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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.

Granbury

Oktoberfest

Oct. 7-9

Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

Ketzler's Schnitzelhaus and Biergarten brings this traditional German festival right to the heart of Granbury, Texas. Head to the historic Granbury square to experience German fare, music, vendors, and drinks, of course. This festival grows year after year.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/oktoberfest

Ingram

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

In the dark, there’s something shadowy and intent on taking Ichabod’s life—the Headless Horseman. Poor Ichabod must outrun the galloping phantom. Does he? No one knows for sure because the schoolmaster is never seen again.

hcaf.com

Austin

Oktoberfest

Oct. 8

German Free School, 507 E. 10th St.

The German-Texan Heritage Society holds their annual festival featuring kid-friendly activities during the day along with live music and authentic German food.

germantexans.org

San Angelo

Scare Station at the Railway Museum

Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 31

Railway Museum of San Angelo, 703 S. Chadbourne St.

There are places on Earth where the veil between the living and the dead has grown thin. In San Angelo, there is such a place: a train station that has stood for over 100 years. Once it shuttled people to new lives, now it transports the dead to the hereafter. This Halloween season, venture into this station at your own risk.

sanangelorailway.org

Halloween Night Tours

Oct. 14, 22, 29

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

Fort Concho invites you to join along for a spook-tacular haunted house in the Quartermaster. Children under 6 are free, however they need to be with an adult at all times.

fortconcho.com

Corsicana

Oktoberfest

Oct. 14-15

The Collin Club, 211 W. Collin St.

Typical Oktoberfest fun includes German beer, food, and music.

thecollinclub.com

The Colony

Family Fright Night

Oct. 15-16

Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road

Get ready for a haunted campout, just in time for spooky season. Family Fright Night offers a Halloween adventure suitable for all ages. Enjoy a lakeside campout with a haunted trail, tent trick-or-treating, and kids' costume and scream contests. Kick back with a scary movie screening, hayride, and fireside s’mores.

visitthecolonytx.com/calendar.aspx

Mckinney

Día de los Muertos

Oct. 15

Mitchell Park, 300 W. Louisiana St.

Legacy Keepers of Old East McKinney use the strength of our unique identities in a collective framework to document, honor, and promote the historic legacies of McKinney's Black and Mexican communities, ensuring that all cultures are natural parts of the community's experience. Día de Los Muertos is a day of fun with food, music, games, and art.

mckinneydiadelosmuertos.com

Mesquite

PumpkinFest

Oct. 15

Valley Creek Park, 2482 Pioneer Road

Mesquite's annual fall festival includes a pumpkin-decorating contest, petting zoo, haunted house, carnival games, jousting, a falconry show, and other family-friendly festivities.

visitmesquitetx.com

Corsicana

Witches Night Out

Oct. 20

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Come join in for a fun night of grown-up festivities in your best witch or warlock attire. Sip, stroll, and shop the downtown merchants offering cauldrons of complimentary cocktails, and don't forget to enter the Most Creative Witches Hat contest.

visitcorsicana.com

Wichita Falls

Haunted Tours

Oct. 21-22, 28-29

Kell House Museum, 900 Bluff St.

This is not your typical haunted house. Tour the 113-year-old historic house museum after dark and see for yourself if it is haunted.

kellhouseheritagecenter.org

Kyle

Center Street Trick-or-Treat

Oct. 22

Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, 101 S. Burleson St.

Local businesses and organizations set up tents and tables at Mary Kyle Hartson City "Scare" Park to provide a fun and safe opportunity for trick-or-treating. All ghosts and goblins young and old are invited to come out to the Treat Trail for a fun afternoon of treats as well as a costume and pumpkin decorating contest. All participants must decorate their pumpkin on site. Paint and pumpkins are provided. A few vendors sell children's items, and food and drink vendors are also available.

cityofkyle.com/recreation/center-street-trick-or-treat-4

Plano

Rest In Plano Fest and Apparition Expedition

Oct. 22

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Enjoy this Halloween-themed festival in downtown Plano. The two-day Halloween-centric celebration features artisans, performers, musicians, and the popular Apparition Expedition that gives visitors a peek into Plano’s paranormal past with walking tours through the city’s haunted history.

plano.gov/1043/apparition-expedition

Mesquite

Wildflower Buffalo Stomp

Oct. 22

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney Road

Fall is the time to plant Texas bluebonnet seeds. Head to Opal Lawrence Historical Park to stomp some seeds into the ground for next spring.

visitmesquitetx.com

Kerrville

Haunted Ghoul Pool

Oct. 22-23

Kerrville Olympic Pool, 601 Olympic Drive

With family-friendly tours and scarier haunted tours, this event offers a night of goosebumps, spooks, and screams as Olympic Pool is transformed into a ghoulish haunted house.

kerrvilletx.gov

San Angelo

Downtown Stroll Trick-or-Treat

Oct. 27

Downtown San Angelo, 24 W. Concho Ave.

