Find Fun for the Holidays at a Texas State Park!

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Texas State Parks are loaded with events to enjoy from Thanksgiving weekend all the way through Christmas! In addition to events listed here, be sure to visit the Holidays in the Parks page and the Calendar of Events for more great options.

Austin Area

LBJ Santa

Turkey Trot at Lockhart (Nov. 20) – Ready, set, gobble! Join us for a 1-mile or 5K run/walk to celebrate fall in the park!

#OptOutside Hike at Lockhart (Nov. 26) – Skip the craziness of the mall this Black Friday. Go on a hike instead!

Santa's Workshop at Pedernales Falls (Dec. 18) – Help Santa's elves build gifts for all the good birdies!

52nd Annual LBJ Tree Lighting at Lyndon B. Johnson (Dec. 19) – Join the Texas Hill Country Community in this special tradition started 52 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.

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Coastal Bend

Lake Corpus Christi SP lights

Freeze a Moment in Time: Holiday Ornament Workshop at Mustang Island (Nov. 27) – Sign up and create a holiday-themed ornament.

History in Lights at Goliad (Dec. 1-31) – Take a walk through the history of Mission Espiritu Santo as lights and shadow transport you back in time.

Christmas in the Park at Goose Island (Dec. 18) – See the park in lights, enjoy holiday activities and camp for free when you decorate your campsite.

Winter Solstice Storytime at Lake Corpus Christi (Dec. 19) – Join a ranger for some crafts and hearing a story about the Winter Solstice.

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Dallas Area Events

Lake Tawakoni

Thanksgiving Day Hike! at Eisenhower (Nov. 25) – Spend holiday time with your family outdoors!

Twinkle Tour 2021 at Lake Tawakoni (Dec. 4) – Enjoy all the festive Christmas lights and listen to ‘The Night Before Christmas’ at the amphitheater.

Light Up the Park at Bonham (Dec. 17, 18) – Drive through the campground and see the campsites decorated for the holiday season.

Christmas in the Park at Lake Whitney (Dec. 18) – Decorate your campsite and help spread some Christmas cheer! During the event, families can enjoy a free drive through the park to see the holiday decorations.

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East Texas


Thankful for Caddo! at Caddo Lake (Nov. 27) – Close out your Thanksgiving holiday by joining one of our rangers on a nature hike along the Pine Ridge Loop.

Christmas in the Pineywoods at Martin Creek Lake (Dec. 3, 4) – Come and join our camper elves who have decorated their campsites for your enjoyment.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa! At Cleburne (Dec. 11) – Help Cleburne Veterans of Foreign Wars welcome Santa to Cleburne State Park!

Christmas in the Park at Daingerfield (Dec. 15, 16, 17, 18) – Make a new tradition by driving through the park and enjoying the holiday lights.

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Houston Area

Sea Rim Santa

Living Off the Land at Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 27) – Join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving as we discuss a holiday favorite – food!

Holiday in the Park 2021 at Brazos Bend (Dec. 11) – Celebrate the holidays with family and friends!

A Very Marshy Christmas at Sea Rim (Dec. 18) – Watch Santa and Mrs. Claus ride in to the park on an airboat and join them for hot cocoa, Christmas crafts and photos!

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Comanche Trail Festival of Lights at Big Spring (Dec. 1) – Look toward the state park's 200 foot bluffs to see the beautiful lighted metal poinsettias.

Fa La La in the Forest at Abilene (Dec. 11) – Come see the Christmas light show!

Holly-Days in the Park at San Angelo (Dec. 11) – Enjoy the self drive-thru Tour of Lights to see campsites decorated by businesses, organizations, and campers. Then stop by the pavilion and take a picture with Smokey Bear and Santa.

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San Antonio Area

South Llano

Turkey Talk! at Guadalupe River (Nov. 25) – Find out more about this unique bird.

Christmas at the Ranch at South Llano River (Dec. 4) – Come enjoy some Christmas Cheer!

Holiday in the Hill Country at Hill Country (Dec. 11) – Play games, make festive crafts, enjoy a Christmas story time and learn about the Hill Country.

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South Texas

Falcon Lake State Park

Thanksgiving Tram Tour at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley (Nov. 25) – Check out the park with a naturalist from the comfort of a park shuttle.

Santa's Birding Tour at Estero Llano Grande (Dec. 11) – Santa will be on this walk suitable for all ages and experience levels!

3rd Annual Falcon Lake Christmas Boat Parade at Falcon (Dec. 11) – Come and view this festive sight along the shoreline of the day-use area.

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West Texas

Franklin Mountains

Turkey Trot at Franklin Mountains (Nov. 26) – Wrap up a snack of Thanksgiving leftovers, hike up to Aztec Caves, and enjoy with friends, family and other enthusiastic hikers.

S'mores! at Franklin Mountains (Nov. 27) – Gather with us around the campfire as people have gathered for thousands of years to share food, fun and family time.

Home for the Holidays Hike (Easy) at Hueco Tanks (Dec. 4) – Join us for a guided hike among the rocks! This is a ground level, family friendly hike.

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