An Old Fashion Christmas Happens This Weekend Nov 30th – Dec 1st in Castroville
The Old Fashion Christmas is a tradition that started in 1983 on the first weekend in December by a few antique shop owners in Castroville, Tx. At first, it was called “Old Fashioned Christmas” but that was quickly corrected to “Old Fashion Christmas” by one of the antique shop owner wives as it was grammatically incorrect. The show was meant to allow the local non-profit and school organizations as a way to sell their goods and/or raise money. Shortly after it’s inception and after the shop owners had moved on to other things, the show was handed over to the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC).
Now in our 35th year, the rain or shine show always takes place on the first weekend in December and has grown to over 250 vendors from all over selling everything from food to handmade crafts, metal art, paintings, jewelry and so much more. We have also extended the show to Friday evening and added several events such as Santa’s arrival, the lighting of the tree in Houston Square and a free kid’s area that includes pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, ornament making and hot cocoa. We also have live entertainment both days as well as a raffle with a top prize of a $1,000 Visa gift card.
The itinerary for the two days is as follows:
Friday, November 30th:
- 6:00pm – Welcome from the CACC and the Mayor with Tree Lighting
- 6:05pm – Nativity play by St. Louis Catholic School 5th graders
- 7:00pm – Live entertainment by The Solis Brothers
- 8:00pm – Live entertainment by Weston Ripps
- 9-10pm – Christmas music on Houston Square
Saturday, December 1st:
- 9:00am – National Anthem by Samantha Schulte
- 9:05am – Live entertainment by Texas Tempo
- 10:00am – Alsatian Dancers of Texas
- 11:00am – Scottish Bagpipers
- 11:30am – Texas Cheer & Tumbling performance
- 12:30pm – Caroling with Santa & MV Elementary Choirs
- 1:00pm – Visits and Pictures with Santa
- 2:00pm – Line Dancers
- 3:00pm – Raffle Drawing
- 3:15-4pm – Christmas music on Houston Square
The events on Dec 1st also included the Annual Christmas Candlelight Home Tour from 5-9pm. Shuttle buses will be available to take visitors to the homes on tour.
Needing a place to stay for the night or weekend? Check out the Hillside Boutique Hotel. Visit or call (830) 538-3200 for more information or to make reservations.
The Hillside Boutique Hotel will also be doing a Brunch with Santa both Sunday, Dec 2 & Sunday, Dec 9th. See details below:
The brunch menu includes a carving station, waffle and pancake station, a build your own parfait station, and much more. Guests can dine in the expansive 1,500 square-foot ballroom, outfitted with Victorian-era inspired chandeliers, as they enjoy the sounds of seasonal classics from a live DJ and take in the beautiful vistas from the large windows that provide an unobstructed view of the property and the rolling hills beyond. Customized glass and iron doors open to reveal more seating, and areas to just kick back, relax, and take in the atmosphere.
The little ones will be entertained with coloring, cookie decorating, and writing and delivering lists to Santa, who will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes, and pose for photos.
“Castroville is such a magical place to visit, especially during the holidays,” says owner Joseph Winkler. “We are often referred to by our guests as a ‘best-kept secret’… we look forward to becoming an established holiday tradition.”