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December Delights: A Guide to Christmas in Texas

magical winter lights at katy mills mall houston
Magical Winter Lights 2023 | Photo Source:

As December graces the Lone Star State, Texas adorns itself in festive splendor, inviting both locals and adventurers to partake in a tapestry of holiday delights. From the pulsating energy of Houston’s vibrant streets to the eclectic scenes of Austin, the urban beat of Dallas, the historical charm of San Antonio, and the coastal allure of Galveston, each major city contributes its own unique flair to the seasonal celebrations. Embark on a journey through the Lone Star State with this guide as your passport to a curated list of events and activities that encapsulate the true spirit of December in Texas.


Austin Trail of Lights December 2023

Austin Trail of Lights December 2023 | Photo Source: Facebook

Austin Trail of Lights: From the 8th to the 23rd of December, Zilker Park transforms into a dazzling wonderland with over 2 million lights, creating a magical spectacle. Stroll through light tunnels, savor festive treats from local food trucks, and enjoy unique nightly experiences, from live music to holiday movies.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: From the 13th to the 24th of December at the Palmer Events Center, this event is a fusion of music, art, and holiday cheer. Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance, discover handmade treasures, and enjoy performances ranging from blues and country to rock and folk.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar: Running from November 24th to December 24th, this event at Blue Genie Art Bazaar offers a unique shopping experience for gifts crafted by local artists, accompanied by food and music.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Holiday Light Show: Throughout December, head to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters to enjoy a synchronized light show set to music, festive treats, and drinks by the lake.

Ice Skating on the Plaza: Experience the joy of ice skating surrounded by twinkling lights and holiday decorations at Whole Foods Market Downtown throughout December.


Dallas Holiday Parade 2023

Dallas Holiday Parade 2023 | Photo Source:

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops: Held at the iconic Meyerson Symphony Center from December 1st to 19th, this concert series features festive symphonic arrangements and cherished carols, creating unforgettable moments filled with the Christmas spirit.

Enchant Christmas: Running from November 24th to December 31st at Globe Life Field, Enchant Christmas is an immersive holiday experience featuring the world’s largest Christmas light maze and Santa’s workshop.

Prairie Lights: From November 23rd to the end of December at Lynn Creek Park, Prairie Lights dazzles visitors with a breathtaking display of millions of lights synchronized to music.

Dallas Holiday Parade: On December 2nd, Downtown Dallas comes alive with giant balloons, festive floats, and marching bands in a spectacular holiday parade.

The Trains at NorthPark: Explore elaborate model trains traveling through holiday scenes at NorthPark Center from November 18th to January 1st.


The Nutcracker by the Houston Ballet

The Nutcracker by the Houston Ballet returns in 2023| Photo Source: Houston Chronicle

Houston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: The Wortham Theater Center hosts the enchanting performances of the Houston Ballet, bringing to life the classic tale of Clara and her magical journey with the Nutcracker Prince.

Zoo Lights: From November 18th to January 14th, the Houston Zoo becomes a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, festive displays, and music.

Houston Symphony Orchestra Very Merry Pops: Come together with cherished ones at Jones Hall, adorned with festive holly, for a dazzling concert brimming with your beloved holiday tunes. With the captivating presence of Broadway’s leading lady, Mandy Gonzalez (renowned for her roles in Hamilton and In the Heights), and the harmonious accompaniment of the Houston Symphony Chorus, this musical extravaganza promises to immerse you in the holiday spirit faster than you can belt out a rendition of “Jingle Bells.” From Dec 20 – Dec 22.

Magical Winter Lights: Transforming the Katy Mills Mall into a captivating wonderland, this awe-inspiring festival features larger-than-life lanterns representing different cultures and holiday themes.

San Antonio

Holiday Lights on the River Walk San Antonio

Holiday Lights on the River Walk San Antonio | Photo Source:

Ford Holiday River Parade: On November 25th, the San Antonio River Walk hosts a spectacular event with illuminated barges, live music, and entertainment.

Holiday in the Park: From November 18th to January 2nd, Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers holiday-themed shows, thrilling rides, and millions of twinkling lights.

Holiday Lights on the River Walk: Stroll along beautifully lit riverbanks in December at the San Antonio River Walk.

La Villita Holiday Artisan Show: From December 15th to 17th, shop for unique handmade gifts at the La Villita Historic Arts Village.

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration: From November 18th to January 2nd, enjoy dazzling lights and holiday-themed shows at SeaWorld San Antonio.

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Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Grand Galvez

Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration at Grand Galvez | Photo Source:

Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration: Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Galveston on December 1st with music performances, joyful celebrations, and visits from Santa Claus.

Victorian Christmas Tours: Throughout December, explore historical sites in Galveston with guided tours showcasing the customs and festive events of the 19th century.

Downtown Lasers and Lights: After dark, Downtown Galveston comes alive throughout December with beautiful laser displays dancing across buildings.

Holiday with the Cranes: From December 9th to 10th at Galveston Island State Park, enjoy family-friendly activities, guided birding tours, and crafts.

Moody Garden Festival of Lights: From November 11th to January 8th, experience a mile-long trail of magnificent light displays, holiday films, and ice skating at Moody Gardens.

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