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Holiday Season in Texas 2022

Holiday Season in Texas 2022!

Happy Holiday Season in Texas y’all! We haven’t seen a lot of holiday events the last couple of years, for obvious reasons, and we’re all chompin’ at the bit to get out and celebrate with family and friends. For this post, we’ve found Holiday Season Celebrations that are both big and small. But regardless of the size… each one is sure to put a twinkle in your eye. So, grab your ginormous travel mug of coffee or hot chocolate and let’s cruise the city streets and country roads in search of carriage rides and Christmas lights.
We’ll start in the northernmost part of the state…you know…because it is closest to the North Pole. ☃

Panhandle Plains Region:

Christmas in the Gardens, Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Lights! Cocoa! Santa!
Nov. 26-27, Dec. 1-23. 6p – 8:30 p.
Check their Facebook page for more info, especially regarding updates due to weather.

Holiday at The Lake – Visit Brownwood
“Celebrate the holiday season at the Lake Brownwood State Park by enjoying a drive-through holiday lights display! Campers will have their campsites decorated for you to drive through and view! If you are interested in participating in this event as a camper, please the website for details or call our office at 325-784-5223 between 8 am and 5 pm to sign up!”
Where: Willow Point camping loop
Dates: December 9th & 10th
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
FREE (will be accepting donations for the Humane Society)

Big Bend Region:

Historic Alpine’s 2nd Annual Christmas Stroll
Bundle up and join us for AHA’s Historic East Sul Ross Avenue Christmas stroll on Saturday, December 3rd. This is a free event and is open to all. Marked locations along the route will accept non-perishable food donations for the West Texas Food Bank.
The fun starts at 5:00 pm at the City of Alpine’s 129-year-Old School House. Join us for kid’s crafts and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity featuring Santa’s helpers sponsored by CG Morrison Family of Stores.
From 5:30 pm -9 pm, there will be Individual performances by bands and choirs organized by Dr. Andrew D. Alegria, SRSU Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies, at various locations along East Sul Ross Avenue, ending at Lawrence Hall for a community sing-along and tree lighting and photos with Santa.

Musicians from Alpine, Marfa, Ft. Stockton, and Presidio will ~serenade~ you as you see all the beautiful historic homes and lights on Sul Ross Avenue.
Hayrides, Luminarias, Sul Ross Choir and Band.
For more info, please visit…https://facebook.com/events/s/historic-alpines-2nd-annual-ch/1576218482799894/

Prairies and Lakes Region:

LIGHTSCAPE – Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth
“International sellout sensation Lightscape is coming to Fort Worth for the 2022 holiday season. Taking place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden and set along a beautifully illuminated walking trail custom-designed for Fort Worth, Lightscape will feature spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound.”
“Starting November 18 and running through January 8 on select nights, Lightscape ticket holders will walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations, while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail.”

red, white, yellow and purple christmas lights on trees

Night of Lights Christmas Parade – Visit Granbury
“The Night of Lights Christmas Parade is a longtime holiday tradition in Granbury. A colorful lineup of decorated entries – both lighted floats and walking groups decorated to celebrate the birth of Christ – wind their way through Granbury’s downtown Historic District. Not only do spectators enjoy pre-parade music and entertainment, but Santa’s arrival marks the beginning
of the Christmas season and the city’s Christmas lights are flipped on in nearby Shanley Park and the City Hall Building.”
Date: November 25, 2022  Information
Location: Historic Granbury Square
Address: 201 E Pearl St, Ste C101, 201 E Pearl, Ste C101, Granbury, TX 76048
Phone: (682) 936-4550
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Free

