holiday events in Corpus Christi, the Home for the Holidays Concert includes your favorite Christmas carols, fresh new arrangements, three local choirs, a visitor from the North Pole, a singalong, and the talented Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

ccsymphony.org

Jefferson

Gun and Knife Show

Dec. 10-11

Jefferson Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St.

Shop for new and antique guns, knives, knife-sharpening equipment, ammunition, gun parts, archery equipment, reloading equipment and supplies, scopes, and holsters. There's a rifle giveaway, courtesy of J and N Motorsports.

tandkpromotions.com

Montgomery

Christmas in Historic Montgomery

Dec. 10

Downtown Montgomery, Texas, 14420 Liberty St.

Montgomery County's oldest Christmas celebration—marking its 45th year—offers a full day of events in downtown Montgomery, one of Texas' oldest towns and the birthplace of the Texas flag. The event includes strolling carolers, a marketplace with homemade gifts and décor items, old-fashioned decorations in the historic buildings on the evening 45th Historic Home Tour, and the 33rd famous Cookie Walk, where tables are laden with decorative cookies and candies to purchase by the pound.

mhs-tx.org

Comanche

Christmas In Comanche

Dec. 10-11

Various locations, 101 W. Central Ave

Numerous events take place in Comanche for the holiday season, including the annual Christmas light show at the courthouse, the Christmas parade, Tour of Homes, Jingle Mingle, and the ice skating rink, which is open for the entire month of December.

comanchechamber.org

Anson

Parade of Lights

Dec. 10

Various locations, 1132 W. Court Plaza

The Anson High School band, several equestrian groups, more than 30 beautifully decorated floats, and antique vehicles take to the streets for a traditional Christmas parade.

Austin

"Medieval X Modern"

Dec. 10-July 9

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Along with representative medieval objects, "Medieval X Modern" presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical figures of the Middle Ages.

blantonmuseum.org

Weslaco

Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 10

Downtown Weslaco

Celebrate the holidays with this local Christmas parade featuring a variety of floats and a special appearance from Santa himself. There are more than 100 float entries, music, and great fun. This year, see the community's creativity as they display Christmas song-themed floats.

weslaco.com

San Saba

Sip N' Stroll and Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 10

San Saba Chamber of Commerce, 113 S. High St.

The ninth annual Sip N’ Stroll wine tasting event includes the lighted Christmas parade and wine tastings from local wineries plus beer from local breweries.

sansabachamber.com

Fulton

Caroling at the Mansion

Dec. 10

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, 317 S. Fulton Beach Road

The Fulton Mansion comes alive with a candlelight singalong from carolers outside the mansion. Join in and sing some classic Christmas songs, then explore the mansion.

visitfultonmansion.com

Rockport

Christmas in the District

Dec. 10

Rockport Downtown, Austin Street

Shops in downtown Rockport get in the Christmas spirit with Santa, treasure hunts, live music, food, and specials.

rockportculturalartsdistrict.com

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 10

Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle

The Rockport Yacht Club hosts a parade of decorated vessels that are judged in several classes including powerboats and sailboats. Watch the boats glide across the water and light up the harbor for the Christmas season.

rockportyachtclub.org

Burnet

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 10

Burnet Town Square , 220 S. Pierce St.

Snow kicks off a grand day of events for Christmas on the Square. A truck dumps 40,000 pounds of snow for children of all ages to play in with a snow slide and two snow play areas. There are plenty of artisan vendors and food booths. There's also a 5K and kids' fun run, a bicycle giveaway for kids, and visits with Santa and the Grinch. Don't miss the parade. Parking is free.

burnetchamber.org/event/christmas-on-the-square-2

La Grange

Carrie Rodriguez with Luke Jacobs in Concert

Dec. 10

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Carrie Rodriguez and husband/touring partner Luke Jacobs round out the 18th musical season at The Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Round Top

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 10

Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road

The Ovation Ballet Company does a live performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet for the Christmas season. Take a magical journey through the land of dancing snowflakes to the Kingdom of the Sweets.

festivalhill.org

Corsicana

Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency Open Studios

Dec. 10

100 West , 100 W. Third Ave.

100 West, the residency of Corsicana Artist and Writers presents new works from visiting artists and writers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. View works produced by the residents who lived and worked in historic downtown Corsicana while they created their pieces.

corsicanaresidency.org

Brazoria

Christmas In Brazoria

Dec. 10

Brazoria Heritage Foundation Civic Center, 202 W. Smith St.

Santa Claus is coming to Brazoria. Bring the kids to get their picture taken with Santa, and browse through arts and crafts booths while taking advantage of free family entertainment. There are rides for kids and food vendors.

brazoriahf.org

Paris

Wassail Fest

Dec. 10

Downtown Paris, 17 N.E. Second St.

Wassail is a hot, mulled cider drink that's popular around the holidays, and downtown stores in Paris are creating their own recipes for patrons to vote on. Have fun sipping while shopping for Christmas gifts.

downtownptx.com

Christmas at the Museums

Dec. 10

Heritage Park Museums and Genealogy Library, 1125 Bonham St.

Heritage Park Museums hosts the annual Christmas at the Museums, where Lamar County exhibits are on display and food trucks are available with delicious treats. There's also door prizes, a book signing, and the award for History Maker of the Year is given.

1125 Bonham St.

Cameron

Art Walk Gala

Dec. 10

Railfan on Main, 101 E. Main St.

Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry are on display and for sale. At the black tie reception, enjoy food and wine prepared by local businesses. Youth scholarships are awarded.

cameron-tx.com

Arthur City

Lighted Holiday Parade

Dec. 10

Downtown Port Arthur , Proctor Street

Procter Street lights up as floats make their way down through downtown Port Arthur.

visitportarthurtx.com

Spring

Islamic Arts Festival

Dec. 10-11

Masjid Al-Salam, 16700 Old Louetta Road

This event showcases the art of emerging and student artists and in the past has offered interactive sessions including calligraphy, Ebru, painting, and henna, plus children’s art activities. The festival has gained recognition as the oldest continuously running festival of Islamic arts in America.

islamicartssociety.org

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Dec. 10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

Zip Line Day

Dec. 10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

During Zip Line Days, visitors can climb a 23-foot-tall tree to a zip line platform, then proceed to a 487-foot-long zip line.

heardmuseum.org

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Jingle Bell Run and Walk

Dec. 10

Gruene Historic District, 1281 Gruene Road

Registration for the 30th annual run/walk begins early. This 5K run/walk and Kids' K event benefits St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Awards are given to the top male and female finishers, the top male and female masters, the top three finishers in each age group, and the top three wheelchair athletes.

athleteguild.com

Huntsville

Family Christmas

Dec. 10

Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library, 1836 Sam Houston Ave.

The annual holiday event on the museum grounds has historical demonstrations and holiday goodies.

samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com

Freeport

Downtown Holiday Market

Dec. 10

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Enjoy holiday performances, festive activities, and craft and food vendors.

freeport.tx.us

Surfside Beach

Island of Nighttime Kites

Dec. 10

Surfside Beach Main Entrance

Watch the sky fill up with the lit-up kites of the Surfside Flyers Kite Club. The fourth annual event is fun for all ages.

surfsidetx.org

Palestine

Dogwood Jamboree: "A Pineywood Christmas"

Dec. 10

Palestine High School Auditorium, State Highway 287 South and Loop 256

Enjoy classic country music and comedy at this Branson-style show featuring a holiday theme and good clean family-style entertainment.

dogwoodjamboree.com

Whiskey and Wine Swirl

Dec. 10

Sip, shop, and walk your way through historic downtown while enjoying culinary delights paired with fine wines and bold whiskies from Texas vineyards and distilleries. Your ticket includes entry to the after-party held at Tahwahkaro Distilling Company, where you can get a tour of the operations, an up-close view of the kettles, live music, and a dessert bar. Check in is at the Palestine Chamber of Commerce.

visitpalestine.com

Boerne

Boerne Market Days

Dec. 10-11, Jan. 14-15, Feb. 11-12

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

On the second weekend of each month, hundreds of festive booths display everything from collectibles and remembrances of the past to modern innovations that bring a smile of wonder to those who stroll past.

boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

Music in the Cave: An Evening with Slaid Cleaves

Dec. 10

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Slaid Cleaves writes songs about people who live an unglamorous reality, working dead-end jobs and running out of money. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

cavewithoutaname.com

Toast To Olde Town

Dec. 10-11

Historic Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main St.