Local businesses hand out treats to those who come dressed in Halloween costumes.

downtownsanangelo.com

Brownwood

Trick-or-Treat Trail

Oct. 27

Depot Plaza, 600 E. Depot St.

The 11th annual Trick-or-Treat Trail is a great place to take kids for games, treats, and food truck fare. There's a movie night following the fun.

visitbrownwood.com

Sherman

Trick or Treat on Travis Street

Oct. 27

Travis and Wall streets , 100 N. Travis St.

This eighth annual trick-or-treat event in historic downtown Sherman is a safe, family-friendly way to kick off Halloween and let kiddos show off their costumes. The party takes place on North Travis Street from Houston up to the Chase Bank, and on Wall Street from Travis Street to North Walnut.

shermantx.org

Bryan

Halloweentown in Downtown Bryan

Oct. 28

Downtown Bryan, 200 and 300 blocks of North Main Street

The third annual Halloweentown in Downtown Bryan is a free, family-friendly event featuring trick-or-treating, a costume contest, photo stations, children's crafts, and kid-friendly fun on the streets of downtown Bryan.

destinationbryan.com/events/halloweentown-in-downtown-bryan

San Angelo

Día de Los Muertos

Oct. 28-29

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center along the Concho Riverwalk and on the Riverstage. There is a community altar, 5K and 1-mile runs, a car show, music, vendors, and a Catrina (Mexican skull face painting) contest.

sanangelohispanicheritage.org

Wharton

Haunted Tours

Oct. 28-29

Plaza Theatre, 120 S. Fulton St.

Explore the haunted stories and mysteries of Wharton by hay ride.

whartonchamber.com

Wichita Falls

Not-So-Scary Halloween

Oct. 28

River Bend Nature Center, 2200 Third St.

The 16th annual Not-So-Scary Halloween is a great way for kids to enjoy the treats of Halloween without the tricks. There's a costume contest, music, tasty food, cool games, fun crafts, a cakewalk, pumpkin decorating, candy, and a Flashlight Fun Trail through the United Children's Garden. DJ Marcus “Maniac” McGee is emceeing throughout the night, and the Ruby N. Priddy Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is open for you to enjoy.

riverbendnaturecenter.org

Salado

Barktoberfest

Oct. 29

Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St.

Celebrate Oktoberfest with your furry family members. Dress your pet to impress for the dog parade and costume contest. This event is free to attend and raises money for the Bell County Animal Shelter.

barrowbrewing.com/events

Tablerock Fright Trail

Oct. 29-30

Tablerock , 409 Tablerock Road

Spend Halloween this year at Tablerock. The popular walking trail on the sprawling 9-plus acre Tablerock site makes a Jekyll-Hyde switch to a spectral, haunted pathway. Guides accompany visitors and deliver extemporaneous remarks about scenes mimicking “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” “Macbeth,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and other classics. It’s spooky enough to thrill you and draw interest for those great classics, but never with the intention to frighten little children.

tablerock.org

Llano

Llano River Pumpkin Float

Oct. 29

Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive

Bring your carved pumpkins and enjoy the evening float and glow as you see lots of carved and lit pumpkins gliding across the Llano River. Witches, fairies, pirates, and mermaids are welcome, as costumes are encouraged.

llanochamber.org

Mesquite

Dia de los Muertos Cultural Celebration

Oct. 29

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Experience dia de Los Muertos Mesquite-style. Celebrate the cultural traditions of the holiday with sugar skull painting, folklorico dancers, and other Day of the Dead traditions.

visitmesquitetx.com

Huntsville

Scare on the Square

Oct. 29

Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave.

This spooky festival offers games, activities, giveaways, crafts, and trick-or-treating for all ages. Get in the spirit and dress in your best Halloween costume to be entered into the costume contest.

huntsvillemainstreet.com

Wichita Falls

Jack o' Lantern Jubilee

Oct. 29

Kell House Museum, 900 Bluff St.

