The holidays are all about merriment and family, and Cleburne is the perfect place to celebrate the joyous season where holiday cheer comes naturally. Located 30 miles south of Fort Worth, Cleburne is brimming with holiday delights, family activities, beautiful accommodations and, of course, plenty of opportunities for shopping. Here’s a guide on how to enjoy the festive season over a weekend getaway in this Texas oasis.
Snuggle up and enjoy your home away from home when you stay at Anglin Rose Bed and Breakfast, which has all the luxuries of being away combined with the comforts of home. The charming pink exterior of this antique mansion is a warm welcome to the cozy guest rooms that are completely restored to the home’s original 1892 beauty and authenticity. From gorgeous stained-glass windows to antique furnishings and fixtures, the home is a step into the elegant past. An added perk? The inn’s owner and operator knows her way around the kitchen, and her delicious breakfast is a draw of its own.
For a more modern stay, Liberty Hotel has a boutique hotel environment in the heart of downtown Cleburne. The hotel is full of style, character and comfort with great amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast, a fitness center, business center and outdoor pool. It’s also within walking distance to the city’s shops, restaurants and attractions.
Explore the City
Make plans to enjoy Cleburne the weekend of Dec. 12-13 and head over to The Chisholm Trail Museum for the Cowboy Christmas on the Trail. Ride on a covered wagon through 4 different scenes and experience what life was like at Christmas time on the Chisholm Trail! Listen to the Legends of Texas tell of the struggles and excitement of packing up their families and belongings to move to a better land and way of life before Christmas comes! Final destination is the “Star Pavilion” where kids can decorate ornaments, Christmas Caroling, Food Trucks, SHOPPING, Vendors and of coarse visit Cowboy Claus!
The holidays kick off in Cleburne on Nov. 23 in Hulen Park with the town’s annual Whistle Stop Christmas, a Virtual Whistle Christmas lighting, it will be filmed in advance and revealed on Whistle Stop Christmas Facebook page at 7 pm. The joy of the holidays continue on Dec. 4 with the annual holiday activities at Hulen Park with food and gift vendors, Children's Train Rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus an more.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a night at the theater, so get your digital rental for the Plaza Theatre Company’s rendition of “A Christmas Carol,” which will bring the holly jolly spirit to all.
Fill the hearts of everyone on your holiday shopping list with specialty gifts at local retail businesses and enter to win a $1,000 Holiday Shopping Spree at any participating shop from Nov. 13th - Dec. 13th, winner will be announced on Dec. 15th.
If your stomach starts to grumble in Cleburne, you have plenty of options to enjoy a delicious feast. Visit locally owned Thai Garden Café and try authentic dishes such as the Thai basil stir-fry, drunken noodles and the famed cashew chicken, or warm up on a cool winter day with delightful tom kha kai (chicken coconut) soup and three varieties of tom yum soup. Wake up with freshly brewed coffee at Cleburne’s newest indie coffee shop, Mug on the Square. A cozy and inviting atmosphere coupled with custom beverages makes this a must-stop while you’re in Cleburne.Whether you need a quick cup of joe to jumpstart your day or you want to sit and relax, this coffee shop has the perfect sips.
If you find yourself walking down E. Chambers Street and met with the incomparable smell of freshly baked goodies, your nose has led you to Mom’s Kitchen. This small-batch bakery doesn’t have a specialty because visitors fall in love with every confection they taste. Nosh on crispy fruit pies, exquisite (in taste and design!) cupcakes and scones that would have the queen of England begging for more.
Nothing hits the spot like barbecue, and family-owned Leach Bros Bar-B-Q has been delighting the taste buds of residents since 1950. During the winter months, the barbecue geniuses in the kitchen make the famed seasonal chili that has people lining up once the weather cools down. Don’t forget to add the “Cheesy Pig” to your order—a perfectly baked potato loaded with smoked ribs, macaroni and cheese, jalapenos, onions, sour cream and barbecue sauce. Not your style? Try the spicy smoked chicken salad stuffed baked potato that’s sure to knock your socks off, too.
The most wonderful time of year is a delight in Cleburne, where sumptuous accommodations and holiday festivities entice you, and the Texas-sized hospitality will have you coming back for more.