1 - Devine
54th ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND AVACADO
Wonderful hometown festivities include a Fall Fest Parade
(10am), Avocado Cooking Contest, Avocado Seed Spitting
contest, arts/crafts/food booths, Kid’s coloring contest,
Scarecrow contest & free evening street dance. Great
entertainment all day, 11:30-midnight, including Billy & the
Bailouts, Chris Salinas, and Jeremy Richards. For more
details: (830) 663-2739.
1 - George West
26th ANNUAL GEORGE WEST STORYFEST...
“The Storytelling Capital of Texas” presents tall tales,
cow-boy poetry, Texas State Liars’ Contest, classic car show,
folklore & ghost stories, live music, living history,
arts/crafts, children’s activities, 5K race & 1-mile fun walk
at the Courthouse Square. (361) 449-2481.
1 - San Felipe
The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site presents a
birthday celebration for Stephen F. Austin, “The Father of
Texas”. Enjoy heritage programs, reenactments, entertainment &
food. 9am-5pm. Call for more info: (979) 885-2181, (877)
1–2 - Houston
WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIR-SHOW...
The 30th Annual CAF Airshow features US Navy Blue Angels,
MV-22 Osprey, US Navy “Fat Albert” C-130, Vietnam demos, Tora!
Tora! Tora!, F-86, Shockwave Jet Truck, skydiving, CAF &
current military demos/displays and much more! Ellington
Airport. (713) 266-4492.
2 - Port Isabel
21st ANNUAL WORLD’S CHAMP-IONSHIP SHRIMP
Sunday. Awards in both professional & amateur divisions with
contestants from both sides of the border. Also in
con-junction, a Folk Art Festival and Mini Carnival with all
types of arts & crafts for sale and fun for all. (800)
8 - Angleton
AUSTIN TOWN HISTORICAL REENACTMENT...
Celebrating the lives of those pioneers who settled Colonial
Texas. The fictitious “Austin Town” features interpreters,
period craft demonstrators, sutlers, militia drill units,
period games, historical reenactments. Presented by the
Brazoria County Historical Museum. In its 18th year!
8–9 - Bellville
ANNUAL BELLVILLE ANTIQUES & GARDEN
Great shop-ping for Christmas giving and personal collections.
Indoor meals available both days at Turnverein Hall, 988 East
Main St. Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm. (979) 865-5618.
27 - Houston
UPTOWN LIGHTING AND PARADE ...
Thanksgiving evening, thousands gather along Post Oak
Boulevard to kick off the holiday with more than a
half-million twinkling lights, a sparkling electric light
parade, Santa & exciting holiday stage show. Incredible
fireworks light up the Houston skies & music fills the air
during the dramatic finale. (713) 621-2011.
30 - Hallettsville
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & PARADE ...
Saturday. An “elegantly awesome” lighting extravaganza
illuminates Lavaca County’s Courthouse and features a Lighted
Christmas Parade highlighting the luminescent evening. Visit
with Santa & Mrs. Claus and browse Market Days booths
featuring arts & crafts and food. Saturday and Sunday feature
a “live” Christmas Pageant.
4–6 - Rosenberg
ROSENBERG CHRISTMAS NIGHTS ...
Jump-start your holidays exploring eateries and shops of
antiques, collectibles, gifts & handmade furniture. Enjoy
seasonal activities, including craft and gift vendors, photos
with Santa, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, children’s
carnival, entertainment, foods, and performing & visual arts.
HOLIDAY SIP ‘N STROLL...Enjoy
a North Pole Stroll on the Square to shop and sample cocoa at
each participating shop, plus a festive lighted parade on Town
Square, photos with Santa, Christmas music, carriage rides,
Heritage Tour of Homes, trolley shuttle, and much more! (830)
5, 6, 7 - Gonzales
Visit Historic Gonzales during the Winterfest Celebration.
