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When it comes to building your dream home, you may have checked the box on selecting your architect and interior designer, pinned your favorite styles, and watched too many HGTV shows to count. But one thing that may not be at the top of your inspo boards is a bank.

Whether you’re selecting the perfect-for-you lot, building a new custom home, or both, you have to set the right foundation first — and SouthStar Bank firmly believes this, too. They can provide the financing you need to get started on your dream project.

As a people-first, community-minded Texas bank, they’re dedicated to offering personalized service every step of the way in the home-building journey. Their knowledgeable lending team is experienced in the construction process and will work with you to get pre-qualified, understand the realities of your budget, create a financial plan, and guide you through the phases of funding your custom home.

The first step in building a new home is identifying the property. Through a raw land or lot loan, SouthStar Bank can help you secure the site until you’re ready to build. Land loan terms are typically 12 months or three years, depending on how much time is needed before converting to a construction loan.

Once your plans and budget are finalized with your builder, you’re ready to shift to a construction loan, which is a short-term loan of generally 12 or 18 months, depending on the size and budget of the home you’re building.

SouthStar Bank typically uses the down payment on the land toward the construction loan and, in some cases, lot appreciation may contribute to the required down payment.

Construction almost always requires non-traditional financing because funds are advanced toward a home that does not already exist. Because construction loans are more complex, it’s so important to work with a partner like SouthStar Bank that has experts who are specialized in construction lending. They can also advise on construction loan options that roll into long-term mortgage financing when your dream home is complete.

With more than 100 years of lending expertise, SouthStar Bank understands every step of the home-building journey and was recognized as a Top Austin Mortgage Company by the Austin Business Journal.

“We are about to wrap up our second loan with SouthStar Bank; our first was a land loan and the current is a construction loan,” says client James A. “I cannot say enough about what a fantastic job they did. They worked both loans and were extremely professional and went above and beyond to deliver. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Their communication and responsiveness were spot on.”

Locate your nearest branch in the Austin area to speak directly with a lot loan and construction loan professional, or visit the SouthStar Bank website to explore your loan options and begin the application process.

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All loans subject to approval. Other fees and restrictions may apply. SouthStar Bank NMLS #410624. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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Wrap up your holiday shopping with these can't-fail gift ideas

Check Your List

If you have a wide range of people to shop for this holiday season, you're going to need a lot of gift ideas. Luckily, we've got 'em.

From high-tech gadgets to spirits guaranteed to make you feel merry and bright, all the best presents are right here. You might even finish your shopping early this year, which is perhaps the best present of all.

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Garrison Brothers
Give the holiday gift of hand-crafted boldness. Garrison Brothers bourbon is rich, smooth, and overflowing with quality, and always makes a great holiday gift for friends and family — or yourself.

Located in the Texas Hill Country, Garrison Brothers is the first legal bourbon distillery in Texas history and is one of the first distilleries in America outside of Kentucky to produce authentic, handmade bourbon whiskey — and only bourbon whiskey. They currently have a waitlist of more than 15,000 just to volunteer on bottling days, and their Cowboy Bourbon normally sells out within hours of its release.

Every expression of Garrison Brothers bourbon is made from a sweet mash bill and barrel-aged in the intense Texas climate. The extreme heat creates multiple aging seasons in a year, resulting in a darker, richer, and fuller bourbon; bolder than almost any other bourbon on the market.

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MUTTS Canine Cantina Austin
This off-leash dog park, bar, and grill caters to two-legged and four-legged friends alike and is the "ulti-mutt" spot in Austin where pups and peeps come to have fun. The dog park is membership-based, but humans get in for free to watch their dog live its best life. Gift a Founder's Club membership for $249.99 that includes unlimited doggie days, early access to events and cabana bookings, and more. It's a great gift for anyone who loves to hang out with their dog or if you have a fur-grandchild in your life. Founder's Club membership is available through the grand opening in early 2023.

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Drybar
Know someone with lots of holiday parties to attend? Give the gift of Drybar, where it's no cuts, no color, just blowouts. Gift cards can be used toward all services or products. Find your nearest Drybar here and follow on Instagram @drybarshops_austin.

