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Christmasin the Parks2021

Christmas is a great time to get out and visit aTexas state park or historic site. Whether it’s a festive event withfamily and friends, a nature walk on a crisp evening, or re-livingChristmases past in a historic home there’s something for justabout everyone this time of year. Before attending any event, pleasecheck with the park to confirm applicable fees, availability, and toensure the event is still taking place. Events marked with a aretaking place at a site managed by the Texas Historical Commission.Visit www.TexasStateParks.org/holidays for the most up-to-dateinformation on State Park holiday events and promotions.GOLIAD SPTo find information about state parks, visit TexasStateParks.orgor call (512) 389-8900. Visit www.storiedsites.com to learn moreabout THC Historic Sites and events.2021EVENTSFranklin MountainsHueco TanksMagoffin HomeBig SpringSan AngeloEisenhowerSam BellMaxey HouseBonhamAtlantaRay RobertsLakeCooperLakeBob SandlinFort RichardsonLakeLake MineralDaingerfieldWellsLakeCedar HillCaddoStarrTawakoniLakeTyler MartinAbileneCreekLakeLakeFt.ParkerWhitneyLake ArrowheadColorado Mother NeffBendInks LakeEnchantedFanthorp InnRockHuntsvillePedernalesSouth Llano on Sheldon& BuescherLakeKreischeGuadalupe RiverLockhart Brewery &Sea RimStephen F. AustinMonumentHill CountryHillBrazosGalvestonBendIslandGoliadFort McKavettLake Corpus ChristiGoose IslandFalconBentsen-RGVEstero LlanoGrande

Wishing You a Safe and Healthy HolidayThe health of our visitors is of the utmost importance. Social distancingand wearing a mask when inside buildings or when gathered with others isencouraged. Local and statewide limitations and restrictions may apply,these can change rapidly and may force an event to cancel or be modified.Please call the park directly or check social mediafor updates before departing for your visit.can enjoy a free drive throughthe decorated park and willget the chance to see Santa,Mrs. Claus, the Grinch andSmokey Bear. Visitors are askedto bring a donation of cannedgood foods for the local foodpantry! (903) 796-6476ABILENE SPAbilene State ParkFa La La in the ForestDec. 11Barrington PlantationState Historic SiteCandlelight Christmas6–9 p.m.Campers are encouraged toadorn their campsites, screenshelters, or yurts with lights anddecorations. The public is invitedto take a free drive-through tourthe park to see the decoratedsites. A 5 cash donation to theFriends of Abilene State Park isappreciated. (325) 572-3204Dec. 10-114:30–8 p.m.Walk candlelit paths at BarringtonPlantation and experience aTexas Christmas in the decadebefore the Civil War. Discoverthe origins of some of ourfavorite holiday traditions ascostumed interpreters bringTurkey Trot Sunrise Hike(Buescher)Nov. 257–8 a.m.Start off Thanksgiving on theright turkey leg with a beautifuland relaxing sunrise hike! Thisranger-led hike will start andend at the Scenic Overlook andis guaranteed to help you burnsome calories before the bigmeal! (512) 718-0211Gobble Till You WobbleBackcountry Hike (Bastrop)11 a.m. – 2 p.m.#Optoutside on Black Fridayand take a ranger-led hikethrough areas of the park notoften seen by the public! Bringyour Thanksgiving leftoversbecause we will be stoppinghalfway through for a picnic byChristmas in the Park6–9 p.m.Campsites will be decorated tobring Christmas cheer. VisitorsBastrop and BuescherState ParksNov. 26Atlanta State ParkDec. 17-18the festivities of the season tolife with musket-fire, stories,dancing, and more.(936) 873-2633BARRINGTON PLANTATION SHS1

