Unique Events Across Texas: December 2023

Local festivities are a huge part of what makes our state a great place to explore! Whether you’re a native of one of these towns, you live nearby, or you’re looking to make your next Texas road trip even more exciting, there are so many events across Texas in December to choose from!

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Seasonal Texas Events

By City


  • Festival | Bach, Handel & Vivaldi (free): At Redeemer Presbyterian Church, the stage is set as Philharmonic Orchestra and Redeemer Choir, led by Mark Dupere, immerse the audience in the timeless compositions of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. December 1, 2023, at 7pm-9pm.
  • The Watchmaker’s Song: Held at Neill-Cochran House Museum, this event showcases the diverse artistic spirit of the city, featuring performances such as Egyptian Belly Dance, Spanish Flamenco, Argentinian Tango, and American Tap Dance. Among the diverse array of performances, the unforgettable presence of Mother Ginger adds a charm to this festive experience. Tickets are available online starting at $40. Various dates between December 7-16, 2023.
  • Chefs in the Park: This local food extravaganza will take place at Lakeline Park in collaboration between Tivity, a locally owned company, and the City of Cedar Park. Five private chefs will take center stage, each crafting three-course meals that showcase their culinary style. Tickets are $69 can be purchased online. December 30, 2023, 2pm-6pm.
  • Check out our full list of holiday activities and Christmas things to do in Austin here.

Recurring Events

  • Words into Worlds (free): Witness the artistic bridge between written word and the stage in iconic American and British theatre productions at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin. This exhibit will merge visionary storytelling with tangible creative interpretations while offering insights into the theatrical process. Recurring weekly on Sunday & Tuesday (August 26 – December 31, 2023).
  • Falling Into Winter Group Exhibition (free): Art for the People Gallery in Austin invites art enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the “Falling into Winter” group exhibition. The gallery’s latest showcase captures the seasonal shift through a diverse collection of artworks by Austin artists. Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (October 28th – January 5th, 2024).

Bay Area Houston

  • NASA Nutcracker Market (free admission): Step into an eclectic world of retail therapy and get ahead of your Christmas to-do list this year. Santa will be at the event for photos with your little ones from 11AM to 1PM. November 11th, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Location: 3000 NASA Parkway, Houston TX, 77058

Recurring Events

  • Sip & Shop Brunch Event: Indulge in a delightful afternoon of fashion, food, and fun at the 2023 Sip & Shop Brunch Event. This event offers the perfect opportunity for fashion enthusiasts to gather and enjoy a few hours of shopping and socializing. Monthly every 2nd Sunday through December from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Location: 2234 E. NASA Parkway, Seabrook, TX.
  • Thursday Wine Dinners: Indulge in a delightful culinary and wine experience at South Shore Harbour’s Thursday Wine Dinners, a popular series of events held every other month in Clear Lake. August 24, September 21, October 26, December 14, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


  • Home For The Holidays (free): This much-anticipated occasion at Julie Rodgers Theatre promises to be a festive celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, featuring Texas Tenors alongside the SOST Chorus. December 3rd, 2023, at 4PM.
  • Extended Hours with the Movie Elf: At the Beaumont Children’s Museum, immerse yourself in the world of elves with themed crafts and activities, followed by a showing of Elf at the Jefferson Theater. Tickets are $6. December 15, 2023, at 4 PM to 7:00 PM.

Recurring Events

  • Sip ‘n Shop at Cotton Creek Winery (free admission): Monthly on the 1st
  • Friday Teen Night at Jumping World: For $20, enjoy 4 hours of jump time at the local Trampoline Park. Explore the ninja course, watch a laser light show, and enjoy a slice of pizza. Plus, guests will receive a $5 game card! Weekly from 8:00 PM to 12 AM.
Cattail Marsh


  • Small Town Christmas – This year will mark its 41st celebration, with the lighting of Bellville’s Christmas Tree, a dazzling lighted parade and a host of activities like pictures with Santa, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and farmers market activities. And don’t miss the Drive-Thru Living Nativity at St. John Lutheran’s Retreat Center! December 1-2, 2023.