Bring the family and enjoy fall-themed actvities on the Kell House grounds. Decorate a pumpkin, play games, participate in a scavenger hunt, and snap some fall pictures.

kellhouseheritagecenter.org

Boerne

Music in the Cave: Haunted Show

Oct. 29

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

The Rahim Quazi Trio returns with an eerie evening in the Cave Throne Room just before Halloween. The cave is haunted with tales and songs including "Moonlight Sonata" (played in total darkness), the themes from "Young Frankenstein" and "A Nightmare Before Christmas," Danse Macabre, plus the haunting melodies from Rahim Quazi's album "Ghost Hunting."

cavewithoutaname.com

Corpus Christi

Día De Los Muertos Festival

Oct. 29

Downtown Corpus Christi, 623 N. Chaparral St.

Now in its 15th year, the Día de los Muertos Festival has become one of Corpus Christi's most popular events. It has been nationally recognized as a top Día de los Muertos celebration in the U.S. A national holiday in Mexico, Día de los Muertos is a time when deceased friends and family members are remembered, honored, and celebrated. It is a poignant time, both solemn and joyous, with colorful customs, pageantry, and whimsy despite the sobering subject. The festival pays tribute to this tradition.

diadelosmuertoscc.com

Brownsville

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 30-31

Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St.

Join the Gladys Porter Zoo for a spooky good time, with trick-or-treating, carnival-style games, mermaids, and fun Halloween-themed activities.

gpz.org

Corsicana

Boo on the Block

Oct. 31

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Many retail stores are open downtown to hand out candy and prizes. Look forward to trick-or-treating, pictures in Pocket Park, children's events, and rides.

visitcorsicana.com

Kerrville

Family Fright Night

Oct. 31

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

The Parks and Recreation Department invites all ghosts, goblins, and creatures of the night to join in for an evening of safe and traditional family fun at the park. Activities include trick or treating, games, and a costume contest.

kerrvilletx.gov

Elgin

Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 1

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a traditional holiday in Mexico and Latin America that honors life and death by turning mourning into a celebration. Friends and family gather together to remember and pray for loved ones who have died. This event offers traditional altars, sugar skulls, children's activities, and music.

elgintx.com

Jefferson

History, Haunts and Legends

Nov. 1

Jefferson Convention and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St.

This fun event is for anyone who enjoys history, mystery, the unexplained, and things that go bump in the night, with special guest speakers, vendors, tours, and night time investigations at some of Jefferson's historic, rumored haunted locations.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Wichita Falls

Christmas Magic

Nov. 3-6

Multi-Purpose Events Center, 1000 Fifth St.

This fundraising event features vendors from around the country and includes clothing boutiques, one-of-a-kind crafted gifts, collectibles, Christmas décor, repurposed items, and a world of food to eat.

wfmpec.com

San Angelo

Murder Mystery at Fort Concho

Nov. 4-5

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

Modeled after the board game “Clue,” a murder at Fort Concho gives you the opportunity to play detective for a night. Listen to the suspects’ alibis, search for clues, and help Miss Terri Salva solve the whodunit. Come alone or come as a group.

fortconcho.com

Temple

St. Nicholas Market

Nov. 4-5

Christ Episcopal Church, 300 N. Main St.

Come shop with over 35 vendors at the St. Nicholas Market and give back to the community. Proceeds from the annual market support local missions and ministries in the Temple area.

stnicholasmarket.org

Nacogdoches

Día de Los Muertos

Nov. 5

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

Head to the square for a colorful, cultural event that has become a Nacogdoches tradition. Expect excellent music, dance, food, drinks, and vendors all over downtown.

visitnacogdoches.org

Mesquite

Veterans Day Celebration

Nov. 5

Mesquite Veterans Memorial, 425 S. Galloway Ave.

Honor military heroes at this annual Veterans Day celebration, with speakers ranging from community leaders to military veterans.

visitmesquitetx.com

Dallas

Holiday at the Arboretum

Nov. 9-Dec. 31

Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road

Numerous spectacular elements are a part of Holiday at the Arboretum. The Christmas Village has dozens of charming shops fashioned after a European Christmas village. There's also the 50-foot-tall Dazzling Musical Tree animated with more than 42,000 lights and merry holiday tunes, the 12 Days of Christmas gazebos that represent each of the 12 days of Christmas, and the stunningly decorated historic DeGolyer house.

dallasarboretum.org

The Colony

American Heroes

Nov. 11-12

The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive

Corresponding with Veterans Day, American Heroes is a two-day patriotic festival and concert series for all ages. Enjoy live music, view vintage cars on display, and honor our nation’s veterans with multiple ceremonies. Don’t miss the weekend-long carnival and stunning patriotic firework display set to music.

saluteamericanheroes.com

Brownsville

A Salute to Our Troops Appreciation Days

Nov. 11-13

Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St.

