Things To Do in Texas This Christmas Weekend: Dec. 22-25

December 18, 2017

Article by: Jane Kellogg Murray,

Start a new family tradition this holiday weekend—listen to carolers on the San Antonio River Walk or underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, or do some last-minute gift shopping at markets like Austin's Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

San Antonio: Through Dec. 22

During the Christmas season, four to five boats are used to rotate caroling groups who perform live Christmas carols along the 2.5 miles of downtown River Walk. More than 185 schools, churches, companies, and civic choral groups participate each year. Joyous caroling fills the evening air as the public is invited to stroll on the banks of the river or sit outdoors on a restaurant patio to enjoy the caroling.

Fiesta Navidad

San Angelo: Dec. 22

Two-time Grammy winners The Mariachi Divas are a unique, multi-cultural ensemble that has its foundation and roots in mariachi, but draws on its members' diverse influences to create music that is traditional and then some. Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, comprised of 22 dancers, is internationally-recognized as the pre-eminent Mexican-American Folkloric Company.

The Singing Christmas Tree

Fredericksburg: Dec. 22-23

Local volunteers will present a one hour concert standing on a 30-foot-tall decorated and lighted Christmas tree at the Pioneer Museum.

Texas Christkindl Market

Arlington: Through Dec. 23

Much like those found in Europe for the holiday season, this seventh annual Christmas market at Globe Life Park in Arlington offers tons of new holiday fun for 2017.

A Wonderland Christmas

San Antonio: Through Dec. 23

The world's first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone's enjoyment, Morgan's Wonderland will host its holiday event for one final week, Dec. 18-23. Enjoy a winter wonderland—sparkling lights, carolers, Santa Claus, and the 25-acre park's popular wheelchair-accessible rides and other attractions.

Ballet Austin's "The Nutcracker"

Austin: Through Dec. 23

Ballet Austin wraps up the 55th annual production of this beloved holiday tradition.

Trail of Lights

Austin: Through Dec. 23

The 51st annual event is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories, and fun. The annual event wraps up this weekend, so don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree.

Christmas at the Caverns

San Antonio: Through Dec. 23

Natural Bridge Caverns wraps up the holiday season this weekend 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.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Austin: Through Dec. 24

The final weekend to enjoy this fixture of the Austin holiday season. Shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Austin: Through Dec. 24

It’s the final weekend to shop at Palmer Events Center’s holiday shopping bazaar—a fun, authentic Austin experience, where visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers, and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin's longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.

Comanche Trail Festival of Lights

Big Spring: Through Dec. 25

Big Spring has earned the distinctive reputation of the "Lighted Poinsettia Capital of Texas," attracting regional and state attention for the superior lighting and displays shown throughout the Comanche Trail Park. Other lighted poinsettias can be seen throughout the community. Western scenes, candy canes, patriotic displays, and all the scenes of Christmas—the beautiful layout is continually changing with new displays and will not disappoint.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights

Wichita Falls: Through Dec. 25

One of the largest holiday displays of its kind, its purpose is to provide a festive atmosphere on the Midwestern State University campus, to serve as an outreach to the community, and to be a focal point for holiday activities in North Texas. The installation is filled with individual displays that showcase themes or characters from well-known children's stories, fairy tales, and holiday icons.

Trail of Lights

Wimberley: Through Dec. 28

The 20th annual event is a fun and safe way to view Christmas lights on a walking tour that leads visitors through six acres of decorated Wonderland. Roast a marshmallow at the Yule Log, enjoy festive refreshments, and enjoy live entertainment. There is no admission to the Trail of Lights, however donations are gratefully accepted.

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