the creek! Let’s burn off somecalories from your Thanksgivingfeast and have fun exploringthe beautiful backcountry of theLost Pines! (512) 718-0211sure to look towards the statepark’s 200-foot limestone bluffsthat overlook the city. Each nightyou’ll notice beautiful lightedmetal poinsettias, just a smallpart of the Big Spring Community’s Comanche Trail of Lightswhich features thousands oflights! (432) 263-4931 or(432) 263-8235Fa La La Through the Forest –Scavenger Hunt (Both Parks)Dec. 1-31Santa’s park ranger elves havehidden ornaments around bothBuescher and Bastrop StateParks! Start off at either parkheadquarters building and findthe first ornament. Each ornament will have a riddle for you tofind where the next ornamentwill be! Have fun Fa La La-ingthrough the lost pines forest!(512) 718-0211BENTSEN-RIO GRANDE VALLEY SPBentsen-Rio GrandeValley State ParkFestive FronteraFamily Fun DayDec. 5CCC AT BASTROP SPA Lost Pines CCC Christmas(Bastrop)Dec. 181–4 p.m.Come join park staff andvolunteers for an afternoon ofChristmas fun! Tour the insideof the historic Refectory and seehow the Civilian ConservationCorps celebrated Christmasaway from home! Then headoutside to the back porch tomake a nature inspired ornament,pinecone bird feeder, write a lastminute letter to Santa and enjoya dutch oven dessert!(512) 718-0211Spend an afternoon with familyand discover the park’s furry,fishy, and feathered friends! Ridethe shuttle to the Pavilion forsome fun and challengingactivities. Make a holidayornament to decorate your tree.Check out our touch tables, openan owl pellet “present,” play the“Backyard Bass” fishing game, orgo birdwatching with an expert.Social distancing will be in effectand in groups of 10 or less.Limited space – reservationsrequired. (956) 584-9156.Big Spring State ParkComanche TrailFestival of LightsDec. 17 & 18As you drive through the westTexas town of Big Spring, make6–9 p.m.Campers are encouraged to“deck the halls” by decoratingtheir campsite – camping feeswill be waived for those that participate. Visitors are welcome tocome see all the decorated sites.Entry fees will be waived forvisitors who make a donationof a new children’s gift whichwill be collected for the FanninCounty Children’s Center. Participating campers should contactthe park directly for campsitereservations. (903) 583-5022Brazos Bend State ParkHoliday in the ParkDec. 116–10 p.m.2Bonham State ParkLight up the Park1–4 p.m.Dec. 1-25BIG SPRING SP9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Celebrate the holidays outdoorswith Brazos Bend State Park.Bring your family and friendsand join us for a day full of fun

Cooper Lake State Park –Doctors Creek Unitprograms and activities. Therewill be birding hikes, alligatorand snake programs, holidaycrafts, a visit from Santa,hayrides and much more.(979) 553-5101Winter WonderlandDec. 10 & 11Caddo Lake State ParkThankful for Caddo!Nov. 27CEDAR HILL SP10:30 a.m. – noonFeeling thankful for CaddoLake? So are we! Close out yourThanksgiving holiday by joiningone of our rangers on a naturehike along the Pine Ridge Loop.(903) 679-3351about the history and pioneeringspirit of the Penn Family and thefarm they started building hereover 150 years ago. Concludewith an evening of carolingaround a campfire with sweettreats and hot chocolate for youto enjoy! (972) 291-39006–9 p.m.Escape the hustle and bustle ofthe city and kick off the holidayseason with a visit to CooperLake State Park. Campsites willbe decorated to celebrate theseason. Visitors can enjoy a free,leisurely drive through the parkto view the decorations. Bringyour camera and join in the fun!(903) 395-3100Colorado Bend State ParkSanta and S’moresDec. 18CADDO LAKE SPA Crafty Caddo HolidayDec. 171–3 p.m.Hang out with Santa and hishelpers before they start theirbusiest night of the year! We’ll bemaking and sharing s’mores andhot chocolate so Santa has a fullbelly before his big trip.