Reindeer Roadtrip

Holiday Events Worth A Day Trip In Texas

Experience the magic of Austin’s Trail of Lights and Moody Gardens festive attractions by the sea.

By Danielle Wright

As Texas cities prepare for holiday festivities, its only right to grab your reindeer, or your car, and embark on a yuletide road trip. From Houston to Austin and Irving, there’s a celebration going down in any Lone Star town. 

Join Drag Queens for an unforgettable holiday brunch or carol through the night at San Antonio’s historical River Walk. No matter how long your winter break may be, your family, friends or solo adventures await for the ultimate holiday expedition. 

Scroll ahead to explore 10 holiday events worth a day trip in Texas. 

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Grand Praire

Enjoy this thrilling holiday production of breathtaking cirque artists at A Magical Cirque Christmas. Sing-a-long to live performances of your favorite Christmas tunes while watching a grandiose show fun for a date night or a family memory. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Magical Cirque Christmas online. 

Austin Trail Of Lights


One of the best parts about the holidays are the plethora of lights. Celebrate Austin’s 57th annual Trail Of Lights with a drive through Zilker Park. Powered by HEB, experience the capital’s longest running holiday tradition, gazing through two million lighted trees and holiday displays. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Austin Trail Of Lights online. 

Christmas At The Silos


For the ultimate day trip, Magnolia is hosting plenty of attractions with their Christmas At The Silos for the whole family. Sing holiday favorites with JOHNNYSWIM, bring your wish lists to Santa at the Silos, gather for story time with Mrs. Claus or shop under twinkling lights with a cup of hot chocolate. If you’re seeking a family getaway, the Magnolia Silos in Waco is the perfect spot. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Magnolia online. 

Christmas In The Woods


Get away from the city and into the forest with Christmas in the Woods. Venture into a Jam packed forest with plenty of attractions and exciting vendors. Visitors will enjoy an electrifying zip line, speedy train rides, baked sweet treats and more. While Fun for the kids, parents can also shop at their exclusive Christmas market. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 7 Acre Woods online.

Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza


For the Dallas Cowboy fans, this event is for you. The organization is hosting their fifth-annual Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza, full of special guests and a must-see 20 minute production. Experience the holidays the Cowboys way with the lighting of The Star’s 67 foot Christmas tree, and a holiday performance by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Rhythm and Blue Dancers, Drum Line and more. Plus, both alumni and active players will make appearances for a chance to meet and great your favorite players. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Plano online.

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling 2021

San Antonio

Is it really the holidays without traditional caroling? Grab your friends, family or co-workers to sing some of your Christmas favorites on a boat ride though the San Antonio River Walk. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit San Antonio River Walk online.

Fredericksburg Christmas Events


Swap the hustle and bustle of downtown for a serene escape to Fredericksburg for their holiday line up. Enjoy the town’s Theater Company for the musical rendition of Scrooge, or experience the special tradition of the Lyndon B Johnson tree lighting with carolers, Santa Claus and a live nativity. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Fredericksburg online. 

Moody Gardens Holiday In The Gardens


With a Texas winter including warmer temperatures, enjoy a day by the sea at one of the largest holiday destinations, Moody Gardens. From mile-long Festival of Lights and a slippery slide down the Arctic Slide, to a 4D viewing of the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer film, you’ll get into the island’s holiday spirit.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Moody Gardens online.  

Santa’s Wonderland

College Station

If you’re wanting to see extreme light displays, ride amazing attractions and take perfect festive selfies, Santa’s Wonderland is a must stop for a Texas holiday adventure. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Clause, gaze at a Texas-sized gingerbread village, challenge yourself to the Christmas Light Maze and stroll though an Instagram worthy Trail of Lights. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Santa’s Wonderland online. 

Tyler Lights


Can’t get enough of lights? Head down to Tyler and cruise through their Christmas Light Park. Your family will enjoy loads of sparkling lights through must see tunnels and festive displays. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Tyler Lights online. 

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