Misconceptions are funny things. When we think of Christmas, most of us have visions of white snow-covered hills, hot cocoa by a roaring fire, and warm sweaters. Texas, on the other hand, conjures pictures of tumbleweeds and cactus. Seldom do these visualizations meet. But you may be surprised to find out that Texas is rich in diverse natural features and can offer a vacation for almost any occasion. A Christmas vacation in Texas may surprise and delight you.
Texas Christmas Traditions
Texas can offer its own brand of the holiday season that includes cedar Christmas trees instead of pine, red peppers nestled among the lights and decorations, and the sound of cowbells in place of the traditional sleigh bells. Grapevine, known as the Christmas Capital of Texas, puts on a town-wide holiday spectacular that showcases the best Texas traditions.
Quaint and Homey
One of central Texas’ best-kept secrets is the town of Salado. Between Austin and Waco, this picturesque village features restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, a winery, and unique antique shops, art galleries and local craft stores. The town’s Christmas events include a Christmas stroll on the first weekend of December where you’ll encounter carolers, extended-hour shopping and other holiday events.
Don’t miss Burnett’s Christmas Tree Farm while you are in the area. In addition to trees, they sell garlands and handcrafted items, and offer hayrides and hot drinks.
Now for Something a Little Different
For a taste of true Texas with a holiday spin, don’t miss Rudolf the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit in Lufkin, Texas. This red oil pumping unit is decorated with lights, antlers, and yes, a red nose each year at a ceremony that’s held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The unusual Christmas decoration is on display at the Lufkin Mall through the holiday season.
Another only-in-Texas Christmas event is the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in Austin. This 2-week festival is held at the Austin Convention Center and features, music, crafts, food and dancing.