(325) 628-32401–3 p.m.Express your holiday cheerand join us at Caddo Lake forornament crafting! Space andsupplies are limited, so pleasesee our Facebook page for reservation details. (903) 679-3351Cedar Hill State ParkChristmas at Penn FarmDec. 116–8 p.m.Come explore a Christmasthemed Penn Farm and learnCOLORADO BEND SP3DAINGERFIELD SPDaingerfield State Park9th Annual Christmasin the ParkDec. 15 & 166–9 p.m.Dec. 17 & 186–10 p.m.Come experience a PineywoodsChristmas! Follow the lightsthrough the pine forest whereyou will find the campsites andday-use area decorated withChristmas cheer! Feel the excitement of Christmas everywhereand maybe catch a glace ofJolly Old St. Nick himself!Free entrance with canned fooddonation. (903) 645-2921

Eisenhower BirthplaceState Historic SiteHolidays on the HomefrontDec. 11-23Grab a self-guided tour packet,walk the grounds, and learnabout Christmas past in NorthTexas. Find out what Christmaslooked like during the 1890s(when Dwight Eisenhower wasborn) and 1940s (when theDenison community preservedthe Birthplace house) with thisfree tour. Enjoy activities andchildren’s craft kits.(903) 465-8908EISENHOWER SPEisenhower State ParkDutch Oven CookoffNov. 202:30 p.m.It’s the return of the Dutch OvenCookoff at Eisenhower StatePark! Join us for a day of greatfood, family, and fun! Sampleunique dishes, vote for yourfavorites, enjoy a dutch ovendemonstration and other exciting programs and activities!Public tasting and voting beginsat 2:30 p.m. Standard park entryfees apply. For more informationor to sign up as a cook, [email protected](903) 465-1956Holiday Toy DriveNov. 26 – Dec. 20 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Support the Eisenhower StatePark Toy Drive! The park iscollecting new, unwrapped toysfor the Grayson County WelfareBoard for kids in need this holiday season. If you’re visiting thepark and donate during this timeyour entry fee will be waived pervehicle. For more information,email [email protected] (903) 465-19562nd Annual Light Up the ParkDec. 10 & 11The tradition continues! Pull outyour Jingle Bells because it isChristmas Time at the park! Thecampground will be decorated,and visitors can drive throughthe and see our camper’s displays. We will have candy canesand DIY treats for the kiddosand a visitor from the NorthPole – Santa will be there! Standard entry fees apply but entryfees per vehicle will be waivedwith the donation of a newunwrapped donated toy for thelocal Grayson County Welfareboard. For more information,please email [email protected] (903) 465-1956voices! Join us in the maincampground; look for largecampfire ring. (830) 685-3636ENCHANTED ROCK SNAChristmas in the ParkDec. 510 a.m. – 1 p.m.Santa will be out and about atone of his favorite places,Enchanted Rock! Join a parkranger or volunteer in the picnicarea where you can sign orcreate a holiday greeting card tosend to someone in need. We’llalso have a special holidaythemed scavenger hunt availableat the office! (830) 685-3636ESTERO LLANO GRANDE SPEnchanted RockState Natural AreaEstero Llano GrandeState ParkCampfire CarolsBird Walk with SantaDec. 116–7 p.m.Join us for an exploration of theholiday traditions that make aTexas Christmas special. We’llprovide the campfire, stories andsongs, you provide the singing4Dec. 118:30–10:30 a.m.It shouldn’t be a surprise thatSanta’s a birder: he loves keepinga list and checks it twice duringhis annual trip to the RGV tospot those South Texas special-

