Holiday Shopping in Washington County

Holiday Shopping in Washington County

Get your Holiday Shopping Done around Washington County

Whether it’s during our Stroll on December 5, 2020, or some other time of year, you can find gifts for even the biggest Grinch in Washington County.

Downtown Brenham is a one-stop shop location with great stores like Book Nook, The Woman’s Cave, and Canyon Chick…but have you SEEN Hermann Furniture all decorated up for the Holidays?  Home décor galore and its neighbor, Hermann Emporium even has great clothes for kids!

Ace Hardware.  Yes, a hardware store, but it's not your average hardware store…there’s tools & grills for Dad, but you can surely find something for Mom in the clothing department or easy soup & dip mixes in the Gift Gallery that you can whip up last minute for that holiday party tonight!

South Texas Tack and Brenham Saddle Shop have the best selections for your cowboy/cowgirl (and Rodeo season is right around the corner).

Find antiques at Main Street Antiques in Chappell Hill, and Bootleggers and Leftovers on the way to Burton.

Who doesn’t like a sweet treat?  Check out Jet Set Chocolates and Bliss Candy Company, and treat yourself to something while you’re there.  You deserve it.

Bliss Candy and Cupcake

Never show up to a Holiday Party empty handed…stop by Pleasant Hill Winery, Saddlehorn Winery, Texas Star Winery, Windy Winery, Brazos Valley Brewery, or 1844 Liquor for a gift for the host or hostess.

There’s more stores in and around the county, but these are some you should definitely check out while you’re here.

Finding Holiday Magic in Brenham & Washington County

This is my favorite time of year … waiting and anticipating the first cold snap of the season … when the air turns crisp, leaves begin to float gracefully to the ground, coffee tastes better and animals and children alike seem to get a boost of extra playfulness. It’s magical.

Sounds a bit like the opening of a Hallmark movie, but … it is real. Brenham and Washington County can’t be replicated. This is true Texas. Unapologetically Americana. Authentic.

Fall wouldn’t be complete in Brenham without candy-littered streets from the annual homecoming parade, including of course, homecoming queen hopefuls waving from convertibles. It doesn’t get much more Americana than this, right?

October boasts creatively dressed scarecrows posed in front of Downtown Brenham shops. Each one lovingly put together by dozens of schoolchildren and individuals alike, who have put their hearts into these straw creations, in hopes of winning one of the many prizes. Local spirit and pride are reflected in each entry.

Our community of Chappell Hill, located just 15 minutes east of Brenham, throws its annual Scarecrow Festival. This popular event draws huge crowds to its tiny town to shop, eat and welcome the season with a smile. Tent-lined streets are full of holiday shoppers, happy to escape big city mass merchandise to enjoy unique street vendors and small-town life.

November continues the holiday spirit with Christmas at the Mansion, a home tour and Christmas fair held at Brenham’s beautiful Giddings Stone Mansion. The mansion’s exterior and eight rooms will feature different holiday themes, designed and decorated by Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture.  There is inspiration at every turn.  Self-guided tours are available all weekend and even two separate seatings for a special lunch on Saturday (reservations required).

Antique Rose Emporium’s 32nd Annual Fall Festival of Roses is a favorite outdoor experience in November. Breathing in the cool rose scented air while taking in spectacular blooms and learning how to care for them is a unique seasonal event not to be missed.

And, what we’ve all been looking forward to all year long … the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in Downtown Brenham … an event that will melt the heart of even the worst Scrooge. Downtown Brenham comes to life with residents and visitors mingling on the streets and throughout the shops. No crowded malls here, just a hometown atmosphere of genuine Christmas spirit. Brenham’s Downtown shopkeepers dazzle and surprise unsuspecting visitors with unique finds. Inside some of the antique architecture, new hip ventures are alive and well and waiting to be discovered.

The Stroll is kicked off with the tree lighting ceremony where onlookers are serenaded by a Girl Scout choir singing carols. As night continues to fall, the parade begins. Beautifully decorated and fully lit floats, marching bands, horses and dancers parade through Downtown, all to the delight of friends, family and visitors. And of course, the man of the hour SANTA makes his grand entrance to the squeals of excited children lining the streets, frantically waving to him as he passes by, perched atop a Fire Truck.

People passing, children laughing, meeting smile after smile … doesn’t just happen in a song or a Hallmark movie. It’s in Brenham, Texas and Washington County … where It’s a Wonderful Life!

Sorry, couldn’t help myself!

Photos by: Natalie Lange