At this merry mistletoe weekend in celebration of Boerne’s "olde town" heritage, visitors are invited to take a quiet stroll through downtown, where they can find live music, wassail tasting, shopping along the Hill Country Mile, Santa, and a Christmas market at Main Plaza.

dickensonmain.com

Bluegrass Jam at the AgriCultural

Dec. 10, 24; Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25

The AgriCultural Museum, 102 City Park Road

Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, bring your instrument and play along, or just come to listen to the musicians participating in the Bluegrass Jam.

theagricultural.org/bluegrass-jams

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour

Dec. 10, 24; Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25

Kuhlmann-King Museum, 402 E. Blanco Road

On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, the Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like "way back when." Monthly events and themes vary.

facebook.com/kuhlmannkinghouse

Waxahachie

Historic Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec. 10-11

Various locations

Tour a selection of historic homes adorned in their holiday finest.

historicwaxahachie.com/christmas-tour-of-home

Santa Run

Dec. 10

Railyard Park, 455 S. College St.

This holiday 5K race and fun run comes complete with Santa suits.

ymcadallas.org

Plano

The Legacy of Harmony Christmas Show

Dec. 10

Saint Mark the Evangelist-Smyth Pastoral Center, 1100 W. 15th St.

Legacy of Harmony is a premiere performing chorus. From barbershop to gospel to doo wop, these folks are sure to warm your heart with their harmonies. Let them entertain you.

visitplano.com/event/the-legacy-of-harmony-christmas-show

Houston

Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio"

Dec. 10

Brockman Hall for Opera, Rice University campus, 6100 Main St.

Bach Society Houston welcomes the Christmas season during its 40th-anniversary year with a choral and orchestral performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s rarely performed "Christmas Oratorio." Under the direction of conductor Rick Erickson, the one-and-a-half hour performance is Bach’s glorious musical Nativity story. Richly scored, Bach used a wide variety of instruments including oboes, flutes, trumpets, drums, violin, and continuo. Rising tenor Kyle Stegall returns in the role of The Evangelist. Listeners are enveloped in sound featuring big choral moments juxtaposed with delicate and touching arias. Bach Society Houston performs the first three cantatas of the "Christmas Oratorio" which announce the birth of Christ, the appearance of the angels to the shepherds, and the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem to see Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Bach composed the "Christmas Oratorio" in 1734 for the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas in Leipzig, Germany. This story is shared through six cantatas each meant to be performed on a specific day of the Christmas season.

bachsocietyhouston.org

San Antonio

German Christmas Celebration: Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier

Dec. 11

Margarite B. Parker Chapel, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place

The Beethoven Maennerchor and the San Antonio Liederkranz sing choral music, and students from local schools and colleges read poems and passages of scripture in German. The highlight is the congregation singing "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht"(Silent Night) by candlelight.

Elgin

Photos with Santa

Dec. 11

Elgin Recreation Center, 361 SH 95

Write your letter to Santa and mail it to the North Pole, then take photos at the selfie station while you wait in line to see the big man himself. Make your own custom hot cocoa at the hot cocoa bar, and sing Christmas carols to bring the holiday cheer.

elgintexas.gov/239/recreation-programming

San Antonio

Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier

Dec. 11

Trinity University, Margarite B. Parker Chapel, 1 Trinity Place

This much-loved event in San Antonio’s holiday season is a non-denominational German Christmas celebration open to everyone. It includes the telling of the Christmas story in German, using traditional scripture, Christmas poems, carols, and seasonal music. There is no sermon. The Beethoven Maennerchor and the San Antonio Liederkranz sing choral music; students from local schools and colleges read poems and passages of scripture in German. In advance of the service, Trinity University organist Dr. David Heller plays an organ prelude. The climax of the evening is the congregation singing “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night”) by candlelight.

Grand Prairie

"The Ultimate Christmas Variety Show"

Dec. 12

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

At this holiday variety show, see top impersonators recreate classic holiday variety shows from the 1970s and '80s that starred Sonny and Cher, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, and other greats of entertainment.

uptowntheatergp.com

Gladewater

Christmas Parade

Dec. 13

Downtown Gladewater, 200 Broadway Ave.

There's a feeling of Christmas in the air as Gladewater hails the coming of the holiday season and offers a warm winter welcome to all with a festive Christmas parade.

gladewaterchamber.org

Fulton

Christmas in Fulton

Dec. 14-15

Fulton Harbor, North Casterline Drive

Bring the family to Fulton Harbor for hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, Santa, and loads of fun.

fultontexas.org

Katy

Christmas Gift Market

Dec. 15

Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway

Start your holiday shopping at this indoor and outdoor market where a wide selection of exhibitors bring clothing, decor, solid-wood furniture, art, Christmas decor, and foods such as dips, salsas, artisan chocolates, pastries, and canned vegetables. The market is made up from half handmade items and half manufactured items, but all exhibitors are small business owners based in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Admission and parking are free and strollers are welcome.

bigtop.show/katytxwillowfork

Port Aransas

Santa in the Park

Dec. 15

Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A

Family fun at the Civic Center includes hot chocolate, snacks, stories, and games. Bring your camera or phone and take Santa photos with the kids.

facebook.com/portaparksnrec

Anson

Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball

Dec. 15-17

Pioneer Hall, 2301 Avenue G

Originating in 1885, this ball includes dances that are still presented in a frontier atmosphere, with the pioneer steps having been preserved to help ratify Anson's claim as the home of Western dance. This year's lineup includes music from Michael Martin Murphy, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys, and Jake Hooker.

texasccb.com

New Braunfels

Come and Taste It: Meet Texas' Best Winemakers

Dec. 15, Feb. 16

The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Road

On the third Thursday of the month (except January), come to The Grapevine Garden and taste some of Texas’ best wines and craft beers straight from the winemakers and brewers. The event features complimentary tastings, live music, and door prizes.

grapevineingruene.com

Bandera

Cowboy Camp with Lew Peterbaugh

Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16

Bandera Beverage Barn, 1407 SH 16 North

Bring your guitar to play along or simply come to listen on the third Thursday of the month. Pickers who play cowboy, Texas country, or Western swing music are welcome to sit in.

banderacowboycapital.com

Wharton

Snow on the Square

Dec. 16

Wharton County Courthouse, 100 S. Fulton St.

The courthouse lawn is full of festive fun including real snow, food trucks, face painting, and music.

whartonchamber.com

Dallas

Sammons Cabaret Concert: Making Spirits Bright with Linda and Larry Petty and Friends

Dec. 16

Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

A magical evening awaits when the 2014 Sammons Cabaret Artists of the Year regale the audience with nostalgic melodies and an audience singalong. Other evening highlights include seasonal treats and maybe a special visitor from the North Pole.

sammonsartcenter.org/concerts/cabaret

Palestine

Bowers Mansion Ghost Hunt

Dec. 16-17

Bowers Mansion, 301 S. Magnolia St.

Over 140 years old and harboring stories of murder, suicide, and death, the Historic Bowers Mansion in a small East Texas city is growing a reputation for one of the most haunted locations in the country, according to Haunted Rooms America.

hauntedrooms.com/texas/ghost-hunts/historic-bowers-mansion-palestine-tx

Boerne

Kinder Fest

Dec. 16-18

Historic Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main St.

On this child-friendly weekend, everyone is encouraged to show off their ugly Christmas sweaters, silly Christmas pajamas, and Whoville hairdos. Events include the Cookie Crawl, a free Santa scavenger hunt, Christmas card decorating, a visit with Santa, and the Cowboy Christmas Market.

ci.boerne.tx.us/1197/visit-boerne

Fredericksburg

Trade Days

Dec. 16-18, Jan. 20-22, Feb. 17-19

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop more than 350 vendors in seven barns and acres of antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic items, candles, unique clothing, jewelry, and food; plus, enjoy a biergarten and live music. Located 7 miles east on State Highway 290 across from Wildseed Farms.

fbgtradedays.com

Blanco

Market Day

Dec. 17

Old Blanco Courthouse, 300 Main St.

Shop from about 100 vendors offering homemade crafts, apparel, home decor, plants, baked goods, art, embroidery and crocheted items, and jewelry. Food vendors are on site, and live music fills the air. Admission is free.

historicblanco.org/market-day

Austin

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Outside

Dec. 17-23

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

For 45-plus seasons, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists alongside live music in a festive, lively atmosphere. This year, Armadillo Bazaar Outside offers a three-day, in-person event to create a safe, family-friendly scene. Experience a selection of curated artists with works to excite every art lover, collector, or first-time visitor.

armadillobazaar.com

Galveston

The Midtown Men Holiday Hits Concert

Dec. 17

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Stars from the original Broadway cast of the smash musical hit "Jersey Boys" bring comfort and joy to The Grand this holiday season. Look forward to reminiscing to the great sounds of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and their signature renditions of the iconic hits of the '60s.

thegrand.com

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Dec. 17

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony continues its 2022-2023 season with tenor Aquiles Machado. The performance includes Émile Waldteufel's "Christmas Roses Waltz," Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers," and lots of holiday favorites plus the orchestra's traditional carol singalong.

lascolinassymphony.org

Austin

"Las Hermanas Iglesias"

Dec. 17-Aug. 27, 2023

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

This collaboration between sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias is conceptually anchored by the biological phenomenon of microchimerism. That is, people who have given birth host at least three unique cell populations—their own, their gestational parent's, and their child’s. The sculptural installation also echoes Chimera from classical mythology, a fire-breathing female monster with the body parts of a lion, goat, and serpent.

blantonmuseum.org

Blanco

Lighted Christmas Parade and Market

Dec. 17

Old Blanco County Courthouse Lawn, 300 Main St.