  • Festival of Texas Fiddling: This event at Twin Sisters Dance Hall boasts a rich tapestry of genres, including Old Time, Country, Western Swing, Texas Style, Texas-Mexican (Tejano), Creole, Texas-Polish, and Son Huasteco. You are in for a day filled with non-stop dancing, instrument workshops, jam sessions, and vendors offering local food. Tickets are available online. December 1-2, 2023.
  • Very Merry Maker’s Fair at Real Ale Brewing Company (free admission): Support local artisans while enjoying independent craft beer. You can find unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list, all while relishing a beer or cocktail. December 9, 2023, 12 PM to 6 PM.
  • Blanco’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade (free) – Taking place around the historic Old Blanco Courthouse square, the parade comes to life with an array of lighted floats that illuminate the streets, circling the town square. There will also be a Christmas Market on the same day starting at 9am, with arts and crafts, unique gift ideas, and Christmas items. December 16, 2023. Parade will begin at dusk.


  • Weihnachts Weekend: This festive celebration captures the German heritage that is deeply ingrained in the heart of the Boerne community. As darkness falls, the streets come alive with a dazzling display of floats, marching bands, and walking groups, all decorated with twinkling lights. December 1-2, 2023.
  • A Toast to Olde Town Weekend (free): Marking the third Christmas in Boerne, A Toast to Olde Town Weekends pays homage to the town’s historic legacy with a blend of live music, Wassail tastings, and an appearance by Santa at J. Forks. December 8-10, 2023, from 10am-5pm.
  • Kinder Fest: You’re encouraged to wear your Christmas PJs or tacky sweaters and participate in activities along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, including FREE events like the Santa Scavenger Hunt and Cowboy Christmas Market Days for those last minute gifts! December 15-17, 2023.
  • Check out our blog post for a complete list of things to do this holiday season in Boerne!

Recurring Events

  • The Old Jail Museum Tours: Learn about Kendall County history inside this historic jailhouse that dates back to 1887. Tickets for visitors 10+ years old are just $5! Visitors under 10 will receive free admission. Weekly every Saturday.
Boerne Lake


  • Christmas Under the Stars Festival (free): This annual holiday event in Brownwood will feature local vendors selling unique gifts perfect for the holiday season to food stalls serving up delicious treats. There will also be activities for the kiddos, such as cookie decorating and big wheel races. And don’t forget to enjoy some hot chocolate while you’re there! Be sure to check out the 4th Annual Sipping Under the Stars for a chance to taste wines and beers in a festive setting. Tickets for Sipping Under the Stars are available online. December 2, 2023, 9 AM to 8 PM.
  • Family Camp Christmas Festival: Hosted by the Heart of Texas Camp and Retreat, this festival will include a beautiful display of Christmas lights, as well as a zip line, on-site manger, and outdoor firepits. Tickets are available online. December 8-10, 2023.
  • The Polar Express Reimagined: This magical holiday event will bring to life the beloved holiday story of The Polar Express. For an admission fee of $10, attendees can enjoy a theatrical reading of the story, hot chocolate, a mini train ride, and more! Tickets can be purchased on-site. December 16, 2023, 5 PM to 7 PM.

Recurring Events

  • 2nd Sundays in Downtown Brownwood: Local businesses will be open and offering something unique and fun! Explore the charm of downtown Brownwood and enjoy food, drinks, and some shopping! Monthly every 2nd Sunday.
Women's clothing display


  • Christmas Arts & Crafts Show at the Brazos Center (free admission): As a premier arts and crafts show, this holiday market will feature quality artists and craftspeople with over 100 booths. These booths offer one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, including home and holiday decor, and a multitude of other unique items perfect for the holiday season. December 2-3, 2023.
  • Winter Wonderland at Travis Fields (free): Presented by the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, this festive event transforms Travis Fields into a magical winter wonderland, featuring an array of activities suitable for all ages! Highlights include a captivating Candy Cane Lane, a petting zoo, and a chance to meet Santa! December 2nd, from 11 AM to 4 PM.
  • A Winter Cocktails Class at Ronin Farm & Restaurant: This seasonal cocktail class will offer a unique opportunity to learn the art of crafting winter-themed cocktails. This season, the class adopted a deep dive/lecture-style format. Led by the bar manager, participants will embark on a tasting journey while discussing history, recipes, and tasting notes.

