Christmas Wonderlands and more

Written by Kay Boothe

October 25, 2017



December 1, 2, 8, and 9th  Tablerock Amphitheater  Salado, TX

25th Annual performances of A Christmas Carol, Dickens Yuletide Play. Concessions open at 6:00pm: Hot & cold drinks, chili, funnel cakes, snacks.  Show at 7:00pm.  Adults $10.00, Students $5.00, Child 12 and under $3.00.


A Christmas Wonderland

Nov. 24-25 A Christmas Wonderland

One of the most delightfully enchanting Christmas shows ever, featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.

Holiday favorite songs include “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let it Snow,” and more. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894

Nov. 24 Holiday Lighting Celebration Start of the holidays with the city’s official holiday lighting. Festivities include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live performers by local entertainment including the Galveston Ballet, and the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn. During the event, the hotel collects donations for the Salvation Army of Galveston County. Hotel Galvez & Spa, 2024 Seawall Blvd. 409-765-7721


Dickens on Main

Nov. 24-25 Dickens on Main The 18th annual celebration officially kicks off the holiday season in Boerne, spreading tidings of good cheer and merriment. Shop for unique holiday gifts along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday while the whole family enjoys live musical entertainment, Dickens-era theatrical performances, a variety of children’s activities including Santa and a 60-foot snow slide, live ice sculpting shows, horse-drawn carriage rides, snow on Main Street, and more. Hill Country Mile, Main Street. 830-248-1617


Holiday Cookie Decorating and German


Nov. 25 Holiday Cookie Decorating and German Traditions Observe and learn some of the early 1900s German holiday traditions such as cookie decorating, wreath making, tree decorating, and candle making. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson 830-644-2252


Christmas Parade

Nov. 30 Christmas Parade Visitors enjoy a tree lighting and lighted parade. Downtown Historic Henderson, 100 E. Main St. 866-650-5529 ext. 268


Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards

Nov. 2-5 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Top independent country artists, from 18 nations, perform and compete for Texas Sounds awards. See and hear at least five acts per night. Downtown Event Courtyard, 119 W. Austin St. 925-497-3915

Nov. 3-4, 17-18 Jefferson Flea Market

Shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, garagesale items, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies and more. Jefferson Flea Market, 213 W. Broadway St. 903-431-0043


Texas Pipe Organ Festival

Nov. 6 This year’s event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore and other selected locations. St. Luke’s, 401 E. Main St.

KILGORE: Nov. 16 Derrick Lighting Set each year on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, the night includes the ceremonial lighting of the stars atop KHPF’s memorial derricks downtown. Each November, the foundation’s signature year-end event welcomes local entertainers and honors an individual or group in the community, granting them the spotlight and the privilege to throw an oversized switch as the LED stars flare above. World’s Richest Acre, 101-199 E. Main St.


Polar Express Train Ride

Nov. 24-Dec. 30 Read along with the story as the historic steam train makes its magical round-trip journey from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, treats, and gifts. Texas State Railroad Depot, Park Road 70. 855-632-7729


Lights of Ennis Parade

and Block Party

Nov. 30 Enjoy a parade of lights, live music and dance performances, children’s activities, food trucks, photo ops, and more. Downtown Ennis, 119 N. Dallas St. 972-878-4748


A Square Affair on

Small Business

Nov. 25 Saturday, vendors set up on the downtown square to help you find the perfect Christmas gift. Free for vendors, free for attendees, and fun for everyone. Freestone County Courthouse Square, 118 E. Commerce. 903-389-5792


Mistletoe, Music and Magic

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Christmas Festival The three-day event kicks off with a Christmas Parade of Lights, followed by vendor booths and music. Visitors will find handcrafted jewelry, decor, and crafts at inside booths, along with food and larger items at outdoor booths. A DJ performs onstage throughout the event. Mexia Civic Center, 101 McKinney St. 254-562-5569


Veteran’s Weekend

Nov. 10-12 Veterans Weekend and WWII Reenactment Reenactors from all over the state of Texas set up camp and re-create battles from WWII. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. 469-309-4040


Airing of the Quilts and Garden Club Home Tour

Nov. 11 Airing of the Quilts and Garden Club Home Tour Visit beautiful homes in the Smithville historic district, while at the same time a collection of hand-created quilts will be displayed all over town as a nod to a historic past and specialized craft. Drawings are held downtown. Main Street. 512-237-2313


“The Nutcracker”

Nov. 25-26  LakeCities Ballet Theatre performs a favorite seasonal ballet of wonder and magic. Through the years, it has become a Christmas tradition, rising in popularity to become one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Audiences will be treated to special returning guest artists Sarah Lane, soloist with American Ballet Theater of New York, as the Sugarplum Fairy; and Daniel Ulbricht, soloist and principal dancer with New York City Ballet, as her cavalier. Marcus High School Auditorium, 5707 Morris Road. 972-317-7987


November Events

Nov. 4 Veterans’ Appreciation Parade This parade is for veterans and their families and supporters, to show them appreciation for their service. The parade will start at Main Street and 11th Street and continue on Main through downtown to Brenham. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 118 Old Sayers Road. 512-285-2300

Nov. 9 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through downtown stores. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the storefronts. Historic Downtown Elgin.

Nov. 17 Holiday Lighting Kick off the holiday season by lighting up Elgin. See the singing Christmas tree, and enjoy the sounds of the season downtown. City Hall, 310 N. Main St.


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