Monday, December 4, 2023


Winter Texan RVers find Holiday events in Lone Star State

By Julianne G. Crane

Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Dallas Arboretum -12 Days of Christmas gazebo (Dallas Arboretum)

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6615

Now thru – Dec. 29
Holiday at the Arboretum features “the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, as well as close to one million lights throughout the garden at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead.” The outdoor exhibit features 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos that come to life, depicting scenes from the traditional holiday carol.

The Christmas Village
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31
A brand new Christmas Village is part of Holiday at the Arboretum. The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet. “During the weekends and evenings, there are also volunteers dressed as the shopkeeper in each store, many of whom will pass out a sample of their wares, such as a piece of candy at the candy shop.”

Costs vary, click on website for details.


Santa’s Ranch‘ in New Braunfels (south of Austin)

Santa’s Ranch, New Braunfels, Texas. 

Santa’s Ranch
9561- I-35 North
New Braunfels, Tx 78130

Now – Jan 4, 2020
Sun-Thurs 6-10 p
Fri.-Sat. 6-11 p.m.

Cost: $30 + Tax Per Vehicle
Maximum height 8 ft., and length 30 ft. No Trailers, Buses or RVs.

“One of the greatest lights displays in all of Texas.” Now, that’s bragging, even for Texas.

Sleigh bells, Rudolph, Frosty, and even the three wise men themselves greet visitors. “Let the smiles and wonder begin as soon as you enter through the gates at Santa’s Ranch – soon to be one of your family’s favorite Christmas activities. ‘Tis the season for family memories and Christmas joy.”

For other activities around New Braunfels, click here for previous articles posted on RV Short Stops.

Tomball German Christmas (Northwest of Houston)

Tomball German Christmas at night.

Old Town Tomball
near the historic train depot plaza
201 S. Elm
Tomball, Texas

Dec. 13, 14, 15, 2019
Friday, 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free admission, parking, shuttle.

Three days of entertainment: Click here

More than 200 holiday merchants and vendors will come to the streets of Tomball, Texas. Visitors will experience a variety of cultures. There will be plenty of food, beer, wine and shopping. In addition, there is a petting zoo, carnival and games.

Four performance stages, street performers, artists and crafters, and Heritage Center.  And all for free.

Julianne G. Crane
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Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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