Nacogdoches Nine Flags Christmas Festival

The pine forests of East Texas are the place to be during December. During the Nine Flags Christmas Festival, Nacogdoches has several events that are sure to put you in the holiday mood.


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Nine Flags Christmas Parade

Downtown Nacogdoches will be the scene of the biggest lighted Christmas Parade in East Texas on December 3. The event will include food and music as well as arts and crafts. Hours are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuba Concert

There is something so timeless and beautiful about hearing grand old Christmas carols played by brass instruments. Before you hit the parade, take in a Tuba Christmas Concert at the First United Methodist Church. The performance begins at 4 p.m., and admission is free. The address is 201 E Hospital Street.

Tis the Season Christmas Exhibit

On December 10, head over to the Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library to get a glimpse into what Christmas was like in the mid-1800s. The Tis the Season Exhibit will provide interesting information about the holiday foods, topics of conversation, parties and games of this era. Wassail will be served on the front porch. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and admission is free. The address is 211 S. Lanana Street.

Tour of Homes

Touring decorated homes is a favorite pleasure for many during the Christmas season. The local tour will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 10. Tickets may be purchased at the Nacogdoches Visitors Center for $25.

Stay With Us

To reserve your spot at Rusk KOA, call 800-562-4143 or visit our website. For information, call 903-683-6641 or email Our location is 745 FM 343 East Rusk, Texas.


Holiday Pleasures in South Padre Island

When you stay at South Padre Island KOA during the holidays, you’ll have much to enjoy. The following pleasures await you at the park and in the community:


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Campground Festivities

  • You might find a special gift for someone on your Christmas list at our jewelry sale at 9 a.m. on December 9. A percentage of the profits will go to KOA Care Camps charity.
  • Don’t miss our feast at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, which is free to all guests. The park will provide the turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy, and the guests will bring a dish to share.
  • We’ll celebrate the new year together on December 31 with a brunch from 10 a.m. to noon. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, bloody Mary cocktails, mimosa cocktails, juice and coffee. Cost is $7.

Community Events

  • Gather with the locals to see the lighting of the South Padre Island tree and hear a Christmas concert on December 2. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.
  • You can browse through a beautiful array of merchandise at Winter Market Days on December 2 and 3.
  • Would you like to have a photo of your precious pet with Santa? You’ll have the opportunity at 1 p.m. on December 3 at the SPI Birding Center.
  • The rich Hispanic culture is so much a part of Texas. On December 6, the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan Christmas Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.
  • Louie’s Backyard will host a Toys for Tots Christmas Party on December 6. Hours are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 10 a.m. on December 10 at the Schlitterbahn Resort Hotel.

Stay With Us

Christmastime is wonderful at South Padre Island KOA. To book your spot, call 800-562-9724 or visit our website. For information, call 956-761-5665 or email

Fall Events in San Antonio

San Antonio has so much to see and do that it’s hard to know where to begin. The next few weeks hold a variety of Christmas activities and sporting events.

Ford Holiday River Parade


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On the evening of November 25, the Riverwalk will be the scene of the Ford Holiday River Parade. You can watch it from some points of the 2 1/2-route without charge, but you may want to bring a chair. If you prefer to see the event from one of the best vantage spots, seats are available for purchase; and the cost ranges from $15 to $40.

Prior to the parade’s start at 6 p.m., carolers will sing at three downtown bridges. Ticket holders in the Arneson River Theatre area can listen to a concert from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sporting Events

The city is home to the San Antonio Spurs, the basketball team, and the San Antonio Rampage, the ice hockey team. Check their schedule to see if a home game coincides with your visit.

Handel’s Messiah

Down through the ages, people from across the country and overseas have made attending Handel’s Messiah one of their annual traditions. The San Antonio Symphony will present the masterpiece at various venues between November 25 and December 4. Admission is $25.

Stay With Us

Come stay at San Antonio KOA. To reserve your spot, call 800-562-7783. For information, visit our website, call 210-224-9296 or email The address is 602 Gembler Road in San Antonio, Texas.

Christmastime in Texas Hill Country

There is something special about spending Christmastime in a small town. Come enjoy all the homey aspects of the season in Kerrville.

Home for Christmas Concert


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On December 1, the Symphony of the Hills will present Home for Christmas, a concert that blends the classic with the contemporary. It will be great to pause from the hustle and bustle of the season and listen to holiday music performed by an orchestra and chorus. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Cailloux Theater.

