Holidays

November 2014

November 22 End Date
Arts & Crafts: Make Your Own Butterball
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Join a ranger to create your own Thanksgiving Turkey art!
November 22 End Date
Wild About Turkeys
Cedar Hill State Park
Discover some of the fun facts about turkeys!
November 22 End Date
Arts in the Park- Wild About Turkeys
Cedar Hill State Park
Explore wild turkeys through art!
November 27 End Date
Turkey Trot With the Ranger
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Choose from a 1.2-mile round trip hike to the summit, a three-mile jog on the lower trails, or a five-mile run on the Loop Trail with the Ranger for Turkey Day. Burn off those calories before you consume them.
November 27 End Date
Turkey Trail Trilogy Hikes
Franklin Mountains State Park
Join us on a series of back-to-back hikes on Thanksgiving Day, a perfect way to erase any guilt from that extra slice of pumpkin pie.
November 27 End Date
Thanksgiving at Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Join us for a real Ranch Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 27.
November 27 End Date
Thanksgiving Hike
Bastrop State Park
Waddle off your Wattle!
November 27 End Date
Talking Turkey
Buescher State Park
Join us to learn about this unique Texas Native
November 28 End Date
7th Annual "Walk Off the Bird" Bird Walk
Tyler State Park
Avoid the Black Friday madness and relax with a morning of birding. Excellent for beginners to experts.
November 28 End Date
Thanksgiving Bake Sale
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Visit the Devil's Sinkhole Visitors Center for holiday baked goods prepared by Rocksprings area residents.
November 28 End Date
Trail off the Turkey- D.O.R.B.A. Trail Hike
Cedar Hill State Park
Hike away some of those extra Thanksgiving calories!
November 28 End Date
Pedal Off the Pie Trail Ride
Inks Lake State Park
Grab your bike for a 2.5 mile trail ride to Pecan Flats and back to help burn off some that Thanksgiving pie!
November 28 End Date
Trail off the Turkey- Penn Farm Tour with Lucinda
Cedar Hill State Park
Learn about life on a pioneer farm.
November 28 End Date
Trail off the Turkey- Talala Trail Hike
Cedar Hill State Park
Take leisurely walk and learn about the plants and animals at Cedar Hill State Park.
November 29 End Date
Holiday Cookie Decorating and German Traditions
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Get into the holiday spirit at LBJ State Park and Historic Site.
November 29 End Date
It's Turkey Time!
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Now that you've eaten your fill of turkey (and then some!), come learn all about these big birds!
November 29 End Date
Calling all Turkeys!
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Learn all about turkey calls!
November 29 End Date
Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham
Whoosh! Squaawk!! What was that?! Oh, it's the rangers at Choke Canyon State Park teaching a Thanksgiving Day themed archery class.
November 29 End Date
Twilight Firelight - Stagecoach Rides
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
Take a break from the hectic holiday pace and re-focus on your family and friends at Fanthorp Inn’s Twilight Firelight celebration!

