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Texas Holidays: 9 Fun Things to do for Christmas in Texas

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Ah, winter break: when you bundle up to play in the snowy drifts then come inside to drink hot cocoa. Unless, of course, you live in Texas. We may not have the traditional winter scenes, but we have something that is possibly even better: great holiday experiences that you might be able to enjoy while wearing shorts and sandals!

9 Fun Things to do for the Holidays in Texas

1. Hilton Anatole – Dallas, Texas

Merriment is in full swing at Hilton Anatole where train rides, games, and activities are plentiful in Peppermint Park. Don’t miss Breakfast with Santa and Geppetto’s Marionette Theater featuring Winter Wonderland. Fellow Hilton Mom Heather has made this an annual holiday stop for her family!

2. Santa’s Wonderland – College Station, Texas

Celebrating their 20th season this year, Santa’s Wonderland has a litany of holiday activities done Texas-style. Ride Santa’s mechanical bull or the West Pole Express train. Check out wines from across the state, take a photo inside the Texas-sized snow globe, and meet the cowboy hat wearing Santa. Of course, don’t miss the main attraction: a hay ride through the light display with millions of twinkling lights.

Where to stay: Hilton College Station & Conference Center

3. Zoo Lights – Houston, Dallas, San Antonio

What’s better than millions of twinkling lights to get you ready for the holidays? Seeing those them with your animal friends! The Houston Zoo, Dallas Zoo, and San Antonio Zoo all put on spectacular holiday light displays. See the zoo by day and the lights by night for a full day of holiday fun!

Where to stay: Hilton Americas-HoustonHilton Anatole or Hilton Palacio Del Rio

4. Holidays in the Stockyards – Fort Worth, Texas

Nothing says Texas quite like the Fort Worth Stockyards. Throughout the month of December, bring the family for pictures with Cowboy Santa while you enjoy the other regular attractions at the stockyard like the Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze or the twice daily cattle drive.

Where to stay: Hilton Fort Worth

5. Texas Parks & Wildlife: Holidays in the Parks – Statewide

From holiday decorations to unique experiences, the state parks of Texas have a wide variety of activities planned. There’s still time to enjoy the holidays in some beautiful natural settings across the state!

6. Moody Gardens Festival of Lights – Galveston, Texas

Who wouldn’t love to be at the beach for the holidays? If your plans take you to Galveston Island, you can check out the beach and then head to Moody Gardens for their holiday festivities including an ice exhibit, light display, and even the Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show.

See why Hilton Galveston Island is a great choice for your stay!

7. Enchant – Arlington, Texas

Wind your way through the largest holiday light maze in the world. A mini maze is available for younger adventurers. A holiday market, skating pond, and live entertainment also add to the fun of this new Texas event.

Where to stay: Hilton Arlington

8. Wonderland of Lights – Marshall, Texas

The white lights illuminating the downtown courthouse are just the beginning of the transformation that the city of Marshall goes through to turn into a Wonderland of Lights. This east Texas town also has an outdoor ice skating rink, a carousel, and Santa’s village, among other events and activities to ignite our holiday spirits.

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9. North Pole Express – Grapevine, Texas

Take a jaunt on Grapevine’s historic railroad as you sing carols and meet Mrs. Claus. After you return to the train depot, get ready to meet the big guy himself. Pajamas are absolutely in the dress code for this outing.

Where to stay: Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center

With these options and so many more throughout the Lone Star State, the holidays are sure to be merry and bright whether you’re in the panhandle, valley, or anywhere in between!

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