Winter Fun in Texas! Events & Festivals


The Lonestar State has hundreds of holiday attractions but trying to decide which ones to visit can be overwhelming! Check out these famous Texas sights this Christmas to get the most out of your holiday season!


Walk Through the Trail of Lights in Austin






Zilker Park is home to the beautiful mile-long walk through light display in downtown Austin. This festive event has been a city-wide tradition for over fifty years and has grown to feature over two million lights, forty displays, and several different events throughout the holiday season. While you celebrate with the whole city, make sure to bring a can of food with you to donate. The Trail of Lights is giving back to the community by donating 25,000 meals to the Central Texas Food Bank!


Visit the Christmas Capital of Texas






Between Dallas and Fort Worth is the town of Grapevine, AKA the Christmas Capital of Texas. Start your visit in this special town at the Gaylord Texan to see the ICE! Show. When you’re done walking through the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas themed sculptures, take a walk down Main Street and see the amazing light display and singing Christmas Tree. Then finish your night at the Palace Theatre to see a Christmas movie with the whole family. Tickets are only $6 and showings run until December 23rd!


See the Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet







If you’re looking to feel a bit classier than usual this winter break, then make your way down to the Houston area and purchase tickets to see the Nutcracker. The elegant ballerinas and harmonious orchestra will captivate you and make for an exceptionally beautiful performance. The cast will be performing at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland and the Hobby Center in Houston throughout the holiday season.


See the Holiday Lights on the RiverWalk










San Antonio is famous for its Riverwalk holiday lights display every winter. This year’s display will feature over 122,000 lights beautifully draped over the trees surrounding the Riverwalk. The best part? It’s completely free! Thanks to the San Antonio River Walk Association, this glorious attraction is free and available to the public until January 7th this year! And while you’re there, stick around for the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling, starting at 6 pm now through December 22nd! Sit on the river bank and join in on the holiday cheer by singing along to popular Christmas music as you watch the decorated boat float down the river!


Visit Santa at Santa’s Wonderland





Who knew that Santa spent so much time in Texas! Down in southeast Texas, in College Station, you’ll find Santa’s Wonderland. This special place has something for the whole family! From hayride tours and pony rides to the Wonderland Winery and Santa’s Mechanical Bull, you and your family will be entertained for hours! Santa’s Wonderland is also perfect for those wanting to spend time with that special someone, with fun activities for a more laid back date such as live music and mountain sliding, as well as more cozy things to do like taking a VIP carriage ride around the village. Santa’s Wonderland is open now through January 7th so make sure to book your tickets today to experience the holiday fun!