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Milam & Greene Whiskey
Milam & Greene Whiskey is made by some of the world’s most experienced whiskey professionals, including CEO, master blender, and author Heather Greene and 30-year whiskey veteran and master distiller Marlene Holmes. Its charming distillery sits in the lush Texas Hill Country, where the hot summers, unpredictable winters, and wild temperature variances add spark and personality to its spirit.

The Milam & Greene whiskey team distills in Blanco, Texas, on small copper pot stills as well as in Kentucky on classic column stills, using proprietary yeast and grain recipes. Aging takes place in rickhouses located across four states in different casks for a variety of flavors, resulting in the most thorough array of casks made and collected by any craft distiller. These casks are all brought home to Texas to become the ingredients from which the award-winning whiskey range is batched to create perfection.

Awarded 93 points by Wine Enthusiast, the Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon is a batch of three hand-selected straight bourbon whiskies: Texas bourbon for a pop of spice, Kentucky bourbon for vanillas and fruits, and vintage Tennessee bourbon for structure and tannins. Products can be found at premium retailers across the state and pricing starts at $40.

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Precision Camera & Video
With a 40-year tradition of integrity and personal service, this locally owned Austin business has a knowledgeable staff that is passionate about photography and education. From daily and weekly camera equipment rentals to a robust used gear section, service and repairs, a full-service photo lab, and photography classes, Precision Camera is here to serve the Austin photographic community in every way possible.

You can feel at ease shopping local and be confident that you're getting the best deal. With Precision's low-price promise, if you find a better deal from an authorized dealer, Precision Camera will match their price. From beginners to pros, Precision Camera has the gear you’ll need. See their full holiday guide here for gift inspo and the most up to date sales.

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Samsung
What do you get the person in your life who has everything? A device unlike any other, fit for a budding content creator and avid multitasker. Flexible and powerful, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 empowers you to capture and create with its unique design. Z Flip4 is built to make the most of the holidays and beyond with its iconic and customizable form factor, upgraded camera experience, super fast charging batteries, and powerful processor.

In the season of capturing memories, Z Flip4 revolutionizes group photos, with no need for a tripod or professional photographer: just partially fold the Galaxy Z Flip4 so it stands on its own and capture crisp photos at various angles with Flex Mode hands-free. Packing powerful cameras and Samsung’s latest incredible night photography features, Z Flip4 comes ready for the perfect family portrait or selfie. After you take the perfect shot, easily share your portraits and videos with your family over Quick Share – with just a private link or QR code, quickly send your shots without losing their quality, even to those who don’t use Galaxy devices.

With its one-of-a-kind design and customizable colors, you can personalize every element of the Galaxy Z Flip4 for the special someone in your life. Choose from custom fonts and designs to create a coordinated cover screen and main screen aesthetic tailored to their tastes. Flip4’s cover screen theme can even be synced to other Galaxy devices — so you can give the gift of sleek, fashionable coordination at any holiday party. And for that special someone who deserves a special smartphone, you can build a custom Z Flip4 on Samsung’s Bespoke Design Studio with glass colors and frame options that provide 75 unique combinations for the ultimate personalized gift. Starting at only $209.99 with eligible trade-in.

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Pour more than 200 varieties of whiskey for an unforgettable holiday gift

Raise a Glass

Give the gift of whiskey this holiday season with tickets to Whiskey Riot, coming to Austin at Distribution Hall on April 8, 2023.

From whiskey connoisseurs to the "whiskey curious," everyone is invited to this massive tasting event, which boasts more than 200 varieties of whiskey for attendees to try.

All types of whiskey will be available, with representation from the large historic bourbon houses of Kentucky — like Four Roses and Heaven Hill — to local Texas distillers with products made right here in the Lone Star State.

The event runs 4-7 pm that Saturday, with VIP ticket-holders gaining early admission for an extra hour of sampling.

General admission tickets are $90 and VIP are $160, but early birds can score $85 general admission if purchased before December 31.

Grab your tickets here, and delight the whiskey lover in your life this holiday season with a once in a lifetime experience.

