My Favorite Texas Destinations in December
Dickens on the Strand, Galveston
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London on the historic Strand in Galveston during Dickens on the Strand! I promise, you will enjoy it more if you dress up just a little! Stay on the Strand at the elegant Tremont House, and don’t miss Moody Garden’s Ice Land, a frozen wonderland all carved from ice!
Harbor Lights Festival, Corpus Christi
The annual Harbor Lights Festival in downtown Corpus Christi is an illuminated boat parade is the highlight of this holiday tradition! Live music, great food, lots of vendors selling unique Christmas gifts, children’s area and the Children’s Parade are all part of the fun!
Make a weekend of it! Enjoy the Corpus Christi attractions such as the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Texas State Aquarium and the U.S.S. Lexington. The cooler temperatures are a perfect time to enjoy horse back riding along the beach! Stay at a true coastal bend ranch at Knolle Farm Bed, Barn and Breakfast, just 35 minutes from downtown Corpus!
Click HERE for information on the Harbor Lights Festival.
Click HERE for more information on the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.
Click HERE for more information on the Texas State Aquarium.
Click HERE for more information on the U.S.S. Lexington.
To read more about Horses on the Beach, click HERE.
Click HERE to visit the Knolle Farm website.
Located in East Texas, Jefferson embodies the Christmas spirit each year! The streets twinkle with lights, horse-drawn carriages and the always popular Enchanted Forest! Reserve a ride on the Historic Jefferson Railway’s Rail of Lights! The town’s many restored hotels and bed and breakfast will make you feel at home!
For more information on the Historic Jefferson Railway, please click HERE.
Santa’s Wonderland, College Station
Santa’s Wonderland is not your average drive-thru Christmas lights, because you leave your car and can choose to see the lights from either a hayride tour or a VIP horse-drawn carriage tour to see millions of dazzling lights! You’ll stop at Santa’s Wonderland, where kids, old and young alike, will marvel at the synchronized light show! See Old Saint Nick, ride the Wonderland Express train, lots of yummy food, hot chocolate, make smores around the campfires, or eat peach cobbler from a chuckwagon! You’ll even get to ride the mechanical bull!
Click HERE to visit the Santa’s Wonderland website!
Another small Texas town that does Christmas in a big way is Palestine! Head out to the Texas State Railroad to ride the Polar Express, the extremely popular Christmas train based on the story by Chris Van Allsburg! In downtown Palestine, the historic Anderson County jail is transformed into The Grinch’s Lair! Bundle up for ice skating! Dec. 4-6 is Frost Fest, with snow tubing, home tours and FREE guided tours from a living nativity scene and the streets of Bethlehem! Oh, and come hungry, because you’ll love the restaurants in Palestine!
Click Here to visit the Texas State Railroad website.
For more information on all the December events in Palestine, click HERE.
Christmas Capital of Texas, Grapevine
The city of Grapevine, which is between Dallas and Fort Worth, loves Christmas! There is so much to do!
Downtown Grapevine is full of lights, carolers, shops and restaurants, as well as plenty of great photo ops! Click HERE to read more!
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad boards passengers for a visit to the North Pole! Tickets are already sold out for 2015, and will go on sale during the summer, 2016. Click HERE for more information.
Bundle up to visit The Gaylord Texan Ice Exhibit, which features over two million pounds of sculptured ice! The Lone Star Christmas celebration also includes Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, and just marveling at all the Christmas decor! Click HERE to visit their website.
Visit Bass Pro Shops when kids can get a free photo with Santa! Crafts and holiday ambiance included! Click HERE for more information!
Spend the weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, when even the wolves wear their red stocking caps! Tons of holiday fun, in and out of the water! Click HERE to visit their website.
Shopping, dining and more holiday fun than you can shake a reindeer’s antler at, that’s what awaits you at Sundance Square in Fort Worth! Santa is available for pictures and lots of live music and shows! Click HERE to visit their website.
The Fort Worth Stockyards also does Christmas, but with cowboy boots! Click HERE to read more!
Bethlehem Revisited, Waxahachie
During the 1st and 2nd weekends of December, the city of Waxahachie steps back in time over 2000 years ago, as they bring to life the nativity at Bethlehem Revisited! Click HERE to read more.
The Waxahachie Christmas parade is on December 6th at 10am, which leaves plenty of time for antinquing in the town’s many downtown antique stores. Don’t miss Waxahachie’s famous Ellis County Courthouse, learn it’s history and a few ghost tales during the Waxahachie Ghost Tour!
Holiday in the Park, San Antonio and Arlington
Sure, you can still ride the roller coaster, but it’s the incredible light displays, shows and food that make Holiday in the Park so special!
San Antonio Riverwalk
The riverwalk in San Antonio still has the same amazing restaurants and shops as they do all year long, but it’s all lit up for the holidays in a magical feast for the eyes! Take a river cruise to really appreciate it all!
Trail of Lights, Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country may love Christmas best of all, because all the little towns that make that part of our state so special go out of their way each year to really shine!
Wimberley host a walking trail of lights, but before you go, stop at the Wimberley Pie Co. just outside of downtown Wimberley.
Gruene, another of our favorite towns, has activities all month long, although I’ll be honest and tell you that we’ve made the over 3 hour trip to Gruene from DFW just to eat at the Gristmill and watch the river flow by! Click HERE to visit their website.
New Braunfel’s Santa’s Ranch offers visitors lots of lights! We haven’t been yet, but it’s definitely on my Christmas Wish List! Click HERE for more information.
Have a VERY MERRY Christmas, and please check back often as I’ll be updating our list all month long!
Keep Having Fun in the TEXAS Sun!