Throughout December, Texas state parks are celebrating in special ways. Texas Parks and Wildlife has compiled a special video tour of some of these festivities.
Christmas in Sheldon Lake and Brazos Bend State Parks
See how two state parks near Houston bring their own unique flavor to Christmas celebrations.
Christmas on the Battleship Texas
Get a sense of how an earlier generation of American fighters kept their holiday spirits up while far away from home and family.
A Sailor's Christmas continues throughout the month of December. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music and children's activities will take place Dec. 8 on board the Battleship Texas, where kids can send a Morse code message to the North Pole, have their picture taken with Santa and enjoy hot beverages and treats. For details on this and other celebrations at a park near you, go here.
Christmas at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
The annual tree lighting caps off an evening of Christmas traditions at LBJ State Park & Historic Site near Fredericksburg.
Christmas on the border
The first Christmas celebration in Mexico took place in 1538, when missionaries brought Roman Catholicism to the new continent. Ever since then, the story of La Posada, where Joseph and Mary look for a place to stay the night on the original Christmas eve, has been celebrated in this part of the world. In Presidio, Texas, folks from both sides of the border bring this religious story to life.
Fort Leaton will present La Posada on Dec. 18. Las Posadas begins on Dec. 16 and continues for nine days, followed by the presentation of gifts on Jan. 6, which is called Dia de los Tres Reyes, or Three King Day.