ties like Green Jay, PlainChachalaca, and the GreatKiskadee, to name a few. He alsoloves to look for butterflieslizards, and other critters nativeto south Texas. Join Santa andhis favorite nature guide friendson a special nature walk. Regularentrance fees apply. Attendanceis limited, call to reserve yourspot. (956) 565-3919Discovery Night with SantaDec. 188–10 p.m.Join us for a night adventure fullof Christmas cheer and naturediscovery as we embark on a2-hour journey to search fornocturnal creatures with Santa.We will discover owls, scorpions,tarantulas, and more on ourjourney. Regular entry feesapply. (956) 565-3919Christmas activities. Createhomemade Christmas decorations, help make delicious treatsin the Officers Kitchen, write aChristmas card to a friend, andget your image captured withour very own Victorian Santa.(325) 396-2358FANTHORP INN SHSFanthorp InnState Historic SiteTwilight FirelightNov. 276–9 p.m.Come enjoy this historic inn inall its candlelit glory. A horsedrawn ride will pick you up infront of the Grimes CountyCourthouse and deliver you tothe Inn. Once you step off thewagon, staff and volunteers willtransport you to 1850s Texas,where you will tour the spectacular Fanthorp Inn. Enjoy costumed re-enactors, music, anddancing throughout the night.(936) 873-2633FORT PARKER SPFort Parker State ParkLakeside ChristmasDec. 18FALCON SPFalcon State Park3rd Annual Falcon LakeChristmas Boat ParadeDec. 117–10 p.m.Join us for a terrific and funevent for the whole family. Finda spot by the day use area towatch boats that are beautifullydecorated for the holiday seasonfloat by. (956) 848-5327FORT MCKAVETT SHSFort McKavettState Historic SiteVictorian Christmas FairDec. 1810 a.m. – 4 p.m.Visit the fort’s historic buildingsand get festive with historical55–8 p.m.Join Fort Parker State Park andthe Groesbeck Volunteer FireDepartment for a toy driveholiday event. Bring a new,unwrapped toy for waived entry,benefiting local area families.Take a picture with the ChristmasBeaver and the fire truck, decorate Christmas cookies andornaments while sipping hotchocolate and apple cider, andlearn how to make desert in aDutch oven! (254) 562-5751

distance: 1.5 miles. Moderatelydifficult trail. Bring good hikingshoes and plenty of water.(915) 444-9100Art in the Park: Ornamentsand Christmas CardsDec. 5noon – 3 p.m.Make your tree and MotherNature happy! We’ll be makingornaments and holiday cardswith recycled materials.(915) 444-9100FORT RICHARDSON SP & HSFort Richardson StatePark and Historic SiteGhosts of Christmas PastDec. 185–7 p.m.Join us as we recreate Christmasin the 1870s. Once the sun sets,you’ll find the historic buildingsfilled with soldiers and theirfamilies as they go about theirevening celebrations and theroutines of a nineteenth centuryU.S. military post. Visitors areinvited to stroll through thebuildings and catch a glimpseof the past. (940) 567-3506Franklin MountainsState ParkTurkey TrotNov. 268 a.m.Recipe for Thanksgivingleftovers: pack up the turkeyand dinner rolls, hike up toAztec Caves in the FranklinMountains, and enjoy withfriends, family, and otherenthusiastic hikers. Totalfor a paddle this Black Friday.Regular entry fees apply.(409) 737-1222Coastal Tidings HikeDec. 11 & 1810 a.m. & 3 p.m.Seas & greetings! Come joinpark staff for a short hike tocelebrate a coastal Christmas.Don’t forget to dress for theweather. We’ll end the hike withsome hot cocoa. Regular entryfees apply. (409) 737-1222Cookies and CocoaDec. 182:30 p.m.Gather with us to share food,fun, and family time. Watch aswe demonstrate solar cookingtechniques and enjoy the tastyresults: gingerbread and sugarcookies! Decorate and takehome your own Christmas treatwhile sipping on a cup of hotchocolate. (915) 566-6441GOLIAD SPSanta HikeDec. 269 a.m.Celebrate Boxing Day andstretch your legs by joining usfor a guided hike to Agave Loop.Total distance: 1.5 miles. Easyto moderate trail. Bring goodhiking shoes and plenty of water.Don’t forget to wear your Santahat! (915) 444-9100Galveston IslandState ParkBlack Friday PaddleNov. 268–10:30 a.m.Instead of spending the day inthose dreaded long lines at thestore, let’s get outside and go6Goliad State ParkHistory in LightsDec. 1-31Every evening6–10 p.m.Enjoy the holidays with abeautiful evening stroll throughthe grounds of Mission EspírituSanto. Light and shadow tellthe story of this remarkable siteas visitors walk the same pathtaken by Native Americans andSpanish Franciscan Priests solong ago. Park entrance feesapply. Visitors should prepurchase a day-use reservationonline prior to arrival.(361) 645-3405