Gladys Porter Zoo honors veterans and active-duty military personnel this weekend. Since opening in 1971, the Gladys Porter Zoo has been dedicated to the conservation and preservation of nature. The Zoo is currently home to over 500 species of plants and animals.

gpz.org

Ingram

ArtMart Christmas Gift Showcase

Nov. 11-Dec. 17

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

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

hcaf.com

San Antonio

"Lightscape"

Nov. 11-Jan. 8

San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place

Over one million lights and festive displays return to San Antonio Botanical Garden. In its second year, the outdoor illuminated trail includes new installations and favorites like the Winter Cathedral set to seasonal music along a 1-mile path that winds through the garden. More than 80 percent of this year's trail features installations never seen before in San Antonio. In addition to the captivating light displays, guests have an opportunity to enjoy festive food and drinks, including roasting s'mores.

sabot.org/lightscape

Galveston

Polar Express Train Ride

Nov. 11-Dec. 23

Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place

Passengers are immersed in the sights and sounds of the classic children's novel as they are whisked away to the North Pole to meet Santa.

galvestonrrmuseum.org

Gladewater

Christmas Tyme in Gusherville

Nov. 12

Downtown Gladewater, 100 E. Commerce Ave.

The Gladewater antique district begins the holiday season with an open house. Stores stay open late and there's seasonal entertainment along with the lighting of the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree. Children can write their letters to Santa.

gladewaterchamber.org

Bandera

Veterans Parade and Honors

Nov. 12

Various locations

The American Legion 157 Post organizes this 20th annual celebration that includes displays, information booths, a special program honoring Vietnam War-era veterans, a parade on Main Street, and a veterans and spouses barbecue.

al157tx.org

Elgin

Veterans Appreciation Parade

Nov. 12

Historic Downtown Elgin , 109 Depot St.

Recognize and celebrate the community's veterans with a parade in downtown Elgin at 10 a.m., then take a veteran to lunch at the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department.

elgintx.com

Mesquite

The Amazing Santa Color 5K Run and Walk

Nov. 12

Town East Mall, 2063 Town East Mall

This 5K kicks off the holiday season with holiday fun and color. Each participant is a blank canvas at the starting line and is transformed into a colorful collage during the race.

facebook.com/amazingsantacolor5k

Wreath Making Class

Nov. 12, 17

Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney Road

Gather a group of friends to make a beautiful fresh evergreen holiday wreath over dinner and drinks at Opal Lawrence Historical Park.

visitmesquitetx.com

Huntsville

Holiday Market

Nov. 12-13

Walker County Fairgrounds, 3925 SH 30

This market kicks off the holiday shopping season with a wide variety of antiques, boutiques, home décor, holiday décor, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, vintage, wreaths, crafts, and gifts.

huntsvilleantiqueshow.com

Dallas

The Trains at NorthPark

Nov. 12-Jan. 6

NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway

This favorite holiday tradition for generations of Dallasites includes 1,600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. The model trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge with stops along the way to see New York City, Washington, D.C., Dallas, and the desert Southwest including the Grand Canyon and the Garden of the Gods.

thetrainsatnorthpark.com

Corsicana

175th Anniversary Kickoff and Tree Lighting Festival

Nov. 17

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

Corsicana begins its year-long 175th anniversary celebration with the annual holiday tree lighting. A three-story tree is lit with more than 10,00 lights and decorated with over 750 ornaments. Live entertainment, a spectacular fireworks display, and of course, Santa, are on hand to entertain the young and young at heart.

visitcorsicana.com

Palestine

Walk of Lights

Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Majical Wonderland, 2161 FM 315

Enjoy a stroll through a self-guided magical lit-up wonderland. Take pictures with Santa, sip warm hot chocolate, and indulge in lots of goodies available for purchase.

visitpalestine.com/walkoflights

Bryan

Lights On!

