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I'm Dreaming of a State Park Christmas…

Christmas is a great time to get out and visit a Texas state park!

There’s something for just about everyone this time of year when you visit a state park. Before attending any event, please check with the park to confirm applicable fees and availability, and to ensure the event is still taking place.

Visit TexasStateParks.org/holidays for the most up-to-date information on state park holiday events and promotions.

 Earl Nottingham | TPWD


Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light

December 1 - 31 • 6 – 8 PM

Enjoy the holidays with a beautiful evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espíritu Santo. Light and shadow tell the story of this remarkable site as visitors walk the same paths taken by Native Americans and Spanish Franciscan priests so long ago. Park entrance fees apply.


I Saw Three Ships…

December 12 • 7 – 10 pm

Head to Falcon Lake for the third annual Christmas Boat Parade. Find a spot by the day-use area and watch the beautifully decorated boats float by.

 Chase Fountain | TPWD


Here Comes Sandy Claus

December 19 • 10 am & 3 PM

A trip to the coast feels different in the winter. Join Galveston Island park staff for a Coastal Tidings Hike, or spend the day exploring the park's paddling trails or hiking the bayside trails and boardwalks (the park's beach side is closed until 2022). Winter is also a great time to look for coastal birds, or to cast a line for redfish — you don't need a license to fish from shore in a state park.


Fa La La in the Forest

December 12 • 6 – 9 pm

Every December, Abilene State Park turns into a winter wonderland as campers adorn their campsites, screen shelters and yurts with festive lights and decorations. Drive through the park and experience the holiday spirit for yourself. A $5 cash donation to the Friends of Abilene State Park is appreciated.

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