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December Festivals in Texas, U.S.A.


When you think of Texas, you aren’t likely to think of traditional Christmas celebrations but that doesn’t mean the great state isn’t home to some of the most enjoyable activities known to man. This December, consider taking a trip down to Texas and take part in one of their many festivals, some of which are listed below.

Twice and Bright Festival in Texarkana

While this one technically begins in November, it really only serves as a kick off to the month of December when it really comes into its own. In addition to the festival of lights, there is a lighting of the community Christmas tree and a Christmas parade to take part in that make the holiday season in Texarkana all the more special.

Neiman Marcus/Adolphus Children’s Parade in Dallas

This parade has been taking place in Dallas since the 1970s and is seen as one of those holiday traditions everyone is a part of. Held downtown and heralding the official beginning of the Christmas season, you can be sure to feel the pulse of the community by coming out for this parade.

Dickens on the Strand in Galveston

If you’re in the mood to be transported back to Victorian era England, Galveston is your destination this December. Putting to life the work of Charles Dickens most famous holiday piece, the area along the Strand river is transformed into a period piece location complete with street vendors and more.

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio

Playing tribute to the heritage of the area, San Antonio’s mariachi competition is a fantastic display of the talented form. Commencing with a competitive category and culminating at the end of the night with a concert, this festival gives you a rich sampling of music and plan old good time.

Texas Holiday Wine Trail in Texas Hill Country

A great event for wine connoisseurs or just people who enjoy good company and great fare, this wine festival is sure to make you feel the holiday spirit. Taking place at a variety of wineries in the region and complimented by appetizers and art shows, you can be sure to get a feel for the region and see what Texas wine has to offer.

First Night Austin

Held right at the very end of the month on New Years Eve, First Night Austin is a whole day activity for everyone on your list. Beginning in the afternoon with a downtown family festival and ending with a night time art show complete with decorated street corners, it’s the perfect way to end the month and your time in Texas.