Here are some holiday displays you won’t want to miss!
November 26-December 31
A feature city in the annual Trail of Lights that reaches through the Pineywoods into northern Louisiana, the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall, Texas is the granddaddy of them all!
Crowned with over 10 million lights, the display begins when Santa Clause arrives at 5:30 the night before Thanksgiving. The Annual Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade kicks off at 6:00 December 6. The display lasts through New Year’s Eve.
It’s never too late to take a family drive through Marshall.
November 22-January 6
During the holidays the San Antonio River Walk and historic district shine brighter than ever. Beginning November 22, the campus of the University of Incarnate Word will sparkle with millions of lights for their “Light the Way” drive-through display. Then at 7 pm Friday, November 28 the Holiday River Parade celebrates the holiday with the illumination of the River Walk, decorated floats and carolers.
December 4-7 and 12-14
In Central Texas, Christmas doesn’t get much twinklier than at the Salado Christmas Stroll in historic Salado, Texas. Historic stagecoach stop, ruins of one of the first colleges in Texas, unique shops, great food, carolers and carriage rides … there’s so much to do in this quaint little village! The event kicks off this year with a Christmas Parade beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 4.
If you’ve been hoping to make a trip to Galveston, consider going during their annual Dickens on the Strand event December 5-7. More focused on British history than Texas history, the event is still a ton of fun, and there’s plenty of Texas history on display all around you while you’re there.
December 12-13, 2014
Candlelight at the Ranch, an annual event at the National Ranching Heritage Center on Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, captures the traditional spirit of a pioneer Christmas. From 6-9 each evening, step back in time as you walk along paths lit with luminarias. Enjoy the songs cowboys might have shared around a campfire on the open prairie over a century ago. Or warm up with hot cider and fresh popcorn as historical interpreters trim the tree with homemade decorations.
The event is free, but donations to are welcome. For more information, call (806) 742-0498.