Goose Island State Parkfeatures of Hueco Tanks. Choosefrom an easy family hike or amore challenging moderatehike. Prepare for an outdooradventure with appropriateapparel, water, and snacks. Spaceis limited; call Hueco Tanks forreservations. (915) 857-1135Gratitude HikeNov. 13 & 204–5 p.m.The perfect way to kick off yourThanksgiving holiday! Join aranger for a one-mile gratitudehike. We’ll hike the Turks CapTrail in search of reminders forall that we have to be thankfulfor and finish up just in time toenjoy the sunset. (361) 729-2858Christmas in the ParkDec. 186–8 p.m.Experience Christmas on theCoast! Visitors are invited toenjoy a free drive through thelive oak forest to see campsitesdecorated in lights and join us atthe Youth Group Area for holiday crafts, games, hot chocolatearound the campfire, and to dropoff letters to Santa in the “NorthPole Mailbox.” Campers whoagree to decorate their campsites will camp for free. Reservations for this weekend are available only by contacting the parkvia email at [email protected] Participatingcampers may begin arriving onDec. 16. Community groups areencouraged to decorate a “darkspot” please contact the park fordetails. (361) 729-2858GUADALUPE RIVER SPhow they raise their families,what they like to eat, and more!All ages welcome. Meet at theAmphitheater behind the Discovery Center. (830) 438-2656Christmas for the BirdsDec. 182–3 p.m.Join us in making a bird feederfor our feathered friends thisholiday season! Meet in front ofthe Discovery Center.(830) 438-2656Hill CountryState Natural Area1–4 p.m.Make it a Hill Country-inspiredChristmas this year. Stop by toplay outdoor games, create someanimal-inspired crafts, enjoyChristmas stories, and learnabout the Texas Hill Country!(830) 796-4413Guadalupe RiverState ParkHueco Tanks State Parkand Historic SiteTurkey TalkHome for the Holidays HikeNov. 2510 a.m. & 11 a.m.Going stir-crazy on Thanksgiving Day? Get out of the house andfind out where wild turkeys live,Dec. 4 & 119:30 a.m.Home for the holidays? Bringyour loved ones out for a hikeamong the beautiful natural7Dec. 1811 a.m.A rainbow of colors exists in ourenvironment. Learn how to makeand use natural pigments fromplants, minerals, even insects!Need a last-minute gift? Bringyour own cotton garment or wewill provide bandanas, so youcan try your hand at dyeing!Space is limited; call HuecoTanks for reservations.(915) 857-1135Huntsville State ParkNational Christmas Card DayHoliday in the Hill CountryDec. 11Pigments, Plants, and PeopleDec. 103–8 p.m.Celebrate National ChristmasCard Day with us. Capture theholiday spirit at the park andshare it with friends and familythis season. We will be decorating the Ravens Lodge and havetripods set up so bring yourcamera. (936) 295-5644Santa Watch Amongst the StarsDec. 247–9 p.m.Twas the night before Christmasand all through the park, guestslooked to the stars, as they satin the dark. Create a magicalChristmas Eve memory and jointhe park rangers on the patio ofthe Raven’s Lodge as we look atthe stars. You’ll also get to enjoy