Stroll through Blanco's town square for some Christmas shopping, then stay for the lighted Christmas parade and watch the courthouse lawn and surrounding area light up for the season.

visitblancotexas.com

Port Arthur

A Very Marshy Christmas

Dec. 17

Sea Rim State Park , 19335 S. Gulfway Drive

Santa arrives by airboat to enjoy Sea Rim State Park with Mrs. Claus. Have fun with family activities and a great photo opportunity.

facebook.com/searimstatepark

West Columbia

Candlelight Christmas

Dec. 17

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Site, 1702 N. 13th. St.

Tour the plantation house to discover the many contributions of different cultures to Christmas in Texas. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season (wassail), Christmas cookies and other foods, entertainment, children's activities, and a special visit from Santa. Santa's Market is also open for all the shoppers who attend.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Surfside Beach

Surfing Santas

Dec. 17

Surfside Beach Pedestrian Beach

Watch a group of Santas catch waves and hang 10 at this fifth annual holiday event.

surfsidetx.org

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area.

gcbo.org

Ozona

Crockett County 4-H Junior Livestock Show

Dec. 17

Crockett County 4-H Barn, 1303 Ave. AA

Area youth bring their best livestock for the judges to review.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Boerne

Music in the Cave: Winter Solstice

Dec. 17

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Celebrate the Winter Solstice by enjoying an eclectic concert of holiday music that combines contemporary arrangements of traditional carols, soaring vocals, original acoustic music, and pulsing world-beat rhythms, performed on a mixture of ancient and modern instruments. Hear why this annual performance by Rudi and the Rudiments has consistently sold out for over 20 years.

cavewithoutaname.com

Christmas Market Days

Dec. 17-18

Main Plaza, 100 N. Main St.

At the final Market Days of the year, hundreds of festive booths display everything from collectibles and remembrances of the past to modern innovations that bring a smile of wonder to those who stroll past.

boernemarketdays.com/boerne.html

Bandera

Singing in the Saddle

Dec. 17

Boys and Girls Club of Bandera County, 715 Maple St.

Enjoy caroling while taking a wagon or buggy ride or riding horseback. Bring your guitar if you want and play along.

banderacowboycapital.com

Kerrville

Christmas at the Kroc

Dec. 17

Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive

Celebrate the holidays with the whole family at this free event filled with breakfast, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and arts and crafts—all themed around "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

kerrvillekroc.org

Grand Prairie

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas

Dec. 18

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don't miss the 30th year of Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas, a family-friendly multimedia experience with the Rio Grande Band and the Rocky Mountain Vintage Dancers.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Lake Jackson

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 18

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra presents "Christmas by the Fireside," a concert featuring heartwarming and uplifting holiday family favorites.

brazosportcenter.com

Boerne

Boerne Concert Band Christmas Concert

Dec. 18

Boerne High School Auditorium, 1 Greyhound Lane

Come celebrate the music of the Christmas season. The Boerne Concert Band, directed by Larry Schmidt, is made up of musical members from all over the Texas Hill Country and includes lifelong musicians, high school, middle school, and retired band directors, military veterans, and students.

boerneconcertband.com/2022-performance-calendar.html

Plano

Plano Symphony: Home for the Holidays

Dec. 18

Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road

The holiday tradition includes seasonal favorites, the ever-popular audience sing-along, humorous moments, and even a few surprises. This year's event has the Plano Symphony Orchestra being joined by singer and actress Fela and the Plano Civic Chorus.

planosymphony.org/home-for-the-holidays

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Two Ton Tuesday Holiday Show

Dec. 20, 27

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

If you haven't felt the energy of Two Tons of Steel live, grab your dancing partner and get ready for a rockin’ night. The band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., but come early for swing dance lessons before the show.

gruenehall.com

Palestine

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

Dec. 22

Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St.

Put on your festive sweaters and head over to the Historic Texas Theatre for a classic Christmas sing-along of traditional Christmas carols. Free refreshments are served ahead of the singing.

thetexastheater.com

Lake Jackson

Pancakes and Pajamas

Dec. 24

Asiel's Restaurant on Mammoth Lake, 330 N. Dixie Drive

On Christmas Eve, stop by for a pajama breakfast complete with Christmas caroling, pictures with Santa, and pancakes.

asielstexas.com

Grand Prairie

Gary Owen's DFW-NYE Takeover VI

Dec. 30-31

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Ring in the New Year with hilarious laughs, a live band, and party favors.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Port Aransas

New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

Dec. 31

Roberts Point Park, 301 J C Barr Blvd.

The night sky lights up with brilliant colors as Port Aransas celebrates New Year's Eve with a big fireworks show. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

cityofportaransas.org/departments/parks-and-recreation

Angleton

Wild Wild West New Years

Dec. 31

The Dirty South, 116 N. Velasco

Ring in the new year in downtown Angleton with dinner, live music, and a balloon drop at midnight. Steampunk attire and costumes are encouraged.

thedirtysouthtx.com

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: New Year's Eve at Gruene Hall

Dec. 31

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

A Gruene Hall favorite returns to help ring in the New Year at Texas’ oldest dance hall.

gruenehall.com

Fredericksburg

USO-Style Hangar Dance

Dec. 31

Pacific Showroom at the Hangar Hotel, 155 Airport Road

Ring in New Year's Day dancing to the sounds of a 1940s-style big band. Take swing dance lessons and wear your best 1940s-inspired outfit to take part in the costume contest. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the United Service Organizations in Fort Hood.

hangarhotel.com

Luckenbach

New Year's Eve Celebration

Dec. 31

Celebrate the start of 2023 at the annual New Year's Eve dance in the historic Luckenbach dance hall.

luckenbachtexas.com

Fredericksburg

Countdown to the New Year

Dec. 31

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

Ring in the new year in downtown Fredericksburg. The city hosts an early event appropriate for all ages and featuring the ball drop on the Marktplatz Square.

fbgtx.org

Elgin

Glowing into 2023

Dec. 31

Elgin VFW, 188 Old Sayers Road

Join the fun at this New Year’s Eve party at the Elgin VFW, featuring all things neon, live music, food vendors, and activities for kids. No New Year’s Eve would be complete without a midnight toast and black-eyed peas.

elgintexas.gov

Polar Bear Plunge

Jan. 1

Morris Memorial Pool, 802 N. Avenue C

Brave the cold water and jump into the new year at the Elgin Municipal Pool at Morris Memorial Park. Take pictures in the photo booth, and bring a change of clothes and a towel.

elgintexas.gov/239/recreation-programming

Gladewater

Sesquicentennial Celebration

Jan. 1-Dec. 31

Various locations, 116 E. Commerce Ave.

Gladewater invites everyone to visit its historic streets during 2023. Each month, a special event takes place in different locations across Gladewater. Events include a "Night at the Museum" and lakeside festivities.

Round Top

Linda Patterson and Friends in Concert

Jan. 1

Edythe Bates Old Chapel, 248 Jaster Road

Dr. Linda Patterson and friends perform an exciting, sacred, and secular program on the Henry Erben pipe organ.

festivalhill.org

Port Arthur

First Day Hike

Jan. 1

Sea Rim State Park , 19335 S. Gulfway Drive

Celebrate the new year with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. While hiking, learn about what lives in the waters along the Texas coast.

visitportarthurtx.com

New Braunfels

Hair of the Dog Day

Jan. 1

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Enjoy free live shows all day at Gruene Hall on New Year's Day.

gruenehall.com

Surfside Beach

Polar Plunge

Jan. 1

Surfside Beach Pedestrian Beach

Start the new year off right and on Jan. 1 join others as they take a cold and refreshing dip in the Gulf.

surfsidetx.org

Tyler

T.R.Y.Athlon

Jan. 1

Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16

“Try” new skills for a new year. Visitors can sign up for guided hikes through the forest, mountain biking through pine savannah, and try out kayaking on a spring-fed lake.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler

Clute

Planetarium Show

Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector that reproduces the night sky, along with a variety of other high-tech equipment to give visitors a close-up feel of comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

brazosportcenter.com

Temple

First Friday: Happy New Year

Jan. 6

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Art Center First Friday

Jan. 6

Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.

