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Best Christmas Towns across Texas

Best Christmas Towns in Texas
Nash Farm in Grapevine, Texas, dressed in holiday finery. credit: Catherine Parker

Best Christmas Towns across Texas

Put on your best Christmas sweater and grab a to-go cup of cocoa, it’s time to discover the best Christmas Towns across Texas. Find a town dipping in tinsel and covered in garlands to a town with carolers dressed in Victorian garb to a town with the town square boasting an outdoor ice rink and a German Christmas Pyramid. Here’s the best Christmas towns across Texas.

The Hilton Palacio del Rio was a score on a hotel consolidator and conveniently located in the heart of the River Walk.
The San Antonio Riverwalk. credit: Catherine Parker

San Antonio

The holidays might be the best time to visit the San Antonio Riverwalk to see it  dressed in lights. Dangling from the 100-year-old Cypress trees, multi colored lights twinkle as river boats float underneath.

San Antonio loves Christmas so find special events across the city with a southwestern flair, like the Fiesta de las Luminarias and the Holiday River Parade. Even the popular attractions, like SeaWorld, Six Flags and the San Antonio Zoo, get covered in lights. 

For a taste of the Holidays in San Antonio, sample a tamale. A traditional treat served during the holidays, it’s a corn husk with masa inside stuffed with meat, like pork, chicken or beef, then steamed. For the best Tex-Mex favorites, head to Mi Terra Cafe and Bakery, it’s been a staple since 1941. Located along Produce Row in the San Antonio’s Market Square. 

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It is the official Christmas Capital of Texas, and covered end-to-end in all the Holiday finery, even the Grinch smiles in Grapevine. Head to the historic downtown area for walkable streetscape with dining, shopping and wine tasting rooms. Don’t miss the Christmas Store for an ornament to mark the occasion. 

The Polar Express departs from the historic depot several times a day with a Santa and Mrs. Claus on each car along with fresh baked cookies for all the passengers, naughty or nice. Once back from the excursion, kids can learn about traditional crafts at the blacksmith or color an ornament next to the depot. There’s even an area that snows. Reserve Polar Express tickets in advance and lap children are $5. 

To remember your trip, make a glass blown ornament under the supervision of the glass artists at Vetro Glassblowing Studio. Located at 701 S. Main St. #103.  

Learn about how Christmas was celebrated over 100 years ago at Nash Farm. The original homestead tells the story of life in North Texas before cars and electricity. See the chickens and the sheep and if you are lucky, one of the ladies will have a cookie to share that was baked on the wood-burning oven. Located at 626 Ball St. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission varies. 

Best Christmas Towns in Texas
The Christmas Pyramid in Fredericksburg Marketplatz. credit: Catherine Parker


With its German heritage, you’ll find a traditional take on Christmas at this favorite Hill Country destination. Head to Fredericksburg’s Main Street for a small town shopping destination, with unique boutiques and lots of decorations. Head to Rustlin’ Rob’s for Texas food and snacks, located at 121 E. Main St. For home decor and holiday decorations to make your place look like a magazine cover, step inside Farm Haus, located at 211 W. Main St. 

As the sun sets, head to the Marketplatz for its centerpiece, the traditional German Christmas pyramid, the wooden sculpture that features candles and spinning figurines. Then strap on some skates to ring around the outdoor ice rink, Eisbahn. Find outdoor tables and snacks nearby. At 6 p.m. nightly, the trees around Marketplatz light up. Even the locals come out to see the lights and enjoy the outdoors. Located at 126 W. Main St. Enter the park for free. Ice skating additional. 

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Galveston might not see much snow but a visit to the historic Strand during the holidays feels festive. Its premier holiday event is Dickens on the Strand where costumed carolers don Victorian dress and visitors are encouraged to join in the fun. Held annually the first weekend in December. 

The Galveston Railroad Museum hosts its Polar Express train rides the week before Christmas with visits from Santa along cookies and carols. Located at 2602 Santa Fe Plaza. Reserve Polar Express tickets in advance and lap children are free. 

The Moody Gardens is transformed with colored lights for its Holiday in the Gardens. It’s a mile-long walk with lights and holiday decorations. Located at 1 Hope Blvd. Admission based on age. 

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Stroll the historic downtown area dripping in white lights and garland and ripe with locally owned boutiques and dining for every taste. Play a bit of reindeer hide-and-seek with nine lighted reindeer hidden around Bryan. 

When in the area, check out one of the top light displays in Texas, Santa’s Wonderland, in neighboring College Station. More than lights, find hayrides, a sled hill and live music. Located at 18898 Highway 6. Admission based on age. 

Sip on some cocoa and find some Holiday Cheer at the Best Christmas Towns across Texas decked in tinsels and laden in garland. Take a vintage train ride with Santa, make an ornament to remember and sip cocoa (or wassail) as you watch the parades float by. Each of the Best Christmas Towns in Texas offers a unique feel and activities. Best Christmas Towns in Texas | Best Holiday Decorations in Texas | Where to go in Texas during the Holidays #Christmas #Texas
credit: Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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