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20 Towns to Celebrate Christmas in Texas

20 Towns to Celebrate Christmas in Texas

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Texas is never short on things to do, and that is definitely true during the holiday season.  I mean everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, so that has to include Christmas in Texas, right?

While some places across the country celebrate a white Christmas, the holiday season means tons of lights and some good old southern charm to try and replace the missing snow.

Honestly, there are so many great Christmas towns in Texas that you are sure to grab the holiday spirit! 

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    Christmas in Texas: 20 Great Christmas Towns

    Christmas Captital of Texas, Grapevine, TX

    christmas trees and a kissing booth

    Christmas in Grapevine, TX is no joke.  I mean, Grapevine isn’t called ‘The Christmas Capital of Texas‘ for nothing.  This small town outside of Dallas knows how to ring in Christmas Texas style.

    Hosting over 40 days of Christmas events during the holiday season, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone at the Grapevine Christmas Capital of Texas!

    Kids will love the holiday events that Grapevine offers every year. These include riding the Grapevine Vintage Railroad dubbed ‘The North Pole Express’ train this time of year.  These train rides are awesome holiday events.

    Adults will love the Christmas Wine Train rides and the great wineries and shops located throughout the town, especially Main Street. There is also a great Christmas tree to take the perfect picture with!

    While here, check out the amazing ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan Resort.

    Grapevine is one of the most popular Christmas towns in Texas for sure! Again, it is the Christmas Capital of Texas!

    Girl waiting in a Christmas themed kissing booth

    Christmas in Cleburne, TX

    Cleburne, TX is one of our small Christmas towns. You will find Cleburne located about 40 minutes southwest of Fort Worth. 

    Every year during Christmas, Cleburne is turned into a Christmas wonderland when the local park is transformed with over 3 1/2 million twinkling lights.

    The opening ceremony not only lights up the park but also hosts Santa and Mrs. Clause while carolers serenade guests.

    There are numerous holiday events planned throughout the holiday season, so be sure and check out the complete schedule here.

    This is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Texas.

    Christmas in College Station

    College Station is one of the Christmas towns in Texas that will surprise you!

    For a true TX Christmas experience, you have to go to Santa’s Wonderland to celebrate Christmas in College Station. 

    Here you can enjoy hayrides, carriage tours, festive live music, and a visit with Santa. They even have a mechanical bull!

    This is definitely one of the fun Christmas towns in Texas!

    Wimberley Trail of Lights

    Marty and I visited Wimberley’s Holiday Trail of Lights and loved it.  This is one of the best places to spend Christmas!

    There are so many things to do in Wimberley throughout the year, but especially when celebrating Christmas!

    During the holidays, visitors flock to Wimberley to experience the six-acre winter wonderland park known as the Holiday Trail of Lights takes place at the EmilyAnn Theatre. 

    This free event includes tons of light displays, live music, a fire pit to roast marshmallows and make s’mores, carolers, and so much more.

    Wimberley is a Texas town that is one of the best places to visit year round!

    Old truck decorated for Christmas

    Christmas in Galveston: Moody Gardens Christmas and Dickens on the Strand

    Galveston is one of the unique Christmas towns in Texas on our list.

    The Texas coast town of Galveston is famous for the old-fashioned Victorian holiday festival, Dickens on the Strand, which includes costumed vendors, Victorian-style food, drinks (even hot cocoa), and crafts. 

    In addition to Dickens on the Strand, Galveston also hosts awesome Christmas events at Moody Gardens, including an ice skating rink, their Festival of Lights, incredible ice sculptures, and an awesome Christmas market. 

    Moody Gardens boasts eight holiday winter wonderland attractions under one venue for their holiday celebration. 

    All of this makes Galveston one of the best places to spend Christmas in Texas!

    Grand Prairie Christmas

    Grand Prairie Lights is a great way to celebrate Christmas.  Each year, Grand Prairie hosts an awesome drive-through holiday light park on the banks of Joe Pool Lake, the Grand Prairie Lights.

    The 2-mile winding path takes you through numerous light displays showcasing over 4 million lights!

    On the way out of the park, you will be rewarded with a drive through the second largest lighted tunnel in Texas.

