Annual Holiday House Tour
We recently traveled to Waxahachie, for its Annual Holiday House Tour held for three weekends in December. Each of the weekends featured different homes in the town splendidly decorated and lit up for Christmas!
Our group of homes on the last weekend, featured older style architecture, although an earlier weekend offered two modern homes on the tour.
We purchased our tickets at the Ellis County Museum, then progressed onto the tour following the map on the brochure. The town was crawling with visitors that night, but we had no problem seeing the homes in the time allowed. Only one house had a line, but it moved quickly.
Hours were 6:00pm-8:00pm. It was held in conjuction with Bethlehem Revisited, which continued until 9:00 pm.
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Lay your holiday shopping aside for an evening and be part of the drama in Bethlehem Revisited, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey to this Biblical city and the events therein. This event was given from 6:00pm-9:00pm on the first two weekends in December.
Menacing Roman soldiers, jostling crowds, Three magnificent kings, shepherds and their sheep, lumbering camels, costumed townspeople all help to create a wonderful Christmas message.
picture #2 Breaking bread together
picture #3 A Shepherd
picture #4 Roman Soldiers
Bethlehem was created by Central Prebyterian Church in Waxahachie, who invite the public to be witness to the Christmas story acted out in a meaningful way. Donations are accepted, entrance is free.
An amazing quilt featuring The Last Supper was displayed in the church's sanctuary. It is a traveling exhibit presented by Dr. Donald E. Locke of Waxahachie.
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The Victorian Christmas Market
The Victorian Christmas Market was held on a street running alongside the courthouse which was blocked off to make it pedestrian friendly for the weekend.
picture#2 Two lovely Victorian Ladies
picture #3 Santa waits for a list
picture #4 Pony rides for the little ones
picture #5 The petting zoo-always a favorite
Booths selling all sort of things, a small petting zoo and pony rides, plus a traveling carillon and horse and carriage rides were available to visitors. Santa Claus was on hand to receive "wish lists" personally, rather than trust snail mail to carry these important requests to the North Pole.
Ladies and gentlemen in Victorian costumes paraded around the square in velvet and satin, adding a touch of authenticity to this event. Waxahachie goes all out for their Christmas events!
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Entertainment at the Faire
Glass Harmonica - Donal Hinely was amazing. He had many glass of varying levels of water and was rubbing the tops of them which gave out amazing music (if that's what you can call it). He played with incredible ease 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' (not a slow piece) and while the reverberation of these filled glasses lingered in air, the crowd was in awe.
Scarborough Faire Festival
Mud Slinging at the Faire
Aside from watching two grown men flinging and coating themselves in mud, knowing that you don't have to do their washing, these two along with the compare were hillarious. The show went on for quite some time before it got to the dirty stuff but it was worth hanging around for. Beware, if you go to the faire and want to see this show, do not sit in the front 5 rows, you are likely to get splattered with mud!!
Scarborough Faire Festival.
The restrooms or 'Privies' as they are called at Scarborough Faire, are plentiful and are clean and well kept. They are just port-a-potties/loo's. Everything is in theme with the festival. There are also water fountains usually just outside.
Scarborough Faire Festival.
Faire General Info
The Faire usually begins about mid April through to the last weekend of May and is only open at weekends but includes Memorial Day (Monday closest to the 26th). The gates open at 10.00am through to 7.00pm. Various shows are running right throughout the day all around the grounds. With a parade being held around midday or so of a lot of the characters.
Prices as at 2003 - Adult $16.99, Child (5-12) $6.00 but if you go to a Diamond Shamrock Gas Station you can pick up coupons which will give you $2.00 off your ticket price when you buy it. Children under 4 yrs are free. They take most credit cards, travellers cheques and even local cheques.
There are ATM machines at two locations - the Main Souvenir Shoppe and the Pecan Grove Souvenir Shoppe. Everything within the park is paid for with cash (unlike some events which make you buy coupons up front to use).
The Gingerbread Trail is held every June and has been an annual event for 35 years. You are taken on a tour all the wonderful historic homes in Waxahachie where you will see styles of Victorian, Gingerbread, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne. Five private homes are open to inspection and have their own stories on their restoration and possibly even ghost stories. You can also tour some of the historically recognised buildings and view vintage automobiles which are parked around the downtown square.
Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival
This is a well known Renaissance Festival every year for 8 weekends from April to end of May on a 35 acre property. In a setting of the 16th century, you can step back into the time of King Henry VIII.
There is Food and fantasy, plenty of entertainment and shopping. Scarborough Faire the Renaissance Festival is one of the largest, most popular Renaissance Festivals in the nation.
Take I-35E South from Dallas to Exit 399A then go west on FM66 1.6 miles
Take a Ride
There are various rides to amuse the children or young at heart. There is the Hippogrif Swing, The dragon Swing, the Three Ship Swing and many others. All at a price of course.
Scarborugh Faire Festival.
One of the shows on dislay is the Falconry. The sport of falconry was enjoyed by all, but practiced mostly by the King and noblemen.
There is plenty of open seating or standing room under the trees.
Scarborough Faire, Festival, Waxahachie.
Laid Back and Relaxing
Waxahachie is very laid back and relaxing - at least at the weekends it is. There are restaurants and cafes around and of course a great selection of shopping of antiques and gifts. Or you can just select one of the park benches and sit in the sun.
One of the mud sculptures that was being designed. This 'fairy' was really playing up to the part - as do all the other characters there.
Scarborough Faire, Waxahachie.
Most of the larger Antique/Gift stores have restrooms in them. I didn't see any public ones around the square so its handy to know.
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