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Winedale - Christmas at Winedale

Join us for "Christmas at Winedale," Saturday, December 14, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m. Take a ride on the Old West stagecoach as you view the way the countryside might have looked in the mid-1800s with historic homes, a one-room schoolhouse and folk life demonstrations. Admission is free and open to the public.

images of Christmas at Winedale past

Tour decorated historic homes and enjoy demonstrations of blacksmithing, quilting, weaving, spinning, rope-making, basket-weaving, wood-working, pottery, lace making, pioneer encampment and much more. Children’s activities include old-fashioned crafts, games, hands-on chores and kid-friendly farm animals. You might even see our Weihnachtsmann (German Santa Claus)!

Featured entertainment will include The German Singers, Star of Texas Dulcimers, Celtaire String Band, Shakespeare players, story tellers, folk musicians, folk dancers and more. Food and drinks will be available for sale.

Winedale Historical Complex, is located four miles northeast of Round Top, Texas, at 3738 FM 2714 (off FM 1457). Directions and Maps.

For more information call (979) 278-3530 or email:

December 2012

"Christmas at Winedale" was once again a great sucess. Taking place on Saturday, December 8, the folklife event drew people from across the state. Visitors were able to tour historic structures, staffed by volunteers in period costumes. Volunteers cheerfully shared historical knowledge with guests about a wide range of 19th-century practices including metal working, wine making, quilting, weaving and pottery. Good weather enabled many outdoor activities including hay rides, a petting zoo, crafts and folk dancing.

Visitors also enjoyed a theatrical performance from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 5). Watchers experienced the performance in a converted 19th-century barn while eating traditional Hunter's Stew and gingerbread. Finally, musicians were dotted around the complex playing traditional music. Performers included the The German Singers, Star of Texas Dulcimers, and The Celtaire String Band. Click on the play button below to view The Celtaire String Band in action!

Christmas at Winedale takes place at the Winedale Historical Complex near Round Top, Texas. Winedale is a division of the Briscoe Center for American History, a historical research unit at the University of Texas at Austin.