December - Texas Music Events Calendar 2014
The 2014 TMEC lists more than 500 annual events featuring live music. To update listing information for your 2014 event, please contact the Texas Music Office at music [at] governor.state.tx.us or call (512) 463-6666.
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Main Street Texarkana Christmas Parade
Historic Downtown Texarkana; Broad Street and State Line Avenue
Texarkana Chamber of Commerce
819 North State Line Avenue; Texarkana, TX 75501
Come join us at the 26th Annual Main Street Texarkana Christmas Parade scheduled for Monday, December 6th at 7:00 pm. Leading the way will be Arkansas High School ROTC followed by a car carrying Texarkana Arkansas' outgoing mayor, Horace Shipp, camels ridden by Texarkana, Ark., mayor-elect Wayne Smith, Texarkana, Tex., Mayor Steve Mayo, and Texarkana Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jeff Sandford. Main Street's "World Globe" created by the Design and Promotions committee starts the festive entries, followed by bands, floats, carriages, marching units, and finally Santa Claus rounding out the route from Broad Street to State Line Avenue, finishing at the historic U.S. Courthouse/Post Office. After that, parade-goers can gather at the Texarkana Texas City Stage on State Line for caroling led by children's choirs and wtach the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree by Santa. There will be pictures with the camels and carriage rides immediately following. Various businesses along the parade route will be open, and several groups will be handing out free hot chocolate.
Christmas Pops Gala
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Auditorium; 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, TX 77058
Clear Lake Symphony
P. O. Box 890582; Houston, TX 77289-0582
Music: Classical, Gospel, Pop, Christmas
Activities: Concert season, Annual Christmas Event
Clear Lake Symphony's annual Christmas "Pops" Concert, with Associate Conductor Robert F. Wall, will be on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Auditorium. The Symphony will perform a melody of Christmas Seasonal Favorites and also well known classical works. Other selections include a sing-a-long with the audience. Christmas seasonal favorites by the Symphony. Guest Artists: Gloria Dei Lutheran Festival Choir and Handbells. The concert has become a Bay Area holiday tradition for many of our local residents. Seating is available on a first-come/first-served basis. So get your group together and plan to join us for a wonderful holiday celebration.
Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa's Workshop
Heritage Oak Park; 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
Parks and Recreation
Samantha Roos, Recreation Program Specialist
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park TX 78641
Activities: Tree Lighting
On this magical night, join us in the tradition of lighting the tree. Over 60,000 lights illuminate the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park. Santa's Workshop will kick off immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatable, photos with Santa, and arts & crafts projects. Bring the whole family for what promises to be a festive evening. 6:30 pm - 9 pm. Free Admission.
The Living Christmas Tree
First United Methodist Church; 400 Scurry, Big Spring, TX
First United Methodist Church
400 Scurry Street; Big Spring, TX 79720
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".
Holiday by the Tracks
City of Elgin; Downtown Elgin
Elgin Main Street Board
Elgin Main Street Board
310 North Main St.; Elgin, TX 78621
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Tejano, Christmas
Activities: Annual Christmas Event
On the first Saturday of December, come to downtown Elgin from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Holiday by the Tracks event featuring live music, a holiday bazaar, a farmers market, pictures with Santa Claus, art for kids, a lighted Christmas parade, and a live nativity.
Jackson Street Market Days
Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce
Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.
Dallas Heritage Village; 1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 South Harwood Street; Dallas, TX 75215-1273
(214) 421-8455; (214) 421-5141
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Classical, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Holiday
Activities: Exhibits, Carriage rides, Crafts
Candlelight is a holiday celebration for the entire family. Witness the holidays as they were celebrated from 1840-1910. Visit Mrs. Blum and learn the traditions of Hanukah. Learn the 1901 Tejano Catholic holiday traditions from Mrs. de Léon. Enjoy strolling carolers, telling St. Nicholas your Christmas wishes and riding around the Village in Nip and Tuck's donkey pulled carriage. The kids can make an ornament for your tree or a dreidal to share with friends. Come celebrate the holidays December 14-15 from 3 - 9pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior 65+, $8 for children 4 -12, children under 4 and members are free. Discounted tickets available online in Fall 2013.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ~ 2
Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
4428 Gillis; Austin, TX 78745
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 nine day run in 2014. 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, a low to moderate volume gig 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 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily from December 16-24, 2014.
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
Music: Classical, Christmas
Activities: Annual Christmas Event
The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas perform holiday music annually at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The event takes place on December 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate San Antonio
Hemisfair Park and La Villita Plazas; 200 South Alamo, San Antonio
San Antonio Parks Foundation
Teresa Cox, Vice President
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, No. 247; San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-8423; (210) 386-3722
Music: Dance/Electronic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Area, Firecracker Award to Leader in the Community
With live music, over 200,000 excited revelers, fireworks and entertainment for the entire family on tap during Celebrate San Antonio, this event grows in popularity each year. The huge downtown New Year’s Eve fiesta begins at noon in historic La Villita. Great food & beverages can also be found on S. Alamo Street between Market and Cesar Chavez Blvd after the official opening at 5 p.m. There are four stages featuring some of the state’s best bands/musicians. The highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight and the spectacular Valero Fireworks Extravaganza, showcasing the Tower of the Americas. Admission is FREE and open to the public and festivities continue until 12:30 a.m.