On the first Friday of each month, the Port Aransas Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artworks. Refreshments and live music are part of the fun, and visitors can meet the artists behind the pieces.

portaransasartcenter.org

Rockport

Gospel Music Festival

Jan. 6-7

First Baptist Church, 1515 N. Live Oak St.

Numerous gospel groups from around the state and nation perform, including the Crimson River Quartet, the McNeills, the DeLawders, and Rockport's Gospel Force.

gospelforce.org

La Grange

Ray Wylie Hubbard in Concert

Jan. 6-7

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard kicks off the 19th musical season at The Bugle Boy listening room, a converted World War II army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Lunar New Year

Jan. 6-8, 13-15, 21-22

Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Parkway

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie. Enjoy live performances, food from different cultures, and other festivities.

asiatimessquare.com

Temple

Family Day: Harlem Renaissance

Jan. 7

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B.

The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of African American culture, music, art, and literature. Join the museum as they celebrate this unique moment in history. Jazz and crafts are part of the day.

templeparks.com

Grand Prairie

Bluey's Big Play

Jan. 7

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Follow the adventures of Bluey, a loveable puppy who lives with her mom, dad, and little sister.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Bandera

Hoka Bandera Endurance Trail Race

Jan. 7-8

Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Road

Endurance runners of different levels participate in this race weekend with 25K, 50K, and 100K events and a 1-mile youth race. The 100K is a standlone race on Saturday with a 24-25 hour cutoff. The 50K and 25K start Sunday morning and end Sunday night the latest.

tejastrails.com/bandera

Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills

Jan. 7

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Symphony of the Hills presents "POPS: Western Swing," celebrating the music of Western swing, that delightful blend of country, big band swing, and blues that was named the official music of Texas in 2011.

symphonyofthehills.org

Valley View

Kid's Trout Derby

Jan. 7

Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Johnson Branch Unit, 100 PW 4153

Help celebrate 100 years of fishing in Texas State Parks. Bring your child to the Kid Fish pond and create memorable moments while fishing for freshly stocked rainbow trout. Rangers are there to help kids fish and are giving away prizes.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake

Bandera

Bandera County Junior Livestock Show

Jan. 11-14

Mansfiled Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 SH 16 N.

For more than 80 years, the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show has provided 4-H and FFA youth opportunities to further their agricultural, leadership, and higher education goals. An auction is held on the Jan. 14.

bcjlsa.com

Plano

"Four Weddings and an Elvis"

Jan. 12-28

Cox Playhouse, 1517 H Ave.

Anything can happen in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas...and does. From a couple getting married by the King himself as revenge on their exes, to arrogant, aging stars tying the knot as a publicity stunt, to a ceremony that really needs to happen before the police arrive, to the nuptials of the wedding chapel owner herself, what happens in Vegas...is hilarious.

roverdramawerks.com

Galveston

"The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston"

Jan. 13

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Whitney Houston's musical legacy comes to life in this critically acclaimed tribute production. Showcasing the breathtaking vocal performance of Belinda Davids, look forward to enjoying a heartfelt journey through many of Houston's greatest hits including "I Will Always Love You," "How Will I Know," and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." The show is backed by a live band, vocalists, and choreographed dancers.

thegrand.com

Houston

"The Marriage of Figaro"

Jan. 13-28

Brown Theater , 501 Texas Ave.

Few operas have as much comedic energy as Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Full of bright colors and costumes evoking the Moroccan influence on Muslim Spain, the vibrant production synthesizes transcendent music and lively performances into an unforgettable evening at the opera. Its large cast is led by bass Nahuel Di Pierro as the titular Figaro, a working-class man set to marry the beautiful Susanna despite the meddling of their employer, a married count who would rather have the beauty for himself.

houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2022-23-season/the-marriage-of-figaro

Beeville

"El Corazon, Scenes and Memories from Mexico"

Jan. 14-April 15

Beeville Art Museum, 401 E. Fannin St.

A collection of paintings and cut paper pieces from Guadalupe Hernandez explores the Mexican diaspora through the lens of people, places, and memories from his childhood in Mexico.

bamtexas.org

Temple

"Quanah Parker: One Man Two Worlds"

Jan. 14-April 15

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B.

In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann Parker from her family. Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief. After Texas Rangers took Cynthia Ann back, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders in both war and peace. This photo exhibit tells this story of their lives caught between two different worlds.

templeparks.com

Van Horn

Culberson County Stock Show

Jan. 14

Rodeo Arena and Community Center, 300 Jones St.

A stock show and sale is accompanies by family activities, barbecue, and a dance.

culberson-tx.tamu.edu

Monahans

Resolution Run

Jan. 14

Monahans Sandhills State Park, 2500 I-20

Keep those New Year's resolutions going with a 5K, 10K, and 1-mile health walk.

active.com/monahans-tx/running/distance-running-races/monahans-sandhills-resolution-run-2023

Galveston

The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert

Jan. 14-15

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Whether you’re a fan of smooth, four-part gospel harmonies or upbeat country songs, the distinctive sound of the Oak Ridge Boys is legendary. Their string of hits includes the country-pop chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” and “Thank God for Kids.”  

thegrand.com

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Jan. 14-15

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Jan. 14

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

West Columbia

Market Day

Jan. 14

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Site, 1702 N. 13th. St.

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Plus, there's free admission to the site during market hours.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Freeport

History Day

Jan. 14

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

At this event, see exhibits and hear firsthand accounts of significant events that took place in the city of Freeport's past.

freeport.tx.us

Granbury

Goosebump Jump

Jan. 14

Granbury City Beach, 505 E. Pearl St.

Kick off the new year by jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Granbury. Prizes are awarded for Best Costume, Oldest Participant, Furthest Travelled, Best Team Costumes, and Best Couples Costume.

visitgranbury.com/goosebumpjump

Sherman

Martin Luther King Jr. Day March

Jan. 14

Downtown Sherman, 400 S. Travis St.

All churches, civic and social groups, and members of the public are welcome to come out for the march to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. March.

facebook.com/shermanneighborhoodrec

Luckenbach

Blues Festival

Jan. 14

Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop

The 16th annual Luckenbach Blues Festival showcases an all-day lineup of blues musicians and bands.

luckenbachtexas.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Indian Artifact Show

Jan. 14

Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

Featuring a wide variety of some of the finest Native American artifacts from Texas and the United States, including arrowheads, pottery, beads, and books.

hillcountryindianartifacts.com

Brenham

Uptown Swirl, Downtown Brenham

Jan. 15

Downtown Brenham

Experience unique shops while sipping and sampling wines from around the world. Tickets are available online and from participating merchants.

downtownbrenham.com

Austin

PrintAustin

Jan. 15-Feb. 15

Various locations

During this monthlong annual festival, organized by PrintAustin Collective, patrons can partake in printmaking-focused experiences, see exhibitions at museums and galleries, and take in virtual programming. PrintAustin Collective is an artist-led nonprofit that works with local venues and artists to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking.

printaustin.org

Fredericksburg

Take 3 in Concert

Jan. 15

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents Take 3, a trio (Lindsay Deutsch on violin, Susan Boettger on piano, and Lila Yang on cello) that performs a multifaceted program including tangos; music from movies, Broadway, and TV shows; and familiar classics—presented with a flair for the wild and unexpected.

fredericksburgmusicclub.com

Houston

29th Annual MLK Grande Parade Midtown Houston

Jan. 16

Midtown Houston , 1200 Holman Street (San Jacinto Street and Elgin Street)

Consisting of 15 floats and 30 marching bands, the MLK Grande Parade in Midtown Houston is one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the U.S. that is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the annual parade, 300,000 spectators are expected.

mlkgrandeparade.org

Huntsville

"12 Plus One: Black History Month Exhibit"

Jan. 17-March 12

Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Presidential Library, 1836 Sam Houston Ave.

This exhibition reveals the ongoing research by the museum of the 12 enslaved individuals listed on Sam Houston’s probate inventory in 1863, plus one who was not listed.

samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com

Corpus Christi

Winter Lecture Series

Jan. 18-Feb. 22

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St.

Winter visitors and South Texans learn valuable and often unique lessons on South Texas horticulture and the environment from experts, while meeting new friends over a cup of coffee.

stxbot.org

Fulton

Winter Texan Appreciation Day

Jan. 19

Fulton Convention Center, 402 North Fulton Beach Road

This event welcomes winter Texans to the Rockport-Fulton area. The daylong event includes informational booths, presentations from local businesses and local attractions, music, games, and the opportunity to meet fellow winter Texans.

rockport-fulton.org

South Padre Island

SPI Market Days

Jan. 20-22

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

SPI Market Days has been bringing buyers and sellers together for over 25 years. The market, one of the largest indoor markets in South Texas, is a way to show winter Texans appreciation for their loyalty for returning to the Texas coast year after year. Shop for jewelry, fragrances, clothing, collectibles, arts and crafts, treats, and home decor.

sopadre.com/event/26th-annual-spi-market-days/867

Port Aransas

Restaurant Week

Jan. 20-29

Various locations

Get hooked on Port A by taking a culinary tour through its thriving food culture. Enjoy a prix-fixe lunch and/or a prix-fixe dinner at participating restaurants.

portaransas.org

Kerrville

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet

Jan. 20

First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson St.