Nov. 18

Downtown Bryan, 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street

Destination Bryan kicks off the holiday season with the annual Lights On! Help count down to turn on thousands of lights along Main Street and Bryan Avenue that illuminate picturesque historic downtown Bryan. The free, family-friendly event includes holiday photo backdrop stations, live music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

destinationbryan.com/events/lights-on-2

Fort Worth

Lightscape

Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 1700 University Drive

Following sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the internationally acclaimed Lightscape is coming to Fort Worth for the holiday season. Taking place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden and set along a beautifully illuminated walking trail custom-designed for Fort Worth, Lightscape features spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound. Walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating waves of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail.

fwbg.org/lightscape

Marble Falls

Walkway of Lights

Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive

This is one of the biggest holiday events in the Highland Lakes each year. Two million lights on more than 130 sculptures illuminate Lakeside Park beginning each year in November. On weekends and holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, children can visit with Santa and his elves. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.

visitmarblefalls.org/christmas-season

Houston

Lightscape

Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

Houston Botanic Garden, One Botanic Lane

The internationally acclaimed Lightscape is back at the Houston Botanic Garden this holiday season, with magical light displays created by acclaimed artists from around the world. The illuminated trail winds through the garden with a blend of visitor favorites from the inaugural year, including the towering Winter Cathedral tunnel sparkling with 100,000 lights, and many new-to-Houston works including a field of glowing Texas bluebonnets. With its dynamic installations–including a fire garden with hundreds of flaming candles–Lightscape celebrates artistic creativity within the natural beauty of a living museum.

hbg.org/lightscape

Wichita Falls

"A Christmas Story: the Musical"

Nov. 18-Dec. 17

The Wichita Theatre, 919 Indiana Ave.

This musical brings the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" to life. The story takes place in the 1940s in Indiana and focuses on a child named Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.

wichitatheatre.com

Ingram

"A Christmas Carol"

Nov. 18-20, 25-27; 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

Palestine

The Polar Express

Nov. 18-Dec. 27

Texas State Railroad, Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

The Palestine depot offers a festive holiday setting that features lights, tinsel, garland, and costumed characters sure to excite and inspire every child and adult. The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole.

texasstaterailroad.net

Grinch's Lair

Nov. 18-20, 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

The Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

He's mean, he's green, and he's in Palestine. This Christmas season don't miss a rare opportunity to come see Mr. Grinch in his Texas Jailhouse home in Palestine.

facebook.com/thetexasjailhouse

Austin

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Nov. 18-Dec. 24

Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd.

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. With in-person and virtual shopping alternatives, shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. It's a great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists.

bluegenieartbazaar.com

Grapevine

Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink

Nov. 18-Jan. 8

Historic Main Street

Just when you thought the Christmas Capital of Texas couldn’t get any bigger, the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau offers an all new attraction for the 2022 holiday season, a 4,500-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink on Historic Main Street. The rink stays open for 52 days and adds to the list of more than 1,400 attractions and events Grapevine hosts over 40 days during the holiday season.

grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas

Galveston

"Ice Land: A Caribbean Christmas"

Nov. 18-Jan. 7

Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Boulevard

Part of Holiday in the Gardens, come see 2 million pounds of colorful ice carved into shapes of sea creatures in a chilled structure (parkas provided). Other holiday festivities include the Festival of Lights Trail, Arctic Slide, train ride, and ice skating rink.

moodygardens.org

Luling

Christmas Arts and Craft Show

Nov. 19

Watermelon Thump Pavilion, 319 E. Davis St.

Kick off the Christmas season by shopping for unique items handcrafted by area artisans. Kids can visit and take pictures with Santa, and a DJ plays tunes all day. A live raffle with prizes takes place for the entire day as well.

lulingcc.org

Fort Worth

Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience

Nov. 19-20

Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 Burnett-Tandy Drive

The Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience take this year's Holiday Market surf side. The flamingos are rounding up the best in handmade and vintage funky finds for your tropical holiday pleasure. Snag the best finds before they're swept away with the tide.

funkyfinds.com/holiday-shopping-experience.html

Fredericksburg

Historic Home Tour and Holiday Market

Nov. 19

Pioneer Museum, 325 W. Main St.

The Gillespie County Historical Society offers tours of historic homes in and around Fredericksburg as well as a holiday market that's decorated in its holiday finest.

pioneermuseum.org

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Old Gruene Market Days and Photos with Cowboy Kringle

Nov. 19-20

Gruene Historic District

Nearly 100 vendors offer uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Reserve a spot in advance to create a lasting Christmas memory with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene's own brand of Santa.

holidaysingruene.com

Kerrville

Holiday Lighted Parade and Christmas Tree and Tranquility Lighting Ceremonies

Nov. 19

Kerr County Courthouse, 700 Main St.

