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This winter, experience the holiday cheer! As temperatures drop, bundle up, grab your warm beverage, and plan your next trip to Odessa, Texas. While visiting, stroll and shop our historic downtown. Enjoy a carriage ride while soaking in our legendary Christmas lights. Attend a holiday live show at one of our world-class performance centers. Bite into legendary barbecue. Hop along our Jackrabbit Jamboree Trail all around town. Get ready for the most magical time of year in Odessa, TX!

Odessa is located in the heart of West Texas. Most often, when folks think of Odessa, Texas, images of packed football stadiums, oil derricks, and pump-jacks come to mind. While we are famously known for Friday Night Lights and the oil and gas industry, Odessa has much more. Not only is Odessa the manufacturing center of the Permian Basin, but we are also home to a continuous number of public art projects, murals, and a revitalizing downtown area.

Parks Legado Farmers Market.

Begin your stay by grabbing breakfast, coffee, or mimosas at one of many local favorite restaurants, such as Brunch & Munch Eatery & Creperie, which has been voted best Sunday brunch three years in a row. Coffee lovers, stop by and get your warm specialty coffee at Press Café, Coffee 903, or CPL Ray’s Coffee. Stop by the local outdoor markets like the Parks Legado Christmas Tree Market, and find fresh cut Christmas trees, complimentary Santa photos, hot chocolate, ‘Thomas the Train’ rides, and more! Looking for local shopping? Marigold Boutique, Kirby’s Kloset, and Copper Key Realty Gift Shop are just a few places to find those unique holiday gifts you are looking for.

Be dazzled by all the holiday light displays you will find throughout the town. Starbright Village is a drive or walk through light display with more than 270,000 lights to bring you Christmas joy! If you’re looking for residential areas, check out Shiloh road in Emerald Forrest, where you can even sign up for Christmas Carriage rides. 

Starbright Village.

Find holiday worthy eats and drinks at locally-owned Barrel & Derrick. Odessa’s newest addition is Flair Taverna, where you can enjoy gourmet chef designed recipes and cocktails in a beautiful setting. Fuego West Texas, Cork & Pig Tavern, and Rooster’s Diner provides a cool atmosphere and will offer great holiday cocktails.

Celebrate the holidays with annual city events. Winterfest Market will become one of your favorite family traditions as the day is filled with children’s activities, vendors to shop from, and live music. Be in awe at the Parade of Lights in Downtown Odessa with a warm hot cocoa in your hand and family by your side. Catch a holiday live performance at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center or The Ector Theatre.

Parade of Lights.

Close out your evening with a warm cup of hot chocolate and blanket and soak in the breath-taking sunset that Odessa is known for. Remember to discover our Jack Rabbit Jamboree Trail.

Check out to plan your holiday trip!