Texas November 07, 2019
These 10 Festive Town Squares In Texas Are All Decked Out For The Holidays
Here in Texas, big cities and small towns alike go all out come Christmastime. Check out these 10 town squares that are decked out from end to end:
Dubbed the "Christmas Capital of Texas," Grapevine has more holiday events than any other city in Texas. An indoor ice land, synchronized light show, and special mailboxes for letters to Santa are just a few of the countless festivities.
With the self-proclaimed "Most Beautiful Town Square In Texas," it's safe to say this Hill Country city leaves no hall un-decked at Christmastime. More than 20 different events take place throughout the holiday season, most centered around Main Street in all its dazzling glory.
Each holiday season, the Historic Jefferson Foundation holds a candlelit tour featuring some of the town's oldest homes that have been decorated beautifully for Christmas. The historic First Baptist Church will be holding performances of festive music during the hours of the tour. You can also take a stroll through the Enchanted Forest, an attraction with more than 100 trees adorned with lights and ornaments. Main Street (the general store, in particular) is always decked out!
Festivities kick off on Wednesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. sharp. With one flip of a switch, the historic Harrison County Courthouse will be illuminated by millions of white lights and commence the most wonderful time of year. Horse-drawn carriages and trains take passengers on a tour of downtown, passing numerous charming shops and restaurants. Each and every business is decked out for the season, so prepare to be absolutely enchanted!
5. Johnson City
This year marks the 30th annual Lights Spectacular, an event that transforms rural Johnson City into a winter wonderland. Millions of lights illuminate the courthouse alone, creating a brilliant glow that can be seen far beyond city limits. Festivities kick off on November 29 at 6:30 p.m with a lighting ceremony and fireworks. You'll have until January 6 to see the spectacle, and admission is free of charge.
6. San Antonio
Arguably the best Christmas town in Texas, San Antonio turns into an enchanting winter wonderland every holiday season. With twinkling lights hanging from trees along the River Walk and Santa leading gondola rides, the Alamo City captures the essence of Christmas perfectly.
Despite being a beach town, Galveston knows exactly how to celebrate Christmas. The iconic Festival of Lights features dazzling displays comprised of over a million lights (plus an outdoor ice rink), in addition to a Cirque du Soleil holiday show and Ice Land, a Caribbean-themed ice sculpture exhibit. The island also hosts Dickens on the Strand, a festival that will take you back to 19th-century England as people clad in Victorian clothing parade down Main Street and make you feel like you've stepped into a Dickens novel.
Most well-known for its Polar Express train, Palestine hosts plenty more can't-miss holiday festivities. A parade, Grinch's Lair, wine trail, holiday-themed farmers market, life-size gingerbread house, and so many more festivities foster an undeniable spirit of Christmas.
Adding a German flair to our traditional holiday proceedings, Fredericksburg is a uniquely charming place to visit this time of year. A Christmas Pyramid, "Second Christmas," wine tastings, shopping, and ice skating bring this Hill Country town to life.
A Christmas parade, millions of lights, live entertainment, and visits from St. Nick himself, Cleburne's annual Whistle Stop Christmas is fun for the whole family. It all begins on November 25 at Hulen Park and runs through the end of December. There's also a candlelit tour of homes that you'd be remiss not to attend!
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