Recurring Events

  • Karaoke at Yesterday’s (free): Indulge in a lively crowd of music at South Texas Avenue where fun-loving individuals eager to showcase their vocal prowess. Weekly every Wednesday from 8pm-12am.
  • Trivia at RX Pizza (free): The weekly trivia nights at Rx Pizza offer a perfect blend of entertainment and camaraderie, inviting you to come together for a chance to showcase your expertise and win exciting rewards. Weekly every Thursday from 8pm-10pm.
Pizza served at KinderHill Brew Lab


  • Burnet’s Christmas on the Square (free): Held in downtown Burnet, Christmas on the Square includes a bicycle giveaway, a children’s area designed just for them, including a snow slide and snow play area, live holiday entertainment, over 175 vendors, and a holiday parade. December 9, 2023, from 12 PM to 8 PM.


  • The East Texas Book Bash: Participants will not only have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors but also enjoy food and wine served during the event. The East Texas Book Bash provides a platform for authors to interact with their readers and for readers to discover new books. Tickets are available online. December 9, 2023, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Mill Creek Ranch Resort.
  • Snow Day Festival & Parade (free admission): The event includes a lighted Christmas parade and a variety of snow-themed activities in downtown Canton. Visitors can enjoy a range of fun activities such as pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, snow activities, and a bounce house. December 9th, 2023, from 5 PM to 9 PM. The parade will start at 6:30 PM.
  • Christmas Carnival: Local family-friendly favorite, Yesterland Farm, will be adorned with vibrant Christmas lights and offering various attractions like Christmas wagon rides, a new train ride (both lit with lights and decorated for the season), as well as amusement park rides, photo ops, a petting zoo, and delicious farm treats like their specialty cocoa. They’ve also added a NEW Christmas Light Experience! Tickets are available online. Open Friday – Sunday until December 23, 2023.
Display at First Monday Trade Days


  • Breakfast With Santa: Santa Claus himself will be visiting Margaritaville Lake Resort where families are invited to join in the celebration and contribute to the spirit of giving by bringing along new and unwrapped board games for the Community Assistance Center of Montgomery County. Tickets are $39.95 for adults ($24.95 for children) and are available online. December 16, 2023, from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM
  • Das ist Lustig Chistmas Show: The Table at Madeley will host spirited performances of American Christmas classics, as well as German and Austrian holiday tunes, featuring the sounds of Alpine folk instruments such as the Alp Horn, tuned Austrian Cowbells, and a Singing Saw! Tickets are available online. December 22, 2023, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Recurring Events

  • Monthly Member Exhibit (free admission): Come join this event at The Madeley Building, showcasing a vibrant array of 2D and 3D art exclusively crafted by talented local artists. You can explore a selection of prints, greeting cards, jewelry, and other distinctive gift items. Monthly on the 1st day from 11am-4pm.
  • Trivia Night (free admission): The event invites locals and visitors alike to indulge in an evening of kick-off games, delicious cuisine, and refreshing cold beer. Weekly on Wednesday at 7:30PM
House made out of pumpkins

Corpus Christi

  • A Christmas Carol at The Harbor Playhouse: Charles Dickens’ timeless tale will come alive with the essence of the season, featuring heartwarming performances and captivating storytelling. Tickets are $20 for adults ($10 for children). December 18, 2023 at 7:30 PM.
  • Coastal Christmas: Join the 5th annual Christmas festivities at the American Bank where you are invited to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season by ice skating, capturing timeless moments with family photo ops, and enjoying festive refreshments. Tickets are priced at $12 (includes one skate admission + ice skate rental) or $8 with your own skates. December 20, 2023, from 11:30AM to 10:00 PM
  • Holiday Kids Art Camp: At Crazy Picasso, skilled instructors will guide your little ones through a canvas painting activity. Tickets are $135 for a week. December 27-31, 2023, from 9AM to 12PM.

Recurring Events

  • Hot Yoga in the Brewhouse: The yoga session transitions into a social gathering, where you are offered refreshing beers and barbecue afterwards. Weekly on Fridays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Beach Barre: Indulge in a full-body barre fitness and standing Pilates workout. The program combines sculpting and toning with emphasis on posture and cardio. Tickets are $15. Weekly on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:00AM
Several people stand-up paddleboarding


  • Taylor Swift Bingo: Sweet Tooth Hotel will host a Taylor Swift-themed, musical Bingo event and embrace your inner Swiftie! There will be cocktails and an opportunity to win some prizes!
  • Broadway in Dallas: The Cher Show: Hosted at Winspear Opera House, this production will feature three talented women portraying different facets of Cher’s life – the youngster, the pop sensation, and the enduring icon. Tickets are available online. December 16-17, 2023, from 8:00 PM.

