Celebrate the Holiday Season in the Brazos River Basin

Celebrate the Holiday Season in the Brazos River Basin

Upper Brazos Basin

  • Dec. 4: ABILENEChristmas in the Garden, 5 – 6:30 p.m. and 7 – 8:30 p.m. at 1100 N. 6th Street, Abilene

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council presents the 3rd annual Christmas in the Garden, a family fun event with train rides, photos with Santa, a petting zoo and more. There are two separate times available to help maintain social distancing protocols. Be sure to wear your pajamas and mask! The event costs $10 per family. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.



  • Dec. 5: GRANBURYFirst Saturday Bird Walk, 7 – 9 a.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6500 Smoky Hill Court, Granbury

Dr. Billy Teels, who earned a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University and, after working as a biologist for 30 years, is now retired, leads a monthly bird walk through the town of Granbury. Bring your binoculars and plenty of water! For more information, click here.

  • Dec. 12: LUBBOCKBreakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 4020 30th Street, Lubbock

Spend time with Santa and your family at the 7th Annual Breakfast with Santa in Lubbock! Work on holiday crafts, eat a delicious brunch and take a photo with Santa himself. Tickets are $10 per person, and pre-registration is required. For more information regarding this event, click here.


Central Brazos Basin

  • Dec. 12: WACOFarmers Market | Fruit Trees, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue, Waco

The McLennan County Master Gardeners will be attending the Waco Farmers Market to answer your gardening questions about gardening and fruit trees. The Waco Farmers Market also features locally grown and produced goods from local farmers and artisans. Every Saturday, there is live music and a featured local organization. For more information, click here.


  • Dec. 12: KILLEEN58th Annual Killeen “Reverse” Christmas Parade, 6 – 8 p.m. in Downtown Killeen

Enjoy the holiday season with a festive Christmas parade traveling through downtown Killeen! The theme of this year’s parade is “Park on Ice.” For more information, email Yalondra Valderrama-Santana at yvalderrama-santana@killeentexas.gov or click here.


  • Dec. 19: WHITNEYChristmas In the Park, 6 – 8 p.m. at Lake Whitney State Park, 433 FM 1244, Whitney

Dive into your creative side and decorate your campsite for some Christmas fun! Campers at Lake Whitney State Park can decorate their sites for this fun, and families will enjoy a free ride through the park to see the Holiday decorations. The park is encouraging guests to come out for a free evening drive between sunset and 8 p.m. to see the decorated sites. For more information, click here.


  • Dec. 31: McGREGORNew Year’s Eve Countdown Concert, 6 p.m. – midnight at 300 S. Jefferson Avenue, McGregor

Come join Beatlemania64 for a fun concert to celebrate the New Year! Tickets are available for sale now. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.


Lower Brazos Basin

  • Dec. 3: CAMERONChristmas at the Movies Parade, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 102 East First Street, Cameron

Enjoy beautiful and bright parade floats in downtown Cameron at the “Christmas at the Movies” Parade! The parade will be held in traditional format with social distancing guidelines. For more information, click here.


  • Dec. 4: COLLEGE STATIONChristmas in the Park, 6 – 10 p.m. at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road, College Station

Drive through Stephen C. Beachy Central Park to enjoy spectacular Christmas lights, wave to Santa, eat some Christmas cookies and more! Admission is free. For more information about this event, click here.


  • Dec. 6: SUGAR LANDSugar Land Farmers Market on Lexington, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 16402 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land

Visit Edward Mercer Stadium for an outdoor Farmers Market. Shop and enjoy the products of a wide variety of vendors and booths. For more information, click here.


Virtual Events

  • Dec. 4: TPWD Wildlife Tax Valuation Webinar, 8 a.m. 2 p.m.

This free online workshop is perfect for any Texas landowner interested in and eligible for wildlife tax valuation for their property. Biologists will present a general overview of the wildlife tax valuation, management practices, habitat evaluation and more. To learn more and register for the event, click here.


  • Dec. 9: Young Naturalists Children’s Program, 4 – 5 p.m.

The staff at Mammen Family Library and Texas Parks & Wildlife are hosting Ranger Holly’s monthly Young Naturalists program over a Zoom meeting. Join in on the fun and learn about nature, listen to a story and create a craft. Online registration is required. To learn more and register, click here.


  • Looking for an interactive way to spark your kid’s interest in learning about the role of water? Project WET (Water Education Today) has online games and activities to teach your kids about the water cycle, freshwater, watersheds and more. Click here to explore their website.