Santa’s Wonderland – College Station, TX 
“College Station – The Heart of Aggieland® – is THE Texas destination for Christmas celebrations. An easy drive or flight from anywhere in the state, your holiday experience begins with a visit to Santa’s Wonderland – the largest outdoor Christmas attraction in the southern United States! This wonderland provides millions of lights, horse-drawn carriages, an illuminations Ice Arena, Santa’s Farm, walkable trails of lights, and all the food, drinks, and gift options to make your tour extraordinary. The options are endless and truly one of a kind! You can also enjoy Christmas in the Park, a College Station hometown tradition spanning more than three decades. Add in Artisan Markets, symphony performances, and a wide variety of unique dining and shopping, and you have all the makings of a memorable holiday getaway.”
Nov. 11 – Dec. 30  Get tickets here.
Horse & Carriage Add-On – Santa’s Wonderland
“It’s like being transported to the North Pole!” – The Texas Bucket List

Piney Woods Region:

Wonderland of Lights 2022 in Marshall, TX
“Take in the Lights!
Watch a Hallmark movie come to life as you stroll through downtown Marshall, one of the 10 most charming Christmas towns in Texas. Grab dinner with family, and shop for treasures in local shops.
Over the years, the festival has grown to include an outdoor ice-skating rink, vintage carousel, train, and a collection of tiny houses making up Santa’s Village. Additional weekly special events are enjoyed by residents and visors alike – though the 1901 Historic Harrison County Courthouse, adorned in millions of white lights, remains the crown jewel.”    Nov 23-Dec 17

Hill Country Region:

Trail of Lights at the EmilyAnn Theatre ,Wimberley
Holiday Trail of Lights and Tree Lighting in Wimberley! An Annual Event at the EmilyAnn Theatre for Visitors and the Wimberley Community.
Six acres of trails!
The trail is open Sunday through Thursday from dusk until 9 PM, Friday and Saturday from dusk until 10. Nov. 26-Dec 31

Lights Spectacular in Johnson City
“Imagine a light display with over a million lights. And it’s so big, NASA reported seeing it from the International Space Station! Yes, that would be the Johnson City Texas Lights Spectacular.”
“The twinkliest town in the hill country celebrates its 32nd annual Lights Spectacular. For the last 31 years, Johnson City transforms itself from a slow-paced, presidential hometown nestled on the banks of the Pedernales River, into a bright beacon of light like a guiding star welcoming visitors with good old fashioned Christmas cheer.”
From November 26th to January 8th, you and your family can see this incredible light display for free.
Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade.
The 2022 parade will kick-off on Saturday November 26 at 6:30 pm.
“The Clickety Cloggers will perform before the parade at 5:30 pm in front of the courthouse and the parade will follow with the Blanco County Queens Court and lighted float contest.”
“The parade happens every first Saturday of Lights Spectacular and is a fan favorite. All the entries are brightly lit and full of holiday spirit!”

South Texas Plains Region:

Hidalgo – Festival of Lights
“Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas light display in Texas. Visitors can explore the nine-mile illuminated wonderland on a train or trolley tour — or enjoy the journey in the comfort of their own vehicle (*tune your radio to 91.1)! The festival also offers a Dinner, Concert, Trolley Tour package that includes a roast beef supper, complete with musical entertainment and a trolley or train ride through the lights.” Every night in December at sunset. Ticket info here.

Gulf Coast Region:

Winter Wonder Island Festivities in Galveston, TX
“Galveston Island offers a wide range of Christmas and holiday activities!
Escape the cold and dreary weather and spend your winter holidays on island time. Whether you’re looking for warm weather and sunny skies, a unique coastal holiday experience, or simply to enjoy time with your family, this beach destination has all that plus a good dose of the Christmas spirit.”
There’s so much to do… but you won’t want to miss…
Dickens on The Strand in Galveston, TX  “Step back to Victorian-era times during this visitor’s favorite event in Galveston, Texas. Dickens on The Strand is Galveston’s annual holiday street festival bursting with live entertainment on multiple streets, including strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a crowd of entertainers and costumed revelers.”

Thank you to all our members that contributed to this post! Check out our Members pages to find your perfect Holiday stay!
Happy Holiday Season travel from your friends at the Texas Bed & Breakfast Association!

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