If you're thinking of spending Christmas in a warm location, Texas is a great place to go! The Lone Star State is full of fun during Christmas time. Here are our favorite six destinations to go in Texas for the Christmas holidays, and some of the fun things that you can do there.


Spend Christmas In These 6 Best Destinations in Texas


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Christmas at the beach in Port Aransas

Escape to the beach in Port Aransas, a quaint town on Mustang Island. Located 180 miles southeast of San Antonio, the weather tends to be pretty warm all year round in this charming beach town. Experience December weather in the mid 60’s and cool ocean breezes while singing Christmas carols. Port Aransas is known for its delicious local seafood, fishing by the pier and some of the best beaches in Texas. Book your vacation rental by the beach today!

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Explore the Capital City of Austin

Austin is unlike any other city in Texas or even in the country. With a variety of popular restaurants, bars and live entertainment your trip to Austin will be unforgettable, especially during the holidays. Be sure to visit the Trail of Lights, a fun Christmas tradition for the past 50 years. The weather in Austin during Christmastime usually stays around the 50’s, meaning you can see the lights without freezing!

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See a unique parade in San Antonio

San Antonio is famous for its river walk which is a stunning water pathway surrounded by shops, bars and hotels. The river walk is even more unique during Christmastime with a river boat parade and caroling all happening in the middle of downtown San Antonio. The twinkling lights and romantic atmosphere will make you never want to leave the Alamo City. Stay up close to the river walk in a vacation rental and make your holiday trip a breeze!

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Be dazzled in Cleburne

Cleburne may not be the most well-known town in Texas, but it makes up for it in its annual Christmas lights. Whistlestop Christmas has over 3.5 million lights that cover Hulen Park in Cleburne, and they stay on for the entire month of December! The event also includes a parade, horse-drawn carriages and train rides.

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Go big in Dallas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the parades are no exception. The Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade is full of activities and benefits a good cause. If you happen to stick around until New Years, Dallas also has the Cotton Bowl Parade, which has a variety of performers and floats. If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to take them to Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. This train ride includes a visit with Santa, Christmas décor and live entertainment.

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Take a trip back in time in Galveston

Galveston proudly calls itself the “Winter Wonderland Island of Texas” and it definitely holds up to its name. Perhaps its most popular event is “Dickens on The Strand,” which takes you back to the days of Victorian England with costumes and festivities. The town goes all out Victorian each year from Dec. 2- Dec. 4 with street festivals, holiday food and live entertainment. No Christmas is complete without a trip to Galveston, which is only an hour and a half south of Houston!

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This article was written by Taylor Bishop.