Night in Bethlehem

Nothing depicts the real meaning of the season better than a live nativity scene. On December 2, Trinity Baptist Church will offer Light in Bethlehem with actors portraying shepherds, kings, an angel and more. A guide will walk visitors through the story of Christ’s birth. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The comical and heartwarming classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, will be presented at the Playhouse 2000 VK Garage from December 2 to December 18. It’s the story of how some loud, disruptive kids participate in their church’s Christmas pageant, and surprisingly, it turns out wonderful. The tale is a holiday favorite.

ArtMart at the Point

You can shop for handmade items at the ArtMart on selected days between now and December 16 at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. It will be a good place to pick up a nice gift for someone on your list.

Stay With Us

To make reservations at Kerrville KOA, call 800-562-1665 or visit our website. For information, call 830-895-1665 or email Our address is 2400 Goat Creek Road in Kerrville, Texas.

Seasonal Delights in Lubbock

It’s basketball season, so fans can take in the home games at Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University. In addition, the city will host various Christmas events in the coming weeks.

Candlelight at the Ranch


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On December 9 and 10, travel back to Christmases past at the 38th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch. The event is called “a living Christmas card” because it’s a recreation of holidays like those experienced on the prairie from 1780 to 1950. Features include Christmas carols with a Texas swing, hosts dressed in period clothing and 4,000 lights. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 per family is suggested. It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 9 and 10 at the National Heritage Ranching Center. The location is at Texas Tech University.

Winter Wonderland

Head over to the Panhandle South Plains Fairgrounds on December 3 to attend Winter Wonderland, an extravaganza of live music, shopping and food. This family event also includes horse rides and train rides. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the address is 1012 Avenue A.

Cowboy Christmas Show

On November 30, Michael Martin Murphy will present a Cowboy Christmas Show at the Cactus Theater. The entertainer’s hits include country-western, pop and bluegrass genres. Hours are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and admission ranges from $25 to $60. The address is 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue.

Stay With Us

We invite you to our West Texas campground, Lubbock KOA. Call 800-562-8643 to make reservations, or call 806-762-8653 or email for information. Our address is 5502 County Road 6300 in Lubbock, Texas.

Celebrate the Holidays in Austin

Leander/NW Austin KOA is around 30 miles from Austin, a city that has much to offer visitors. This fall, you can catch one of the home games of the Austin Spurs or Texas Longhorns as well as enjoy wonderful Christmas events.

A Christmas Affair


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On November 17 to 20, the Palmer Events Center will host Merry & Bright, a holiday market involving 200 vendors, children’s activities and photo ops with Santa. The cost of admission is $15. Hours are from noon to 9 p.m. on November 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 19 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 20.

Gingerbread Village

When you’re out and about in Austin, stop at the Four Seasons Hotel to see Classic Fairy Tales Gingerbread Village in the lobby. It will be on display from November 21 to December 25. The hotel will also have an open house from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28 and 29, which will include complementary hot apple cider and Christmas cookies.

A Christmas Carol

From November 23 to December 31, the ZACH Theatre will present the heartwarming classic, A Christmas Carol. You’ll want to be sure and include this in your seasonal festivities.

Stay With Us

Leander/NW Austin KOA is a comfortable place to stay when sightseeing in the Austin area. Call 888-562-3426 or visit our website to reserve your spot. For information, call 512-259-7200 or email Our address is 2689 Hero Way in Leander, Texas.

Christmas at Washington State Park in Arkansas

Texarkana is less than an hour’s drive from Historic Washington State Park in Arkansas. It is the home of 30 restored structures that were built from 1824 to 1900, which include examples of Italianate, Southern Greek Revival, Gothic Revival and Federal architecture.


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A visit here will take you back in time, as it will involve seeing guides dressed in period costumes, taking a ride on a surrey, and hand dipping candles.

The park is an interesting attraction any time of year, but the best day to visit is on December 10, when Christmas tours will be offered. You can stroll through homes dressed in decorations of holidays past such as pine cones, evergreens, magnolias and grapevines. Stop at the gift shops to pick up a gift for that special someone.

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 6 through 10. Daytime tours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., while candlelight tours start at 5 p.m.

Book Your Spot Today

Texarkana KOA is a great place to stay because it has a lovely nature trail that winds through trees, meadows, a turtle cove pond and a creek. The 20-minute walk has markers that will enable visitors to learn about the flora and fauna of the area.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy cabin, RV site or tent site, you’ll find it here. Reserve your spot by calling 888-562-5697 or by visiting our website. Call 903-792-5521 for information. We are located at 500 St Micheal Drive in Texarkana, Texas.