Don’t look now, but Christmas is just around the corner. Before you know it, the kids will be out of school for a few weeks, and you’ll be looking for things to do to celebrate the holidays.
Why not get out of town for a few days? There are several great Christmas destinations all across the state of Texas that you can visit with a short road trip.
If you’re looking to book a Texas Christmas vacation, now is the time to get started as hotels and Airbnbs will start to book up very quickly.
Read on to learn about our favorite Texas Christmas vacation destinations.
You don’t need to travel far to be transported to a Winter Wonderland. Galveston always does Christmas in a big way with Dickens on the Strand, Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens, Polar Express Train Rides, and numerous other holiday events and attractions. The weather down here is often so mild that you could even enjoy a walk along the beach during the holidays.
This popular Hill Country town hosts a number of unique Christmas events, including ice skating, a totally decked out Main Street with tons of holiday shopping, and more. You have to see the 26-foot-tall German Christmas Pyramid with moving wooden figures and a spinning windmill. In fact, Southern Living magazine called Fredericksburg the “Best Small Town for Christmas in the South” and Uptown Magazine said it was “The Christmasiest Town in Texas”.
3. New Braunfels
Head just 20 miles northeast of San Antonio for a wonderful Christmas experience in New Braunfels. You’ll get the charming small town feel, but there will be tons of events and attractions going on for you to enjoy, including Santa’s Ranch, Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market, Christkindlmarkt open-air Christmas Market, wine events, parades, and more.
Grapevine hosts hundreds of Christmas events and attractions throughout the holiday season, including a man-made Snowland, ice sculptures, ice slides, train rides, and a whole lot more. The city sparkles with millions of lights each night during the holiday season, so take a walk along Historic Main Street and enjoy the Christmas spirit while doing a little shopping in the “Christmas Capital of Texas”.
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This charming small town in the Hill Country is a great place to getaway during the holidays. Their Holiday Trail of Lights is a free event with acres of light displays, caroling, s’more making stations, and more.
Every holiday season, Cleburne transforms into a Christmas town right out of a postcard. This North Texas town gets all decked out with gorgeous lights and decorations, and it hosts some great events including the Lighted Christmas Parade, walking tours of historic Victorian and Colonial homes, chamber orchestra Christmas concerts, and more. The local park is even filled with 3/5 million lights! It’s a great place for a small town Texas Christmas vacation.
7. San Antonio
Looking to check out another big city this holiday season? Head to San Antonio for some big holiday fun, like the Ford Holiday River Parade, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park, Zoo Lights, ice skating, and a whole lot more.
What are some of your favorite Christmas attractions in Texas? Let us know by commenting below.