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Celebrate the Holidays at Texas State Parks


The chill in the air, the smell of a campfire, the laughter of friends and family over a shared meal…there’s no doubt the holidays are a special time of the year. So this year, escape the shopping centers and the routine office parties, and celebrate the holidays at a Texas State Park. With more than 60 themed events happening in every corner of the state, you’re sure to find something to make this special season a little brighter for you and your family.


Hitting the road this holiday season? Download a copy of our “Christmas in the Parks” brochure and plan your next visit. From hayrides and hot cocoa to historic homes and farms decked out for the holidays, there’s something fun happening close to you. You can also pick up a copy in most Texas State Parks and all Travel Information Centers.

Check out our online calendar of events for an up-to-date schedule of special events happening across the state.

gift-icon.pngMake Texas State Parks part of your holiday tradition. The limited edition Texas State Park ornaments are highly collectible and ready to ship. Parks highlighted in 2014 include Caprock Canyons State Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Now in its 13th year, the State Park ornament program showcases the beauty and diversity of the Texas State Park system, these ornaments are available exclusively though the State Park Customer Service Center by calling (512) 389-8900. Ornaments arrived boxed and ready to make a great gift!

Unwrap the WildShare your love for the natural beauty and wilderness of Texas with friends and family and give a Texas State Parks Pass. For the holiday season only, you can order the pass online through Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and get $5 off the standard price. From nights under the stars to afternoon swimming trips, your family and friends will have a whole year to discover the best Texas has to offer and unwrap the wild.

free-orn-button.pngNeed to find that perfect holiday gift?  Many State Parks have stores stocked with unique gifts suited to every taste and budget. Can’t decide? Give the gift of State Parks with the State Park Gift Card. These cards can be issued in any amount and can be redeemed for State Park Passes, facility rentals, store merchandise, and entrance fees at any Texas State Park. Purchase a gift card valued at $75 or more, receive your choice of any one of the three 2014 Holiday ornaments! You can pick up a Gift Card today in any Texas State Park, or call the Customer Service Center at 512-389-8900 and have it shipped. Visit the Shop Outdoors page for more gift ideas.

groups-icon.pngLooking to host a holiday gathering that people will still be talking about well into the New Year? Take it outside! There are facilities for groups of every size, from small families to corporate retreats. Book a cabin or group facility at a Texas State Park this year. Visit our group gathering page

*Free ornament promotion only available by phone; not available in parks. Tax, shipping and handling still apply. Discount may not be combined with any other offer.

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