Two Things to Know About Texas Holidays



Holiday travel season is in full swing! If the beautiful state of Texas is in your travel plans, then we’ve got 2 items for your attention (Naughty and Nice):

1. Naughty: DPS Launches Enhanced Traffic Enforcement for Holidays

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra caution. In an effort to protect travelers on the roadways, DPS Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. 23 – 26 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

“Impaired driving or reckless behavior on the road can turn holiday celebrations into tragedies, and these DPS patrols are designed to help save lives by identifying drivers who disregard the law and endanger others,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By always driving sober, obeying traffic laws, and slowing down or moving over a lane when vehicles are stopped on the side of the road, Texans can help make our roads safer for everyone.”

During the eight-day Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 466 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 9,174 speeding citations, 893 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 320 fugitive arrests and 286 felony arrests during the enforcement period.
Source: Texas Department of Public Transportation


Texas Holiday Parades: The HEB Holiday Parade in Houston, El Paso’s FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, and the Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony along the River Walk in San Antonio.

Texas-sized Holiday Light Displays: The 52nd annual Austin Trail of Lights, the Houston Zoo Lights, Santa’s Wonderland in College Station, the Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, and the San Antonio Christmas Lights Fest.

One-Of-A-Kind Texas Celebrations: The Dallas Arboretum and The Trains at NorthPark; in Grapevine, the Christmas Wine Train; Christmas in the Stockyards in Fort Worth.

Texas Holiday on the Beach: Galveston’s A Caribbean Christmas at Moody Gardens; “Surf with Santa” at Schlitterbahn Waterpark; Galveston Island’s Holiday Splash.

Mexican Christmas Fiestas: San Antonio River Walk for Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias; in El Paso, the Annual Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Lighting Festival.

Texas New Year Hoedowns: In Fort Worth for New Year’s Eve at Billy Bob’s Texas; Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s Eve celebration; the Children’s Museum of Houston annual Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash.
Source: Travel Texas