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Free Things to Do in Texas This Weekend: Dec. 8-10

Written by , published December 5, 2017

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It doesn't cost much to enjoy a weekend in Texas. If you're on the hunt for free fun, head to these events across the state—including (yup, you guessed it!) a variety of Christmas activities.

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Candlelight at the Ranch

Lubbock: Dec. 8-9

Take a magical, candle-lit tour through history and experience some Christmas-related time traveling. The 15 historic structures on the ranch feature scenes from the 1780s to 1950s simulating what a frontier holiday was like. Munch on kettle corn, dance to Texas swing music, hear seasonal carols, and visit with Santa. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 per family is suggested.

The Christmas Journey

Fredericksburg: Dec. 8-9

In a sort-of drive-thru theater experience, the biblical story of Christmas is depicted in nine scenes, complete with live animals and actors, impressive sets, and special lighting and effects. Hosted by Bethany Lutheran Church, visitors drive their way around the church’s transformed parking lot and dial in on their car radios to listen to accompanying audio and music.

Dallas Chamber Choir

Mesquite: Dec. 8

Mesquite Arts Council presents this chamber ensemble of professional musicians, music educators, and solo performing artists from North Texas performing Christmas choral arrangements. To get a sampling of their work, listen to their Christmas album, which was recorded live at Southern Methodist University in 2015.

Svetlana's First Christmas Away from Home

Clarksville: Dec. 8-9

See the adorable kiddos of Clarksville perform this hour-long play about a school Christmas pageant gone awry and a distraught foreign exchange student. Stick around after the show for more merriment in the form of crafts, concessions, and raffles. Donations are accepted.

Christmas at Winedale

Round Top: Dec. 9

It’s a beloved Hill Country tradition to take the family to this 19-century educational historical complex for a delightful day of holiday activities. See what Christmas was like for the various pioneering ethnic groups that populated this part of the state by viewing folk life presentations and demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, folk dancing, and lace-making. Kids will get their kicks with a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, old-fashioned crafts and games, and Weihnachtsmann—a German Santa Claus.

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle!

Dallas: Dec. 9

Get ready to laugh ’til you cry at this special Christmas show staring all-male comedy troupe, Austin Babtist Women. The hilarious volunteer group performs with special guests Patti Le Plae Safe and Lipps La Rue to benefit the Texas Red Ribbon Wish Network, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Texas citizens one good deed at a time. Admission is free, but $10 donations are suggested at the door.

Die Deutsche Weihnachtsfeier

San Antonio: Dec. 10

For a uniquely cultural experience, check out this performance in which the story of Christmas is told entirely in German, using scripture, poetry, prayers, choral singing, and instrumental music. The beloved event has roots in the San Antonio area that go back to 1904. The Beethoven Maennerchor and San Antonio Liederkranz choirs perform alongside Trinity University organist David Heller.

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