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CENTRAL TEXAS EVENTS
Holiday   2016-2017

NOVEMBER

  November 4–5 - College Station
BRAZOS VALLEY WORLDFEST - CELEBRATE THE WORLDWIDE CULTURES...
Enjoy 20 performing groups, culture displays, salsa & merengue dance lessons, storytelling, international cuisine, demonstrations, arts/crafts, equestrian horsemanship, and Latin music. Fri 6-10pm & Sat 10am-5pm. Wolf Pen Creek Park. www.brazosvalleyworldfest.org.

  November 4–6 - Brenham
FALL FESTIVAL OF ROSES...
Enjoy three days of garden-related seminars presented by nationally & internationally known speakers. All programs are free. Food truck on the grounds Friday & Saturday. Antique Rose Emporium, with its 8 acres of landscaped grounds, is located at 10000 FM-50 in Independence, Texas. For more info: (979) 836-5548 or visit www.weAREroses.com.

  November 5–6- Brenham
CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSION...
Heritage Belles bring the 1869 Giddings Stone Mansion alive! Hermann Furniture is hosting a Christmas-themed open house at the Giddings Stone Mansion, including a brunch, tea and home tour to kick off the holiday season. For details, go to www.giddingsstonemansion.com. For brunch or tea tickets, call (888) 886-7237.

  November 25–26 - Elm Mott
HOMESTEAD FAIR...
The 29th annual festival over Thanksgiving Weekend of fine crafts and heirloom skills provides fun for the whole family! Horse-drawn hayrides, homestead crafts, restored 1760's gristmill, family music, horse farming demos, homegrown foods, blacksmithing, woodworking, sheepdog work, pottery-making, 27 seminars & more. Fri & Sat 9am-9pm. Free admission. www.HomesteadFair.com. (254) 754-9600.

  November 26 - Anderson
TWILIGHT FIRELIGHT AT FANTHORP…
Celebrate the holiday season with a journey back to the 1850s! Enjoy the ambiance of the candlelit inn, period music, living history, poetry, stagecoach rides, and holiday fare. 4:30-7:30pm. Tickets sold in front of Courthouse 4:30-7:30pm. Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site. (936) 878-2214. www.birthplaceoftexas.com.

  November 30–December 3 - San Marcos
29th ANNUAL SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS…
Get the entire family into the Christmas spirit by joining in on the fun-filled activities at Sights & Sounds. Start your holiday shopping early at the arts & crafts marketplace, visit Santa’s village, ride the carousel, view a live nativity scene and enjoy holiday foods. Admission: free for kids 12 & under; adults $5 nightly. For info: (512) 393-8400 or www.toursanmarcos.com.

DECEMBER

  December 1, 2, 3 - Flatonia
CHRISTMAS IN FLATONIA...
Dec 1 - Lighting of Christmas Village & Santa, 6pm! Dec 2 - Wonderful Winter Wine Walk (5:30-9pm)! Dec 3 - Merry Market (9am-4pm) - Cookie/Candy Carnival & Santa. Civic Center, 208 E.N. Main St. in Flatonia. Exit 661 on I-10. (361) 865-3920. www.FlatoniaChamber.com.

  December 1–18 - Brenham
UNITY THEATRE PRESENTS "LITTLE WOMEN"...
This heartwarming musical follows the adventures of the March sisters... a timeless story filled with personal discovery and love. Unity Theatre, 300 Church St. Call for tickets: (979) 830-8358. www.unitybrenham.org. Tickets@UnityBrenham.org.

  December 2–3 - Georgetown
36th GEORGETOWN CHRISTMAS STROLL...
200 plus artisan booths, seasonal musical entertainment on three  stages, Whoo Village, Bethlehem Village & Santa's Village, holiday merchant showcase, food court, and parade on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. Friday 5pm-9pm & Saturday 10am-8pm. www.DowntownGeorgetownAssociationTX.org. (512) 868-8675.

  December 2–3 - Brenham
DOWNTOWN BRENHAM'S CHRISTMAS STROLL AND LIGHTED PARADE...
Enjoy live entertainment and holiday shopping as you stroll the beautifully-lighted streets of Historic Downtown Brenham. Saturday downtown lighted parade is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Free admission & free parking. 1-888-Brenham. www.downtownbrenham.com.  

  December 3–4 - Buda
36th ANNUAL BUDAFEST...
Held the first full weekend in December, this annual fest features a Christmas parade on Saturday, pony rides, miniature train, entertainment, carnival, food & drink booths, and 75+ craft vendors. Children can also visit & take photos with Santa. 10am-5pm each day. Free admission. Benefiting local community organizations & high school scholarships. www.budafest.org.