    Christmas in San Antonio

    If you are choosing to spend Christmas in San Antonio, then you are in for a treat!

    San Antonio is a Texas town known for its festive atmosphere all year long, but I especially love it during Christmas. 

    The historic streets and the famous Riverwalk seem to shine even brighter as they come alive with holiday light displays and festive holiday music.

    That is why we love grabbing hot cocoa and visiting the San Antonio Riverwalk at Christmas.

    The Riverwalk comes alive with thousands of lights, a lighted boat river parade, and more than 6,000 luminaries!

    You can also visit Six Flags Holiday in the Park and SeaWorld during this time to enjoy their Christmas festivities. Honestly, a San Antonio Christmas is just so much fun!

    Christmas in Texas-San Antonio Riverwalk

    Fredericksburg, TX Christmas

    Fredericksburg is another one of our favorite Christmas towns in Texas.

    The German Christmas roots of Fredericksburg, Texas shine brightly during their holiday festivities! There are so many things to do in Frederickburg that you will love this Texas Hill Country town!

    Grab a hot cocoa and come and watch the Light the Night Christmas Parade and the annual Christmas tree lighting. Afterward, go ice skating at their outdoor ice skating rink or shop on Main Street to check off your holiday shopping list!

    Walkway of Lights-Marble Falls

    Head about 50 miles northwest of Austin into the Texas Hill Country and you will find one of the Highland Lakes of Texas, Marble Falls Lake, and the town of Marble Falls.

    This town is one of the cool Christmas towns in Texas!

    Right on the banks of Marble Falls Lake, you will find the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights. 

    The Walkway of Lights features over 2 million lights and is completely free to enjoy!  The light displays range from run water toys to patriotic flags and eagles.

    This is truly a Christmas light extravaganza!

    Johnson City

    Plan your visit to Johnson City the last weekend of November so that you can participate in the opening festivities of the famous Johnson City Christmas Lights.

    The Friday after Thanksgiving, they kick off the season with the lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse which is draped with more than 100,000 twinkling white lights! Even the Christmas tree is draped in white lights!

    The Johnson City Christmas Lights is what makes Johnson City one of the festive Christmas towns in Texas and one of the great places to celebrate Christmas.

    Marshall

    Go to East Texas to experience Marshall Texas’ Christmas light display. 

    Marshall comes alive when millions of white lights illuminate their town every holiday season during their annual Wonderland of Lights Festival.

    Marshall has an outdoor ice skating rink, hayrides, a restored carousel, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Santa Claus’ Village,making it a great place to spend Christmas in Texas. 

    While visiting this East Texas town, you can participate in the Wassail Walk or the Jingle Bell Run to work off some of those holiday sweets, or just shop away your calories at the Outdoor Christmas Market.

    Marshall is an old-fashioned Christmas town that will have you singing carols in no time!

    Christmas decorations on building
    Photo from Wonderland of Lights’ Facebook Page

    Jefferson

    Jefferson is proud to say that it celebrates Christmas on the Bayou.

    Step back in time when you participate in the Candlelight Tour of Homes the first two weekends in December.  Several gorgeous Victorian homes open their doors for you to see them decorated in their holiday best.

    They open the season with a Christmas Parade and an Enchanted Forest Tree Lighting Ceremony. These holiday lights are amazing and sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

    Austin Christmas Lights

    Austin is one of the fabulous Christmas towns in Texas and the perfect place for a day trip from Dallas!

    After checking into one of the best places to stay in Austin, head out to enjoy the Austin Christmas Lights at the Austin Trail of Lights.

    What’s even better is that this light display is on of the free things to do in Austin!

    All of these activities makes for a great weekend in Austin!

    walkway of lights
    Photo Courtesy of Facebook

    Christmas in Houston

    Christmas festivities in Houston seem to be never-ending, but I guess that makes sense given the vast art and culture scene in the city.

    You can absolutely get your fill of holiday cheer in Houston. This is one of those Christmas towns that just has it all!

    You can lace up your skates and skate around their ice rink, or enjoy the magical 20-acre lantern festival at the Magical Winter Lights. 

