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Texas Plains Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Holiday Heritage Events


Updated 12/7/2018

Home — or away — for the holidays?

The winter holiday season is upon us, and with it the shopping, the baking, the caroling, the card-writing, the calling and visiting, the hall-decking, the wrapping and giving, the worship and reflection that the season brings — and of course, the traveling!

Whether you’re hosting at home or going over the river and through the woods for your holiday celebrations, in the coming weeks you’ll likely be looking for some entertainment away from your own four walls.

Our Texas culture is rich in traditions to explore with family and friends, from performances and presentations, to outdoor recreation and highway history, to visiting museums and historic sites. We’ve rounded up nearly 50 events and opportunities around the Plains and Panhandle going on from now through the end of December, so we hope some of these are near you.

Many have been presented annually for decades, including banner-year anniversaries of Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at the Cactus Theater (25th annual tour), the National Ranching Heritage Center’s Candlelight at the Ranch (40th), and 60 years of the Carol of Lights at Texas Tech University.

Print out this list of beloved traditions and new events to take with you, and enjoy a parade in a historic downtown, a show in a vintage theater, or a mouth-watering locally cooked meal. Or download a full list, with street addresses and contact information, below.

Download Texas 52-Step Holiday Events Directory 2018