December 2014

December 1 End Date
Mission History in Lights
Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Come take a leisurely evening stroll through the grounds of Mission Espiritu Santo!
December 5 End Date
Christmas In Goshen
Purtis Creek State Park
Drive through Christmas Light Display and Old Fashioned Fun
December 5 End Date
Christmas in the Piney Woods
Martin Creek Lake State Park
Winter wonderland
December 6 End Date
Arts in the Parks
Wyler Aerial Tramway
Make your own Christmas Ornament!
December 6 End Date
Christmas at the Ranch
South Llano River State Park
Celebrate the holiday season at South Llano River State Park
December 6 End Date
DYI: Holiday Crafts
Galveston Island State Park
Free beach craft ideas and materials, just in time for the holidays.
December 6 End Date
Christmas with the Fishes
Sea Center Texas
Santa’s elf, “Sandy Claws” will be diving with the Sea Center Texas fishes to find out their Christmas wishes and to make sure the aquarium gets a good cleaning in preparation for Santa’s Christmas visit. Children can drop off their letters to Santa, and “Sandy Claws” will be sure it gets delivered to the North Pole.
December 6 End Date
Holiday Kickoff Family Day
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Come out to Bentsen to kickoff the holidays!
December 6 End Date
A Simple Christmas at Brazos Bend
Brazos Bend State Park
Escape the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy the simple life: making s’mores, Dutch oven cooking, children’s crafts and Victorian-era games, hayrides and more, plus a visit from a “Southern Santa.”
December 6 End Date
Twas' the Night at the Guad
Guadalupe River State Park
Join us for a special evening of fun and meet Santa, too!
December 6 End Date
Christmas at the Mission
Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Flickering candlelight, phenomenal acoustics, and voices raised in song create a visual and auditory Christmas experience.
December 6 End Date
Trail of Lights
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy the fantastic Trail of Lights
December 6 End Date
The Grinch's Full Moon Hike to the Summit
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join Park Staff on an exhilarating hike to the summit of Enchanted Rock. Once to the top, a reading of Dr. Seuss's classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!", will be enjoyed by participants young and old.
December 12 End Date
1st Annual Christmas in the Park
Lake Whitney State Park
Lake Whitney State Park Christmas celebration.
December 12 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Atlanta State Park
Decorate your campsite and join in bringing Christmas cheer to visitors as they enjoy a free drive through the park.
December 12 End Date
Trail of Lights
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy the fantastic Trail of Lights
December 12 End Date
3rd Annual Christmas in the Park!
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Come to the park and enjoy a night the whole family will enjoy! Lights, crafts and hot cocoa to warm you up are some of the memories you'll take home.
December 12 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Join us on Friday night to see the park filled with Christmas decorations and be sure to come back on Saturday night to share some refreshments with Santa!
December 13 End Date
Family Breakfast with Santa
Stephen F. Austin State Park
December 13 End Date
T’was the Hike Before Christmas
Franklin Mountains State Park
Take a break from the holiday rush and experience the beauty of the Franklin Mountains.
December 13 End Date
Santa's Bird Hike
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join Santa and his favorite bird guide friends on a special bird walk.
December 13 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enjoy a Hill Country Christmas at the legendary Enchanted Rock, where a variety of Holiday-themed events will be happening throughout the day.
December 13 End Date
Christmas-on-the-Brazos featuring Barrington's Candlelight Christmas
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Barrington's Candlelight Christmas features timed vignettes, offering glimpses into 1850s festivities through a candlelit tour of Barrington Farm.
December 13 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Village Creek State Park
Bring your family and friends to this fun program guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood. We will be making nature-themed holiday decorations, singing along to Christmas songs and having a great time away from all the hustle and bustle.
December 13 End Date
Battleship TEXAS - Dr. Who Event
Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Come support the Dr. Who Event & board the ship for half price.
December 13 End Date
Yuletide TEXAS! "A Sailors Christmas"
Battleship Texas State Historic Site
Festive Christmas event aboard the Battleship TEXAS
December 13 End Date
December 13 End Date
Holiday in the Park
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Take a break with the family and come celebrate the season.
December 13 End Date
DYI: Holiday Crafts
Galveston Island State Park
Free beach craft ideas and materials, just in time for the holidays.
December 13 End Date
Wildlife Holiday Ornaments
Mckinney Falls State Park
Make your own wildlife-themed holiday ornaments!
December 13 End Date
All Around the Campfire Christmas
Lake Colorado City State Park
Bring out your family, friends and Christmas spirit as we celebrate the holiday season! Join us for games, crafts, caroling and Christmas stories around the campfire.
December 13 End Date
Ghosts of Christmas Past
Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site / Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Enjoy old-time refreshments and observe “ghosts” of cavalry soldiers and their families as they celebrate Christmas at an 1870’s U.S. military post. The public may also stroll through the historic buildings by candlelight.
December 13 End Date
December 13 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Atlanta State Park
Decorate your campsite and join in bringing Christmas cheer to visitors as they enjoy a free drive through the park.
December 13 End Date
Fa-La-La in the Forest
Abilene State Park
Christmas in the Park.
December 13 End Date
Twinkle Tour
Lake Tawakoni State Park
Enjoy a tour through the park to observe the holiday camping spirit.
December 13 End Date
Trail of Lights
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy the fantastic Trail of Lights!
December 13 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Join us on Friday night to see the park filled with Christmas decorations and be sure to come back on Saturday night to share some refreshments with Santa!
December 13 End Date
Christmas in the Park
Monahans Sandhills State Park
SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
December 13 End Date
Caroling through Penn Farm
Cedar Hill State Park
Take a lantern-lit tour of Penn Farm. As we explore this historic farm, you will hear stories of the Penn family and their pioneering spirit.
December 13 End Date
Bunuelo Bites and Christmas Lights
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Christmas Carols, Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Pastry!
December 16 End Date
Posada at the Fort
Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Come celebrate Christmas with a traditional Mexican posada!
December 19 End Date
Winter Campfire Stories
Mckinney Falls State Park
Gather around a campfire for winter tales!
December 19 End Date
Daingerfield State Park Christmas in the Park
Daingerfield State Park
Drive through the park and see all the beautiful Christmas lights and decorated campsites!
December 19 End Date
Trail of Lights
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy the fantastic Trail of Lights!
December 20 End Date
T’was the Hike Before Christmas
Franklin Mountains State Park
Take a break from the holiday rush and experience the beauty of the Franklin Mountains.
December 20 End Date
Santa at the Tramway
Wyler Aerial Tramway
Come and visit Santa at the Tramway!
December 20 End Date
Old-Fashioned Holiday Taffy Pull
Palmetto State Park
Candy-making fun the whole family can enjoy!
December 20 End Date
DYI: Holiday Crafts
Galveston Island State Park
Free beach craft ideas and materials, just in time for the holidays.
December 20 End Date
Los Pastores- A Shepherd's Play
Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Franciscan priests created shepherd’s plays (which depict the shepherd’s journey to see Baby Jesus) in the 16th Century as a way to share the Spanish culture and religion with Meso-American Indians.
December 20 End Date
Dreaming of a Wild Christmas
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Join us for a fun-filled holiday themed evening.
December 20 End Date
Christmas Balloon Glow
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
December 20 End Date
Winter Solstice Celebration
Mckinney Falls State Park
Celebrate the start of winter!
December 20 End Date
Campfire Caroling
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Sing holiday tunes under the stars around a campfire!
December 20 End Date
North Star Party
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
The North Star is missing and we need your help to find it!
December 20 End Date
Holiday Lights Drive-thru
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Following our holiday activities, there will be a drive-through the park to see all the wonderfully decorated sites!
December 20 End Date
Trail of Lights
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy the fantastic Trail of Lights!
December 20 End Date
Holiday at the Lake
Lake Brownwood State Park
Campsite Decorating Contest, Campfire Talk, Sugar Cookies and Santa.
December 21 End Date
Jingle Dogs Hike
Franklin Mountains State Park
Celebrate the holidays with your pooch and take a dog-friendly hike along the Lower Sunset Trail.
December 21 End Date
Santa at the Tramway
Wyler Aerial Tramway
Come visit Santa while he is at the Tramway!
December 21 End Date
It's a CCC Christmas
Bastrop State Park
See how the CCC celebrated the holidays far from home
December 21 End Date
Winter Solstice Celebration
Mckinney Falls State Park
Celebrate the start of winter!
December 21 End Date
Annual LBJ Tree Lighting
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Come join the Texas Hill Country community in this special tradition started 45 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.
December 22 End Date
Night Hike with Santa
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Santa loves Alligators, Owls and Scorpions, and so will you on this Night Hike!
December 25 End Date
Christmas Day on "The Other Side of the Rock"
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join a park ranger on a hike to the other side of Enchanted Rock known as Little Rock.
December 25 End Date
Christmas Mine Tour
Franklin Mountains State Park
Looking for something new this Christmas? You’ll have quite the story to tell, after going on this guided hike.
December 27 End Date
DYI: Holiday Crafts
Galveston Island State Park
Free beach craft ideas and materials, just in time for the holidays.
December 31 End Date
Midnight Hike
Martin Creek Lake State Park
Ring in the New Year with a night hike.

