Marble Falls' annual Walkway of Lights runs through Dec. 26. Photo by J. Griffis Smith

Christmas Market on Main

MARBLE FALLS: Dec. 8

This holiday market lets you get out, explore downtown, and shop artisan goods from around the Hill Country. Meet and mingle with more than 70 artisans while you’re in town to visit Marble Falls’ annual Walkway of Lights.

Zoo Nights and Lights

BROWNSVILLE: Dec. 7-9

Gladys Porter Zoo offers dazzling displays of approximately 135 lighted animal and holiday fixtures along with 800 luminaria bags placed all around the zoo grounds. Admission is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign.

Cowboy Capital Christmas: Parade and Shoppers Jubilee

BANDERA: Dec. 7-8

On Friday, enjoy beautiful lights and the music from children’s choirs during a living nativity and a visit from Cowboy Santa on Main Street. Bandera merchants are open late for holiday shopping, and the streets fill with strolling Christmas carolers, musicians, and cowboys. Then, on Saturday, bring your lawn chair and watch for Santa while you enjoy a holiday parade down Main Street.

Briscoe Ranch Barbecue Cookoff at the Crossroads

UVALDE: Dec. 7-8

The forecast is predicting a high temperature of 61 this weekend, so cooking conditions should be nothing but favorable for guests visiting the Crossroads of America. Sanctioned by the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA), barbecue teams will compete for cash and prizes. Competition categories include beef brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken halves, and jackpot ribeye steak. Prize money will be given to first through 15th places in the three categories of brisket, pork spare ribs, and chicken.

Dr Pepper Christmas

WACO: Dec. 7

Bring the whole family to the Dr Pepper Museum for a holly jolly good time filled with musical entertainment, Christmas crafts, and food. Santa will even make an appearance.

Festival Navideño

CORPUS CHRISTI: Dec. 8

Learn about the Christmas traditions of different Hispanic cultures at Heritage Park. Join the Corpus Christi Mayor for the lighting of the Christmas tree, take a picture with Santa, shop arts and crafts, and enjoy kid’s activities.

Campfire Christmas

RICHMOND: Dec. 8, 15

Journey back into time to Christmases past with this one-of-a-kind immersive holiday experience at George Ranch Historical Park. Start the evening with a merry greeting at the Visitor Center and hot chocolate and coffee to warm your soul.

Downtown Christmas Fair

HUTTO: Dec. 8

This festive event features more than 125 artisan and craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and snow. Downtown stores and restaurants will be open and have Christmas Fair specials throughout the day. There will also be photos with Santa.

Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country

JOHNSON CITY: Dec. 8

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park’s third annual event offers live holiday music by John Arthur Martinez, children’s Texas frontier Christmas craft activities, a screening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a chuckwagon cooking demonstration, cowboy singing, poetry, and storytelling, a Model T automobile exhibit, and lamplight tours of Lyndon Johnson’s Boyhood Home decorated for 1920s Christmas.

Kilgore Geekend Presents Holiday Bizarre

KILGORE: Dec. 8

Join the fun in historic downtown Kilgore for a Geek-tastic holiday shopping experience. Enjoy holiday music while browsing unique vendors and artists from East Texas and beyond. The East Texas Hive will be there collecting toys and books for East Texas children in need, and Santa Claus makes an appearance for photos.

Christmas in Historic Montgomery

MONTGOMERY: Dec. 8

Ring in the holiday season with events all day in historic Montgomery, the birthplace of the Texas flag. Events include breakfast with Santa, arts and crafts, shopping, a parade, the famous Cookie Walk, and the Candlelight Home Tour.

Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar

TYLER: Dec. 8

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays at the Tyler Rose Garden’s 13th annual celebration. More than 50 vendors will be on hand with items for sale. Enjoy live entertainment on the Queen’s Court in the Garden. Kids enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus. Check out the Garden decorations after dark.

Christmas in the Park

COLLEGE STATION: Through Dec. 8

This is the second and final weekend of holiday fun. Activities include old-fashioned hayrides, cookies and hot cocoa, live entertainment, a petting zoo, inflatables, real snow slides, and photos with Santa. View the more than 1 million lights decorating the beautiful 47-acre park each evening starting on Thanksgiving and ending after New Year’s.

The Nutcracker Ballet

ROUND TOP: Dec. 8

Round Top Festival Institute presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic ballet, the 11th annual performance danced by Ovation Ballet Company, a youth ballet company in residency at Dancers Workshop in Austin.

Llano Snowday

Llano’s Snowday. Photo by Michael Amador

Snow Day

LLANO: Dec. 8

Badu Park is transformed into a winter wonderland of white and fluffy fun for the family. Sleds will be provided.

Christmas on the Brazos

WASHINGTON: Dec. 8

Begin the holiday season with the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site’s event, which features an 1850s-style Christmas celebration. Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover the origins of favorite holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, and dancing. Tour the historic home of the last president of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Sip a hot cup of cider and cozy up to the fire.

Christmas in Goliad

GOLIAD: Through Dec. 8

Attend a lighted parade around the Goliad County. All floats are lighted and arrive from counties in the area. Santa arrives riding a Longhorn, and children can have their picture taken on the steer. There will be live music Friday and Saturday as you shop more than 100 craft vendors on the square.

Lake Conroe Christmas Boat Parade

CONROE: Dec. 9

Have a boat? Decorate that boat and submit it into the parade on Lake Conroe. Have a lakefront home? Throw a party that night, take pictures, and have a merry time. Don’t have a boat? Join in at the restaurants around the lake for their festivities and watch the parade. The best part of this event, as always, is helping a great cause—kids in need in the area.

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