Texas winter events calendar ready
Jingle a ll t he way t hr oug h Christmas, the New Year and into Mardi Gras this winter wit h the latest issue of the Te xa s Events Ca len dar, which featu res hun - dreds of ideas for fun outings in De cember, January and Febru - ary.
The winter events ca lenda r is packed wit h holiday happenings, inc ludi ng lig hted nig ht pa rades tours of historic homes decorated for the season, fantastic Christmas light displays and merry holiday markets.
During Dec ember, commu nities across the state of fer visitors a chance to experience the festive charm of a Vic toria n Christmas. The era of Ch arle s Dic kens’ “A Ch ristm as Carol” comes to life with costumes and classic traditions in Galveston, Plano, Boerne, Woodville and Lockhart.
Af ter Sa nta and his reindeer head home for the year, cowboys kick up some dust at major rodeos in For t Wor th, San An gelo, Sa n Antonio and Houston. Mardi Gras revelers can let the good times roll with colorful parades and festivities in Galveston, Jefferson, Port Arthur,Bandera, Waxahachie , Kerrville, Cry stal Beac h and El Paso. Among other event sinthe Winter 2011- 12 Texas Events Calendar:
•HillCountry region— The communities of Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Bur net, Dr ipping Spr ings, Frede r ick sburg, John son City, Kerr ville, Llano, Marble Falls, New Bra un fels and Wimberley of fer spectacula r lighting displays and more on the Texa s Hill Countr y Regional Christmas Lighting Trail, Nov. 26- Jan. 1.
• Anson— The 126t h ann ual Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball , observing the old traditions of the orig inal 1885 holiday celebration, featur es live countr y mu sic and dancing Dec. 15- 17. • Joh ns on C it y— L a mpli g ht Tou rs of the Boyhood Home of President Johnson, Dec. 17, offer visitor saglimpse into afam i- ly’s small- town Chr istmas in the 1920s. On Dec. 10, a tour of the historic Johnson Settlement takes visitors back to an 1860s holiday on the frontier.
• Port Aransas— At the Whooping
Crane Fest ival, Feb. 23 -26 , enjoy guided nat ure tou rs, birding expe ditions, exper t speakers and workshops about this endangered bird and others that migrate here.
• Brownsville— The 75th annual Charro Days Fiest a, Feb. 19 -26 , celebrates the cu lt ures of Texas and Mexico with live music, dancing, carnival, il lu minate d nig ht parade and more.
For a free coy of the Winte r 2011- 12 Texas Eve nts Cal endar, c a ll 800 -452- 9292 or w rit e to Te xas Eve nts Calendar, PO Box 149249 , Austin TX 78714- 9249. The calendar also may be viewed online at www.txdot. gov/ travel or through searchable events listings at www.traveltex.com, ww w. texashighways.com and www.textreks.com. The Texas Events Calendar is a publication of the Texas Department of Transportation.