PRAIRIE FAMILY CHRISTMAS: Saturday Evenings in December

  Celebrate the holidays with us on four weekends in December, with music, shows, dancing and caroling hayrides, just like in 1800s Texas.

Also, our 1880s-decorated houses will be available for visitors to see all day. Our historic sites will be all dolled up just like they would have been in the 1800s, and as visitors walk around they can see the history of Christmas in Central Texas. A special bingo-style game for visitors will offer prizes. This is a daytime activity only, and is not offered at the nighttime event.

Regular admission is charged for the daytime activities.

  Nightly on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 6-9 p.m., our "Prairie Family Christmas" celebration will offer family-friendly entertainment in our Sprinkle Corner entrance village, with different holiday shows, music, make-an-ornament crafts and food each night. More details will be posted at Thanksgiving.

Other fun activities will be available including shopping for unique holiday gifts in our General Store. There, you'll find Austin's best selection of history gifts and collectables — perfect for the holidays. Candy canes and other give-aways will be offered to visitors on all weekends.

The nightly lineup, subject to updates:

  • Dec. 1: Horse-drawn wagon rides with caroling, Victorian Santa and holiday tree delivered to the town square in a covered wagon, and hourly musicales in dance hall by banjo sensation Thom McNeil, Clickety Cloggers dance troupe, historical instrumentalist Tom Berghan. Plus corn-husk doll ornaments, coloring crafts and free festive holiday libations.

  • Dec. 8: Hayride caroling, Victorian Santa in town square for family photos, and hourly musicales by Singing Cowboy Jesse White at 6 p.m., one-man stage show “Bah Humbug!” starring acclaimed actor Damian Gillen at 7 p.m., and the Austin Banjo Club at 8 p.m. Plus ornament and coloring crafts, and free festive holiday libations.

  • Dec. 15: Hayride caroling, Victorian Santa in town square for family photos, and hourly musicales by Blazing Bows children’s fiddler group at 6 p.m., Singing Cowboy Jesse White at 7 p.m. and the Rollfast Ramblers Texas swing dance band starting at 8 p.m. Plus corn-husk doll ornaments, coloring crafts and free festive holiday libations.

  • Dec. 22: Hayride caroling, Victorian Santa in town square in a buggy for family photos, and hourly musicales by historical instrumentalist Tom Berghan, Singling Cowboy Jesse White and more to come. Plus ornaments and coloring crafts and free festive holiday libations.

The nighttime Prairie Family Christmas event is $10 per person, or $40 for a family of up to 6, with advance tickets available below.

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