Cheer for the Entire Family: 2015-16 Holiday Planner

50 Men Who Can Cook
November 23, 2015
Carranza Puppets: Hansel and Gretel
November 24, 2015


Republic of Texas Militia Muster-A Living History Encampment
November 16 and 17
The local militia offered not only protection for the colonists, but also an excuse for social gathering. Join re-enactors and interpreters as they recreate a typical militia muster as would have been seen in the Republic. The encampment is open on Saturday, November 16 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 17 from 10am-1pm.

19th Century Superstitions and Old Wives’ Tales
November 17
Bad luck, omens, weird coincidences, superstitions and old wives’ tales still add some color to our lives; a lot of them are laughed off as nonsense, but there are some that seem to be, at least in part, legitimate. In the 1800’s superstitions and old wives’ tales held much more away over society. Presentations will be given at 11am, 1 and 3pm. They will last 30-45 minutes. Arrive 5-10 minutes early.

Christmas on the Brazos featuring Barrington’s Candlelight Christmas
December 12
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. modern and historic activities will be staggered throughout the park. Independence Hall will host 19th century readings from some of our favorite Christmas literature from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., activities will begin to shift to Barrington Living History Farm for the evening event, Candlelight Christmas. Reservations are strongly recommended. Email or call (936) 878-2214 ext 246.

Holiday Home Tour and Trunk Show
(979) 836-1690
November 23-24
It’s not Christmas in Washington County without the Holiday Tour and Trunk show! The holiday season kicks off at the Giddings Stone Mansion for unique shopping and a docent led tour of the mansion. It begins Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm for the trunk show and 1-4pm for tours and the cost $15 per person for tour and FREE for shopping fun.

Downtown Brenham’s Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade
December 4 and 5
This family-fun event kicks off with the lighting of the Courthouse square Christmas trees and is followed by the Downtown Parade of Lights. Activities will include ice skating, shopping, Santa Claus visits and more.

Unity Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street
December 3-20
This heartwarming holiday play tells the story of Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Tickets are $27. There will be 3 weeks of 12 shows: Thursdays 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays 4 p.m.

Christmas on the Square
December 4-6
Downtown Caldwell will have an old fashioned Christmas on the Square with a parade around 5pm on December 6, a lighting ceremony, visit from Santa and other activities. There will also be a North Pole Delivery tele-auction December 3-5. For more information, contact the Burleson County Chamber of Commerce.

Chappell Hill

Christmas Fayre
December 5
The Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 5 starting at noon. Activities will include a children’s train, live reindeer petting, teddy bear parade, shopping, wine tasting, live music, and the downtown lights “switched on.”

2015 Chappell Hill Christmas Country Home Tour
December 14 and 15
This year’s home tour will have 6 locations-5 homes and the historical United Methodist Church. Tickets in advance are $15 and $18 the day of. For more information, call (979) 836-2554.

Bryan/College Station
Brazos Valley Worldfest
November 20 and 21
This free event promotes and celebrates the international diversity and heritage of the Brazos Valley. There is a concert Friday night at 7p.m. and the festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies
November 16 and 17
MSC OPAS presents Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies. The concert includes four vocalists and a 38-piece orchestra accompanied by animation, film clips, and original storyboard art. The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Auditorium on the Texas A&M campus.

The Christmas Mile and 5k Fun Run
November 21
Festive 1 mile or 5K Fun Run/Walk through Santa’s Wonderland, home to over 2 million LED Christmas lights and the largest Christmas attraction in the State of Texas. Race participants and their families will be the first to kickoff the holiday season at Santa’s Wonderland.

Turkey Trot
November 26
Burn off some calories to justify that extra piece of pumpkin pie at your Thanksgiving meal! Bring the family out for a Thanksgiving morning run and build a new Thanksgiving tradition. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, and Café Eccell will provide tasty treats following the race.

The Hot Sardines: Holiday Stomp
December 9
For their Holiday Stomp concert, the Sardines infuse yuletide classics with their unique twist on New York, Paris, and New Orleans jazz from the era of Prohibition and beyond. The event will take place in Rudder Auditorium at 7:30pm on the Texas A&M campus.

Holiday Pops Concert
December 13
The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the rich and joyous sounds of the season with the seventh annual holiday themed concert. Led by Music Director Marcelo Bussiki, the “Holiday Pops Concert” will take place at 5pm on Sunday, December 13, at the Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) in College Station.

Holiday Magic
December 3, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Holiday Magic will take place at Sue Haswell Memorial Park. Activities include: Arctic Hill Snow for sledding down a hill of snow, pictures with Santa at the fireplace pavilion, live entertainment and free hot chocolate and cookies donated by WalMart Super Center.

Christmas in the Park
December 4, 5, and 6
Activities include: free cookies and hot cocoa, hayrides, dance performances, inflatables, petting zoo, live entertainment, photos with Santa at the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and a holiday vendor village. Stephen C. Beachy Central Park will have Christmas light displays November 26-January 1, 2016.

Breakfast with Santa
December 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This free event at the Lincoln Center will include hot breakfast, face painting, arts/crafts coloring activities, entertainment and more. Ages 15 and under will receive a gift from Santa.

B/CS Marathon
December 13
The half- and full- marathon will take place Sunday, December 13 at 7 a.m. There will be a post race party with a food and beer spread at Wolf Pen Creek Park.

BCS Kids Marathon
December 12
The 1.2 mile race will be open to any child 12 and under, and the first wave begins at 12:30 p.m. Each participant will be greeted at the finish line with a custom medal.

Jingle Bell Fun Run
December 6
Beginning at 1:15 pm, this two-mile run starts at the corner of University Drive and South College Avenue and ends at the corner of Texas Avenue and Villa Maria. Race shirts are provided for those who register before November 15. The Bryan/College Station Christmas Parade will be held after the race.

Brazos Valley Gospel Explosion
(903) 244-5951
December 12
Ms. VeElla’s Place will present Brazos Valley Gospel Explosion featuring Lemmie Battles, Vickie Winans, Tallie Rogers, Kaleb Kane Alvarado, Pastor Van D. Roberson, and Men of Purpose. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. and benefit Ms. VeElla’s Place, an adult day home in the Brazos Valley.

A&M Consolidated High School Band Christmas Concert
December 10
The A&M Consolidated High School Band concert will be on Thursday, December 10, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the AMCHS Auditorium & Band Hall.

Downtown Bryan Christmas Parade
December 12, 6:30 p.m.

Bryan Viking Band Christmas Concert
December 17
The Bryan High Viking Band will have their Christmas concert at Margaret Rudder High School auditorium from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 17.

Round Top Area Historical Society Christmas Party
December 6
To thank all in the community for their continued support, the Round Top Area Historical Society will have music, appetizers, a silent auction and libations. This event is from 6-9:30pm.

Christmas in Round Top
December 7
There will be festivities, Santa, cookies and a parade. There will also be a Christmas concert by Texas Master Chorale at 3pm. For more information visit or call (979) 249-3129.

The Nutcracker “Danced by Children for Children of All Ages”
December 12
Performance begins at 4 p.m. and tickets are $30 and $15.

New Year’s Eve Dance
December 31
The Round Top Rifle Association will host a community party to ring in the new year. Visit the website for future updates.

New Year’s Eve Gala
December 31
The Round Top Festival Institute will host the New Year’s Eve Gala starting at 7 p.m. Check the website for updates to this event.