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Thinking of Spending Thanksgiving in Texas?

September 28th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

thanksgiving in texasThere are many things that make Thanksgiving in Texas special, including the fact that it is presumed to be the home of America’s very first feast of thanks, which followed a treacherous Spanish conquest through the deserts of Mexico and the southwest. After 5 days in the arid climate without food and water, a band of 500 finally made it to the Rio Grande, where they celebrated with a meal of thanksgiving for their deliverance from the woes of the rugged and sparse countryside.

This spirit of Thanksgiving in Texas is still very much alive today though we are just as happy about football victories as we are for our small town sustenance. This mixing of the new and the old of our beloved United States makes Thanksgiving in Texas an ever enjoyable time of year to visit. Whether you want to explore the countryside in the beautiful temperate weather, root for your teams or explore the foodie scene in celebration of an eating holiday, you’re sure to find it here in Brenham.

Things to Do for Thanksgiving in Texas

  1. Chuy’s Christmas Parade
    Held in nearby downtown Austin every Thanksgiving, Chuy’s Christmas Parade features giant inflatable balloons, holiday floats, classic cars, marching bands and, of course bringing up the rear is Santa Claus! For the past 11 years, the parade has been supporting Operation Blue which provides toys for underprivileged children in the area.
  2. Texas Foodie Experience
    There are endless places to get out and enjoy locally sourced and produced food, whether you love craft beers, wines, or meats and produce. The Wine Trail consists of a grouping of local wineries who are open for visitors to explore, and for a local beer you head to Brazos Valley Brewing Company or the new Home Sweet Market Biergarten in downtown Brenham. The Murski Homestead offers very popular cooking classes and are sure to have a holiday theme in mind for the weekend of Thanksgiving in Texas.
  3. Football Football Football!
    On the Friday after thanksgiving Baylor Bears will face off against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in what will be one of the deciding matches of the 2015 Big 12 Championship. If you aren’t going to make it to the actual game but happen to find yourself in Brenham for the weekend, there are many places to watch the game. The Ant Street Inn will be firing up their grill and opening their parking lot for a tailgate party at 2 pm in preparation for kickoff at 6:30. Don’t miss it!
  4. Live Music
    Here in the country we love to head to a local watering hole in the evenings for some live music and tasty beverages. Take in the local culture during your Thanksgiving in Texas by doing the same at either Brazos Valley Brewing, The Stone Cellar, or at the Home Sweet Farm Market Biergarten over the weekend. See the town calendar for more specifics!

Are you convinced yet that Thanksgiving in Texas is a fine way to spend this holiday? If not, maybe you’ll just have to come check it out for yourself and let this beautiful countryside speak for itself.

For more ideas of things to do while here, check out this free Washington County Vacation Guide!