There’s nothing like escaping the big city to experience the holidays in the countryside and participate in some small-town Christmas traditions in Round Top. Cozy nights around the fire, farmhouses bedazzled in Christmas lights and holiday shopping with friends and family make for some priceless memories around here. The Christmas season can be a stressful time for many, but luckily, Round Top is never far away, ready to be your country oasis from the hectic holiday frenzy. If you’re wondering how you can make the holidays big time small, check out our guide to Christmas in Round Top, Texas.
What started as a daytime parade with only a few floats has evolved into a well-loved Round Top tradition that only comes around once a year. Beginning at dusk on the first Saturday in December, Round Top is dazzled by a parade of lighted floats, neon trucks, reindeer donkeys and Santa himself. During the day, there are children’s activities on the square, holiday shopping, live music, cookies and cocoa and the locally famous Round Top Historical Society’s annual Tour of Homes. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season the country way.
We can’t take credit for the age-old holiday tradition of seeing The Nutcracker, but we can take credit for Round Top Festival Institute’s annual presentation of the Tchaikovsky Christmas classic. This year’s production is the 12th annual performance danced by Ovation Ballet Company, a youth ballet company in residency at Dancers Workshop in Austin. They’ll be performing the holiday favorite for one show only at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.
There’s no better place to find a unique gift than Round Top, Texas. Whether you’re searching for handmade art, unique home goods or collectible antique treasures, our town has it all. While it’s easy to order something on Amazon, nothing beats the charm of walking around an adorable town square decorated for Christmas while sipping hot cocoa and seeing what unexpected gifts you can find for the special people in your life. After all, Round Top is full of surprises.
If you’ve worked up an appetite from all that Christmas shopping you did or just want to get the family together over some country comfort food, Round Top’s numerous dining options have you covered. Some restaurants offer catering for holiday parties, and most are a good place to find seasonal drinks and holiday ambiance. All of them provide Southern hospitality that will warm your heart, even on the coldest days.
Maybe your family’s too big to stay in your house for the holidays, or maybe your in-laws are driving you crazy. Whatever the case, Round Top lodging (big and small) provides the perfect winter escape. Stay cozy in cabins, bed and breakfasts and hotels in the area while enjoying Christmas the country way. And if you’d like to extend your stay after the holidays are over, that’s just fine with us.