Christmas on the Brazos

Christmas on the Brazos featuring Barrington's Candlelight Christmas. Due to space limitations, reservations for the evening program are strongly recommended.

When Dec 14, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Where Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Contact Name Jon Failor or Jessica Guidry
Contact Email
Contact Phone (936) 878-2214 x246

Start the holiday season by spending the day at Washington on the Brazos SHS.  From 10 AM to 8 PM, modern and historic activities will be staggered throughout the park.   Independence Hall will host 19th century readings from some of our favorite Christmas literature at 10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM & 3 PM.  The Star of the Republic Museum will host period crafts in the Discovery room from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Music and merriment will surround you in the Visitor’s Center from 2 PM to 6 PM as merchandise made by Texas artisans is featured in the Washington Emporium gift shop and local Texas fare is available for sampling and tasting.   Take advantage of a self serve photo opportunity with Santa by the Christmas tree.  At 5 PM, activities will begin to shift from the Visitor’s Center to Barrington Living History Farm for the evening event, Candlelight Christmas, which will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM.   The farm will be open from noon until 4 PM for standard tours then will reopen at 5 PM for the Candlelight Christmas event with ticket sales ending at 8 PM.  Space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended.  In addition to the standard entry fee, an activity fee of $2 per person, for those 3 years and up, will be charged for the evening program.  Standard park admission fees apply to the daytime activities.

The Candlelight Christmas event will feature timed vignettes or glimpses into 1850s festivities through a candlelit tour of Barrington Farm. The event will include live 19th century music and dancing, bonfires and Christmas readings, 1850s Santa Claus, musket firing, cookies and hot cider.  Please allow at least one hour to complete the full experience.  Groups will enter the site at timed intervals.

When you enter the Candlelight Christmas event expect your senses to be filled with the sights and sounds and maybe even the smells of yesteryear. Wood smoke swirls in the cool, dark December air.  Pops and crackles of a distant fire fill the quiet night while its dancing flames cast a warm glow upon a split rail fence and the dewy grass below.  As you follow a column of flickering lanterns into the Texas night a flash of light catches your eye and the dark erupts with gunfire and cheers.  You have stumbled across a rowdy band of Texian revelers who welcome you into the 1850s. Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War.  Learn the origins of some of our favorite holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more!  Tour the historic home of the last president of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering.  Visit the farm’s quarters to hear how the enslaved at Barrington celebrated the season.  Sip a hot cup of cider, cozy up to the fire and begin your holiday season with Texas State Parks!

Christmas on the Brazos” will be held Saturday, December 14th, at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155.  

  • Due to space limitations, reservations for the evening program are strongly recommended.  Please email us at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov or call 936-878-2214 x246 for reservations. 
  • Please dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for the weather as the event will take place in an 1850s period setting with some events outdoors.
  • Leashed pets allowed in park, but NOT ALLOWED onto farm site or inside buildings.
  • Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.
  • For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246, ask for Jon or Jessica.

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