Recurring Events

  • Uptown & West Village Foodie Walk: This guided culinary adventure takes you through the trendy and vibrant Uptown Dallas area, including the West Village, known for its urban living, dining, and shopping scene. Weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays through December 31, 2023.
Ride at the Texas State Fair


  • Game Night! at Landon Winery Denison (free admission): Come and join Landon Winery Denison – where Game Night transforms into a hub of entertainment, inviting you to roll the dice, draw cards, and enjoy the finest wines. December 5, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Denison on Ice: The outdoor holiday ice skating rink in downtown Denison will once again make its appearance. The rink has a canopy covering and skaters from across the region are welcome. Tickets are $10 for one hour of skating and includes skates. November 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024.

Driftwood/Dripping Springs

  • Christmas on Mercer Street (free): Visitors can expect to see downtown Dripping Springs transformed into a festive wonderland along both Mercer Street and Old Fitzhugh Road. Attendees can enjoy a wide range of activities and entertainment, including a holiday movie and tree lighting on Friday, as well as arts & crafts, vendors, holiday music, and visits with Santa on Saturday. December 1-2, 2023.
  • Star Party at Westcave Preserve: The Westcave Preserve is a dark sky location, making it an ideal spot for stargazing. During the Star Party, attendees have the opportunity to tour the night skies, with experts often on hand to guide the experience and answer your questions. Tickets are available online. December 2, 2023, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Driftwood Art Fair & Holiday Bazaar (free admission): Hosted at the Hill Country Tasting Room & Event Space in Bee Cave, Texas, the Driftwood Art Fair features over 20 local artisans showcasing their work. The range of products available typically includes everything from handcrafted jewelry to beautiful home decor items, making it a perfect destination for holiday shopping. Visitors can also enjoy live music, food, and holiday-style beverages. December 9, 2023, from 1 PM to 6 PM.

Recurring Events

  • Live Music at Mercer Dancehall: Embark on a weekend getaway or an evening of live music and relaxation at Mercer Dancehall, nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Join the fun every weekend for live music and the 2000 square-foot, wrap-around porch. Weekly every Saturday & Sunday.
  • Tavern Trivia at Suds Monkey: Put your knowledge to the test during Tavern Trivia. This is your chance to showcase your expertise on a wide range of topics in the welcoming and cozy atmosphere of their taproom. Every Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (through December 27, 2023)


  • Cookies with Mrs. Claus: Children will decorate gingerbread houses while enjoying a special story-time session from Mrs. Claus. Tickets are $35 and are available online. December 2, 2023, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
  • Lucky C.C. Car Show & Toy Drive: This event in downtown Ennis attracts car enthusiasts and families alike with its display of cars, trucks, hot rods, rat rods, customs, low riders, and motorcycles, but it’s more than just a car show. It’s also a toy drive, with attendees encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift. These gifts are then distributed to children in need during the holiday season, adding a charitable aspect to the fun-filled day. December 2, 2023, from 10 AM to 4 PM.


  • Christmas Parade & Rudolph “Fun” Run: More information will become available on the Chamber of Commerce website as it becomes available. December 9, 2023

Recurring Events

  • Farmersville Market at the Onion Shed & City Hall (free admission): This event has been running since 2004 and features food and craft vendors, trails, and restaurants. Monthly (except January & October) on the 1st Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Historic building in downtown Farmersville

Fort Worth

  • Holiday at the Hearth: At the Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, visitors can expect an afternoon filled with holiday music, ornament making, and even visits with Santa. The event also offers holiday crafts, games, and more. Tickets are $8 for ages 18+, $7 for ages 4-17 & 60+, and ages 3 and under are free. December 2, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 2 PM.
  • Christmas in the Stockyards (free): The iconic Fort Worth Stockyards will come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas, with the area blanketed in festive lights, including a 40-foot Christmas tree. There will also be holiday music, two championship rodeos, a Christmas parade and ice skating. December 2, 2023, from 10 AM to 8 PM (parade at 4 PM).
  • Mexico en la Sangre: Holiday on Horseback: During this holiday cultural event, the Cowtown Coliseum celebrates Hispanic heritage and showcases various aspects of Mexican culture, including Charreria (Mexican rodeo), and features caballos bailadores (dancing horses), folklorico dances, and live music. There will also be a a parade following the cattle drive and a special ceremony called “El Grito” by El Consulado de Mexico. Tickets are available online. December 17, 2023 at 2 PM.
  • The Kwanzaa Community Celebration at The Dock Bookshop (free admission): One of the largest African American owned full-service independent bookstores in Texas will celebrate Kwanzaa with guest artists, a drum circle, story time, food, and more! December 30, 2023, 12 PM to 2 PM. There will also be several other events happening all week, from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.