a reading of Twas the NightBefore Christmas. Bring yourbinoculars just in case wesee reindeer pulling a sleighthrough the sky. (936) 295-5644Lake Bob SandlinState ParkInks Lake State ParkDec. 10 & 1110th AnnualChristmas in the ParkHighland Lake HolidaysKREISCHE BREWERY ANDMONUMENT HILL SHSDec. 17 & 18Come one, come all, to ourFirst Annual Highland LakesHolidays. We will be inviting ourcampers to decorate their campsite the weekend before Christmas in the spirit of the holidays.Imagine thousands of twinklingholiday lights reflecting on thelake! The winner will receive agift card equal to the cost of anAnnual Pass, with smaller prizesfor honorable mentions (judgingon the 18th). Visitors are invitedto join our celebration of the season, drive through and enjoy theradiance of lights at Inks Lake.(512) 793-2223Kreische Brewery andMonument Hill StateHistoric SitesTrail of LightsDec. 4, 10, 11, 17, 185:30–8 p.m.The grounds will be transformedwith beautiful holiday lightsduring the evenings in December. While walking the trail andexploring the decoratedgrounds, guests can enjoy liveentertainment, holiday refreshments, family activities, visitswith Santa, living historyprograms, and more.(979) 968-5658Trail of Lights EncoreDec. 19-235:30–8 p.m.Enjoy scenic vistas, lightdisplays, and a traditionallydecorated Kreische Houseexterior. This “Encore” eventdoes not feature entertainment,refreshments, family activities,and other programmingfeatured during the regularTrail of Lights.(979) 968-5658Lake ArrowheadState ParkChristmas in the ParkDec. 4Sunset – 9 p.m.6–9 p.m.Visitors are invited to drivethrough and see the parkdecorated in lights. OnSaturday there will be a visitwith Santa. Free entry forvisitors during the event.Campers who agree todecorate their campsiteswill camp for free; cabincampers decorating willreceive a 50% discount.Reservations for this weekendare available through the parkonly; call the park directly tosign up. Participating campersmay begin arriving on Dec. 10,and must have displaysready by noon on Dec. 11.Community groups areencouraged to decorate a“dark spot.” Please contactthe park for details.(903) 572-5531Join us by decorating yourcampsite and help spread theChristmas cheer! Visitors will beallowed a free drive through thepark. Fees will be waived forthose campers who participateby decorating their campsite!Prizes will be awarded for thebest decorations. Site reservations for this weekend areavailable through the park only;call the park in advance to signup for a site. Participatingcampers may begin arriving onDec. 3. (940) 528-2211LAKE BOB SANDLIN SP8

Lake Corpus ChristiState ParkThere will be a contest withprizes for the most festive decorations. Guests who decoratetheir site will receive their second night of camping for free.Visitors can drive through thepark to enjoy the festive Christmas lights. Event fee of 5 pervehicle. (903) 560-7123Turkey Talk and CraftNov. 242–3 p.m.Learn about wild turkey byreading along with a ranger,and then trying your hands atdifferent turkey-themed crafts!Best suited for elementary agechildren, but all ages arewelcome. (361) 547-2635Lighted Holiday by the LakeDec. 1110 a.m. – 9 p.m.Enjoy a lakeside holiday! Startthe celebration with two uniquecraft opportunities for all ages –we’ll be creating a watercolorholiday card from 10–11 a.m. andthen decorating recycled birdfeeders from 2–3 p.m., the perfectgift for your backyard bird friends.From 6–9 p.m. you can check outour camper’s holiday spirit bytaking a drive through lightedcamping loops and park buildings! The card and bird feederactivities are free with paid parkentrance. The drive-throughevent is free for individuals justvisiting to see the lights. Thosewishing to decorate a campsitemust contact the park directly toreserve their site; availability islimited. (361) 547-2635Winter Solstice StorytimeDec. 1910–11 a.m.Join a ranger to read a bookabout the Winter Solstice, andthen get some hands-on funwith arts and crafts. Best suitedfor elementary age children,but all ages are welcome.(361) 547-2635LAKE MINERAL WELLS SPLake Mineral WellsState ParkCross TimbersCowboy ChristmasDec. 