Dickens on the Strand in Galveston. Photo courtesy Galveston CVB

Dickens on the Strand

GALVESTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Galveston’s 45th annual Victorian holiday street festival based on 19th-century Victorian London features parades, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and more.

Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton

DENTON: Nov. 30

The Downtown Denton Historic Square captures the spirit of the holidays with live local music, food, the lighting of the Christmas tree on the historic courthouse lawn, visits with Santa, and a children’s arts and crafts area.

Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade

BRENHAM: Nov. 30-Dec. 1

The annual two-day event begins Friday with the lighting of the courthouse square followed by caroling and other activities including rides on the Firetruck Invader. Saturday brings more fun with story time, entertainment, and the lighted Christmas parade with an appearance from Santa Claus.

Norwegian Country Christmas Parade and Tour

CLIFTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 1

The Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Clifton kicks off the weekend’s Norwegian Country Christmas Tour, celebrating the town’s unique status as the Norwegian Capital of Texas. After the parade is the tour of homes and historic sites, shopping, performances, and more. The self-guided tour includes sites in Clifton and Norse Historic District.

Christmas in the Park

COLLEGE STATION: Nov. 30-Dec. 8

Two weekends full of holiday fun include old-fashioned hayrides, cookies and hot cocoa, live entertainment, a petting zoo, inflatables, real snow slides, and photos with Santa. View more than 1 million lights decorating a 47-acre park.

Christkindlmarkt

NEW BRAUNFELS: Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Commemorate the German heritage of the city with this open-air Christmas market where visitors can enjoy German-inspired food, craft beer, and live entertainment. Shop for Christmas ornaments, toys, books, and more. Family friendly activities include face painters, a rock climbing wall, bungee trampolines, and walk-on-water balls.

Concho Christmas Celebration

SAN ANGELO: Nov. 30-Dec. 31

The 25th annual celebration and ‘Tour of Lights’ has grown into a 2.5-mile drive along the banks of the Concho River and features more than 3 million lights. The event consists of a live nativity scene, the community tree lighting ceremony, the Lights of Christmas parade, a bicycle ride with Santa; a walk/run event; the annual Tuba Christmas concert, FM radio broadcast, and a light show.

Holiday Sandcastle Village

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Nov. 30-Dec. 16

Celebrate Christmas the South Padre Island way. The Holiday Sandcastle Village is filled with unique, holiday-inspired sand sculptures built by incredibly talented sand artists–from a sand snowman to Sand-ta.

San Antonio River Walk Luminarias
San Antonio River Walk Luminarias. Photo courtesy San Antonio River Walk

Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 30-Dec. 16

Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the San Antonio River guided by more than 3,000 luminarias. This centuries-old tradition—originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small bag—today features 2,000 bags with flickering LED candles during nine nights over three weekends. View the luminarias and listen to Ford Holiday Boat Caroling–four to six boats float on the river each night carrying a different group each hour performing live Christmas carols.

Scream Hollow Presents: Twisted Christmas

BASTROP: Dec. 1-23

The Halloween attraction introduces a new endeavor this year: a Winter Wonderland decorated with more than 30,000 LED Christmas lights, a live reindeer exhibit, and festive activities including a Christmas light walkthrough maze, petting zoo, 25-foot-tall double racing slide, a Candyland bounce house, and a real snow hill for sledding. On Friday and Saturday nights after 8 p.m., the Winter Wonderland turns wicked as Krampus takes over the Mansion of Terror and the Slaughterhouse turns chaotic with evil elves on a rampage at the toy factory.

Elizabethan Madrigal Feast

CLUTE: Dec. 1-2, 6-9

Witness the majesty and pageantry befitting the court of Queen Elizabeth I at a spectacular holiday feast at the Center for the Arts and Sciences. 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.

Harbor Lights Festival

CORPUS CHRISTI: Dec. 1

The 37th annual festival rings in the beginning of the Christmas holiday season in Corpus by transforming the Bayfront Marina into a storybook holiday. The fun begins with the children’s parade and continues with the children’s activity area, inflatable games, live entertainment, food and gift vendors, and enjoyable family activities throughout the evening.

Holly-Days at the Gardens

CORPUS CHRISTI: Dec. 1-2

A weekend of holiday celebration at the South Texas Botanical Gardens features a 20-foot decorated fraser fir, photo sessions with Santa, colorful parrots, resident reptiles, holiday crafts and storytelling for kids, music and carols while strolling through garden exhibits, and unique shopping.

Christmas with the Fishes

LAKE JACKSON: Dec. 1

“Sandy Claws” dives with the Sea Center Texas fishes 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” will make sure it gets delivered to the North Pole.

Tropical Christmas

ROCKPORT: Dec. 1

Celebrate the season with food, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, games, and Santa Claus. Along with the evening festivities is an illuminated land parade, lighting of the Christmas tree, and fireworks.

Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair

BOERNE: Dec. 1

Find Texas handcrafted wood items, homemade jellies, hand-crafted clothing, wall hangings, ceramics, knitted and crocheted goods, hand-embroidered items, and hand-painted bird feeders and bird houses that will surely please the most discerning backyard birds. With three large buildings full of handmade crafts, it’s easy to find the perfect gift for any loved one.

Budafest

BUDA: Dec. 1-2

The holiday season starts in downtown Buda with this 39th annual event. Explore the art market to find that perfect gift or add your own touch at Santa’s Artisan Workshop. The night parade and fireworks sparkle with thousands of lights, and the Reindog Parade brings a smile to all as dressed-up pups walk down Main Street.

Pony Express Ride and Town Lighting

GRUENE: Dec. 1

This 17th annual event features relay riders carrying a “Christmas Greetings” message from the Governor of Texas. A temporary post office is set up next to Gruene Outfitters to cancel stamps for mailing. Bring your Christmas cards to have the stamps cancelled with the 2017 commemorative stamp representing Gruene. The town 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.

Old Town Christmas Festival

LEANDER: Dec. 1

Every first Saturday of December, Old Town Leander comes alive to spread Christmas joy throughout the community. This event includes the Old Town Rudolph Run 5K, Leander in Lights Parade, a snow zone, activities for the kids, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, a food court, local vendors, and more.

Christmas in the Stockyards

FORT WORTH: Dec. 1

Start the holiday season with a Western twist and enjoy fun activities with the whole family including armadillo races, face painting, live Western music, story time with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, chuckwagon poetry, and a Western Christmas parade to end the evening.

Christmas Parade

ROUND TOP: Dec. 1

With carolers, vintage cars, fun floats, and the occasional farm animal, the Round Top Christmas Parade is the perfect chance for residents and visitors to come together to enjoy one another’s company and some small-town Christmas charm.

McAllen Holiday Parade

MCALLEN: Dec. 1

This international award-winning parade is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. The parade features more than 50 vibrant lighted floats, over 30 larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, marching bands, and a celebrity-filled lineup.

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