Grammy-nominated Camerata San Antonio is a flexible classical chamber music ensemble serving San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. This month, the group performs "All Shostakovich" featuring compositions by the Russian composer: Viola Sonata, Op. 147, selections from 24 Preludes (arranged by Lera Auerbach for cello and piano) and Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67.

cameratasa.org

Galveston

Pink Martini in Concert

Jan. 21

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Drink in the dulcet sounds of the international phenomenon Pink Martini. Incredibly eclectic, energetic, and truly unforgettable, this live music experience showcases a dozen musicians performing songs in 25 different languages. Hear an impressive blend of jazz, world music, cabaret, and lounge music, as well as sounds from the '40s and '50s.

thegrand.com

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Jan. 21-22

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

Since 1975, Sami shows have been known for bringing quality vendors to the arts and crafts marketplace in Central Texas. There is always a unique array of metal and wood crafters, jewelers, boutique clothing for children and adults, gourmet foods, fragrant soaps, macrame, and cornhole games. No two shows are ever the same, so it's fun to see what's new.

citywidevintagesale.com

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Jan. 21

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony continues its 2022-2023 season with cellist Iona Batchelder and guest conductor Maestro Pascual Osa. The performance includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Johann Strauss II's "Roses from the South," and Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.

lascolinassymphony.org

Portland

Portland Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

Jan. 21

Portland Community Center , 2000 Billy G Webb Drive

Compete in either a half marathon, 10K, or 5K through Portland. The races include a finisher's medal, shirt, and race bibs. Prizes and awards are given to top overall finishers of all three races. The races take place rain or shine.

business.portlandtx.org/events/details/2nd-annual-portland-half-13-1-10k-5k-presented-by-dawson-s-recycling-disposal-12457

Victoria

"Chicago Nights"

Jan. 21

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Join the Victoria Symphony Orchestra for "Chicago Nights", a tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted band Chicago. Jason Scheff, a longtime lead vocalist of the band, makes an appearance.

victoriasymphony.com

Lake Jackson

Delfeayo Marsalis in Concert

Jan. 21

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

Acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer Delfeayo Marsalis has also dedicated his career to music theater and education. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor,” as per the "Los Angeles Times," the New Orleans native is the brother of renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Plano

Dallas Area Train Show

Jan. 21-22

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

The North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs organizes two train shows each year held in Plano. Come see and learn all about trains with exhibitors, layouts, home displays, clinics for model railroad building, and other programming.

dfwtrainshows.com

Kerrville

ZUZU African Acrobats

Jan. 21

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

The ZUZU Acrobats are a Tanzanian troupe that bases performances on 2,000 years of history. They bring modern art, culture, and passion with them everywhere they go.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show

Jan. 21-22

Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds hosts this 52nd annual gem and mineral show, where you can find artifacts, exhibits, demonstrations, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and collectors.

fredericksburgrockhounds.org

Meridian

Look Up, Look Down, and Dance All Around!

Jan. 21

Meridian State Park, 173 Park Road 7

The rainbow trout is stocked in January, and a fly-fishing group from Dallas-Fort Worth comes to teach people how to fly fish. The event includes a tackle loaner program, fishing contest, and, moving into the evening, live music and a dance on the Civilian Conservation Corps veranda, wrapping up with a star party.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/meridian

San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet

Jan. 20

Various locations

Grammy-nominated Camerata San Antonio is a flexible classical chamber music ensemble serving San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. This month, the group performs "All Shostakovich" featuring compositions by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Performances take place at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (Jan. 21) and Diane Bennack Concert Hall at University of the Incarnate Word (Jan. 22).

cameratasa.org

Austin

3M Half Marathon

Jan. 22

Downtown Austin, 9700 Stonelake Blvd.

Run a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol. The 3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country.

3mhalfmarathon.com

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

Jan. 22, Feb. 26

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

On most fourth Sundays of the month, the Frontier Times Museum presents an afternoon jamboree featuring live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Tyler

"The Doo Wop Project"

Jan 24

UY Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120

"The Doo Wop Project" starts at the beginning: tracing the evolution of doo-wop (a popular singing style in the 1950s) from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits of today. These stars of Broadway hits "Jersey Boys," "Motown: The Musical," and "A Bronx Tale" take audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of The Temptations and The Four Seasons plus modern hits from Jason Mraz and Maroon 5.

cowancenter.org

Galveston

The Music of Sam Cooke

Jan. 27

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Enjoy songs written and sung by Sam Cooke, the pioneer of soul music, all brought to new life by the gifted musician, Bradd Marquis. This concert is filled with such soul-stirring musical hits as "You Send Me" and "(What A) Wonderful World." Look forward to being in the audience where you not only experience an outstanding musical performance, but history itself revisited.

thegrand.com

Houston

"Werther"

Jan. 27-Feb. 10

Brown Theater , 501 Texas Ave.

The lovesick yearnings of the tortured young poet Werther lead to his tragic fate in Jules Massenet's lush opera. After Werther escorts the lovely Charlotte to a ball, he falls hopelessly in love with her, but she is engaged to Albert, with no intention of breaking things off. Unable to conceive of life without her, Werther grows ever more despondent as he continues his attempts to woo the object of his affections, who doesn't love him back, or does she? Audiences won't want to miss this chance to see a cast of legends perform a rare psychological drama.

houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2022-23-season/werther

Lake Jackson

Lorrie Morgan in Concert

Jan. 27

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

The first woman in country music to begin her career with three-consecutive platinum albums is back in the studio with award-winning producer Richard Landis, working on a new album that will undoubtedly showcase the singer's range of emotions.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Dallas

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

Jan. 28-Feb. 23

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents this musical based on the book by Mo Willems. The Pigeon is having a bit of an identity crisis—he never gets to do anything, and people just want him to “fly off." Everything changes when the confident, cool Bus Driver rolls into town, and the Pigeon finds himself with a brand new goal: drive the bus. But, is it even possible? Time to find out.

dct.org

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Garden Club Home Tour

Jan. 28

Various locations

The 33rd annual home tour has a gorgeous lineup of historical and architecturally interesting homes that showcase island living at its best. A home which was included in the original home tour in 1988, an artist's home and studio, new and older cottages, and new construction/renovation are sure to impress.

portaransasgardenclub.org

Houston

"Steve Tobin Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks"

Jan. 28-Aug. 31

Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane

Houston Botanic Garden presents monumental sculptures by American artist Steve Tobin, who is known worldwide for his works in glass, bronze, ceramic, and steel, including "Trinity Root," a memorial cast from a tree that protected a New York City cathedral on 9/11. The exhibition features pieces from several series, including stainless steel "Clouds," bronze and steel "Nests" with magical eggs, unearthed "Bronze Roots," and modernist "Steelroots," all of which dramatically capture the unseen power of the natural world while celebrating the importance of the systems that give life to the Garden.

hbg.org

Bay City

Wild Game and CamoFest

Jan. 28-29

Downtown Bay City, Sixth Street and Avenue G

Taste wild game, wine, and craft beer. There is free live entertainment, vendors, downtown shopping, and free activities for kids.

baycitycamofest.net

Pasadena

Junk Hippy

Jan. 28

Campbell Hall at Pasadena Convention Center, 7601 Red Bluff Road

Shop 150 vendors at one of "Flea Market Style" and "Country Living" magazines' top vintage events. Vintage and antique furniture, retro and midcentury finds, shabby chic and rustic décor, and handmade goods are all available.

junkhippy.com

Surfside Beach

Surfside Food and Art Festival

Jan. 28

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

The fifth annual Surfside Food and Art Festival offers live music, a chili cookoff, art and food vendors, a community art project, and fun activities for kids.

surfsidetx.org

Mathis

Kid Fish 2023

Jan. 28

Lake Corpus Christi , 23194 Park Road 25

Kid Fish is an annual event hosted by Lake Corpus Christi State Park. The purpose of this single-day event is to expose local youth to the sport and enjoyment of fishing and provide them with the tools and knowledge for a future of responsible recreation and environmental stewardship.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-corpus-christi

Pittsburg

Kids Fish Day

Feb. 28

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, 341 State Park Road 2117

Multiple generations of families have attended this event over the years. At the 33rd annual Kids Fish Day, thousands of rainbow trout are stocked, and the park provides all the gear needed. There are casting games for beginners, fish prep and cooking demonstrations, and giveaways. Rangers are on hand to guide fishers. There are two different sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-bob-sandlin

Fredericksburg

Wine Lovers Celebration

Jan. 30-Feb. 24

Various locations

Love is in the air, wine is in your glass, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Take time this February to relax and discover all that wineries in the Texas Wine Country have to offer during this seasonal celebration.

texaswinetrail.com

Orange

"The Simon and Garfunkel Story"

Feb. 2

Lutcher Theater, 707 Main Ave.