11LAKE WHITNEY SP7 p.m.Bring the whole family to theLone Star Amphitheater andexperience Christmas cowboystyle. Join us around the campfire for an evening of cowboyculture through music, sing-alongs, stories and poems. EnjoyChuck Wagon Dutch Oventreats. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is freewith paid park entrance fee or aState Parks Pass. (940) 328-1171Lake Whitney State ParkChristmas in the ParkDec. 18Sunset – 8 p.m.Decorate your campsite andhelp share some Christmascheer. Visitors can enjoy a freedrive through the decorated parkand can check out the campsitesdecorated by those campers participating in the Christmas season. Call the park headquartersfor more details. (254) 694-3793Lockhart State ParkTurkey TrotNov. 20LAKE TAWAKONI SP9 a.m.Ready, Set Gobble! All agesand abilities are invited to joinLake Tawakoni State ParkTwinkle TourDec. 45–8 p.m.Come camp with us and decorate your campsite with yourfavorite Christmas decorations.LOCKHART SP9

us for a 1-mile or 5K run (orwalk) to celebrate fall in thepark! (512) 398-347952nd AnnualLBJ Tree LightingTaffy Pull andChristmas in the ParkJoin the Texas Hill CountryCommunity in this specialtradition started 52 years agoby President and Mrs. Johnson.Enjoy the park headquartersbeautifully decorated for theholiday season. Walk the trailsand revisit Christmas from thepast at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. Visit the giftshop for unique holiday items.Call for times and more details.(830) 644-2252Dec. 182–8 p.m.Join us at 2 p.m. to learn howto make a sweet holiday treat –taffy! Starting at 6 p.m., visitorscan drive through the park andsee decorated campsites. Campers will be given a discount forparticipating, and prizes will beawarded for the best decorations.Campers, call the park directlyto register. (512) 398-3479Dec. 195:30 – 8 p.m.Magoffin HomeState Historic SiteHoliday Open HouseDec. 4LBJ SP & HSLyndon B. Johnson StatePark and Historic Site1–4 p.m.Start the holiday season withan El Paso tradition. Bring yourfamily and get cozy as theMagoffin Home comes alivewith the sights and sounds ofthe season. There will be musicand free activities for the kids.(915) 533-5147MARTIN CREEK LAKE SPMartin Creek LakeState ParkChristmas in the Piney WoodsDec. 3 & 46–8:30 p.m.Take a drive through the PineyWoods and enjoy the decoratedcampsites. Families will have theopportunity to take photos andvisit with Santa Claus. Enjoy hotchocolate, coffee, or cider by thefire at the Group Picnic Pavilion.Entrance fees will be waived forall visitors who bring a new,unwrapped toy to donate to theTatum community’s OperationBlue Santa. (903) 836-4336Deck the HallsNov. 2710 a.m. – 3 p.m.Join us at the park for a walk tothe Sauer-Beckmann LivingHistory Farm to learn about theGerman holiday traditions ofcandle making and stringingpopcorn. Learn how pioneersettlers made handmade wreathsout of homegrown cedar. Thepark’s gift shop will be stockedwith unique holiday items andmore that will complete anyone’sgift shopping. (830) 644-2252MOTHER NEFF SPMother Neff State ParkA Mother Neff ChristmasDec. 5MAGOFFIN HOME SHS102–4 p.m.Join us for creative Christmascrafts, a festive scavenger hunt,guided hikes and shop our