Officially welcome the holiday season, and most importantly the arrival of Santa Clause riding in on his signature fire truck, at this holiday event. Grab your hot cocoa and join others for this annual downtown community tradition.

kerrvilletx.gov

San Antonio

"The Velveteen Rabbit"

Nov. 19-Dec. 24

Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St.

The Magikal Theatre presents this retelling of the classic children's story about a boy who receives a stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen as a present on Christmas Day. When another toy is lost, the rabbit quickly becomes the boy's new favorite. As the rabbit's dapper appearance gets worn and shabby from play, a wonderful change begins to happen. Enjoy this holiday season the heart-warming and much-loved story about a shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real.

magiktheatre.org

Frisco

Christmas in the Square

Nov. 19-Jan. 3

Frisco Square, Frisco Square

The largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas features more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring, and over 8 miles of extension cords. Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the square. This year's event includes Skate the Square, an outdoor ice skating rink, as well as a Christmas tree lot.

friscosquare.com/cits-overview

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Photos with Cowboy Kringle

Nov. 19-20, 25-27; Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 16-18

Gruene Historic District, 1612 Hunter Road

Create a lasting Christmas memory by taking photos with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene's own brand of Santa. Reserve a spot in advance for photo packages, Christmas cards, and other special order items. Get a spot before they fill up.

holidaysingruene.com

Fort Worth

Parade of Lights

Nov. 20

Downtown Fort Worth, 777 Taylor St.

The GM Financial Parade of Lights illuminates the streets of downtown Fort Worth for the 40th year. This year’s parade marks the city’s official kick-off to the holiday season with more than 100 festive floats, each adorned with holiday decor and over half a million sparkling lights.

fortworthparadeoflights.org

Wichita Falls

Fantasy of Lights

Nov. 21-Dec. 26

Midwestern State University, 3410 Taft Blvd.

The Midwestern State University-Burns Fantasy of Lights is one of the largest holiday displays of its kind in the region, providing a festive holiday atmosphere on campus and a focal point for holiday activities in North Texas.

fol.msutexas.edu

Wharton

Christmas Holiday Parade

Nov. 22

Historic Monterey Square, 100 S. Fulton St.

Kick off the holiday season with a festive parade, vendors, and a lighting ceremony of the beautifully decorated historic courthouse.

whartonchamber.com

Lubbock

Deck the Halls with Disney

Nov. 22

Helen DeVitt Jones Theater at The Buddy Holly Hall, 1300 Mac Davis Lane

Disney Concerts presents Deck the Halls with Disney featuring DCappella. Delight in a family night out set to the magical and musical sounds of Disney’s premier a cappella singing sensation, DCappella. Kick off the holiday season as DCappella takes you through a musical journey featuring all of your favorite holiday songs plus Disney’s greatest hits from "Encanto," "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," "Frozen," and "Moana."

etix.com/ticket/p/4176705/dcappella-deck-the-halls-with-disney-lubbock-the-buddy-holly-hall-helen-devitt-jones-theater&utm_campaign=DCapel

Marshall

Wonderland of Lights

Nov. 23-Dec. 30

Downtown , Whetstone Square

Watch a Hallmark movie come to life as you stroll through downtown Marshall. The festival has an outdoor ice skating rink, vintage carousel, train, and a collection of tiny houses making up Santa's Village. Additional weekly special events are enjoyed by residents and visors alike, though the 1901 historic Harrison County Courthouse, adorned in millions of white lights, remains the crown jewel.

tx-marshall.civicplus.com/483/Wonderland-of-Lights-2022

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Turkey Trot and Kids' Turkey Chase

Nov. 24

Gruene Historic District

Start your Thanksgiving day with the 14th annual 5K run/walk through Gruene Historic District. Kids under 12 years old have a blast chasing a turkey mascot for a quarter mile. Races begin and end in front of Gruene Hall and benefit local charities, including the Comal County Sheriff's Green Santa Program and the New Braunfels Police Department Blue Santa Program.

holidaysingruene.com

College Station

Lights On

Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road

Guests can continue the family tradition of viewing more than 1 million lights that decorate 47-acre Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. Don't forget to bring your wish list for Santa. The staff also has made arrangements with his elves to accept letters for Santa in the North Pole mailbox outside the Central Park office.

cstx.gov/christmas

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

Nov. 24-Dec. 31

Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway

See one of the premier holiday light parks in Texas, located at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie. Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, be dazzled by 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of all-new displays line and arch over the roads.