After a sold-out world tour, "The Simon and Garfunkel Story" returns to the stage, making a stop in Orange. A nostalgic multimedia experience captivates audiences, and a full live band performs all the hits including "Mrs. Robinson," "Cecilia," and "Homeward Bound."

lutcher.org

South Padre Island

SPI Kite Fest

Feb. 2-4

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Watch professional flyers showcase their skills in both outdoor and indoor performances. Food concessions are available.

sopadre.com/event/spi-kite-fest-2023/869

Lubbock

"Friends! The Musical Parody"

Feb. 2

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, 1300 Mac Davis Lane

How You Doin'? Calling all "Friends" enthusiasts: This musical parody recreates fan-favorite moments from all 10 years of America's highest-rated sitcom. A fast-paced, uncensored performance, this show is recommended for audiences ages 13 and up.

buddyhollyhall.com/event/friends-the-musical-parody

Burnet

Highland Lakes Quilt Festival and Show

Feb. 3-4

Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.

More than 100 quilts are on display to give you inspiration for your next quilt creation. Guests can also purchase handmade gifts and novelties, place bids on silent auction items, shop the vendor booths, and purchase tickets for a chance to win the fundraising quilt, "Hill Country Jewels."

hlqg.org

Temple

First Friday

Feb. 3

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Art Center First Friday

Feb. 3

Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.

On the first Friday of each month, the Port Aransas Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artworks. Refreshments and live music are part of the fun, and visitors can meet the artists behind the pieces.

portaransasartcenter.org

La Grange

Shelley King in Concert

Feb. 3

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past official Texas State Musician and member of the prestigious Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Shelley King returns to The Bugle Boy listening room, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Cottonwood Shores

"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change"

Feb. 3-26

Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 W. FM 2147

This witty musical revue tackles modern love in all its forms: from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs, "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life.

thehcct.org/i-love-you-youre-perfect

Plano

The Official Supernatural Convention

Feb. 3-5

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Creation Entertainment's Official Supernatural Convention is a fan convention celebrating the hit TV show "Supernatural." The event features stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins, who participate in onstage panels, photo ops, autograph signings as well as special events throughout the weekend.

visitplano.com/event/the-official-supernatural-convention-2

San Antonio

"The Hero Twins: Blood Race"

Feb. 4-March 5

Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St.

An invented mythology inspired by classic Mayan narratives, "The Hero Twins: Blood Race" is an action-filled adventure that is also an allegory about inequality, justice, and liberation. Who will win the Blood Race, an ancient competition between two tribes that takes place in the underworld? The winner rules the capital city and all the people who labor for it, while the loser remains trapped forever in the underworld. Cricket has trained for his entire life with his twin sister, Moth, and he is favored to be the first of their tribe to win the Blood Race.

magiktheatre.org/the-hero-twins

Galveston

The Romeros in Concert

Feb. 4

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Known as "the royal family of the guitar," the Romeros have performed at iconic venues throughout the world, including Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Vatican. It's been 60 years since they walked on the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, so this concert marks that 60th anniversary. The Romeros continue to win rave reviews worldwide.

thegrand.com

Austin

City-Wide Vintage Sale

Feb. 4-5

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Shop over 100 vendors for vintage clothing, midcentury modern decor, vintage art, collectibles, lighting, upcycled art, and unique finds at Austin's famous vintage paradise open since 1977.

citywidevintagesale.com

Corpus Christi

An Interplanetary Experience Concert

Feb. 4

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive #5723

Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn, and more: This iconic suite by British composer Gustav Holst is enhanced by a multimedia presentation, which includes spectacular photos and images from the different planets of our solar system shown on the massive screen at the Performing Arts Center. In addition, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra celebrates Black History Month with the music of one America's greatest jazz composers, Duke Ellington.

ccsymphony.org

Rockport

Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair

Feb. 4

Rockport Center for the Arts, 401 S. Austin St.

Potters from around the world display their works for sale. There's a fair, reception, and an art loop of galleries.

bountifulbowl.org

Clay Expo

Feb. 4-5

Rockport Center for the Arts, 106 S. Austin St.

Downtown Rockport hosts a gallery art walk, solo exhibits, pottery demonstrations, and the opening reception for the Clay Expo on Saturday.

rockportartcenter.com

La Grange

Austin Lounge Lizards in Concert

Feb. 4

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

The legendary Austin Lounge Lizards bring their quirky and humorous music to The Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bellville

First Saturday Market Day

Feb. 4

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

More than 85 vendors gather around the downtown square for a day of shopping and entertainment. Find music, family activities, food trucks, wine tastings, and baked goods. Crafts vendors sell woodwork, yard art, plants, photography, and boutique goods. Admission and parking are free.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Feb. 4-5

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 area farmers, ranchers, bakers, and artisans gather to bring fresh produce, various meats, honey, herbs, plants, kolaches, homemade noodles, and more to Bellville on the first Saturday of the month. Shoppers enjoy live demonstrations and artisans selling soaps, bread oils, jewelry, custom lures, and dog treats. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, or cold brew coffee.

discoverbellville.com

Powderly

Hard Labor Mountain Bike Race

Feb. 4-5

Sanders Cove at Pat Mayse Lake

The Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association hosts the Texas State Championship Series and the first mountain bike racing event of the spring series. There are races for all ages and abilities, and first-time racers can take a clinic on Saturday. The Kids Cup race on Saturday is for those 12 and under.

tmbra.org/wp

San Marcos

Half Marathon

Feb. 5

Tanger Outlets, 4015 I-35

Do you have what it takes to finish one of San Marcos' most challenging half marathons? The course is an endurance test with a mixture of challenging hills and flat stretches. The bonus? Bragging rights for completing the oldest half-marathon course in Texas.

scallywompus.com

Austin

Carnaval Brasileiro

Feb. 5

The Concourse Project , 8509 Burleson Road

One of the biggest "carnaval" celebrations outside Brazil, Carnaval Brasileiro excites crowds with samba, costumes, and thrills in Austin, Texas.

sambaparty.com

Lake Jackson

Vision Duo in Concert

Feb. 6

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

Violinist Ariel Horowitz and percussionist Britton-René Collins (aka Vision Duo) perform classical works with a contemporary twist. Through an exploration of musical genres and sonic possibilities for violin and percussion, Vision Duo seeks to contribute to the ongoing redefinition of classical music programming and structures.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Tyler

Lecture with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Feb. 7

UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times No. 1 best-selling author. Goodwin's career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when, as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard, she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin worked with President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the White House and later assisted him in the writing of his memoirs.

cowancenter.org

Houston

"Chicago"

Feb. 7-19

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

After 25 years, "Chicago" is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another. The musical has received six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations.

tuts.com

Clute

Planetarium Show

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector that reproduces the night sky, along with a variety of other high-tech equipment to give visitors a close-up feel of comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

brazosportcenter.org

Brenham

"The Mousetrap"

Feb. 9-26

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

After hearing a woman has been murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. As it becomes clear that the killer is among them, the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate culminating in a surprise finish. "The Mousetrap" had its world premiere in 1952 and continues to entertain contemporary audiences.

unitybrenham.org

Bellville

Chocolate Walk

Feb. 9

The Shops of Downtown , 1 Main St.

Plan a night out with friends to walk the downtown square exploring the shops of Bellville and other local merchants while experiencing a variety of chocolate confections at every stop. Redeem a punched card at the end of the evening for a chance to win prizes.

discoverbellville.com

Dallas

"1619 Project"

Feb. 10-26

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia with a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This one-act festival features eight commissions by local and national playwrights that weave together stories that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America.

bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

"Endlings"

Feb. 10-19

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents the final production of Cry Havoc Theater Company, a teen theater company that has been celebrated for putting young artists in the lead as creators and actors of bold art that disrupts expectations and shakes up old, entrenched conversations. "Endlings" is a thought-provoking play that tackles climate change, social justice, grief, the pandemic, and art with frank, youthful honesty. Post-show conversations with subject matter resources follow every performance.

dct.org

Victoria

"Always ... Patsy Cline"

Feb. 10-19

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

Theatre Victoria presents this true story of an unlikely friendship between Patsy Cline and a fan from Houston who befriended her in a Texas honky tonk. The show features classic Patsy Cline hits.

theatrevictoria.org

Rockport

La Mardi Gras

Feb. 10-11

Lamar Volunteer Fire Dept and Downtown Lamar Peninsula, 302 Bois D'Arc

This festival features food, entertainment, a parade, and other festivities on Lamar Peninsula to benefit the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department.

lamarvfd.com

Clute

Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express"

February 10-12, 17-18

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Witness beloved detective Hercule Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this classic murder mystery.

brazosportcenter.org

Boerne

Chocolate Walk

Feb. 10-11

Historic Downtown Boerne, 100 N. Main St.

