Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup

Dickens on the Strand starts the month off right

It is the most wonderful time of the year to get out and enjoy the pleasant weather and maybe do a little shopping.

For one weekend Galveston is transformed into Victorian London with lots of entertainment. (Photo courtesy Galveston Island CVB)

One of the most famous festivals in Texas takes over downtown Galveston with an English accent. Dickens on the Strand offers a lineup of special events, parades, and music. It is often hard to tell who the guests are and who are the entertainers as everyone gets into the fun Dickens characters.
Dec. 1-3, Dickens on the Strand, Galveston, 409/765-7834, www.dickensonthestrand.org

Travel Notes:

The bald eagles are back in their nest on a tower at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville. You can’t see much from the ground, but from your computer you have a bird’s-eye view of the pair as they lay their eggs and care for the chicks. Watch the livestream video at www.wetlandcenter.com/eagles.html.

It is the season for rainbow trout fishing in Texas waterways. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department stocks lakes, ponds, and rivers around the state. For a list of public water bodies receiving rainbow trout this year, along with scheduled stocking dates, and number of fish, go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/troutstocking. Don’t forget that you don’t need a fishing license to fish in state parks.

More Events:

Hill Country Handmade Market
Dec. 1-2, Comfort, www.hillcountryhandmademarket.com

Yoakum County Tamale Festival
Dec. 1-2, Denver City, www.denvercityedc.org/index.php/news-events

A Dickens Christmas
Dec. 1-2, Lockhart, www.clark-library-lockhart.org

Christkindlmarkt
Dec. 1-2, New Braunfels, www.christkindlmarktnbtx.org

Main Street Bethlehem
Dec. 1-3, 8-10, Burnet, www.fbcburnet.org

Dickens on the Strand
Dec. 1-3, Galveston, www.dickensonthestrand.org

Christmas at Old Fort Concho
Dec. 1-3, San Angelo, www.fortconcho.com

Texas Hill Country Wineries’ Christmas Wine Affair
Dec. 1-17, Fredericksburg, www.texaswinetrail.com

Norwegian Country Christmas Tour
Dec. 2, Clifton, www.cliftontexas.org

Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country
Dec. 2, Johnson City, www.nps.gov/lyjo

Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair
Dec. 2-3, Boerne, www.visitboerne.org

Trains at the Mayborn Museum
Dec. 2-31, Waco, www.baylor.edu/mayborn

A Walk in Bethlehem
Dec. 5-6, Boerne, www.visitboerne.org

Season of Light Planetarium Show
Dec. 5, 12, Clute, www.bcfas.org

Pearl Harbor Day Observance
Dec. 7, Fredericksburg, www.pacificwarmuseum.org

Schmeckenfest on the Square
Dec. 7, La Grange, www.visitlagrangetx.com

Wassailfest
Dec. 7, New Braunfels, www.nbtexas.org

Burton Christmas Village
Dec. 9, Burton, www.burtontexas.org

Christmas at Old Fort Croghan
Dec. 9, Burnet, www.fortcroghan.org

Hondo’s Birthday Celebration
Dec. 9, Luckenbach, www.luckenbachtexas.com

Holiday With the Cranes
Dec. 9-10, Galveston, www.galvestonnaturetourism.org

Campfire Christmas
Dec. 9, 16, Richmond, www.georgeranch.org

Wild West Victorian Fest
Dec. 15-17, Kerrville, www.wildwestvictorianfest.com

Concert in the Cave – Winter Solstice
Dec. 16, Boerne, www.cavewithoutaname.com

Bird Banding
Dec. 16, Lake Jackson, www.gcbo.org

Luckenbach Christmas Ball
Dec. 17, Luckenbach, www.luckenbachtexas.com

LBJ Tree Lighting
Dec. 17, Stonewall, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson/tree-lighting

Life-Size Nativity Scene
Through Dec. 25, Comfort, www.comfortchamber.com

Polar Express Train Ride
Through Dec. 30, Palestine, www.texasstaterailroad.net

Eisban Outdoor Ice Skating
Through Jan. 2, Fredericksburg, www.skateinfred.com

Magical Winter Lights
Through Jan. 2, La Marque, www.magicalwinterlights.com

Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony
Through Jan. 7, Dallas, www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Ice Land at Moody Gardens
Through Jan. 7, Galveston, www.moodygardens.org

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