unique gift selections for theoutdoor enthusiast on your list.Please visit our website orFacebook page for more details.(254) 853-2389Christmastime Constellations7 p.m.The winter night sky is filledwith more than just magicalsleighs and reindeer! Come joinus in gazing at the stars thatbless our night sky each Christmas season. (830) 868-7304Santa’s WorkshopDec. 18 & 192 p.m.Our feathered friends deservegifts, too! Come help Santa’selves build bird feeders for allthose birds that have been goodall year long. (830) 868-7304Ray Roberts LakeState ParkHarvester’s Scavenger Hunt(Isle du Bois & Johnson Units)Nov. 1-30Have you ever harvested yourown food? Let’s see how wellyou can harvest these clues tocomplete this self-guided scavenger hunt! (940) 686-2148Turkey Talk (Isle du Bois Unit)Nov. 24Walk off the Stuffing with Tom(Johnson Unit)Nov. 27Pedernales FallsState ParkDec. 4 & 11Turkey Myth Buster game.(940) 686-21481–2 p.m.Join a ranger to learn all aboutturkey! We will dive into thespecies of turkey in Texas, theirhistory, and some of their interesting adaptations followed by a10 a.m.Join Tom the Turkey for an easyhike through the park. We willmeet at the Dogwood Canyonparking lot. (940) 637-2294Winter WonderlandScavenger Hunt(Isle du Bois & Johnson Units)SAM BELL MAXEY HOUSE SHSDec. 1-31Texas is a wonderful place allyear, but the winter can bechallenging for some of us heatloving critters! Accept the challenge and seek the answers tothis self-guided scavenger hunt.(940) 686-2148Woodland Ornaments(Isle du Bois Unit)Dec. 41–2 p.m.Join a ranger to create holidaymemories and ornaments! Youwill get to make your own woodland ornament while learningabout the trees these naturalornaments come from.(940) 686-2148S’mores and Stories with Mrs.Santa Claus (Johnson Unit)Dec. 10Sam Bell Maxey HouseState Historic SiteMaxey House Birthdayand Christmas CelebrationDec. 166–7 p.m.Experience historical Christmasactivities, enjoy treats, and take afree tour of the Sam Bell MaxeyHouse in Paris. Families willenjoy making crafts and historicholiday traditions. (903) 785-5716San Angelo State ParkHolly-Days in the ParkDec. 116–8 p.m.Campers are encouraged toadorn their campsites with lights4 p.m.Join Mrs. Claus for an eveningwith holiday stories, s’mores,and hot cocoa. Wear your coziest pajamas, bring a blanket, andsnuggle up! We will finish theevening making reindeer foodfor Santa’s Sleigh Team. Meet atthe Kid Fish Pond Amphitheatre.(940) 637-229411SAN ANGELO SP

and decorations. Campsite feeswill be waived for Friday andSaturday night for anyone whodecorates their site. Stop by theChaparral Pavilion for pictureswith Santa and Smokey Bear.The public is invited to tourthe park. Those interested indecorating a campsite shouldcontact the park in advance.(325) 949-4757SEA RIM SPSheldon Lake State Parkand EnvironmentalLearning CenterHoliday in the ParkDec. 121–4 p.m.Bring your friends and familyout to the park for this fun, free,and festive event! Create ornaments, build wreaths, vote onour decoration contest, andenjoy a fire with holiday musicplaying in the Pond Center. Getin the winter spirit by completing a holiday-themed parkscavenger hunt or venturing upthe 82-foot John Jacob Observation Tower. Don’t forget yourcamera to capture those specialmoments! (281) 456-2800Sea Rim State ParkVery Marshy ChristmasDec. 183–5 p.m.Ever wonder how Santa getsaround in the marsh to visit thegood little boys and girls? By airboat of course! Santa and Mrs.Claus have booked Sea RimState Park’s cabin and will bearriving by air boat. Childrenwill have a photo opportunitywith Santa beginning at 3 p.m.when he arrives. Bring yourcamera to capture the day. Therewill be hot chocolate and cookies to help warm you up and kidsare invited to create their owncraft and take it home to spreadholiday cheer. Entrance fees arewaived for the event or arriveearly and pay standard entryfees to visit the beach priorto Santa’s arrival.(409) 971-2559RIO GRANDE TURKEYSLlano River State Park is hometo a large Rio

Lake Corpus Christi Inks Lake Fanthorp Inn Sheldon Lake Stephen F. Austin Huntsville Village Creek Pedernales Falls Barrington Plantation Ft. Parker Lake Mineral Wells Ray Roberts Lake Sam Bell Maxey House Mother Neff Caddo Lake Sea Rim Goose Island Magoffin Home Franklin Mountains Countr