Peruse our database of Texas events – from community plays and cook-offs to mega-festivals and touring productions. We highlight a few of options here.
Big Bend Country >San Elizario
The Southwestern Spirit
On the Rio Grande near El Paso, the historic presidio town of San Elizario offers a Southwestern take on the holiday season with a ChristKindle Market featuring local artists and vendors December 6-8. On December 21, glowing luminarias at San Elizario Presidio Church and the Historic District set the scene for a traditional Las Posadas reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter on the eve of Jesus’ birth.
Weihnachten in the 'Burg
Known for German heritage, shopping, and wine, Fredericksburg is a natural fit for celebrating the holidays. On December 6, peruse arts and crafts at St. Nikolausmarkt at Marktplatz and ogle the lighted Christmas parade on Main Street. (Don’t miss the 26-foot-tall spinning German pyramid and the ice-skating rink at Marktplatz.) On December 7, tour holiday-decked historic homes featured in the Pioneer Museum’s 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour.
Prairies and Lakes>Fort Worth
Rev your engines and join the legions of motorheads at the track this November for two of the state’s largest auto-racing events. On November 3, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500, one of the season’s biggest races and the culmination of four days of racing. Then, on November 15-17, the international set will throw down at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix.
Prairies and Lakes>Fort Worth
Art to the Bone
Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada’s drawings—including whimsical and biting depictions of cartoonish skeletons, known as calaveras—left a recognizable mark on Mexican art and popular culture. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death in 1913, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, are featuring exhibitions of Posada’s artwork and influence.
Prairies and Lakes>Dallas
The name pretty much says it all for the Perot Museum of Nature and
Panhandle Plains>Wichita Falls
River Bend Nature Center in Wichita Falls takes a natural twist on the holiday season with its annual ElectriCritters display, featuring lighted silhouettes of woodland creatures and holiday figures. Find twinkling woodpeckers, squirrels, and roadrunners among 150 displays on the center’s trails. Don’t miss the hot cocoa, live music, and Santa Claus, to boot. The event runs Friday and Saturday nights November 22-December 21.
More events? Go to the Events Calendar.
For a free printed copy of an even more detailed, quarterly schedule of events, write to Texas Events Calendar, Box 149249, Austin 78714-9249. Or, call 800/452-9292 from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, between 8-6 Central.
For Texas travel questions, call 800/452-9292 to reach a TxDOT Travel Information Center, where a professional travel counselor will provide routing assistance, advise you of any emergency road conditions, and send brochures (including the official Texas State Travel Guide and map, accommodations guide, and quarterly Texas Events Calendar).