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Top Winter Attractions and Events in Texas


Texas is such a diverse state that is truly is a year around destination. Visitors heading to the Lone Star State during the winter months definitely want to make time to visit one of these unique wintery attractions.

1. Houston Livestock Show

The first three weeks of March in Houston mean the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This one-of-a-kind event features the second largest fair in North America, daily professional rodeo competitions, and some of the biggest names in music performing daily during the three week stretch.

2. Cotton Bowl

This annual New Year's Day game has showcased top college football talent for seven decades, the Cotton Bowl is now held at Dallas Cowboys Stadium rather than its namesake field, but it continues to be one of college football's top post season games.

3. Cotton Bowl Parade

Held on New Year's Eve, the SBC Cotton Bowl Parade features over 60 bands and dance squads from across the United States. This year's parade will be held in downtown Dallas.

4. Woodlands Ice Rink

The largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest is located in the Woodlands, just a short drive north of Houston. The Ice Rink at Woodlands Town Center is open from mid-November through the beginning of January and is one of the "coolest" spots to be during your Houston vacation.

5. Houston Boat and Travel Show

The largest boat show in Texas, the Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show kicks off the first weekend of January and lasts for 10 days. Held at Reliant Center, the Houston Boat Show draws over 150,000 visitors, each of whom are treated to an eyeful of the newest boats, travel trailers, rvs, watercraft, camping equipment, fishing tackle and more.

6. Charro Days

Held in Brownsville at the southern tip of Texas, Charro Days claims to be the oldest fiesta in Texas. Staged each February since 1938, Charro Days is a weeklong, traditional Mexican “pachanga,” with parades, dances and a variety of fun events for the entire family.

7. Holiday Trail of Lights

Probably the most famous Texas light trail, Jefferson’s Holiday Trail of Lights features an enchanted forest, life-size gingerbread house, candlelight tour of homes and more – not to mention plenty of lights.

8. Sun Bowl

First played as a high school all-star game in 1935, the Sun Bowl first invited college teams to participate in 1936. The annual game has been a college football classic ever since.

9. Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail

The Texas Hill Country communities of Boerne, Bulverde, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Round Mountain and Wimberley are all part of the Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail. Each of these towns offer visitors dazzling light displays among the rolling hills of Central Texas.

10. Alamo Bowl

San Antonio's annual showcase of college football action, the Alamo Bowl, has been thrilling fans in the Alamo City for more than a decade. This year's game is set for Dec. 30 and features the Texas Longhorns and Iowa Hawkeyes.
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