Step back into past this winter in Texas

Travelers in Texas don't need a ghost to experience Christmas past. They just need to hit the road to find an old-fashioned Christmas experience. Some events around the state re-create the feel of the holidays in the 1800s to mid-1900s while others go even further into ancient times.

Step back onto the 1800s frontier with a visit to Christmas at Old Fort Concho Dec. 4-6 and enjoy period entertainment, living history re-enactors and period traders, artillery demonstrations and special events. During the Wharton 1889 Christmas on Dec. 5, visitors can interact with actors in period costumes. Experience Christmas in December 1941 at A Sailors Christmas Dec. 12 on the Battleship Texas in La Porte.

Bec ome immersed in t he Victorian-era during Dickenson the-Strand in Galveston and enjoy 19t h- Cent ur y Dickens characters at a Dickens' Christmas in Lockhart. Other Dickens events include Dickens in historic downtown Plano and Dickens on Main in Boerne.

Or, for a different ty pe of celebration, Bethlehem events in Port Arthur, Johnson City, Luf kin, Wa xahachie, Burnet and Huntsville range from living nativity scenes where visitors can interact with the participants to re-creations of the town.

While Christmas-related events are prevalent, there are so many more events occurring during the winter months. New Year's events and bowl games provide a transition to events like the "Chili When It's Chilly" Cookoff Jan. 8-9 in Baytown, Longest Causeway Run & Wellness Walk Jan. 9 starting in Port Isabel, Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show Jan. 14-Feb. 7 in Fort Worth, Charro Days Feb. 21-28 in Brownsville, and Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering Feb. 26-28 in Alpine, along with Martin Luther King Jr. events and Mardi Gras celebrations.

Learn more about these and approximately 1,200 other events in the Winter 2009-2010 Texas Events Calendar. This statewide guide to what is happening in December, January and February includes festivals, parades, rodeos, cookoffs, market days, theatrical performances, concerts and museum exhibitions.

To obtain a free copy of the Winter 2009-2010 Calendar, call 1-800-452-9292 or write to Texas Events Calendar, P.O. Box 149249, Austin, TX 78714-9249. The Calendar can be picked up at any of the 12 Texas Travel Information Centers or viewed online at by clicking on Travel Publications. Events are also listed online at and

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