Sparkle at the Hilton Anatole Dallas | Photo Credit: Hilton Anatole Dallas

Everything may be bigger in Texas, and holiday events are no different. We like to celebrate BIG down here in the Lone Star State. Not only do we boast some of the best BBQ around, pretty unique historical sites, and some unusual ways to display art, we like to celebrate the holidays in creative ways too! And there are some FUN events that last the entire month of December that may just convince you that a trip down to Texas should be considered in December.

San Antonio RiverWalk Lights & Boat Tour

The San Antonio RiverWalk is a very popular tourist attraction year round. Settled a level below downtown San Antonio, the San Antonio River twists quietly though the city and offers an wonderful respite to the fast-pace of downtown. Tourists can enjoy a great Mexican meal, a margarita, and then take a boat tour down the river. What makes it more special in December? Trees and buildings are decorated with millions of twinkling lights and each evening, boats filled with carolers cruise up and down the river.


Austin Trail of Lights | Photo Credit: Rebecca Darling | Texas TravelingMom


Austin Trail of Lights

One of the most beloved holiday events in Austin, the Trail of Lights, brings the Zilker Park in downtown Austin to light for two weeks in December. The one mile walking trail of twinkling light displays finishes with a great big tree of lights. A popular activity is spin until you are dizzy under the tree, then get a cup of cocoa and enjoy the festivities.

Sparkle! at the Hilton Anatole

Santa visits the Dallas area in a fun way at the Hilton Anatole. An indoor ice-skating rink, decorated as if you are in the wintry north, is open the entire month of December. Fun concerts and events are planned each evening with Santa Claus as the centerpiece of the fun. What we love most? A panel of “expert” kids were brought in to “design” what Santa’s Workshop needed, including bouncy houses, a big slide, and lots of hot cocoa.


Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade | Photo Credit Rebecca Darling | Texas TravelingMom

Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade

The closest thing to a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade occurs on the first Saturday of December each year though the streets of downtown Dallas. The Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade has several marching bands, flying balloons, favorite cartoon characters, and Santa is escorted into town at the finale of the parade. It’s a great tradition for children in the North Texas area.

So you see, just because we might not get any of that wintry white-stuff the “northerners” like to complain about doesn’t mean we don’t know how to do the Holidays right! Come on down, we’ll show you a good time!