  • Chanukah at The Star (free): Organized by the Chabad of Frisco, this event celebrates Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, and includes live musical performances, the lighting of a giant menorah, and the distribution of chocolate gelt and dreidels. December 14, 2023 at 6 PM.
  • Walnut’s Wassail Walk (free): Walnut’s Wassail Walk will serve wassail, a traditional beverage made from hot mulled cider mixed with spices, and will feature roaming carolers, pop-up musicians, local arts groups, and various holiday-themed activities. The event also includes a walk around the Frisco Heritage Museum. December 14, 2023, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Recurring Events

  • Frisco Starfest (free): Hang out with the Texas Astronomical Society and learn all about space. Check the hotline before you go by calling 214-800-6000. Monthly on the 2nd Saturday, 6 PM to 10:30 PM weather permitting.


  • Shykatz Neighborhood Christmas Party: Prepare yourself for the 2nd Annual Shykatz Neighborhood Christmas Party being held at backyard of Shykatz in Galveston. This year’s festivities promises an outdoor cinema. Bring your blankets and chairs for a Christmas movie with sweet treats such as popped popcorn. Remember to be on the lookout for a Special Guest Appearance! December 1, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Parish Christmas Dinner (free): Embrace this festive spirit at Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston as they host their much-anticipated Parish Christmas Dinner. You are encouraged to contribute to the communal feast by bringing your favorite side dishes, desserts, and adult beverage of your choice. To reserve a spot, call or email the church office. December 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM
  • Pampering & Presents at The San Luis Resort: Indulge in a festive of pampering and presents at The San Luis Resort in Galveston, with a shopping spree at Spa San Luis and The Boutiques. Every chosen gift is carefully wrapped. Elevate your gifting experience with the exclusive Spa & Retail VIP Membership, with added luxury of a complimentary massage. December 14, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Recurring Events

  • Trivia Night: Join the excitement at Galveston Island Brewing for Trivia Night for an evening filled with cold brews, great company, and the chance to showcase your knowledge as the TRIVIA champ with GEEKS WHO DRINK Trivia! This event is exclusively for individuals aged 21 and above. Weekly every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


  • Jolly Holidays Orchestra Concert (free): Embrace the holiday cheer with the enchanting melodies of the Bluebonnet Philharmonic Orchestra at the Klett Performing Art Center. You can bring the whole family for an evening of musical magic, beloved seasonal classics, and an engaging Christmas carol sing-along. December 9, 2023 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Recurring Events

  • Historic Courthouse Tours (free): Weekly on Fridays at 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM. Simply meet at the courthouse.
  • Thursday Taproom Trivia at the Barking Armadillo (free admission): Weekly on Thursdays
  • Live Music at the Library: The Georgetown Public Library hosts “Live Music at the Library” with seating limited to 200 attendees. These concerts are free and open to the public, and no longer require registration. Monthly every 3rd Sunday beginning at 2 PM
A red poppy in a field


  • Houston TX BYOB Paint N Sip: Immerse yourself at Hillcroft for a painting experience with a major twist, specifically designed for open-minded individuals seeking an adult-oriented paint night. You will unleash your creativity on canvas. Tickets are $30. December 2, 2023, from 9:00 PM- 11 PM.
  • Houston TX Lace Front Wig Making Class with Sewing Machines: Immerse yourself in the art of wig making at the Hilton Houston Plaza, where an exciting hands-on workshop awaits. Guided by an experienced instructor with over 18 years of expertise, you will learn to construct a complete lace front wig using a lace frontal or lace closure and weft hair. Tickets start $490. December 17, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
  • Bank of America’s Screen On The Green (free admission): Step into a whimsical world where the iconic Muppets take center stage in Bank of America’s Screen on the Green series in Downtown Houston. You can witness the timeless tale of redemption as Kermit the Frog steps into the shoes of a diligent and devoted employee in the Muppets’ rendition of the Dickensian holiday classic. December 21, 2023, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Recurring Events