This sweet event takes participants on a stroll through historic downtown Boerne. Collect a special chocolate treat as you step inside each participating store, gallery, and restaurant along Main Street. Once you've visited all the stores, return your raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by the store owners.

ci.boerne.tx.us/602/boerne-chocolate-walk

Galveston

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Feb. 10-21

Galveston Historic Downtown and Seawall

The third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country includes masked balls, balcony parties, parades, concerts, and lots of beads.

mardigrasgalveston.com

Bandera

11th Street Mardi Gras and Main Street Parade

Feb. 10-12

11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St.

Join the fun at the 11th Sttreet Cowboy Bar for a three-day Mardi Gras celebration with Cajun food and zydeco music. Enjoy all the colorful floats and other parade entries as they travel down Bandera's Main Street in the Mardi Gras Parade on Feb. 11.

11thstreetcowboybar.com

Luckenbach

Hug-In and Valentine Ball

Feb. 10-11

Luckenbach Texas, 412 Luckenbach Town Loop

It’s that time of year again for folks to get “Back to the Basics of Love” at Luckenbach’s 48th annual Hug-In and Valentine Ball. Enjoy live music and dancing all weekend long.

luckenbachtexas.com

Fredericksburg

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Feb. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26

Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 US 87 South

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents this musical based on the popular film. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is sophisticated and suave with a good dash of mischief—a hilarious battle of cons that keeps you laughing, humming, and guessing to the end.

fredericksburgtheater.org

Irving

"The Artistry of Jazz" with Violinist Scott Tixier

Feb. 11

Irving Arts Center-Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

In this, the first concert of the New Year for the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the enormously successful composer-in-residence program once again highlights a new orchestral piece by a young composer. Furthermore, world-renowned jazz violinist and University of North Texas faculty professor Scott Tixier offers some of his outstanding compositions for jazz violin and orchestra. The concert concludes with the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by German composer Johannes Brahms.

irvingsymphony.org

Nocona

Mardi Gras Nocona Style

Feb. 11-18

Downtown Nocona, 100 Clay St.

It's all about the beads and classic cars in this fun, family-friendly and pet-friendly event. Enjoy three days worth of parades, cajun food, live music, and beads.

nocona.org/events

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Feb. 11

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

New Braunfels

Love the Run You're With

Feb. 11

Gruene Historic District, near Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Grab your spouse, friend, or furry loved one and come dressed as your favorite famous duo to the fourth annual Love the Run You’re With 5K presented by Comal ISD’s Comal Fit.

athleteguild.com

Bandera

Mardi Gras Arts and Crafts Show

Feb. 11

Main St. , 500 Main St.

Shop a range of merchandise at this Mardi Gras arts and crafts show located at the Bandera County Courthouse lawn.

banderacowboycapital.com

Cowboy Mardi Gras Bull Riding

Feb. 11

Mansfiled Park Rodeo Arena, 2886 SH 16 N.

Watch as talented bullriders attempt to beat the clock and stay atop excited bulls, putting on a great show the whole family can enjoy.

ridingonfaithrodeo.com

New Braunfels

Game Day 5K and Tailgate Party

Feb. 12

Rockin R River Rides, 1405 Gruene Road

Wear your favorite team jersey and earn a football trophy in your age group, then enjoy music, food, and a Texas-size tailgate party. A kids' 1K has been added this year. Later, head to Mozie's to watch the game.

athleteguild.com

Surfside Beach

Market at the Park

Feb. 12

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

At this market, find vendors selling fresh food, homemade goods, and handmade items.

surfsidetx.org

Fort Worth

"I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen"

Feb. 12-April 30

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the landmark "I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen," a thematic group exhibition that examines the screens vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. This exhibition surveys more than 60 works by 50 artists over the past five decades. The artists included examine screen culture through a broad range of media such as paintings, sculpture, video games, digital art, augmented reality, and video.

themodern.org/exhibition/ill-be-your-mirror-art-and-digital-screen

Austin

OUTsider Festival

Feb. 15-19

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road #2135

As one of Austin’s most progressive festivals, OUTsider brings together Austin’s LGBTQ community for three days of creation and inspiration. This multidisciplinary art festival showcases film, performance art, music, and visual arts.

outsiderfest.org

Tyler

Joel McHale

Feb. 16

UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120

Joel McHale is one of the most sought-after comedians and actors in the industry. Best known for his starring role in "Community" and twelve seasons hosting "The Soup," McHale can be seen on Netflix playing former "Community" co-star Chevy Chase in "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" opposite Will Forte. He also stars in his new weekly Netflix show, "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale." Other work includes "The Happytime Murders" opposite Melissa McCarthy and the indie "Assassination Nation" for Sam Levinson, which premiered at Sundance.

cowancenter.org

Beaumont

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas

Feb. 16-19

Great Lawn of the Event Center, 700 Crockett St.

Enjoy four days of family-friendly fun in downtown Beaumont, with parades, concerts, kids' activities, arts and crafts, and food vendors.

mardigrastx.com

Llano

Mardi Gras Festival

Feb. 17-18

Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive

It's Mardi Gras season and Llano knows how to celebrate. Cajun food and fun bring the crowd together, and zydeco and swamp pop music keep you dancing all day. There's a gumbo cookoff that awards cash and prizes, and a King and Ball Masque Queen are crowned. Costumes are encouraged for the judged contest.

visitllanotexas.com

Houston

"Art of the Cameroon Grassfields, a Living Heritage in Houston"

Feb. 17-July 9

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

This exhibition, celebrating the enduring artistic traditions of Cameroon and its global diaspora, features headdresses, masks, prestige hats, royal stools and figural sculptures, palace architectural elements from the Grassfields kingdoms, and two recent works by Douala-based artist Hervé Youmbi.

menil.org

Jefferson

Mardi Gras

Feb. 17-19

Downtown Jefferson

The Krewe of Hebe presents Jefferson's annual Mardi Gras. The festivities last an entire weekend and feature parades, live music, food, vendors, a carnival, frosty beverages, and, of course, masks and beads.

mardigrasupriver.com

Kerrville

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet

Feb. 17

First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson St.

Grammy-nominated Camerata San Antonio is a flexible classical chamber music ensemble serving San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. This month's performance, titled "Contrasts," includes compositions by William Grant Still ("Mother and Child Suite for Violin and Piano), Béla Bartók (Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin & Piano, Sz.111), and Beethoven (Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano, Op. 38).

cameratasa.org

San Marcos

Mardi Gras Parade

Feb. 18

San Marcos Downtown and Historic District, 222 W. San Antonio St.

The Mistick Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade is an annual celebration with floats, music, and lots of fun. The parade winds through the Historic Homes District of San Marcos and downtown.

visitsanmarcos.com/event/mistick-krewe-of-okeanos-carnival-parade/3055

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Feb. 18

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchesta continues its 2022-2023 season with violinist Simone Spadino and guest conductor Maestro Juan Carlos Lomonaco. The performance includes Johann Strauss II's "Schneeglckchen," Franz Waxman's "Carmen Fantasy," Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, and Frederick Delius' "The Walk to the Paradise Garden."

lascolinassymphony.org

Palacios

African American Heritage Day

Feb. 18

City by the Sea Museum, 401 Commerce St.

The Palacios Community Coalition presents local speakers to show contributions made and being made by the African American community of Palacios. Local speakers talk about their contributions, and tours may be provided upon request.

palacioschamber.com

Pasadena

Greater Houston Train Show

Feb. 18

Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway

The San Jacinto Model Railroad Club presents The Greater Houston Train Show, attracting rail fans from across Texas and Louisiana. See operating layouts, take classes on railroads and modeling subjects, participate in National Model Railroad Association contests, and shops from an array of vendors from across the Southwest.

sanjacmodeltrains.org

New Braunfels

Old Gruene Market Days

Feb. 18-19

Gruene Historic District, 1724 Gruene Road

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods.

gruenemarketdays.com

West Columbia

Market Day

Feb. 18

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th. St.