This Central Texas bank is a small business’ best friend

Small Business Success

From quirky-cool coffee shops to adorable boutiques, delicious chef-driven restaurants, gift shops, and more, small businesses add so much to the fabric of a neighborhood.

SouthStar Bank firmly believes this, too.

As a people-first, community-minded Texas bank, they’re passionate about doing their part to support local business operations.

“We take pride in our neighbors and seek to help folks succeed, as we work to build relationships for years to come,” says Alexis Micheal, SouthStar Bank’s senior vice president and SBA director. “And because we’re local, you can rest assured that we will always be available to discuss your financial goals.”

Not only does SouthStar Bank have uniquely personalized customer service — that large corporate banks simply cannot provide to small businesses — they also are dedicated to delivering the best business offerings possible, including their SBA loan program.

Whether you’re planning a startup or expanding current operations, securing business financing is a crucial piece of your business plan.

With SouthStar Bank’s SBA loan program, you get answers fast so you can get on with the next step on your growth plan.

Their team of experts also works to get you the lowest down payment possible, and they prioritize long-term loans that have low monthly payments to reduce your overhead expense.

“We are excited to put your small business on the road to growth, sustainability, and long-term success,” adds Michael.

As any entrepreneur or business owner knows, having the right financial partner is a key pillar to success and security. So leave it to the experts at SouthStar Bank to guide you through the small business loan process and help you achieve your next step to financial success.

Locate your nearest branch in the Austin area to speak directly with one of their small business loan professionals, or visit the SouthStar Bank website to explore your loan options and begin the application process.

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All loans subject to approval. Other fees and restrictions may apply. SouthStar Bank NMLS #410624. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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Roll into the holiday spirit with a mile of magic at COTA's Peppermint Parkway

Festive Vibes

Circuit of The Americas is ready to roll with its Peppermint Parkway holiday extravaganza, bringing back the holiday favorite for its third year with all-new activations, including the chance to pick up your own Christmas tree to take home.

“We cannot wait to welcome Central Texans back to Peppermint Parkway. This is truly a special event for us and we love being able to be part of the holiday traditions our community celebrates every year,” says COTA chief experience officer Courtney Young. ”We are bringing back beloved favorites including the Grinch and the Mistletoe Kissing Booth, and offering a couple of exciting new attractions. We encourage guests to put on their coziest sweaters and head to Peppermint Parkway for a memorable holiday experience.”

Hop in
Peppermint Parkway is "a one-mile display of lights, music, and joy" that runs from November 25-December 30. More than 6 million lights will illuminate the path as guests follow the event's mascots, Pepper and Mint, down COTA's Tunnel Road to deliver their letters to Santa.

Dozens of live characters, including dancing gingerbread men and everyone’s favorite holiday grump, the Grinch, will interact with your vehicle, creating an immersive holiday experience not found anywhere else.

Tree time
New this year is Wonder Woods, the most cost-effective tree lot in Austin. Circuit of The Americas will be getting in the holiday spirit by giving away free Christmas trees to families in need, too.

Smile bright
Guests can share a kiss with loved ones in the Mistletoe Kissing Booth for an unforgettable photo opp that's perfect for your holiday card. Families can take a photo with Pepper and Mint, write a letter to Santa, and travel to the top of the COTA Candy Cane, the 251-foot-tall observation tower that offers an amazing view of the Parkway and illuminated Austin skyline.

To the Plaza we go
Before or after your drive, step out of your car and walk through Peppermint Plaza. Guests can take a spin on one of the eight-plus rides (perfect for kids and thrill-seekers alike), write a letter to Santa, meet Pepper and Mint, grab treats at the food trucks, and shop at the all-new Holiday Market and Sweet Shoppe.

Pause for the pub
Attendees can also escape to the swanky Peppermint Pub, complete with velvet couches and an awe-inspiring tree. Kids can sip on cocoa while adults have the option to join them, while adding a splash of something special.

Christmas cruisin'
Race fans can enjoy the Candy Cane Cruise, an exclusive opportunity to take your own car for a parade lap on COTA's world-famous, 3.41-mile, FIA-grade Formula 1 track, where many world champions have raced.

