Texas is a state located in the south central region of United States. It is bordered by Mexico to the south and borders the U.S. states of New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, and Louisiana to the east.
Austin is the capital and Houston is the largest city of Texas.
Other big cities and towns in Texas include – San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, etc.
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Texas include – Brazos Wind Farm, Franklin Mountains State Park, Steinhagen Reservoir, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Texas :
Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas is celebrates the magic of Christmas with more than 1,400 Christmas events taking place over a 40 day period with millions of lights, animated characters and more.
Some of these events include – Events include North Pole Express, Christmas on Main, ICE! and Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort, Light Show Spectacular, Carol of Lights, Parade of Lights, Santa’s Wonderland, Snowland at the Great Wolf Lodge, The Grapevine Opry Show’s Christmas Shows, Christmas movies and live music at the Historic Palace Theatre, Christmas Wine Trains and after Christmas train rides.
Chuy’s Giving to Children Christmas Parade takes place in Downtown Austin on last Saturday in the month of November. Giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children’s characters, spectacular marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa are part of this parade. This unique parade collects toys for Operation Blue Santa.
Zilker Metropolitan Park in the heart of south Austin celebrates the holiday season with “Trail of Lights in Zilker Park” featuring over 2 million holiday lights, 50 displays and exhibits and many other events including the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop, the Yule Log, the Ferris wheel, and Candy Land.
The 37th Street is a street in Austin, Texas known for its many houses that are decorated with Christmas lights. More than tens of thousands of visitors come to this street this holiday season to see these Christmas lights.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a downtown Austin holiday tradition offering great shopping experience for the festive season. Enjoy great live music, aisles spaced wide for dancing, and the finest work of more than 100 artists, craftsmen, and merchants who bring their best to this holiday spectacular each season.
The annual Neiman-Marcus/Adophus Children’s Parade also known as the Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade takes place on first Saturday in the month of December in downtown Dallas. Every year, more than 350,000 spectators witness the parade in person, while millions more watch on television.
In the city of San Antonio, the annual San Antonio Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony takes place a day after Thanksgiving Day. Thousands of twinkling lights illumine the 4 mile San Antonio’s River Walk for the holidays with a spectacular parade of floats, celebrities and other entertainment events.
Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie celebrates the holiday season with “Prairie Lights” – Texas’ premier holiday drive-through park. This 2-mile drive through 4 million lights features a 10 minute Holiday Magic light show choreographed to music.
Dont miss the magic of the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum with illuminated gazebos, 500,000 lights and a 30 foot tall tree. Other special events include horse-drawn carriage rides, choraling, and visits with Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa.
“The Gift of Christmas” is one of the nation’s biggest Christmas pageants featuring spectacular onstage performances and a gala holiday buffet at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.
The downtown Ft Worth area kicks-off the holiday season on the Thanksgiving Weekend with the annual Sundance Square Parade of Lights. More than 200,000 people attend this parade every year.
Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas celebrates the holiday season with “Festival of Lights” featuring more than one million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, a giant Christmas tree, a visit to Santa’s workshop, nativity scene and gingerbread house, nightly live entertainment and other festivities through December
During the holiday season, Texas Hill Country communities of Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Round Mountain and Wimberley are all part of the Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail.
Jefferson Holiday Trail of Lights is part of a larger Holiday Trail of Lights that includes Natchitoches, Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana and Marshall, Jefferson, and Kilgore, Texas. These cities lie within a short drive of each other and celebrate the holiday season.
Santa’s Wonderland is a true holiday light theme park in the city of College Station, Texas. Visitors can take their own car through the park’s 40 acres of holiday light displays or can visit the ‘Santa’s Town’ where they can catch a hayride, dine on holiday treats, do holiday shopping or enjoy live entertainment around a campfire.
Old Town Spring in Texas celebrates the holiday season with lots of events including the official tree lighting, holiday entertainment, photos with Santa, ice skating and a festive train ride at Thyme Square.
The Santa’s Ranch drive-thru Christmas Light Park in San Marcos celebrates the Christmas season with more than 1 million lights and 100 displays & animations which you can see from your own vehicle driving through one one mile drive through the park.
Some of the Christmas Parades taking place in Texas include -
The Arlington Holiday Lights Parade takes place on first Sunday in the month of December in Downtown Arlington.
The Annual Richardson Christmas Parade takes place on first Saturday in the month of December.
Light The Night Christmas Parade takes place on first Friday in the month of December in Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year 2017 !!!