Looking for somewhere in Texas to visit during the Holidays? Want to know which Texas towns celebrate Christmas the best? From epic Christmas Light displays to festive holiday markets and events, these are The Best Christmas Towns in Texas to visit during the Holiday Season:
Texas Christmas Towns to Visit During the Holidays
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Best Christmas Towns in North Texas
What better place to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than the Christmas Capital of Texas? Grapevine, Texas is home to a whole host of cheery Christmas events—between November and January, enjoy a whopping 1,000+ events just for the holiday season, including:
Photo from Visit Grapevine Facebook page
You might be surprised to know that one of the best places to spend Christmas in Texas is in Dallas! Here are the best places to enjoy the Holidays:
- Zoo Lights at the Dallas Zoo: Enjoy over one million magical Christmas lights, including lit up animal sculptures and fun interactive exhibits—like scavenger hunts, making ornaments, and sitting on Santa’s lap.
- Dallas Arboretum: See the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas, enjoy over one million Christmas lights, visit the Christmas Village, see Santa Claus, and more!
Grand Prairie, Texas
Afterward, be sure to stop by the Christmas Village. You can take a picture with Santa, enjoy an indoor laser show, and even walk through a magical animated Christmas forest.
Fort Worth, Texas
I couldn’t leave Waco off this list of best Christmas towns in Texas, and for good reason. Waco has a whole host of holiday events, including Waco Wonderland, which is mostly being celebrated online this year.
Best Christmas Towns in Central Texas
San Antonio, Texas
The highlight of Christmas in San Antonio? Walking along the picturesque river walk, all lit up for the holiday season. You might even see Santa on one of the gondolas that float by! Make sure to check out the Holiday Light Fest for a parade along the river, complete with live music and charming Christmas decorations.
And if you’re in San Antonio, you’ve got to head over to The Alamo and see it all lit up for Christmas too!
This German town is especially charming during the Christmas season and hosts an incredible Christmas market every year. And 2020 will be no different, with Fredericksburg’s tourism board dedicated to keeping the holiday magic alive even in difficult times with the following activities and events:
When it comes to places to spend Christmas in Texas, you can’t miss Georgetown. Enjoy a special breakfast with Santa at the Georgetown Community Center. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this special event (note: this year, there will be no breakfast but a meet-and-greet instead). Or, do some holiday shopping at the downtown Georgetown Historic Square while enjoying the Christmas lights.
Best Christmas Towns in West Texas
El Paso, Texas
El Paso is one of the best Christmas towns in West Texas for those who have some serious holiday shopping to do. Check out their massive Christmas market, which has been running for over 40 years and features over 200 merchants. Holiday goers should also attend WinterFest, which normally runs from November till January (NOTE: this year, it is mostly virtual).
Or, drive down Scenic Drive in El Paso to soak in the gorgeous Luminarias -traditional Mexican Christmas lanterns made with brown sacks – adorning churches, buildings, and homes.
If you’re looking for Texas Christmas towns that’ll get your heart rate up, Amarillo may be the choice for you. They host a variety of themed winter races where you can work off some of the holiday cookies, enjoy hot chocolate along the sidelines, and sing some Christmas carols. The Amarillo Botanical Gardens is also known for their holiday celebration called Christmas in the Gardens.
Or, head to the Bishop Hills neighborhood to see the spectacular Christmas decorations that neighbors have been decking out their homes in for over 50 years.
Best Christmas Towns in East Texas
This is one of the best Christmas towns in Texas if you’ve got kids—just check out the Texas State Railroad’s Polar Express ride in Palestine, TX. This magical journey will take your family to the North Pole to meet Santa and the elves. Enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies during the train ride.
Another unique pitstop in Palestine, TX? You won’t want to miss the Grinch’s Lair in Anderson Country Jail.
The town of Marshall lights up at the holidays — literally! The Wonderland of Lights Festival has over 1 million Christmas lights. You can enjoy an outdoor skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, and of course, visit Santa in his village!
Calling all history buffs! Jefferson, Texas is the spot to be to soak up some historical architecture while getting in the Christmas spirit. You can tour some of Jefferson’s oldest homes, dating back to the 1800’s. They’re all decked out for the holiday season, and the tour is given by magical candlelight.
If you’ve been to Tyler, Texas in spring, you’ve probably walked through the stunning Azalea District. You won’t want to miss this neighborhood come Christmas time either, as the homes there transform into a winter wonderland complete with lights and decorations. You can even vote for your favorite house online.
Best Christmas Towns in South Texas/Gulf Coast
Enjoy the perennial Society of the Performing Arts performance of the Christmas classic “Christmas Carol,” taking place online this year, streamed live each night. And of course, if Houston is on your list of Texas Christmas towns to visit, you’ll need to stop by the incredible light display at the Houston Zoo Lights!
Above photo: Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
Another favorite Christmas town on the Texas coast? Galveston! Experience the magic of Christmas at the famous Moody Gardens. While this destination is worth visiting year-round, it’s especially magical around the holidays when it’s decked out for the Festival of Lights. You can also see some incredible ice sculptures and ice skate outdoors at this Christmas destination.
Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens