Holidays

October 2014

October 26 End Date
Halloween Spooktacular
Sea Center Texas
Dress up in your favorite costume, participate in craft activities, face painting, games, picture taking in our creepy photo booth and trick-or-treating throughout the visitor center.
October 30 End Date
Halloween at the Hatchery
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.
October 31 End Date
Pumpkin Painting Party
Inks Lake State Park
Come out and decorate a mini-pumpkin for Halloween.
October 31 End Date
Halloween at Enchanted Rock
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Come celebrate Halloween at the park and with the staff of Enchanted Rock. Trunk or treat, Spooky Campfire Stories, and a night hike.
October 31 End Date
Halloween Mine Tours (limited to 15 people per tour)
Franklin Mountains State Park
Trick or Treat for facts and sweets ~ Dress up as the scariest goblins and fairest princesses then join us for a Halloween tour through the mines, pick up some tasty treats and learn some interesting history about the mines.
October 31 End Date
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
It's time for our annual pumpkin carving contest!
October 31 End Date
Trick-Or-Treat in the Park
Cleburne State Park
1st Annual Trick-Or-Treat in the Park 6-8pm.Come decorate your campsite and pass out candy for a chance to win a prize in the campsite decorating contest! Call the park to make reservations.
October 31 End Date
Haunted Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
October 31 End Date
Kickapoo Halloween Cave Tour
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Join us for Halloween cave tours into Kickapoo Cavern. These slightly haunted night cave tours will depart at 7:30 p.m.

November 2014

November 1 End Date
Decorative Pumpkin Contest
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
How are your pumpkin decorating skills?
November 1 End Date
Creatures of the Night
Inks Lake State Park
A fun way to learn about our park's animals and score some Halloween candy!
November 1 End Date
Zombies Versus Wildlife
Bastrop State Park
Where to run in the zombie apocalypse? Learn why your nearest state park may be the best destination!
November 1 End Date
Kickapoo Halloween Cave Tour
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Join us for Halloween cave tours into Kickapoo Cavern. These slightly haunted night cave tours will depart at 7:30 p.m.
November 9 End Date
Yoga On The Rocks - "Give Thanks to Nature"
Franklin Mountains State Park
In celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, we'd like to invite you out to "Give Thanks to Nature" through one of our unique Yoga on the Rocks programs. Class size limit to 50 people, so make your reservations soon.
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 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 3-mile jog on the lower trails, or a 5 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 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
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 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
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
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
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
Trail of Lights
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
Enjoy the fantastic Trail of Lights
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
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
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
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
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
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Activities include: Hay Ride with Sandy Claus, Sand Digs, Scavenger Hunt, Making of S’mores. Live Entertainment, Christmas Music & refreshments.
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 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
Old-Fashioned Holiday Taffy Pull
Palmetto State Park
Candy-making fun the whole family can enjoy!
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
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 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
It's a CCC Christmas
Bastrop State Park
See how the CCC celebrated the holidays far from home
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 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.

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
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 Paddle
Ray Roberts Lake - Johnson Branch Unit
Calling all kayak enthusiasts!

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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