The historic Christmas traditions of Texas in the 1800s will transport visitors into the past at the Christmas on the Brazos celebration at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site – the very spot “Where Texas Became Texas.” Free and low-cost holiday activities for all ages include period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and sale of artisan gifts. The day culminates in the park’s popular Candlelight Christmas event at Barrington Living History Farm, featuring vignettes of Texian frontier festivities with music, musket firing, dancing and a candlelit tour of the farm.
Many holiday activities occur throughout the day and are staggered throughout the park, including:
Candlelight Christmas, 5:30 p.m. – Barrington Farm: Program offered at timed intervals with last ticket sold at 8 p.m. Celebrate an 1850s Christmas. Meet St. Nick; fall in with some noisy, rowdy revelers; experience the Jones family lighting the Christmas tree and singing carols; attend an evening service with a traveling minister; and discover how the enslaved people celebrated Christmas. Allow at least one hour to complete the full experience. Groups will enter the site at timed intervals. Reservations are highly recommended and will be accepted starting October 1.