Ticket info
Ticket packages start at $40 per car and are on sale now onsite and at PeppermintParkway.com.

Travel to the top of the COTA Candy Cane and look out over downtown.

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Travel to the top of the COTA Candy Cane and look out over downtown.

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This Central Texas bank offers local expertise when buying or building your dream home

Lend From a Friend

If you’re planning to buy or build your next dream home, consider your options for financing. Contacting a local community bank for your mortgage needs could provide more flexible loan options.

Local banks aim to provide loans based on people and not just their credit scores. That's how SouthStar Bank operates, offering a superior level of personal attention. In the current market, this can be especially crucial.

Whether you are buying your first home or building your forever dream home, there are steps you can take along with your lender and Realtor to create a streamlined process.

Starting with pre-qualification, your lender will evaluate your unique situation. Many borrowers qualify for a traditional home loan — but, of course, not everyone is traditional. SouthStar Bank understands that every client is unique and provides the flexibility to create custom loans to fit these situations.

Many individuals, especially first-time homeowners, may not understand the nuances and complexities of home loans. For this reason, one of the most important qualities of a good loan officer is to be a great communicator. The best mortgage lenders can convert complex terms into easy-to-understand language for their clients. Don’t be afraid to ask questions early and often.

With the ever-changing market, switching lenders midway through the process can mean losing the perfect home. Having a lender on your side who is able to thoroughly evaluate your situation and pivot to a variety of loan options will keep your goals of homeownership at the forefront.

With the high demand for housing in Austin, many are also considering building their own home. But where to begin? Along with a variety of mortgage options, SouthStar Bank specializes in lot and construction lending. This spans from financing the land to the construction of a custom home on a lot you already own.

Customers can also opt for "construction-to-permanent" loans, which cover your project from beginning to end — and into paying the mortgage. As experts in the market, SouthStar Bank’s lending team will be with you every step of the way.

"For most clients, the construction loan process is new," says Kimberly Watson, SouthStar Bank's senior vice president of lending. "We do what we can to make it as straightforward as possible. It’s something I look at day in and day out, and I enjoy seeing plans come together for clients who aren’t sure where to begin."

Founded in 1920, SouthStar Bank holds over $1 billion in assets and is one of the largest independent banks in Texas. All decisions are made locally by a dedicated lending team, allowing the flexibility to apply common-sense standards to products, services, and loan requests.

Locate your nearest branch to speak directly with a loan officer, or visit the SouthStar Bank website to explore your mortgage options and get started with pre-qualification.

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All loans subject to approval. Other fees and restrictions may apply. SouthStar Bank NMLS #410624. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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Mobile vet company brings its no-rush, stress-free services to Austin homes

Home Is Where the Vet Is

Austin, one of the largest no-kill shelter cities in the United States, already knows a lot about adopting instead of shopping. A puppy is a wonderful addition to the family, but senior dogs need love (and are loved), too. As many have learned firsthand, taking care of a senior pet can be challenging — with higher medical bills, potentially heavy lifting as joints stiffen, and tough decisions to make about what kind of care is necessary — but also incredibly rewarding.

November is National Senior Pet Health Month, calling for awareness about an older pet’s needs, and providing opportunities to celebrate wins all over local news. In Austin, one of those wins came in scrubs. The Vets, a mobile veterinary service that makes house calls, expanded into Austin in 2022 (after launching the year prior), eventually bringing the national count to 16 locations including Houston and Dallas. Texas and California are tied for the most locations, at three each.

“Among the top reasons that pet owners avoid or postpone their visit to the vet clinic include the stress of transporting their pet, restrictive pet carriers, and crowded waiting rooms,” explained a statement from the company. “Our no-rush visits give your pet the time to bond with our vet and you the opportunity to ask questions. And you always have the option to rebook the same vet to help grow that special relationship over time.”

This team provides care for every stage in a pet’s life, and most of their needs, too; that’s everything from routine wellness exams, microchipping, nutrition consulting, and even emergency services including those with specialized equipment like ultrasound machines. When the time comes to ease a pet’s end-of-life transition, the team also offers at-home euthanasia, dramatically reducing stress for both pets and people who don’t want a sterile environment or a tearful drive home.