  December 3 - Cameron
CHRISTMAS PARADE...
Join us for Cameron's Annual Christmas Parade and fun in the decorated historic square of downtown Cameron. Get a snack at the food booths, listen to the music and have your picture taken with Santa. Festivities start at 5pm, with parade at 5:30 pm. What a great way to recapture your childhood Christmas spirit with lights, music, floats & Santa! www.cameron-tx.com. (254) 697-4979.

  December 3 - Elgin
HOLIDAY BY THE TRACKS...
  Catch the holiday spirit in Historic Downtown Elgin! Before or after cutting your Christmas tree from one of two local tree farms, enjoy live music, caroling, shopping & kid's activities. There are also pictures with Santa and a lighted holiday parade at dusk. 9am-3pm. Only 19 miles east of Austin on Hwy 290. www.elgintx.com. (512) 285-4515.

  December 8–10 & December 15–17 - Canyon Lake
NORTH POLE VILLAGE...
Discover the magic of Christmas where children can write a letter to Santa, pet puppies, adopt a toy, go "fishing", select Library books, make a craft, decorate cookies, get their face painted, go on a hayride, see a nativity and sit on Santa's lap! 6pm-9pm. CRRC Recreation Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake, TX. www.crrcofcanyonlake.org. (830) 964-2324.

  December 10 -Washington
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS...
Modern and historic activities will be staggered throughout the site during the day. Evening activities move to Barrington Living History Farm for vignettes of holiday festivities from the 1850s. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, FM 1155. Reservations are important! (936) 878-2213 or visit www.whereTexasbecameTexas.org.

  December 10 - Winedale
CHRISTMAS IN WINEDALE...
Enjoy 19th-century folk-life demonstrations, stagecoach rides, historic homes decorated as they would have been in the mid-1800s, farm animals, storytellers, children's crafts, musical entertainment, family friendly event. FREE. 12-4pm. Winedale Historical Complex, 3738 FM-2718, Round top. For more info:  winedale@austin.utexas.edu, or www.cah.utexas.edu.

  December 31 - Round Top
NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA...
International Festival-Institute, Hwy. 237 at Jaster Road. Call for time, admission and reservations. (979) 249-3129, or visit www.festivalhill.org.

JANUARY

  January 14, 2017- Brenham
UPTOWN SWIRL...
Treat yourself, your spouse and your friends to a fun afternoon and evening of sipping wine and swirling through historic Downtown Brenham from 3-7pm. For a small fee, attendees enjoy a tasty wine sampling and a collectible wine glass. For details or to order tickets, call (979) 337-7384. Or visit www.BrenhamUptownSwirl.com.

FEBRUARY

  February 9–26 - Brenham
UNITY THEATRE PRESENTS "THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK"...
The inspiring Anne Frank confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with honesty, wit and determination. Downtown's Unity Theatre. Thur. 7:30pm, Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm. www.unitybrenham.org. Call for tickets: (979) 830-8358.

MARCH

  March 1–31- Flatonia
PARADE OF QUILTS...
Czech us out! Shop owners display a profusion of heirloom and contemporary quilts throughout downtown stores during the month of March. Flatonia is located at Exit 661on I-10, between Houston & San Antonio. (361) 865-3920. www.flatoniachamber.com.Or,  Email: flatoniacofc@sbcglobal.com.

  March 4–5 - Washington
TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION...
Come celebrate the 181st anniversary of Texas Independence! Experience life in the Republic of Texas. Costumed re-enactors, period craft demonstrations, military encampments and Texas tunes, 10am-5pm. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. www.birthplaceoftexas.com. (936) 878-2214.

  March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug 17, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16 & Dec 21 - Gruene Historic District / New Braunfels
COME AND TASTE IT...
Meet Texas' best winemakers the third Thursday of each month. Enjoy complimentary wine & beer tastings & learn directly from the craftsman. Live music & food samples complement the wines on Gruene Historic District's Grapevine patio. Also live entertainment nightly at Texas' Oldest Dancehall. www.GrapevineinGruene.com. 830-606-0093.

  March 24–April 1 - Burton
LA BAHIA ANTIQUE SHOW AT LA BAHIA HALL...
During the Round Top Festival, 8am. Late shopping til 7pm on March 24. A wide variety of antiques, collectibles, vintage items and porcelain restoration at show. Free admission/parking. 290W/237TX. Burton, TX. www.labahiaantiques.com.

  March 25 - Flatonia
SPRING MARKET DAY WITH TEXAS INDEPENDENCE RELAY EXCHANGE...
Arts & crafts, jewelry, hand-crafted one of a kind items, food, drinks, music & more! CHEER on the TIR runners on South Main St. Downtown Flatonia. (361) 865-3920. www.flatoniachamber.com. flatoniacofc@sbcglobal.   v

 

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