We might be reluctant to admit it, but Hallmark Christmas movies make all of us feel at least a little warm and cozy inside. These 10 Texas towns bring those magical scenes to life, with charming holiday celebrations all month long.
With carriage rides, a huge ice-skating rink, Santa's Village, and even an old-fashioned carousel, this tiny East Texas town is serious about Christmas. Walk down Main Street and do some window-shopping underneath millions of glittering lights.
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.
Appropriately designated as 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.
The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" gets even more magical at this time of year. Buildings sparkle from floor to ceiling, and elegant decor can be found in every last antique shop. Towns like this are where the magic of Christmas is born.
5. Johnson City
Johnson City's entire downtown square gets set ablaze with over 100,000 lights every holiday season. Parades are held every weekend throughout December as well as plenty of other festivities.
The oldest town in Texas definitely knows how to celebrate Christmas. Its annual Nine Flags Festival runs through the end of December, and other activities include live music and festive food + drink.
Most well-known for its Polar Express train, Palestine hosts plenty more can't-miss holiday festivities. Ice skating, home tours, farmers markets, craft shows, wine tastings, and caroling all add to the spirit of Christmas.
8. 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.
Jefferson is home to the Candlelight Tour of Homes, one of the region's top Christmas events. Walk through historic, Victorian-style houses that have been brilliantly decorated for the season. Afterwards, take a walk through the Enchanted Forest, featuring over 100 lighted trees adorned with ornaments.
With parades, 11 acres of lights, pony rides, and visits from Santa himself, Cleburne's Whistle Stop Christmas has no shortage of festivities. A home tour is being held here as well from 1-8 p.m. tomorrow. Definitely check it out if you're in the area!
Have you ever visited any of these towns at Christmastime? Which one is your favorite? Let us know, and be sure to add any places we left off.