The American Veterinary Medical Association lists many needs for senior pets, including increased medical care, vaccinations, and pet parents that are observant about environmental concerns like house structure and stimulation. With a home vet, pet owners might consider asking for opinions on how to streamline some of these interactions, without having to worry about having to write notes, try to remember potential issues in the space, or miss any important details a professional would see right away.

A good vet can make animals comfortable no matter what, but The Vets emphasizes the stronger relationships that its team can build in a comfortable, stress-free environment. In addition to a more convenient and comfortable experience, this can also mean better care for a pet that doesn’t have an entire puppyhood to adjust.

More information about The Vets, including scheduling, is available at thevets.com.

Austin-area pig rescue wins Airbnb contest to build one-of-a-kind pig-themed guest house

This Place is a Pigsty

KVUE — From tens of thousands of entries from around the world, 100 aspiring designers, architects, DIYers, and makers from more than 20 countries and regions have been chosen to bring their unique space ideas to life as part of the $10,000,000 Airbnb OMG! Fund.

One of those winners is Tracey Stabile, director of the Central Texas Pig Rescue (CTPR) in Austin. Tracey and Dan Illescas, founders of Central Texas Pig Rescue, will receive up to $100,000 to create a one-of-a-kind pig-shaped guest space. Over the course of the next 10 months, they will design, construct, and outfit the space to be guest-ready by summer 2023.

"Basically the OMG! Fund contest was a way for people to be really playful and kind of invent a really cool dwelling that would be something that's totally notable to people and be a destination," said Stabile.

Stabile said Airbnb left all of the freedom of creativity up to them. They went through several rounds of design and planning and review.

"Each step of the way, we were like, 'We're one step closer.' It was very exciting. Just getting those emails at each milestone and seeing that we were actually contenders in this contest. Then the fact that we, of course, won and now we're going to be able to build this amazing thing that we absolutely never would have been able to build under other circumstances. It's just an amazing opportunity," stated Stabile.

Stabile said she wanted to build something that was a little bit unpredictable and wanted to avoid some of the shapes that people might expect. The current pig sanctuary in Smithville, about 45 minutes outside of Austin, is home to over 200 pigs that were saved from abandonment. The sanctuary houses a mix of all different types of pigs, mostly potbellied pigs, and is 100 percent volunteer run and 100 percent donation based.

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Read the full story and watch the video at KVUE.com.

Texas state parks beckon this holiday season with festive events and peaceful escapes

Silent nights

If roasting s'mores and hiking in the great outdoors sounds fun, pack up your family and visit one of Texas’ state parks this holiday season.

Texas state parks and historic sites are ringing in the holidays with a number of festive events. There are drive-thru light tours, special holiday hikes, arts and crafts for the kiddos, and more.

Reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to visit an individual park's website before you head out. And check the Holidays in the Parks page for many more fun options, pricing information, and more information.

Austin/San Antonio-area parks

Bastrop State Park
Follow ornaments with clues through the park every day in December during the annual Fa La La Through The Forest Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the Lost Pines Christmas Parade, a collaborative event with Bastrop and Buescher Parks, at 6 pm December 10. Tour the inside of the historic Refectory and see how the Civilian Conservation Corps celebrated Christmas away from home during A Lost Pines CCC Christmas 9 am-12 pm December 17.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Visit the popular attraction during December to learn how the farm staff get ready for das Weihnachten (Christmas). Return to the park at 5:30 pm December 18 for the 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, a holiday tradition started by President and Mrs. Johnson.

Garner State Park
Join the Buffalo Soldiers program and friends as they stop into Garner State Park before leaving for Christmas break during the Marching Towards Christmas event 10 am-2 pm December 10. Christmas activities will include hand-dipped candles, frontier Christmas painting, Christmas-themed hard tack in Dutch ovens, and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buescher State Park
On the Fa La La in the Forest Scavenger Hunt, you can follow ornaments with clues through the park to secure a prize at the end, December 1 to January 1. Enjoy the Smithville Festival of Lights and Lighted Parade, a collaborative effort between Buescher and Bastrop parks, on December 3.