    Head to the Houston Zoo to see more than 15 miles of lights before attending the annual Nutcracker Ballet.

    Marlin

    Located about 20 miles southeast of Waco, Marlin once drew visitors from far and wide to experience the healing spring waters that flowed in this area.

    Today you can come during the holiday season to take part in a small-town Christmas parade before enjoying historic tours of the church, cemetery, and homes of this small community.

    Christmas Lights in Dallas

    Couple sitting in a large wreath with Christmas lights all around them

    Dallas is packed with things to do during the holiday season, so I am just going to hit on some of the highlights.

    Train lovers will want to head straight for NorthPark Mall to see the elaborate model train display that is set up every year during the holidays.  While here, check out the mall Christmas tree also!

    The Dallas Arboretum is overflowing with holiday cheer with their themed displays of the 12 Days of Christmas.

    You can also visit The Dallas Heritage Village during their holiday Candlelight celebration or head to Fair Park for Christmas in the Park.

    Dallas is definitely one of the fun places to spend Christmas and all of the events will have you in the Christmas spirit in no time!

    Granbury

    Christmas lights Granbury
    photo courtesy of Visit Granbury Facebook Page

    The lake community of Granbury loves to have festivals and Christmas is no exception. To kick off the season Granbury hosts a Nights of Lights Parade ushering in Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

    You can also enjoy a candlelight tour of some of the privately-owned historic homes all decked out with twinkling lights and holiday decor.

    Watching the kids make s’mores with Santa Claus will surely get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

    The shops in Granbury are also great for checking items off of your holiday shopping list!

    Fort Worth

    Christmas tree in Fort Worth's Sundance Square

    Like Dallas, Fort Worth is one of the Texas Christmas towns packed with activities for the holiday season making it one of the the great places to celebrate Christmas.

    The festivities kick off with the Fort Worth Parade of Lights in downtown. After the parade, the Sundance Square Christmas to see the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.  

    Enjoy Christmas in the Stockyards when Santa arrives in his magical stagecoach ready to take pictures with the kids and browse the Christmas Market.

    Fort Worth is one of the awesome Texas towns to ring in the holiday season.

    Santa waiving

    Final Thoughts on Christmas Towns in Texas

    As you can see, a Texas Christmas is a serious business.  These are just a few of the great Texas towns to celebrate Christmas in the Lone Star State.

    Get out your calendar, and start making plans to check these places off of your Texas Bucket List for sure!  

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    About the Author

    Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures.  While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time. 

    Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

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    Daniella

    Monday 8th of November 2021

    Texas looks pretty festive at this time of the year - there really is so much to do and see.

    thattexascouple

    Tuesday 9th of November 2021

    There really is! A bonus to visiting Texas during the holidays is that the weather is usually mild as well :)

    Travel A-Broads

    Sunday 7th of November 2021

    I couldn’t have come across this blog post at a better time, considering the holidays are coming up and I live in Texas! I would especially love to do Wimberley Trail of Lights or check out some of the activities in Galveston or San Antonio. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive guide - going to pin it for later too 😊. Xx Sara

    thattexascouple

    Sunday 7th of November 2021

    Thank you so much, Sara! I really hope it helps and that you get to go and enjoy some of the great holiday activities in Texas :)

    kmf

    Sunday 7th of November 2021

    Wow! All 20 of these towns in Texas know how to celebrate Christmas. Especially love all the lighting displays…beautiful!

    thattexascouple

    Sunday 7th of November 2021

    We do it up big in Texas. LOL! Thanks for reading and taking time to comment!

    Jill

    Saturday 6th of November 2021

    This made me want to start planning a Christmas trip as the holiday season is right around the corner! The Walkway of Lights-Marble Falls would be my first stop!

    thattexascouple

    Sunday 7th of November 2021

    Yes! We love traveling during the holidays. It's so fun!

    simplyjolayne

    Saturday 6th of November 2021

    My husband has just started traveling for work and Austin is one of his destinations. I think maybe a little weekend trip with him after work is done is in order.

    thattexascouple

    Sunday 7th of November 2021

    That is a great idea. Austin is a really cool city!