  • Battleship TEXAS Dry Dock Tours: This 1 hour and 45-minute guided tour will immerse you in the sheer size and power of the world’s last dreadnought. Discover the ship’s rich history, construction, and ongoing preservation efforts. Weekly on Sunday (from September 10, 2023 through December 17, 2023).
Inside of Alice in Wonderland venue


  • The Joy of Christmas RV Rally (free): Embark on this festive journey at Buckhorn Lake Resort with your family and experience a unique blend of community as you decorate the RVs with twinkling lights and festive ornaments. You will also gather around campfires, enjoy carol-singing sessions, and a visit from Santa Claus. December 6-10, 2023, from 2:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Ballet Frontier: The Nutcracker Ballet: Indulge your children at Cailloux Theater for the ballet dance. They are in for a treat as they witness the magical journey of Clara and her extraordinary Christmas present, transcending into The Land of Snow. December 15, 2023, at 7:30 PM


  • The 220th Annual Guitarras de Navidad (free): Immerse yourself at The TAMIU Fine & Performing Arts Center, where you are treated to a showcase of musical talent, ranging from traditional holiday tunes to innovative compositions, performed by a lineup of guitarists. December 1, 2023, at 7:30 PM.
  • Interactive Sticker Art show by FED x MAT x NVR (free): You are invited to indulge in Los Olvidados’ signature beverages at Flores Ave as the art exhibition unfolds. You will find yourself immersed in the entertainment of live music and the kaleidoscopic visuals. December 1, 2023, from 6PM- 10 PM.

Recurring Events

  • LFS Film Club Fridays: Experience the magic of cinema with Laredo Film Society’s Film Club Fridays for an exciting movie night. The titles are kept secret, adding an element of surprise and excitement to the experience. For attendees who are 21 and over with valid ID, the event is BYOB. Monthly every 1st and 3rd Friday, from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM


  • Christmas Parade (free): Prepare to gather along the parade route, bundled up in cozy scarves and hats, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Enjoy the jingling of bells as local schools, community groups, and businesses showcase their creativity. December 9, 2023, from 12PM- 8 PM.
  • Christmas Toy Train Village Display at Good Golly Miss Molly’s (free; donations are welcome): This display features a miniature train set up in a festive village scene, creating a magical atmosphere that appeals to both children and adults alike. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 24th-December 30th, 2023.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Party: Get ready for an exciting experience at Square One Nutrition as you unleash your creativity to craft personalized gingerbread masterpieces. All the essential supplies, from gingerbread houses to a vibrant array of candies, icing, and other decorative delights, will be provided. Tickets are $25. December 8, 2023, from 6:30 PM- 9PM.


  • Holiday Craft Bazaar (free admission): Join this festive event at Cooper Rawlings Community Center for handmade treasures that showcase the talent and creativity of the local community. It’s an ideal opportunity for everyone in the Lubbock area to find unique gifts as they shop for the perfect holiday adornments. December 2, 2023, from 9AM- 2PM.
  • Cactus Family Christmas – One Night Only: Get ready to immerse yourself at Cactus Theatre, where the stage will be graced by artists such as Kurt Kiser, Jeff McCreight, Kassidy King, Jason Fellers, Brandon Gwinn, Sheena Fadeyi, Blackwater Draw, and a lineup of exceptionally talented newcomers. Tickets are $25-$50. Children 12 and under $12.50. Saturday December 16, 2023. Doors open at 6:50 pm; showtime at 7:30 pm.
  • Caldwell Kids Christmas at The Cactus – Monday Night Show: Embrace the holiday magic at Cactus Theatre for a concert experience. The event will showcase the absolute best talents nurtured by the Caldwell Kids Entertainment music program, masterfully crafted by Terri and Cami Caldwell. Tickets are from $25-$50Children. December 18, 2023. Doors open at 6:50 pm; showtime at 7:30 pm.

Recurring Events

  • The Amazing Castle: Hosted by the Science Spectrum Museum & OMNI Theater, this exhibit is suitable for you and your family with activities such as planting and harvesting vegetables in the garden, crafting chairs or designing in the Carpenter’s Workshop, and wearing costumes to role-play as lords, ladies, and castle villagers. Tickets are available online. Every Weekday .


