By Ashley Donde
Twinkling Christmas lights, satisfying sips of hot cocoa on a chilly night, and a drive-by visit with jolly old Saint Nick himself. Nestled among the scenic foothills of West Texas, Big Spring is the place to be for the holidays. As the most wonderful time of the year approaches, the city comes alive with festive sights and sounds that are sure to spark a spirit of merriment and provide unforgettable family memories. From a nostalgic small-town Christmas parade to incredible boutique shopping, Big Spring’s holiday cheer is contagious. Discover all the holly jolly fun Big Spring has planned this Christmas below.
Follow the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights
Enjoy more than one million colorful lights gleaming brightly in the crisp winter night at the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights. Drive through the park and you’ll see dozens of spectacular displays, all from the warmth of your own car. This festival has been a holiday tradition for folks from around the world for more than 20 years. Join in on the fun with your family and visit Comanche Trail Park from Dec. 1 – 25 from 6 – 10 p.m. Admission is free, making this the perfect way to usher in the holiday season.
Witness the Story of Jesus, Live
Load up the car and head out for a live performance of the most important story ever told. Watch as local performers reenact the tale of the birth of Jesus Christ at the First Church of the Nazarene's Drive Thru Nativity. Held from Dec. 11 - 13 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., this annual Big Spring tradition brings this story to to life with captivating performances and an abundance of dramatic flair. Each night of the nativity is free for all, so you can plan to visit more than once so you don't miss a thing.
Catch Big Spring’s Christmas Parade
Grab some hot chocolate, bundle up, and head to Scurry Street to catch the annual Big Spring Christmas Parade. Marvel at the magic of small-town Christmas cheer as elaborate floats glowing with colorful lights make their way down the parade route. This year’s theme is “When It's Christmas in Texas,” so it’s quite likely you’ll catch a glimpse of everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer, along with his famous friends. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and will run north on Scurry Street. Arrive a little early to secure a perfect viewing spot.
Explore a Christmas Tree Forest & Visit Santa
Stroll through a Christmas Tree Forest unlike any other at the Heritage Museum of Big Spring from Nov. 14 - Dec. 12. Wander among dozens of Christmas trees decorated with one-of-a-kind ornaments and garlands that are as unique as the people and groups who decorated them. Take it all in, then vote for your favorite tree with a cash donation.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from the jolly big guy himself. Hop in the car and drive to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus and friends during the museum's Drive Thru Christmas (Dec. 5) event. This is the perfect opportunity for your kids to write letters and their gift wishlists and give them to Santa, who will also hand out fun things for them to do (including a gingerbread cookie kit). You'll need to reserve your spot in line before the day of the event, which you can do by calling 432.267.8255.
Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping
If you still have a few names you need to cross off your holiday shopping list, get it all done during the Holiday Sip and Shop (Dec. 17). Throughout the evening, stores around Big Spring unique boutiques stay open later and offer special deals and hot chocolate, cider, and some adult beverages. Hit Dazzling Décor on Scurry Street for chic home décor and personal gifts for any of your hard-to-buy-for family. Browse jewelry, lotions, grilling accessories, colorful purses, and much more.
Meanwhile, your fashion-forward friends will love opening stylish presents from Blissful Boutique, and you’ll definitely make jaws drop on Christmas morning if you give them rustic home furnishings from Blue-Eyed Buffalo. Can’t make it for Sip and Shop? You can still finish your Christmas list at Big Spring’s other shops, like Splurge Boutique and Famous Elle during regular business hours, and then stop by Shebrews coffee stand and treat yourself to a warm cup of coffee and a celebratory selfie in front of the big coffee cup mural.
This year, give yourself the gift of enjoying the holidays in Big Spring. Plan your visit here.
About the Author: Ashley Donde is a freelance writer who loves adventure. Her family of four can often be found exploring the great outdoors, touring museums, or enjoying a local festival.