Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from making tamales in San Antonio to a classic take on the iconic holiday-time ballet, The Nutcracker. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Dec 2–Dec 9]
Tamales trump turkey in many parts of the state during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, families will gather for a tamalada, where, over the course of a day, hundreds of tamales are made assembly-style for personal consumption or to hand out as gifts. The second annual Tamales! Holiday Festival at the old Pearl brewery is a variation of a tamalada that involves the entire community, set to a bounty of live Mexican music. “Making the best tamales is all about friends and family and the camaraderie that comes with the process,” said Shelley Grieshaber, one of the event organizers. “If you take the process too seriously, without saucy tales and a lot of gossip thrown in, I think your tamales are destined to be heavy and bland, instead of light and delicious.” Learn the art of tamale-making—preparing