  • Holiday Tea Room (free): Step into the holiday spirit at The Longview Museum of Fine Arts holiday Market, a cherished tradition showcasing the talents of East Texas artisans. This event offers an opportunity for the public to explore and discover unique, handcrafted items that make for perfect, distinctive gifts. December 05, 2023 10:00am – December 08, 2023 03:00pm

Recurring Events

  • Second Saturdays (March through November): End your Saturday evening with live music, shopping, and a car show in downtown Marshall. Monthly on the 2nd Saturday, 5 PM to 9 PM
Trees full of berries


  • A Christmas Carol: This classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” will be brought to life on stage by the McKinney Repertory Theatre. It’s an opportunity to experience the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the spirits of Christmas in a spectacular performance at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased through the MPAC ticket office or by visiting the theater’s website. December 8-9, 2023, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Big Irish: Brace yourself for a night of comedic brilliance as “Big Irish” Jay Hollingsworth takes center stage at The Comedy Arena. Known for his appearances on major networks like FOX, ABC, and CBS, Hollingsworth’s comedic style has earned him accolades in various comedy competitions and TV shows. This event promises an opportunity to experience a unique stand-up routine from a comic with a stellar reputation in the comedy world. December 29th and 30th, 2023 from 8:00 pm
  • New Year’s Eve With Maylee & The Mayor: Celebrate the new year with this unforgetable experience featuring performances by Maylee Thomas Band and special guests throughout the night. You can also indulge in a plated dinner and a a champagne toast as midnight approaches. December 31st, 2023 from 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Recurring Events

  • Magic the Gathering: Get ready for an exciting evening at Magic the Gathering, a pre-release event for the new set “March of the Machine,” presented by Carpe Diem Comics. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the game, this event offers a chance to experience the latest set. Weekly on Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sign in downtown McKinney

New Braunfels

  • Old 97’s Holiday Hoopla: Indulge in a musical night with the Old 97’s, an alternative country band from Dallas, Texas, known for their unique “loud folk” style of music. This is an incredible opportunity to experience live music in the historic Gruene Hall with Old 97’s, a band that has been hailed for its electrifying live shows and celebrated music. General Admission tickets are $25. December 1, 2023 from 7:00 PM
  • Santa’s Ranch: Bring your loved ones and enjoy one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in the state! Embark on a serene drive along more than a mile of meandering country lanes, savoring the breathtaking lights, lively Christmas exhibits, and delicious homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and delectable snacks. November 3 to December 31, 2023

Recurring Events

  • $4.99 Movies at Santikos: Enjoy all movies for just $4.99 on Tuesdays at the Santikos Entertainment in New Braunfels! Weekly every Tuesday.


  • Miracle on 34th Street: Step into the enchanting world of “Miracle on 34th Street” at The Texas Theatre. This heartwarming holiday tale, beloved by many, comes to life on stage, inviting audiences into a world that embodies the very essence of Christmas. Tickets are priced at $17 for adults and $12 for students (ages 4-18). December 15 to December 17, 2023 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Christmas At Grace: Celebrate the magic of the season at Grace United Methodist Church’s cherished annual event. You can experience the enchantment of The Live Nativity, an immersive portrayal of the birth of Christ or delight in complimentary cookies, coffee, tea, wassail, and a beautiful atmosphere of fellowship. December 16th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Recurring Events

  • Palestine Trade Days (free): March 4 – December 2, 2023, on the 1st Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Curious Museum: Engage in fun and educational experiences at this hands-on museum, including a new exhibit! Admission is $8 for children under 18 and $10 for adults. Saturdays through December 30, 2023, 10 AM to 3 PM
Palestine train


  • Jingle Mix & Mingle: Join in the festive spirit at the Lamar County Chamber’s “Jingle Mix & Mingle” event at the Chamber Office. This gathering offers a perfect opportunity to connect with fellow businesses and community members over holiday finger foods and drinks. In the spirit of giving, the Chamber encourages attendees to bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots. December 6, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM CST
  • Girl’s Night Out: Indulge in an evening designed exclusively for the ladies at the Cottonwood Barn Venue. You can discover unique items and treasures while enjoying the lively atmosphere and mingling with friends and fellow attendees. December 8, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM CST