prairielights.org

Johnson City

Market Days at Lights Spectacular

Nov. 25-26

Courthouse Square

Held the fourth weekend of the month, this open-air market features vendors and artisans selling handmade or locally produced products for the Christmas holiday season.

johnsoncitytexas.info

Llano

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park

Nov. 25-Dec. 31

Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive

Sip hot chocolate and stroll along the Llano River enjoying all of the displays that light up Badu Park. It's a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends.

llanostarrystarrynights.com

Port Lavaca

Nativity Exhibit

Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4

Red Barn, 3187 SH 35

This event showcases hundreds of nativities from around the world, made from a vast array of materials including round hay bales, corn husks, cinnamon bark, pasta, pinto beans, recycled bottles, terra cotta, banana leaf, hammered tin, stained glass, wax, carved olive wood, lace, and yarn. Many have a special memory to share, such as the first nativity as a family, one bought while stationed in Germany, a treasured graduation gift from grandparents, one left in the attic by previous homeowners, and some "rescued" from antique stores and estate sales.

Mckinney

Home for the Holidays: A McKinney Christmas

Nov. 25-27

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St.

Stroll the 14-block area of McKinney's 166-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. Admission is free and open to the public. Enjoy live holiday music, seasonal food and drink, vendors for holiday shopping, and a community Christmas tree lighting event.

mckinneytexas.org/677/home-for-the-holidays

Wichita Falls

ElectriCritters: A Lighted Christmas Display

Nov. 25-Dec. 23

River Bend Nature Center, 2200 Third St.

With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 200 lighted displays glitter and sparkle, bringing with it the sights and sounds of the season. ElectriCritters is a fundraiser for River Bend Nature Center and directly supports River Bend’s hands-on natural science education and outreach programs for children and adults.

riverbendnaturecenter.org

Fredericksburg

The Peddler Holiday Show

Nov. 25-27

Gillespie County Fairgrounds and Exhibition Hall, 530 Fair Drive

Celebrating over 40 years as Texas' favorite arts and crafts show, the Peddler Holiday Show always arrives at the perfect time for holiday shopping.

peddlershow.com

Trade Days Holiday Encore

Nov. 25-27

Fredericksburg Trade Days, 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Shop twice in November at this encore Trade Days, with over 350 vendors in seven barns, acres of antiques, a biergarten, and live music.

fbgtradedays.com

Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating

Nov. 25-Jan. 2

Marktplatz, 100 block of West Main Street

This annual seasonal outdoor ice skating rink benefits the Heritage School, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg.

heritageschool.org/eisbahn

Richardson

"The Nutcracker"

Nov. 25-27

Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive

Chamberlain Ballet began staging "The Nutcracker" in 1989. Over the years, this holiday tradition has grown to become a favorite for thousands of North Texas families.

chamberlainballet.org

New Braunfels

Holidays in Gruene: Photos with Cowboy Kringle

Nov. 25-27

Gruene Historic District

Reserve a spot in advance to create a lasting Christmas memory with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene's own brand of Santa.

holidaysingruene.com

Wichita Falls

Carriage Rides

Nov. 25-Dec. 24

The Forum, 2120 Speedway Ave.

Take a tour of the Christmas light displays through a beautiful country club neighborhood while riding in a magically decorated carriage.

ptlcarriages.com

Jefferson

Christmas Express Train

Nov. 25, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24

Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin St.

Make this a Christmas to remember aboard the Christmas Express Train. The antique narrow-gauge gas locomotive has three departures each day. Passengers enjoy vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the story of Christmas. Night vignettes are lighted, but no lights along the tracks.

jeffersonrailway.com

Boerne

Dickens on Main

Nov. 25-26

Hill Country Mile, 100 N. Main St. 

Boerne’s historic Hill Country Mile transforms into a vintage Christmas experience, with nonstop entertainment in various holiday villages set up throughout the venue. The celebration’s main attractions include live music and performances, visits with Santa Claus, ice sculpting, children’s take-home crafts, snow along Main Street, roving musicians, carolers, and other revelers.

adickenscelebration.com

Johnson City

Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style

Nov. 25-Jan. 2

Courthouse Square, One block off Main Street

The twinkliest town in the Hill Country celebrates its 33rd annual Lights Spectacular. See Johnson City as it transforms itself from a slow-paced, presidential hometown nestled on the banks of the Pedernales River into a bright beacon of light welcoming visitors with good old-fashioned Christmas cheer.