January 2015

January 1 End Date
First Day Hikes and Runs and Yoga!
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Happy New Year! It's time for First Day Hikes, and Runs, and Yoga. Start 2015 off right with a commitment to hiking, running, or yoga in our Texas State Parks.
January 1 End Date
First Day Hike - The Maze Trails
Franklin Mountains State Park
C’mon over, work up a sweat and burn some calories, take in the splendors of the Franklin Mountains State Park, and start your New Year’s Resolutions off on the right hiking foot! If you have a dog and a leash, bring your pooch, too.
January 1 End Date
First Day Hike
Stephen F. Austin State Park
January 1 End Date
First Day Hike
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Join us on the first day of the year for a guided hike!
January 1 End Date
First Day Hike the Hill Country (near Burnet)
Inks Lake State Park
Head out on New Year's to see the beauty of Stumpy Hollow, Pecan Flats and more on this two-hour hike.
January 1 End Date
First Day Paddle
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Calling all kayak enthusiasts!
January 1 End Date
4th Annual Stuffed Turkey Hike
Bonham State Park
First Day Hike!

February 2015

February 7 End Date
West Cottonwood Springs Mine - Sweetheart Tour
Franklin Mountains State Park
If you're looking to start a new Valentine's tradition with your sweetheart, look no further than the Franklin Mountains State Park. Join us the week before the big day of love on this fun, sweet tour through the mines!

April 2015

April 4 End Date
Hippity Hop the Park Easter Egg Hunt
Copper Breaks State Park
Easter egg hunt for children through age 9.

May 2015

May 2 End Date
Cinco de Mayo
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Celebrate the joint history of Texas and Mexico with dance, music, food and outdoor activities.

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