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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Dec. 1-3

Written by , published November 27, 2017

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While it may be challenging to have a true "White Christmas" in the Lone Star State, at least you can experience a cool one this weekend, with events like Galveston's Dickens on The Strand, Natural Bridge Caverns' annual underground Christmas at the Caverns, and Frost Fest in Palestine.

Dickens on The Strand

Galveston: Dec. 1-3
With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye toward the future, Galveston's world-famous annual holiday street festival returns. Based on 19th-century Victorian London, the event features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items. 

Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch

Boerne: Dec. 1-Jan. 1
What better way to add extra sparkle to your holiday season than the magical glow of two million lights—plus food, drinks, crafts, gift shopping, and family fun? This event at the Don Strange Ranch features all of that and more, making it a must on your holiday calendar.

Dr Pepper Christmas

Waco: Dec. 1
Festivities at the Dr Pepper Museum include musical performances, food, beverages, hot Dr Pepper, holiday crafts, a photo booth, and of course Santa will be there too. 

Waco Wonderland

Waco: Dec. 1-3
Kick off the holiday season with a three-day holiday event for the whole family, where you'll find food, fun, and cheer. Enjoy a Ferris wheel, live entertainment, art vendors, carriage rides, a snow hill, and much more at Heritage Square.

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Annual Tree Lighting, Parade, and Starbright Village

Odessa: Nov. 30-Jan. 1 
The largest display of lights in the Permian Basin—more than 270,000 lights and holiday-themed displays bring the holiday season to life in McKinney Park. Whether you're walking or driving through, this event will bring out your holiday spirit as the lights shine bright and the holiday music plays over the radio. 

Season of Science Celebration at the Perot Museum

Dallas: Dec. 1-31 
Your adventure begins at the Perot Museum with a monthlong celebration of science. Throughout floors filled with dinosaurs, robots, dazzling gems, and more, enjoy winter-themed programming and special holiday delights. With drop-in science activities and hands-on demonstrations, you'll experience winter science in fun and engaging ways. Discover the science behind the seasons as you explore how Earth's tilt and other factors affect weather in different parts of our planet. Play with condensation and frost to "de-mist-ify" the different states of matter. 

Yoakum County Tamale Festival

Denver City: Dec. 1-2 
The first annual event will kick off on Friday with a dinner catered by St. Williams Catholic Church Guadalupanas. A lighted parade will then begin at Broadway and Avenue B finishing at Stuffy Moorehead Park. On Saturday, craft and clothing vendors and food booths offer the usual festival fare in addition to plenty of tamales in the park. Highlights include a tamale competition, a tamale-eating contest, and the crowning of a queen. 

Christmas at the Caverns

San Antonio: Dec. 1-23
Returning to Natural Bridge Caverns for the 2017 holiday season, this event combines the sights and sounds of the holidays with its underground world of natural beauty and amazement. Enjoy shopping, refreshments, and a family photo op in front of a 30-foot-tall decorated Christmas tree. Experience the incredible sounds of Caroling in the Caverns and several other unique holiday attractions, such as the Hill Country Hayride, the AMAZEn' Reindeer Roundup, and the Christmas Village. 

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Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias

San Antonio: Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. Warmly glowing lights in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for the Holy Family. 

Christmas Rendezvous and Trade Fair

Goliad: Dec. 2 
People will gather at the historic Presidio La Bahia to trade the crafts and wares they have made and collected in a 21st century adaptation of the ancient trade fair.

Frost Fest

Palestine: Dec. 2 
It's a 100 percent chances of snow at this small town, historic holiday celebration—bringing together everything good about the holidays. Enjoy street musicians, a freshly blown snow play area, warm treats, Santa, a historic home tour, wagon rides, and more downtown.

Lighted Boat Parade

South Padre Island: Dec. 2 
Light up the night during this holiday boat parade from South Padre Island to Port Isabel. Enjoy a cool winter breeze and watch as the bay sparkles with the light of these beautifully decorated boats. 

Celebrate the Holidays at Klyde Warren Park

Dallas: Dec. 2 
Presented by Nissan, enjoy big band classics, crafts, letters to Santa, and more. Activities throughout the day will include free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday kids' crafts, a mailbox to send letters to Santa, face painting, food trucks, activities and demonstrations from our Dallas arts and cultural friends and neighbors, holiday music, a new Big Band holiday show. The celebration culminates with the lighting of the tree. 

Dallas Holiday Parade

Dallas: Dec. 2 
As one of the largest parades in the United States, this Dallas holiday tradition spans two generations of families while attracting a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. The 30th annual parade will march through the streets of Downtown Dallas to ring in the holiday season. This year's parade will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons, and much more. 

Christmas in the Stockyards

Fort Worth: Dec. 3 
The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Stockyards Station will host its annual Christmas event on the lawn of the Historical Livestock Exchange Building, inside Stockyards Station and along East Exchange Avenue. This is a free holiday event centered on Western heritage activities that the entire family can enjoy.

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