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State Park Events

Fort Leaton State Historic Site


December 16: Posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. This Mexican Christmas tradition tells the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem through skits and songs. Over 1,000 candle luminarias light the way for you to walk and sing with Mary and Joseph as they search for shelter. Following the procession, there will be traditional holiday drinks, snacks, piñatas and mariachi.

Lake Arrowhead State Park

Christmas in the Park

Decorate your campsite to help spread the Christmas cheer. Enjoy coffee and hot cocoa, make Christmas-themed arts and crafts and write letters to Santa.

Buescher State Park

Buescher Lake Bash

Buescher Lake provides wonderful fishing opportunities. At this event, different stations will help youngsters or those new to fishing learn the basics to becoming a fishing pro.

South Llano River
State Park

Christmas at the Ranch 

Warm up with some hot chocolate and cider, listen to live entertainment, enjoy crafts and cookie decorating, and take in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations at the historic ranch house.


Davis Mountains State Park

Hike with a Shelter Dog

Join our pack at the Interpretive
Center and give a rescue dog from Grand Companions of Fort Davis a fun morning on the trail. Maybe you’ll find your new forever friend. 

Eisenhower State Park

Light Up the Park

Start a new family tradition this year with our annual Christmas spectacular. In lieu of entrance fees, the park is accepting donations of unwrapped toys. 

Lake Brownwood State Park

Holiday at the Lake

Celebrate the holiday season at the lake by enjoying a drive-through holiday lights display. Campers will have their campsites decorated for some festive fun.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Star Fest

Experience telescope viewings,
constellation seeking and other nighttime activities during this annual festival. 

Lockhart State Park

Bug-Eat-Bug Hike

Explore the world of tiny predators and tiny prey; how they see and how they slay.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park -
Johnson Branch Unit 

Mistletoe: Pucker up for a Parasite 

Pretty holiday decoration or destructive parasite? Join Ranger Izzy and discover the dark truths about a beloved holiday tradition.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit 

Nature Therapy

Join a certified nature therapist to reconnect before the holiday season.

Goose Island State Park

Christmas in the Park

See the park in lights, enjoy holiday activities and camp for free when you decorate your campsite.

Abilene State Park

Fa La La in the Forest

Drive through the park to see the wonderful flickering lights and get into the holiday spirit.


Village Creek State Park

Creekside Christmas

Put on your jingle bells and come out to the park for the annual Creekside Christmas Celebration.

Daingerfield State Park

Christmas in the Park

Start a new tradition by driving through the park lit up like Santa Land (Santa will be there Dec. 15 and 16).

Bonham State Park

Annual Christmas Light up the Park Event  

Drive through the campground and see the campsites decorated for the
holiday season.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Christmas at the Rock

Join the staff and volunteers at Enchanted Rock for fun for the whole family. 

Sea Rim State Park

A Very Marshy Christmas

Watch Santa and Mrs. Claus ride into Sea Rim State Park on an airboat and join them for hot cocoa, Christmas crafts and photo opportunities.


Guadalupe River State Park

Christmas for the Birds

Discover the unique winter habits of birds and make holiday bird treats in this delightful program that brings you closer to our winged friends.

Government Canyon State
Natural Area 

Kids’ Christmas Bird Count

Join us for a kids’ version of the
citizen science project in which birders participate in all-day bird counts.

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