holidays

The Folklore Surrounding the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

December 8, 2023 | By Sarah Thurmond

On Christmas mornings, once the flurry of opening presents dies down, my mom always brings out the cookie tray.

The 2023 Texas Traveler’s Gift Guide

December 1, 2023 | By Danielle Lopez

The Tex-Mex Christmas Tradition of Tamales

November 23, 2022 | By Traces of Texas

Stocking up to make tamales for the holidays, Maria Moreno stopped by a San Antonio shop to buy corn husks on Nov.

This East Texas Candy Company Has Been Making Peppermints for 75 Years

October 28, 2021 | By Steven Lindsey

Do Something Different This Holiday Season

December 11, 2020 | By Heather Brand

The year 2020 has been far from ordinary, so why not do something equally unexpected this holiday season?

The Infinite Bling of Neiman Marcus, a Dallas Tradition for 113 Years

November 26, 2020 | By Traces of Texas

The founders of Neiman Marcus first considered investing in Atlanta’s upstart Coca-Cola Co. before deciding to open a specialty store in downtown Dallas in 1907, according to family lore.

Outdoor Ice Skating Returns for the Holidays in Texas

November 12, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

Humans have been gliding across frozen ponds and rivers for more than 4,000 years, but in Texas, most folks rarely get to skate outdoors on real ice.

Defying the Punchlines, Texas Fruitcakes Attract Loyal Fans and New Customers

November 29, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Texans didn’t invent the fruitcake, but in our state’s tradition of braggadocio, we made it better (and bigger, in some cases).
A holiday delicacy with a sometimes stodgy reputation—thanks in part to Johnny Carson’s long-running gags in the 1970s and ’80s—fruitcakes were imported to Texas in the 1800s by German immigrants who packed their original family recipes and brought them to their new home. Though the recipes stayed basically the same, the fruitcake benefited from one crucial Lone Star ingredient: fresh pecans.

Planning a Family Get-Together? Rent a Historic Home for the Holidays

November 28, 2018 | By Melissa Gaskill

When grandma wakes up on a deflated air mattress and half the cousins are banished to the kids’ table, Christmas might be too crowded. Enter the home rental, where extended family can gather under one roof, everyone has a bed, and the dining table is big enough for all. For something even more special, look for houses that pack history in locations featuring plenty of festivities and activities, helping to create lasting memories—the perfect gift for the
entire family.

Where to Find Your White Christmas, Lone Star-Style

November 28, 2018 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Some called it a miracle: For a couple of hours across a wide swath of Texas last December, people could legitimately sing along to “Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

Things Lose Their Luster Fairly Quickly, While Memories of Experiences Brighten With Time

November 28, 2018 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

On my son’s third birthday last year, he received a gift we’ll probably never top: snow in Austin. The 4-inch snowfall provided enough white powder for all the winter fun he’d only seen in cartoons or picture books until then. For two magical hours, he ran around our yard making snowballs and snow angels and catching snowflakes on his tongue. Nearly a year later, he still brings it up on a regular basis—the night so cemented in his mind, I’m betting it’ll be one of his first recallable memories. The toys and clothes he got for gifts that year, not so much.

Explore a Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas

November 26, 2018 | By Hannah Phillips

Winter Wonderland at COTA
Select dates, Nov. 23-Dec. 30
Circuit of The Americas
9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin.

Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Concept Coming to Texas Bars

November 19, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

While most of us might be too old to sit on Santa’s lap, that doesn’t mean we’ve outgrown holiday merriment. For a warm glow within and without, make plans to stop by Miracle, a pop-up concept coming to five Texas bars this season. Miracle transforms watering holes in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Galveston into full-blown holiday wonderlands with nostalgic, kitschy décor and themed specialty cocktails Nov. 23 through Dec. 29. The concept debuted in New York City in 2014 and now has 80 locations internationally.

10 Gift Ideas for Texas Travelers

November 19, 2018 | By

Melissa Guerra’s Traditional Christmas Punch Recipe

December 20, 2017 | By Daniel Tyx

Eve’s Garden Noble Bread Recipe

December 20, 2017 | By E. Dan Klepper

The banter among the family trio that co-owns Eve’s Garden Bed & Breakfast, an eclectic, seven-room retreat in the tiny Big Bend community of Marathon, reflects a hard-to-resist conviviality.

Galveston Unveils Its Annual Holiday Spectacle: Ice Land

November 10, 2017 | By

What: Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX
When: Through January 7, 2018

The holiday spirit blends with the tropics this year during Galveston’s annual chilly spectacle, Ice Land.

Get Into the Holiday Spirit at SeaWorld San Antonio

November 9, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Around this time of year (and only this time of year), I start to miss the snow.

Christmas Rocks! Houston’s One-Stop Holiday Shop

November 8, 2017 | By Heather Brand

In Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol, a reformed Ebenezer Scrooge proclaims, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Shoppers looking to keep the Yuletide spirit in their hearts year-round need look no further than the Christmas Rocks store in Houston.

Take a Train Ride with Santa on Austin Steam Train’s North Pole Flyer

November 8, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

North Pole Flyer
Austin Steam Train’s holiday-themed rides start Nov. 25 at the Cedar Park Depot, 401 E.

Merry Melodies

November 14, 2016 | By Michelle Burgess

Even before retailers slash the price of leftover Halloween candy, they’re decorating their windows with spray-on frost and setting their sound systems on an endless loop of Christmas carols.

Lightscapes

November 13, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

In planning the holiday-themed photo feature that appears in the December 2016 issue, Texas Highways Photography Editor Brandon Jakobeit challenged some of our most creative photographers to interpret the season’s spirit with landscapes and lights.

47th Annual Tree Lighting at LBJ State Park

November 7, 2016 | By

One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit can be to experience Christmas past.

La Grange’s Schmeckenfest

November 19, 2015 | By

Join the 30 teams vying to make the tastiest wassail and win the coveted title of “Schmecken–meister” at La Grange’s Schmeckenfest.

Candlelight at the Ranch

November 19, 2015 | By

Step into a “living Christmas card” in Lubbock, where the National Ranching Heritage Center’s annual Candlelight at the Ranch re-creates a frontier prairie holiday scene.

Pining for the Perfect Tree

November 20, 2009 | By Beverly Burmeier

The steady stream of cars rumbling toward us, Christmas trees lapping over the roofs and kids’ hands waving out the windows, hints of the frenetic activity ahead.

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