It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ChristmasBack to Top of List
The holidays are a time for joy, peace, and spending time with friends and family. Make the most of your holiday break by exploring the downtown district and all its businesses, attractions, and holiday displays. Discover Temple has a list of twelve things to see and do this holiday season in downtown Temple.
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The Yard Food Truck Plaza is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal outside when the weather isn't too cold. With an assortment of cuisine types, there's a new meal to try each visit. Stop by for a tasty entrée from Chock Full of Cheese, Lulamae's Cajun Cuisine, 808 Island Grindz, Taqueria mi Lindo Nayarit, or Mama Lama Mobile Kitchen.
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Downtown Temple has two train depots; the Santa Fe Depot and the CentraMod Moody Depot. The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum is housed inside the Santa Fe Depot, where visitors can see rotating and permanent exhibits or attend events and family days. Want another fantastic train attraction? The CentraMod building features an incredible model railroad display. The Central Texas Area Model Railroaders use the facility to put together these displays. The group also hosts an annual model train show at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center.
Three Christmas TreesBack to Top of List
Take holiday photos of all three trees located downtown. There are trees stationed at City Hall, the Santa Fe Plaza, and The Yard Food Truck Plaza.
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With the holiday break coming up it's time to think of how you can help pass some of the extra time doing something fun. For avid readers or families with young children, opt to check out a library book from the Temple Public Library. With so many books to choose from, there will be plenty of fun stories to dive into before the break is over.
Five Fountains FlowingBack to Top of List
Run through the fountains at Santa Fe Plaza. These festive fountains take on some merry hues during the Christmas season. When lit, the fountains twinkle with red and green lights. Fountain hours are from 7 AM to 9:30 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM, 3 PM to 4 PM, and 5 PM to 11 PM.
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Grab a local brew from one of Temple's downtown breweries and businesses. It's time for a round of drinks and a jolly laugh to lift the spirits this holiday season. Take a moment or two to enjoy a drink at Fire Base Brewing Co., FoxDog, BJ's Brewery & Tasting Room, Mo's Rail Yard Saloon, Green Door On Second, Or O'Brien's Irish Pub.
Seven Singers SingingBack to Top of List
Who doesn't love music during the holiday season? Live music can be found around every corner of the downtown district. Enjoy a piano show at Green Door On Second, watch a performance on the outdoor stage at FoxDog, participate in karaoke at Corkys, or check out several of the other great live music options on our events page.
Eight Diners DiningBack to Top of List
Dine downtown this Christmas! There are delicious restaurants for many cuisine types you've been craving. Want to experience refined dining and upscale style? Pignetti's and Cheeves Bros. Steakhouse are the perfect fit. Are you looking for something a little more laid back? The downtown district's other restaurants, Treno Pizzeria, Bird Creek Burger Co., Nami Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, La Dalat, Thai Cafe, Cha Community, O'Brien's Irish Pub, and Ras Kitchen, all have entrees and menu items you are sure to love.
Nine Toasting GlassesBack to Top of List
Get ready to cheer for the new year! Downtown Temple has several great locations to toast to new friends and old, good times and bad, and everything in between. Head to O'Brien's Irish Pub, Mo's Rail Yard Saloon, Green Door On Second, J Kowboy, Corkys, Fire Base Brewing Co., or FoxDog for a good drink with great company. There's plenty to toast to this year.
Ten Ladies ShoppingBack to Top of List
'Tis the season to go shopping. Ladies, grab your girls and head to your nearest downtown boutique for shopping. Whether shopping for gifts for yourself, there is an excellent selection of clothing, spa items, accessories, and items for the home to shop for. Lenna Lane, Twice Upon A Clothesline, The Hub, Darling Decor & More, Parlour Antiques & Oddities, and 2nd Street Emporium have knickknacks, home goods, and apparel. Spend some time shopping in downtown Temple this weekend.
Eleven Children PlayingBack to Top of List
There's always time to play and have fun during Christmas break. With the kids home from school, you'll need a fun way to pass the time and burn some of that pint up energy. At The Yard Food Truck Plaza, visitors can grab a quick bite to eat and play at the on-site playground. Whistle Stop Park is also nearby, and its fun theme of trains fits in perfectly with the rich railroad history of Temple. Make the most of your extra time to laugh and play with loved ones and friends.
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It's no secret that Temple is known for its connection to the railroad. Temple is home to a working Amtrak station, a railroad and heritage museum, and train-themed parks. Behind the Santa Fe Depot, visitors can find a stationary train that they can view and a caboose they can walk through. The local park also has excellent viewpoints of the trains passing through town. Discover a newfound love of trains in Temple today.