The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show tours Texas in time for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Grand Ol’ Christmas Show.

Christmastime is finally here, which means lots of small-town celebrations to choose from. Temple’s Bend of the River Christmas brings snow to the Prairies and Lakes region, and the classic Christmas Ball at Luckenbach Dance Hall rocks around the Christmas tree. Not in the mood for a Christmas-y weekend? Stop by Boerne’s Cave Without a Name for a winter solstice celebration.

Grand Ol’ Christmas Show

Lake Jackson: Dec. 19-22

The live one-of-a-kind musical variety show features all-time favorite Christmas classics and original slap-stick shenanigans. The staged production is performed “within the studio” of a live 1940s radio show.

Tracy Byrd Christmas Concert

Beaumont: Dec. 21 

Beaumont-area native country artist Tracy Byrd, best known for his breakout hit “Holdin’ Heaven,” combines art, story, and song in this hometown concert.

Flea by Night

Houston: Dec. 7-21 

It’s the last weekend this month to go on a treasure hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market that features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, midcentury-modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles, and crafts by local artisans and designers.

Children’s Campfire Christmas

Richmond: Dec. 20 

The children’s Campfire Christmas is back with a new batch of fun. Participate in crafts, take a hayride through the park, and sing Christmas songs around the campfire.

Surfing Santas

Surfside Beach: Dec. 21 

Watch as a group of Santas catch waves and hang 10.

“Fashion Forward”

Austin: Dec. 21-April 12 

The history of fashion in Texas, particularly Dallas’ influence on the industry, takes center stage at this exhibition, which draws pieces from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas and includes work by Christian Dior, Anne Klein, Geoffrey Beene, and Missoni.

Winter Solstice Celebration Circle

Boerne: Dec. 21 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice surrounded by the natural beauty of Cave Without a Name. The music 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.

Luckenbach Christmas Ball

Fredericksburg: Dec. 21 

Enjoy this annual holiday dance at the historic Luckenbach Texas Dance Hall with a performance by Kevin Fowler.

Christmas Cash Classic Jackpot Pig Show

Levelland: Dec. 20-22 

Watch as contestants compete to be breed champions and the grand champion at this annual pig show and competition.

Holiday Sweater Weekend

Elgin: Dec. 21 

Don a holiday sweater and participate in a Tackiest Holiday Sweater Contest as you shop downtown. You may win a prize or special discounts.

Cocoa and Carols on the Square

Mesquite: Dec. 21 

Bundle up and share the joy of the holiday season with friends and family at this free event. Be part of the chorus and sing carols old and new, enjoy cocoa and other treats, and take in a movie perfect for the holiday spirit.

Bend of the River Christmas

Temple: Dec. 21 

Celebrate the season with Santa, arts and crafts, a snow party, and caroling.

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