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Dickens on the Strand
December 3-4

Galveston Island Strand; Strand Street, Between 21st - 25th Streets, Houston, TX

Galveston Historical Foundation
Helen Doherty
PO Box 149; Galveston, TX 77553
(409) 765-3432
Music: Victorian Christmas Music
Activities: Victorian Christmas Festival
Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, Dickens on the Strand will take you and your family on an enchanted journey through history as a bustling 19th Century cityscape comes to life. For an entire weekend, hundreds of costumed vendors and performers will provide a look at the pomp and pageantry of the British Empire, at a time when commercial and cultural ties provided a strong connection between London and Texas’ largest and richest city. Centered in Galveston’s The Strand National Historic Landmark District, located approximately one hour south of downtown Houston, the family festival will include parades, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s stages, plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers and entertainers. Additionally, costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with tasty culinary delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.

The Living Christmas Tree
December 3-4

First United Methodist Church; 400 Scurry, Big Spring, TX

First United Methodist Church
Gershom Garcia/Music Minister
400 Scurry Street; Big Spring, TX 79720
(432) 267-6394
Music: Christmas
The Living Christmas Tree concert is presented each year by the First United Methodist Church of Big Spring. It is a musical Christmas Program and play, presented with a full orchestra providing music and a 100 member choir that stands on a 2 story high "Christmas Tree".

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ~ 2
December 14-24

Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Bruce Willenzik
4428 Gillis; Austin, TX 78745
(512) 447-1605; music@armadillobazaar.com
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Soul/R&B, Rock, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an iconic arts and music festival featuring three music performances per day over an eleven day run. The show has a tradition of booking Austin A-List and emerging bands with a large fan base. Performers on the Armadillo stage enjoy excellent sound quality and an intimate stage experience. An art fair and music festival rolled into one, it has long been Austin's favorite scene for holiday shopping, live music and fun. Open daily at the Palmer Events Center from December 14-24, 2016.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
December 15

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.