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Written by Erin Inks

Whether you have the luck of the Irish by birth or just in spirit, St. Patrick's Day traditions have a special charm, especially in Texas.

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With Fat Tuesday coming up on Feb. 9, festivals and other events are already kicking off across Texas to start the countdown to Mardi Gras. 

Christmas trees, Santa and stockings are well known trappings of the holiday season—but what about campfires, cannons and cowboys? They’re all part of the festivities at historic Fort Concho in San Angelo, which hosts an annual Christmas celebration that attracts more than 15,000 holiday merrymakers each year. 


Nacogdoches, known as the oldest town in Texas, has a long and storied history to celebrate. Caddo tribes had long lived in the area before Spain founded a settlement in 1779. Nine flags have flown here—three more than the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, Confederate and U.S. flags that have flown over most of Texas—because of localized attempts to rebel from Spanish and Mexican rule.

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There are almost as many ways to celebrate the season in Texas as there are toys in Santa's sleigh. Whether you're looking for a place to go caroling, see "The Nutcracker" or find unique holiday gifts, we've got you covered! 

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'Tis the season for dazzling Christmas displays—let our list of some of the biggest and brightest displays across Texas light your path toward a fun holiday outing with family and friends.


What if you could escape for a weekend not just to another place but another time?

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The joys of Texas wildflower season in the spring are well known, but fewer are familiar with the colorful array of carefully cultivated blooms celebrated each fall in East Texas. 


The "Cheeseburger Capital of Texas" hosts its 10th annual Cheeseburger Festival in City Park on July 18.


Looking for a way to beat the heat and keep the kids entertained this summer? Starting June 13, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas welcomes a special exhibit in addition to its normal collection of fascinating features.


It’s time to strike up the band, find your finest red-white-and-blue outfit and raise your flags high for some Texas-sized fun for America’s birthday! The Lone Star State is ready to commemorate the occasion in style—here’s a roundup of some of the cities across the state that shared their celebration plans with us. 


If you’re often left scratching your head over a gift for dad this time of year, what about making him feel like a kid again? The sixth-annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic gives adults a chance to relive the adventure of childhood with homemade racecar competitions on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-21.

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