Five homes will be open during the Christmas Tour, 2pm to 6pm,
with $20 admission for all five homes. The annual lighted
parade is Friday, Dec 5 at 6pm. Santa’s Market is Saturday,
Dec. 6. Call 888-672-1095, or visit
5–6 & Dec 12–13 - Gonzales
STARS IN THE VILLAGE...
Gonzales Pioneer Village Living History Center presents a
stroll through its 1800s village after dark. Enjoy period
Christmas decorations and sip wassail with ginger cookies
while musicians play Christmas music on old-time instruments.
Bus. US 183N. Adults $8; children $5.
5–7 - Castroville
31st ANNUAL OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS...
Now a Two-Day Event! Enjoy over 250 outdoor craft & food
booths of handmade and commercial items, plus Friday night’s
lighting ceremony. Santa arrives Saturday, 1pm. Friday
6pm-10pm; Saturday 9am-4pm.
(830) 538-3142 or (800) 778-6775.
6 - Port Isabel
28th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTED BOAT
spectacular lighted boat parade can be viewed bayside Saturday
evening as floating, decorated vessels dazzle onlookers. All
sizes and types of boats take part in this annual
illuminations extravaganza — even kayaks!
6–7 - Cypress
19th ANNUAL CY-FAIR FFA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Held at Cy-Fair Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road, off Hwy 290.
Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm. 160 indoor exhibitor spaces (10x10)
at $120 and 20 outdoor at $110.
Liz Gilbreath at 281-513-6781 or Dione Pevehouse at
12–14 - Tomball
7th ANNUAL TOMBALL GERMAN CHRISTMAS
Shop 175 vendors for holiday decor, food & gifts at this
open-air street festival with three tented stages of live
performances, German Santa, biergartens, Kinderfest
entertainment for youngsters, carnival, food, hayride, arts &
crafts, German & Texas music. Old Town near historical Depot
Plaza. Free admission. www.TomballGermanFest.org.
13–14 - Ingleside
INGLESIDE RENAISSANCE FAIRE ...
Relive the 1700’s with medieval com-bat, archery, acrobats,
costumes, jousting, food, juggling, belly dancing, musical
entertainment, vendors & much more! Live Oak Park.
10, 2015 - Port Isabel
31st ANNUAL PORT ISABEL “LONGEST
CAUSEWAY RUN & FITNESS WALK”...
its 31st year, enjoy 10K certified run, #TX05009WG, and 3-mile
fitness walk. Over 4,800 participants. Call Chamber of
Commerce for info and applications. (800) 527-6102.
7 - Rockport
ROCKPORT’S CLAY EXPO...
The Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair features 35 potters and great
food at the High School Commons. Rockport Center for the Arts,
merchants & galleries feature clay art in the Historical
District. (361) 729-5352.
6–8 & Feb 13–15 - Galveston
MARDI GRAS GALVESTON...
Held over two weekends outdoors in the Up-town Entertainment
District. Enjoy two stages with live music, over 26 Mardi Gras
style parades, the 5th Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade &
Decorated Golf Cart Parade, vendors, balcony parties & more!
10–15 - Mercedes
11th ANNUAL RIO GRANDE VALLEY MUSIC
Country, Bluegrass, Western & Gospel Music. Five stages. Five
full days plus Sun-day morning Gospel jam. Special Mariachi &
Folkloric performances. Livestock Show Grounds. For info, call
(956) 373-0130, or go to
To reserve RV Camping onsite, call (956) 565-2456.
19–22 - Port Aransas
19th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF WHOOPING
year-round birder’s paradise! This annual fest features guided
bus & boat tours, world-renowned speakers, demonstrations, a
nature arts & crafts show, art classes & more. (361) 749-5919.
20–29 - Eagle Pass
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL...
This celebrated border festival presents carnival rides at
Shelby Park, sporting events, downtown parade, Noches
Mexicanas with live entertainment, and a variety of food &
other booths at Shelby Park. Toll free 1-888-355-3224.