The cities offer plenty of sparkle and excitement during the Christmas season, but a country Christmas can be the perfect gift for the entire family. If Austin, Houston or San Antonio are home, then Fayette County is a quick get-a-way with plenty of good things to do during the holidays. Everything from ice skating to holiday events at Festival Hill, to various light displays are available for a variety of tastes.
Ice Skating on the square
For the first time, the La Grange square will be offering ice skating on December 10 and 11. For the experienced skater, this will be all about quaint charm and good laughs as the country folk slip and slide around the rink. For the novice, there will be no shame because the locals will be having as much fun on wobbly ankles as anyone. Just think of the rare Fayette County country Christmas memories of days gone by when rural kids had the occasional opportunity to whiz around on a frozen pond. Ice skating on the square will be safer and probably more interesting since the whole town will be alive for the holiday event. Expect plenty of lights on the courthouse, and all of the shops to be open. Parents can shop, dine, sip wine or coffee and relax while the kids skate. The rink is open 10am to 6pm on the 10 th , and noon to 5pm on the 11 th . The cost is $5 for 45 minutes.
Ledbetter Trail of Lights
The Ledbetter volunteer fire department will once again host it’s country Christmas Lane of Lights. Ledbetter is located in northeast Fayette County on Hwy 290. The Lane of Lights starts at Stuermer Store, and for $6 each, the whole family can take a ride on a hay trailer through woods that are decorated with amazing light displays. The trip ends at a group of historic pioneer houses, and Santa will be there to hear Christmas wishes, and cookies and wassail are served. Stop by the bonfire for a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Then take a walking tour of lights that stretch deeper into the woods behind the houses. This will easily become one of the most memorable holiday events in your family’s memory.
Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery Trail of Lights
For the history buff, this is the trail of lights to visit while in Fayette County. Monument Hill is a memorial to fallen Texas Revolutionary heroes, and the brewery is a celebration of one of the many German families who made their living as brew masters. This is a quiet walking tour that ends at the Kreische family home. Cookies, carols and wassail will be served. There won’t be any ice skating, but the history of a real country Christmas will definitely come alive for visitors.
A residential trail of lights in Lynnwood
Just north of the Colorado River and east of Hwy 77, in the community of La Grange, the Lynnwood neighborhood puts on a nice little light display for the community. As country Christmas events go, it’s customary to pile the kids in the car and drive around looking at Christmas lights. This is the place to do it in Fayette County. Take the kids ice skating on the square, march them over to Latte on the Square for treats and warm drinks, then load them up and head on over for a small town style holiday event.
Festival Hill offers holiday music
On December, 11, the Institute at Festival Hill will present a 3pm concert by the Bayou City Performing Arts Organization. Formerly known as the Gay Men’s Chorus, expect plenty of campy humor, gorgeous chorale arrangements and cheeky fun. Festival Hill is the centerpiece of the Fayette County community of Round Top. If an overnight trip is in order, this little town is bubbling over with bed and breakfast accommodations. In fact, catching the concert in the afternoon and then heading to Ledbetter for the evening would be the best way to plan the weekend.
Whether it’s ice skating or gazing at the glorious lights of the season, a country Christmas is worth a try. If nothing else, it gets the city dweller back to the basics and that leads to the real spirit of the holiday season.