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Christmas at the Mission

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park and Historic Site: Mission Espiritu Santo

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Texas State Parks provide soul-satisfying getaways during the holiday season. Park spokesman, Thomas Wilhelm says on Saturday, December fifth, Goliad State Park and Historic Site, presents Christmas at Mission Espiritu Santo.

22— Goliad’s a beautiful park, and their Christmas event is really special. They are having their Christmas concert on December fifth. That’s when the mission is decked out for Christmas. They have a local choir come in and they do a mixture of sacred and secular music. It’s a really beautiful opportunity. Plus, the park is also decorated throughout the month of December. They call it History in Lights, where it’s decorated for the Christmas season.

And that’s just one many holiday events and activities for your family and friends to enjoy at your state parks. Find more details at

22—The holidays are such a busy time. And so, it’s a great opportunity if you can get outside and take a break and really enjoy a unique experience. Get out of the shopping malls. Get away from just the general craziness of the season, take a breath, and get to see a unique aspect of both he holidays and state parks. It’s redefining both at one time.

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Christmas in Texas State Parks

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Happy Holidays from Passport to Texas and Texas State Parks!

Happy Holidays from Passport to Texas and Texas State Parks!

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It’s not like we have to stay indoors huddled around a fireplace to stay warm during the holidays. It’s Texas, after all. But you can warm your spirit outdoors with a trip to a state park this holiday season.

04— We have over 47 parks participating this year, with over 65 events. So, lots of opportunities happening across the state.

Thomas Wilhelm, with state parks, shares a few places where we can find seasonal fun across the state.

48—At Franklin Mountains State Park they’re having an event called Howliday Hounds Hike, dressing up animals is Santa hats and going for hikes. LBJ State Park and Historic site here in Central Texas is having its 46th Annual Christmas Tree lighting. That’s been going on for a long time and it’s a lot of fun. Stephen F. Austin State Park, out towards Houston, is having its family Breakfast with Santa. And Lake Mineral Wells State Park up towards the Dallas area is having a [Cross-Timbers] Cowboy Christmas. With Cowboy poets and storytellers coming in to sit around the campfire and tell stories. There are events happening at several of our Valley area parks. Estero Llano Grande is having—one of the birding centers—is having a Santa Bird Hike. And, Resaca de la Palma, also in the valley, is having a Jolly Night Hike. And they’ll also have crafts and live performances by local talent.

Find a complete list of holiday events in state parks at

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Parks | Holidays: Festive Activities in Parks

Friday, December 12th, 2014


Enjoy the holidays at State Parks and Historic Sites

Enjoy the holidays at State Parks and Historic Sites

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You don’t have to travel far to find holiday events in state parks, but Thomas Wilhelm says, if you do have the time, how about a road trip December 16, to Far West Texas and Fort Leaton.

17—For this Christmas, Fort Leaton will be having a Posada, which is the recreation of Mary and Joseph’s trip through Bethlehem. But, there’s also going to be a performance by a local choir; so, it’s going to tell the holiday story with that area of the state’s culture in mind.

Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle is another far flung destination. On December 20, it offers a new holiday event worth the drive.

18—It’s called their Hot Air Balloon Glow. So, they’re going to bring balloons into the canyon and light them up. Of course, there’s going to be other traditional holiday events: hot cocoa, snacks – that sort of thing. Santa Claus will be there for the kids. So, it will be a really unique opportunity to not only experience Palo Duro Canyon, but really put a holiday feel to it.

If you prefer to celebrate nature, Central Texas’ McKinney Falls December 20 & 21 is the place to be.

14—They’re doing a Winter Solstice Celebration. So, they’ll have opportunities for kids to join with a ranger and do hikes, or nature themed crafts and activities. So, it’s a great opportunity to touch base with nature during the holidays.

Find a full list of holiday events on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti

Parks: Christmas Events in Parks

Monday, December 8th, 2014


Merry Christmas from Texas State Parks.

Merry Christmas from Texas State Parks.

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Get close to nature this season at holiday events in state parks, historic sites or natural areas. When I spoke with Thomas Wilhelm, 60 events were on December’s calendar.

06—We keep an updated list on our events calendar, so there’s probably more there now.

Wilhelm works for state parks, and says there’s sure to be a holiday event nearby to help put you in the spirit of the season. If you’re in East Texas or traveling there…

20—Tyler SP is doing their Winter Wonderland Hike [Pineywood Christmas Celebration]. They are inviting people to come in, decorate their campsites, and if you decorate your campsite, you get to stay for free in the park. And then, they’re inviting people to come in and drive through the campsites, or hike through the campsites, and see all the decorated areas. And, if you’re participating in the event, you don’t pay entrance fees to come and check it out.

That’s December 13. Also on the 13th, in Central Texas-ish, Washington-on-the-Brazos, and the Barrington Living History Farm offer special events.

18—The full name of the event is Christmas on the Brazos. The day starts with readings of Christmas stories and literature in the morning. Then, later on in the day they’ll have music, and a variety of vendors selling crafts; a great opportunity to not only get into the Christmas spirit, but also do a little Christmas shopping.

That’s just a taste. Visit to find a link to the Christmas in the Parks brochure.

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