Fall has finally arrived in Texas and winter won’t be too far behind. Though Texas may be known to have mild winters, the Lone Star State is filled with festivities that will get anyone into the spirit no matter what part of Texas they are in! No matter if this is your first time visiting Texas during this time of year or if you’re a long-time Texan native, there are always new fall and winter fun to have! Here are our top five events to attend to get the most out of your holiday in Texas:
Trail of Lights – Austin, TX, December 10 – 23, 2019
Aside from being known for live music, Austin is also a good place to spend your holidays. The annual Trail of Lights is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and second largest event in the city. Located in Zilker Park, the Trail of Lights features more than 60 displays, 2 million lights, food trucks, and many holiday activities to create memories for years to come. After 52 years, the Trail of Lights has remained a deeply cherished local tradition.
Ice Skating at Discovery Green – Houston, TX, November 15 – February 2, 2020
Glide into the holidays this year with The ICE at Discovery Green, located in Houston. Measuring at 7,716 square feet, The ICE is an open-air ice skating rink that provides families with a fun and festive recreational activity. While visiting the rink, people can also enjoy hot beverages such as hot chocolate and coffee, enjoy music that ranges from Christmas songs to modern collections of international hits, and enjoy the rink’s ambiance that includes art-glass railings and mural kiosks.
Holiday at the Arboretum – Dallas, TX, November 9 – December 31, 2019
Presenting The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, Holiday at the Arboretum features 12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos that are encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on every side. Each gazebo is depicted with different beloved characters from the Christmas carol such as Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming, and Seven Swans a Swimming. Visitors can also enjoy the one million lights that illuminate the garden, trim the architecture of the historic homes, and light the canopies overhead.
Prairie Lights – Grand Prairie, TX, November 28 – December 31, 2019
Prairie Lights is the premier holiday drive-through park that features more than 5 million lights along the shores of Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake. Visitors can drive through a 2-mile path where they can find displays in shapes of all kinds that line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive, visitors can get out of their car and enjoy “Holiday Village,” a giant tent with Santa, concessions, a gift shop, and two lighted attractions.
WinterFest – El Paso, TX, November 23 – January 5, 2020
Now in its fourth year, WinterFest has become El Paso’s most anticipated yearly festival. This season, WinterFest will feature the popular ice skating rink, a holiday tree, a winter-themed café, holiday movies at the Plaza Theatre, festive decorations, and much more!
With so many unique travel destination options and many more throughout the Lone Star State, the holidays will be merry and bright no matter where you are!