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Plus, there's free admission to the site during market hours.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Surfside Beach

Marathon

Feb. 18

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

The Surfside Beach Marathon includes a marathon, half marathon, 5K, and kids' 1K. At the post-run party, runners can enjoy Texas barbecue, drinks, and games. Races start as the sun rises over the water and follow the public beach to San Luis Pass, then return. The entire course is on the firm, smooth sand.

surfsidebeachmarathon.com

Freeport

Mardis Gras Festival

Feb. 18

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Festivities for Mardi Gras include a parade, gumbo cookoff, King Cake-eating contest, and live entertainment.

freeport.tx.us

Huntsville

Experience a Day in the Life of a CCC Enrollee

Feb. 18

Huntsville State Park, 565 Park Road 40 W.

Take an interactive tour through the life of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Read about the corps' formation, get hands-on with their tools and uniforms, visit the camp store to shop the benefits of being an enrollee, and hear from members of the corps themselves, though their newsletter, as you stand in Ravens Lodge and look out at Lake Raven that they helped create.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/huntsville

San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio String Quartet

Jan. 18-19

Various locations

Grammy-nominated Camerata San Antonio is a flexible classical chamber music ensemble serving San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. This month's performance, titled "Contrasts," includes compositions by William Grant Still, Béla Bartók, and Beethoven. Performances take place at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (Feb. 18) and Diane Bennack Concert Hall at University of the Incarnate Word (Feb. 19).

cameratasa.org

Austin

"Day Jobs"

Feb. 19-July 23, 2023

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The first major exhibition to examine the overlooked impact of day jobs on the visual arts, "Day Jobs" is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike. The exhibition includes approximately 75 works in a broad range of media by emerging and established artists such as Emma Amos, Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Gibson, Tishan Hsu, Ragen Moss, Howardena Pindell, Chuck Ramirez, Robert Ryman, and Fred Wilson.

blantonmuseum.org

Mckinney

Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade

Feb. 19

Mitchell Park, 300 W. Louisiana St.

At this parade held each year on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, dogs and their owners dress up in costumes based on the special theme of the event, then they parade around McKinney's downtown square. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories. Music, food trucks, and pet-related vendors add to the festivities.

artinstituteofmckinney.com

Fredericksburg

Emily Jumes Oskins in Concert

Feb. 19

Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 N. Llano St.

Fredericksburg Music Club presents harpist Emily Jumes Oskins, who started playing the harp and piano at an early age and has continued with her harp endeavors for over 15 years.

fredericksburgmusicclub.com

South Padre Island

Surfin' Sunday Lessons

Feb. 21-Sept. 30

DJ Lerma Pavilion, Isla Blanca Park, 33174 State Park Road 100

Every Sunday in front of the DJ Lerma Pavilion, patrons can learn to surf for free.

facebook.com/surfvive.org

Huntsville

Prison City Film Festival

Feb 22-25

Old Town Theatre, 1023 12th St.

Built with one overall objective in mind—to showcase independent films and filmmakers—the four-day independent film festival is where filmmakers break out.

oldtowntheatre-huntsville.org

Port Aransas

Whooping Crane Festival

Feb. 23-26

Various locations

Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The event has renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, and a trade show.

portaransas.org/whooping-crane-festival

Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills

Feb. 23

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

The centerpiece of this concert is the Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A Minor" featuring Jiale Yi, the 2020 Gurwitz International Piano Competition gold medalist. The first half of the concert opens with music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Jesus Christ Superstar," followed by Mexican composer Carlos Chavez's innovative music composed with indigenous melodies, harmonies, and instruments.

symphonyofthehills.org

Galveston

The Kingdom Choir in Concert

Feb. 24

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

London's The Kingdom Choir first attracted worldwide attention in 2018 when they performed their show-stopping rendition of "Stand By Me" in front of a television audience during the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Since then, The Kingdom Choir has shared their infectious joy and spirit along with their special gospel style with audiences around the world. Look forward to a grand evening of soulful renditions of both traditional gospel classics and popular contemporary music.

thegrand.com

New Braunfels

Friday Afternoon Club at Gruene Hall

Feb. 24

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road

Now in its 25th year, this Gruene Hall tradition is where hipsters, oldsters, suits, locals, and drifters mix it up to start their weekend. This quintessential Friday happy hour includes great beer prices, prize giveaways, and the best in Texas tunes broadcast live by KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels. There’s even a special guest interview each week.

gruenehall.com

Washington

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Feb. 25-26

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12

Celebrate 187 years of Texas independence at the place where Texas became Texas. The 1830s Republic of Texas era comes to life with historic interpreters, craftsmen, music, and artillery firing.

wheretexasbecametexas.org

Victoria

Beethoven's Fifth

Feb. 25

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Who doesn’t know the iconic opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony? Come hear this ubiquitous masterpiece along with a musical parody of the equally famous "Barber of Seville" with a devilish musical twist. Plus, there is the bonus of Croatian guitarist Ana Vidovic playing Rodrigo’s famous "Fantasia" for guitar and orchestra.

victoriasymphony.com

Henderson

Mardi Gras Celebration

Feb. 25

Henderson Civic Center, 1500 Lake Forest Parkway

"Laissez le bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) at Henderson's Mardi Gras Celebration with live entertainment from the Swampland Revival zydeco band, an old-fashioned cake walk, Cajun food, and plenty of beads.

visithendersontx.com

La Grange

Michael Reno Harrell in Concert

Feb. 25

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hear him play a show at the Bugle Boy, an intimate, converted WWII army barracks.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Huntsville

Prison City Crawfish and Music Festival

Feb. 25

Downtown Square, 12th Street and University Avenue

This all-day crawfish and music festival takes place in conjunction with the Prison City Film Festival.

huntsvilledba.com

Boerne

Spring Antique Show

Feb. 25-26

Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road

This antiques show features exhibitor booths overflowing with fine American antiques found from estates around the country. Collectors find real antiques—no reproductions or imports—that include country furniture, baskets, stoneware, glassware, jewelry, textiles, early paper, toys, silver, quilts, pewter, American Oak, and Southwestern items.

texasantiqueshows.com/boerne-antique-shows.htm

Kerrville

"The Highwaymen Live: a Musical Tribute"

Feb. 25

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St.

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, The Highwaymen—featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash—traveled the world performing country music to millions of fans. Now comes a show featuring spot-on portrayals of those stars.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Mckinney

MillHouse Winter ArtFest

Feb. 26-27

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Escape the wind and cold at this indoor, juried art festival at the Cotton Mill. Explore art by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Featured artists offer acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, and jewelry. Food and drinks are available from local food trucks.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

San Angelo

Buffalo Soldier Heritage Day

Feb. 26

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Celebrate the contributions of the buffalo soldiers to West Texas and the military frontier with displays, living history, and special talks. Buffalo soldiers were Black soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier after the Civil War. Their duties included helping with westward expansion, building roads and infrastructure, and guarding the U.S. mail.

fortconcho.com

Dallas

"In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art"

Feb. 26-June 18

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

During an era when Spanish artists found success abroad yet struggled for recognition at home, artist, critic, and collector Fernando Zbel established the Museo de Arte Abstracto Espaol in Cuenca, Spain on July 1, 1966, the first institution of its kind within Spain. Highlights from its remarkable collection, most coming to the U.S. for the first time, tell the story of this pioneering museum and explore the rich panorama of abstract Spanish art during the middle of the 20th century and under the Francoist regime.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org/exhibitions/spanish-abstract-art

South Padre Island

SPI Triathlon

March 25

Parrot Eyes, 5801 Padre Blvd.

The South Padre Island Triathlon offers a course for the seasoned veteran or the first-timer, with both Olympic and sprint distance courses. The race features an open-water swim and a bike course up the South Padre Island strip. After the scenic bike course, participants head south on the strip for the run portion that loops back to Parrot Eyes. The transition area location is accessible for friends and family to cheer on their favorite triathletes and loved ones.

sopadre.com/event-calendar

Dallas

"Charlotte's Web"

April 29-May 27

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Get caught in Charlotte's web to save Wilbur, the "radiant" and "humble" pig, and make friends once again with all his lovable barnyard neighbors. One of the first books ever written for children exploring issues of mortality, "Charlotte's Web" is an emotional tribute to friendship with universal themes depicting courage, compassion, and the ever-changing cycle of life.

dct.org

Ozona

Crockett County History Day

May 5

Ozona Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 505 15th St.

Learn more about the early days on the frontier in and around Ozona during Crockett County History Day on the Ozona Chamber of Commerce grounds. The informative event featurs camels, soldiers, pioneers, flintknapper, and livestock including donkeys from the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.

ozona.com/events-calendar

Brenham

"Godspell"

June 8-25

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

By Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebela, the show is composed of musical parables from The Gospel according to Matthew. A cast of 10 characters tell the different parables by using a variety of games, storytelling techniques, and doses of comedy. An eclectic blend of songs is employed as the story of Jesus’s life is told and his messages of kindness, tolerance, and love brought to life.

unitybrenham.org

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