Hill Country State Natural Area
See how art, history and state parks are connected; learn some basic watercolor techniques and paint a card or two to take home during the Watercolor Christmas Cards event 2:30-4 pm December 3. Come back for Horses in History & Ornament Craft from 2:30-4 pm December 22 and learn how horses played important roles in the lives of vaqueros, native people, ranchers and more. Then, play a round of horseshoes and paint a horse ornament to take with you.

South Llano River State Park
At Christmas at the Ranch, 2-5 pm December 3, guests can warm up with hot chocolate and cider, listen to live entertainment, enjoy crafts and cookie decorating, and anticipate Santa's visit while taking in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations at the historic Ranch House that now serves as Park Headquarters.

Dallas-Fort Worth-area parks

Tyler State Park
Enjoy Reading Ranger Campfire Stories around a cozy campfire at 3 pm December 3. Head back December 9-10 for A Pineywoods Christmas, when you can stroll or drive through the Lakeview and Big Pine campgrounds to take in campers' elaborately decorated sites and take a Winter Wonderland Hike.

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Drive through or stay at the park and decorate your campsite with your favorite Christmas decorations to receive your second night of camping free during your stay. There will be a decorating contest, complete with awards, as well as a reading of The Night before Christmas — all part of Twinkle Tour 2022, 5-8 pm December 3.

Daingerfield State Park
Drive through the park lit up like Santa Land during the 10th annual Christmas in the Park drive thru lights tour December 14-17 (times vary). Marvel at the decorated campsites and lights, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while waiting for a chance to visit with Santa.

Eisenhower State Park
Help those in need and spread holiday cheer — and as a bonus, get free entry to the park — by bringing one unwrapped donation item to the park’s Holiday Donation Drive through December 19. Visit December 9-10 to visit the Light Up the Park drive-thru lights event, featuring milk and cookies with Santa. This year, the park is taking unwrapped toys to donate instead of collecting entrance fees for the event.

Cleburne State Park
Enjoy Pancakes With Santa and make pinecone bird feeders 9-11 am December 10.

Cedar Hill State Park
Search for birds taking their winter break at the park during their Winter Birding Walk, which takes place 7:30-8:30 am December 13. Explore Christmas on Penn Farm on December 17: Learn about the history and pioneers of the Penn Family and the farm they built 150 years ago.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Experience Christmas, cowboy style, at Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas, December 3. Park ranger and cowboy poet David Owens will gather guests around a campfire at the Lone Star Amphitheater for an evening of cowboy culture through songs, stories and poems.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
In partnership with Toys for Tots, the park is hosting Christmas in the Valley, a full day of ranger-led events, programs, family friendly activities, arts and crafts, food and more. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for free admission for the whole family. The event takes place 1-4 pm December 17.

Houston and Gulf Coast-area parks

Brazos Bend State Park
Holiday in the Park is an all-day affair on December 10. Events include a self-guided "Elf Hike," Christmas crafts, "Pup Parade," s'mores, and more.

Goose Island State Park
See the park in lights, enjoy holiday activities, and camp for free when you decorate your campsite during Christmas in the Park on December 17. Guests are invited to "Santa's Village" at the CCC Recreation Hall for holiday crafts, games, hot chocolate around the campfire, and to drop off letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Get in the holiday spirit with the second annual Holiday Light Drive Thru, 6-9 pm December 10. Visitors can enter the park for a drive through the lighted areas of Javelina and Opossum Bend camping loops, plus the Old Pavilion.

West Texas and the Panhandle-area parks

Franklin Mountains State Park
On December 3, make ornaments and holiday cards with recycled materials as part of the Art in the Parks series. During Cookies and Cocoa, you can decorate and take home your own Christmas treat while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate 2-4 pm December 23. Come back on Christmas Eve for a guided, two-mile Santa Hike at 11 am.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Bring your family out for Home for the Holidays guided family hike on December 10 and moderate hike on December 17.

San Angelo State Park
Enjoy a drive-thru tour of lights and optional pictures with Santa and Smokey Bear during Holly-Days in the Park, 6-8 pm December 10.