Christmas in Texas may not always be white, but it will always be magical. No matter where you go across the Lone Star State, you’ll find Christmas celebrations to beat the band. The Riverwalk in San Antonio strings Christmas lights all throughout its beautiful historic trees creating a glorious sight on the water. You have also probably heard of the Christmas celebrations they put on in Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas”. What about the small towns though?
Small town Texas Christmas celebrations are just as merry and bright as the big cities and suburbs. Here are 10 small town Texas Christmas celebrations you don’t want to miss.
Christmas on the Chisholm Trail is a festival that takes place each year in Belton, Texas. The festivities include a visit from Santa, food, activities for kids and a parade in the evening!
9. San Saba
San Saba has a population of just over 3,000, but that hasn’t stopped the good citizens from creating a truly magical Christmas celebration. You can attend the annual Sip ‘N Stroll wine tasting event in downtown, as well as the lighted Christmas parade, and then take a drive through Mill Pond Park and see the Christmas Lights spectacular!
There’s also the River City Holiday Band Concert for music lovers. See the San Saba Chamber of Commerce website to find dates and get tickets.
If you only think about Fredericksburg during peach season, then you’re missing out on an awe inspiring holiday celebration! Fredericksburg’s proximity to multiple vineyards makes it the perfect stop on any Christmas tour.
Bellville hosts a festival every year called Small Town Christmas. The weekend-long event includes a Santa scavenger hunt, a pickup parade and a living nativity with a real snow slide.
Given its location outside of Houston, real snow is a rarity indeed.
6. Johnson City
Christmas comes alive each year in Johnson City. The Lights Spectacular goes from late November to early January. You can take a tour bus or a horse-drawn carriage to see the lights of the little town.
There are also some great events like the Hill Country Toy Run, and you can get some delicious food and beverages at many places on the square such as Pecan Street Brewing Company.
In the little town of Canton, Christmas means trees! The Festival of Trees takes place each year, and local businesses donate decorated trees for the event.
4. La Grange
If you only know of La Grange from the ZZ Top song, you should really get to know it better. At Christmas time the little town hosts Schmekenfest, which is a wassail-tasting celebration in downtown.
The celebration of Christmas in Jefferson, Texas is known as Christmas on the Bayou. Their christmas light display is called the “Rail of Lights”. It’s centered around the historic Jefferson Railroad Depot and involves an antique steam train.
There is also an annual Christmas Parade and a Wassail Walk.
Each year the good people of Wimberley put on the Trail of Lights at the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens. Wimberley also hosts the Wimberley Winter Wonderland, where people can view and purchase beautiful trees and wreaths made by creative locals.
Despite its small size, the Christmas festivities in Bandera are pretty awesome. Of course, being in the Cowboy Capital of Texas, the celebration is called “Cowboy Christmas”.
At Cowboy Christmas, you can see lights, meet santa, and listen to the voices of sweet children singing Christmas carols. There is also a living nativity and even a parade.