lightsspectacular.com

Corpus Christi

Holly-Days at the Gardens

Nov. 25-6, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17

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

Celebrate the joys of the season featuring environmental artist Shelia Rogers' latest recycling exhibit, "Eco Christmas Tree," an 18-foot-tiered, lit-from-within, holiday masterpiece created from recycled green plastic bottles collected by the community. The traditional Holly-Days 20-foot lighted fir tree once again adorns the Rose Garden, with smaller-themed trees and lighted displays throughout the Gardens. The event also offers hayrides, cocoa, cider, s'mores over fire pits, Santa, and other festivities.

stxbot.org

Palestine

Holiday Carriage Rides

Nov. 25-Dec. 23

Carnegie Library Building, 502 N. Queen St.

Climb into a beautiful antique carriage and enjoy a ride throughout the Palestine Historic Main Street District aglow with holiday lighting. Rides take place Fridays and Saturdays and can hold two to four adults (larger groups may be accommodated if children are included).

facebook.com/oldtowncarriageservice

Plano

Lights on the Farm

Nov. 25-Dec. 18, 21-30

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St.

For one month, Heritage Farmstead Museum is bedazzled with more than 1 million twinkling holiday lights and filled with animated yuletide displays. The outdoor event features a quarter-mile trail showcasing light creations and animated displays. Guests also enjoy a 20-foot Christmas tree, refreshments such as hot cocoa and make-your-own s’mores, and a chance for the youngest guests to visit with Santa.

heritagefarmstead.org

Granbury

Night of Lights Christmas Parade

Nov. 25

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

Historic Granbury Merchant’s Association hosts the Lighted Christmas Parade that starts on Hannaford Street at Pearl Street. The parade proceeds towards Courthouse Square.

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

Santa's House

Nov. 25-Dec. 18

Hood County Courthouse Gazebo, 100 E Pearl St.

On the historic Granbury Square behind the courthouse, Santa and Mrs. Claus return to Granbury. Bring your children, friends, family, and pets to spend time and take pictures with everyone’s favorite couple this holiday season.

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

San Angelo

Santa's Santa Fe Christmas

Nov. 26

Railway Museum of San Angelo, 703 S. Chadbourne St.

Santa Claus is coming to town by train. Stick around for free photo opportunities next to Santa. Guests can partake in shopping a variety of vendor booths, and various food trucks are on site selling their delicious entrees.

sanangelorailway.org

Nacogdoches

Wassail Fest

Nov. 26

Downtown Nacogdoches, 200 E. Main St.

Downtown merchants are competing for bragging rights for the best holiday brew during Wassail Fest. Wassail, made from hot mulled cider and spices, is served at various locations in historic downtown Nacogdoches, and patrons vote on their favorites to determine the winner.

facebook.com/downtownnac

Jefferson

Christmas Parade and "Enchanted Forest" Tree Lighting

Nov. 26

Downtown and Lions Park

After the parade, which travels through Jefferson and ends at Lions Park, stick around for the "Enchanted Forest" tree lighting ceremony. Be inspired as 100-plus beautifully decorated christmas trees light up and ring in the holidays. Festivities also include Christmas carol singing and a visit from Santa.

visitjeffersontexas.com

Boerne

Music in the Cave: Sounds of the Season

Nov. 26

Cave Without a Name Throne Room, 325 Kreutzberg Road

Enjoy Tinsel, an a cappella quartet, for sounds of the Christmas season with contemporary classics and beloved carols. Described as sleek, sophisticated, and distinctive, Tinsel has a roster of professional singers who are Grammy winners and classically trained vocalists. They entertain audiences with classical and contemporary original arrangements of holiday favorites.

cavewithoutaname.com

Port Aransas

Holiday Market

Nov. 26-27

Port Aransas Civic Center, 700 W. Ave. A

The Port Aransas Art Center presents its annual holiday market featuring fine art photography, ceramics, jewelry, gift items, and local vendors. Meet the artists while shopping for one-of- a-kind treasures and enjoy warm holiday comfort food and sweet treats by Deserted Island.

portaransasartcenter.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Christmas Carol Experience"

Dec. 2-30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clute

Elizabethan Madrigal Feast

Dec. 2-4, 8-11

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

At this holiday feast, enjoy the majesty and pageantry befitting the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Join the Earl of Warwick and his royal guests in the main hall of his castle for an exquisite meal and entertainment provided by the court’s troupe of players, dancers, and singers.

brazosportcenter.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boerne

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

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

San Antonio

German Christmas Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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