Old Town Spring: A Texas Christmas Experience
By: Ben Carpenter, Contributor
Looking for a refreshing Christmas experience this holiday season? Old Town Spring is the place for you. This town is filled with rich culture that welcomes all who have an enthusiastic interest in food, fashion, and, of course, spirits.
Spring was created in 1873 as a railroad and a lumber mill community, as well as for harvest of sugar cane and cotton. As you walk through the town, you will notice a heavy German influence. This is because the German immigrants that came from the port of Galveston were the ones who founded Spring, Texas.
The town is filled with over seventy quaint boutiques, restaurants, and gift shops, most of which are owned and managed locally. The town even has the German Gift House and The Little Dutch Girl gift shops. The German Gift House offers all sorts German type gifts and The Little Dutch Girl carries any type of chocolate you could hope for. All throughout the year they open their shops and provide entertainment for visitors and locals alike, but on Christmas they really liven things up.
From Carriage rides to pictures with Santa, Old Town Spring gives a Christmas experience with a little Texas culture in the mix. For thirty-two years, the town has provided Texas with its “Home for the Holiday” celebration. Beginning in late November and leading up to Christmas, the town is decorated with elaborate Christmas decorations and lights that bring the Christmas spirit to life. During this time, the gift shops sell Christmas specialty items and unique gifts that are perfect for bringing home to the family.
My personal favorite was a shop called Thads. The shop, located adjacent to the railroads on Main Street, sells beautiful and elaborate Christmas décor. My personal favorite was a Santa garden gnome. They also sell seasonal scented candles, artfully crafted wine racks, and unique dishware.
Another shop that caught my attention was an old-fashioned candy store called Emmy’s Sweet Shoppe. Emmy’s supplies candies from the 1920s through 1970s. As you walk in, you are greeted with a sweet scent that comes from all the sugary delights the shop offers. The shop offers more than just your average lollipop, though. During the Christmas season, they will order about 400 pounds of a candy called Sugar Plum Fairies. The shop owner does not know of another place around Texas that sells Sugar Plums, which sets Emmy’s apart from the rest. The Sugar Plums come in half-pound and one-pound packs and are totally worth the price and the calories.
Food & Spirits
Old Town Spring offers more than candy canes and knitted holiday sweaters; the town also has a variety of delicious food. The food varies from giant corn dogs and funnel cakes at the Funnel Cake Express to the fresh sandwiches and salads at Ellen’s. You won’t leave Spring on an empty stomach. Perhaps the most popular is Wunsche Bros. Café located on the corner of Midway Street and Hardy Street. The café has been serving Texas for over 107 years and provides a lively source of entertainment for its customers on the weekends. It is a great place to enjoy a meal and drinks with friends and family.
On the week of Christmas, the town has an annual “Lighting of the Christmas Tree,” where Santa and local school choirs sing Christmas carols. You can view dates and times of events as well as maps of Old Town Spring on the town’s website.
If you were looking for a place to enjoy the holiday spirit in Texas, then Old Town Spring is the place for you.