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Drive or Walk Through Texas Christmas Celebrations

CyberCelt | November 30, 2012 in Day Trips,Fairs/Festivals,Family Fun,Holidays,RV Travel | Comments (0)

Texas Christmas Holiday Celebrations

There is much to see and do in Texas during the holiday season. Each year, I try to highlight a new way to enjoy the holidays, with an eye to gas prices and other costs. So, jump in your RV or car and get ready to see the beauty of Texas during the Christmas Season.

The Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

Every year, the citizens of towns and villages in the Texas Hill Country spring into action.  These elves spends days, if not weeks, preparing festivities for visitors.  From the map, it may look like you could drive the trail in one day.  Please do not try it. The roads are not divided highways and many run through the center of towns.  Below is a map of the trail with possible day trips delineated by green boxes.

2012 Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail Participants

  • Bandera – cowboy capitol of the world
  • Blanco – beautifully decorated courthouse and scenic views of lavender fields and wineries
  • Boerne – Cowboy Christmas at Enchanted Springs Ranch
  • Burnet – visit Bethlehem in Texas
  • Fredericksburg – 26 foot tall Christmas Pyramid, a German-themed Christmas tree and an outdoor ice skating rink
  • Johnson City – Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home, lighted courthouse
  • Kerrville – always a fun place to visit
  • Llano – “Starry Starry Nights” on the banks of the Llano River; snow tubing
  • Marble Falls – spectacular lights on the bank of Lake Marble Falls
  • Wimberley – EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens’ Trail of Lights

Map of Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

2012 Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

Day Trips on 2012 Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

Lodging on Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

Click and link for all types of lodging on the trail.

Bandera | Blanco | Boerne | Burnet | Dripping Springs | Fredericksburg |

Johnson City | Kerrville | Llano | Marble Falls | Wimberley

 


Blue Starlite Drive In Theatre in Austin

CyberCelt | July 16, 2012 in Day Trips,Family Fun,Performing Arts,RV Travel | Comments (0)

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StarLite Mini Urban Drive Inn

The last time I went to a drive-in, it had old school speakers that hung on your open window.    If you were raised before the 1970s, drive-ins might have been a big part of your dating scene.  Did you cruise the strip, looking for friends and admirers? Did everyone pile in the car to go to the drive-in?

Life was pretty good. Gas was a quarter a gallon and driving and cars were stops on the path to becoming “grown up.”  Drive-ins were social places, where gossip, love and heartbreak were just as real as the movie of the day.

The  thrill is back. Visit Blue Starlite Drive-in in Austin. Get all the information you need on the website at:  bluestarlitedrivein.com. I would suggest the $45 package for 4 people.  You get parking, popcorn, cokes, candy–served by an honest to God carhop.

Date: July 27 and 28, 9 pm (*)

Blue Starlite Drive-in

1901 E. 51st

Austin, Texas

bluestarlitedrivein.com

(*) check website for schedule, usually every other weekend in July. There may be another show at 11:15 pm.

Movies:

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In - Austin Film Society Summer Series @ The Blue presents:  Grindhouse: Planet Terror

July 27, 2012 @ 9 pm

Blue Starlite Urban Mini Drive-In - Austin Film Society Summer Series @ The Blue presents: Spy Kids
June 28, 2012 @ 9 pm

Saturday Forecast: Snow in Pearland

CyberCelt | January 25, 2012 in Day Trips,Fairs/Festivals,Family Fun,RV Parks,RV Travel | Comments (0)

Winterfest

 250,000 pounds of snow!

Snow Tubing

4717 Bailey Road
Pearland, Texas
10 am-5 pm

Family Fun Activities:

  • HEB Plus! Winter Zone
  • Snow Tubing Hill
  • Rides & Inflatables
  • Carnival with Midway
  • Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
  • Toddler Snow Tubing Hill
  • Recycle Snowman Contest
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Food & Crafts
  • Live Entertainment
    • 1030 am – VOCAL TRASH
    • 11 am – WINTER DASH RACE
    • AWARDS PRESENTATION
    • 1130 am – RONALD MCDONALD
    • 12 Noon – VOCAL TRASH
    • 1230 pm – THE ELITE PLAYERS
    • 130 pm – RONALD MCDONALD
    • 2 pm – VOCAL TRASH
    • 3 pm – ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

Purchase your tickets in advance at the Parks & Recreation Office, 4141 Bailey Road. The office is open Monday through Friday from 730 am-530 pm through January 26, when pre-sales ticket sales end.

Discounted Tickets (buy before event):

  • $8 Child (ages 3-16)
  • $2 Adult (ages 17+)

Regular Admission (day of event):

  • $10 Child (ages 3-16) or $8.00 with a canned good
  • $4 Adult (ages 17+) or $2.00 with a canned good

Parking available at Pearland High School, 3775 South Main Street, Pearland, Texas.

URL to map: http://g.co/maps/ad7sp

RV Parks in Area

Advanced RV Resort is Tom Bass Regional Park that offers a public golf course, fishing ponds, model airplane field, nature walking trails and gated entrance.

Almost Heaven RV Resort can accommodate any size RV in our 132 full hook-up sites. Amenities include free WIFI, and an extensive selection of movies and books.


Christmas in the Parks, Part 1

CyberCelt | December 5, 2011 in Day Trips,Education,Family Fun,Historic travel,Holidays,Nature | Comments (0)

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I am writing about ways families may celebrate Christmas in a less commercial way. The State Parks and State Historic Sites are made to order for authentic experiences.

USS Texas at rest at San Jacinto Battleground

Photo Courtesy of Louis Vest, Ship Pilot Houston, Texas

First Stop : Battleship Texas State Historic Site

Yuletide TEXAS “A Sailors Christmas”

Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site
3523 Highway 134
LaPorte TX 77571
281/479-2431

Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Saturday, December 31, 2011
10 am to 5 pm
Price is $10, children under 12 free with adult.

Yuletide activities include sending message to the North Pole, taking picture with Santa, creating Battleship ornament, enjoying performances by area bands and choirs, and filling up on hot chocolate, wassail and cookies. You also exercise by exploring the ship.  From the huge guns on deck to the crew quarters to the engine room. Who could resist?

San Jacinto Battlefield aerial map

Map from Latin American Studies.org

San Jacinto Battleground

You may also explore the entire San Jacinto Battleground site (map in PDF), where Texans captured Santa Anna after the Alamo. There are nature trails and the  San Jacinto Monument, picnic areas, wetlands and a reflecting pool. You will see 20 boulders on the battlefield that were laid by the San Jacinto Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas. These boulders give visitors a sense of place in the final battle fought for Texas Independence on April 21, 1836.  Follow the boulders and the action of the battle.

San Jacinto Monument reflected in the pool

Reflections of San Jacinto Monument

San Jacinto Monument

Take a trip up the San Jacinto Monument in an elevator to the Observation Decek ($4 adults, $3 children). Bring your camera for pictures of Houston, the Ship Channel, Battleship Houston and the San Jacinto Battleground .  If heights do not make you or your family happy, spend $4.50 per adult and $3.50 to see the 35-minute documentary, Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto, presented on the hour beginning at 10 am, in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies, also located in the monument.

 

Note: Have you have heard that everything in Texas is bigger?  It is true. The San Jacinto Monument, honoring all those who fought for Texas’s independence, stands 15 feet taller than the Washington monument.  In addition, the Texas Capitol also rises approximately 15 feet higher than the National Capitol in Washington.

 



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