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Celebrating Christmas at the Driskill Hotel

29 November 2011 1,381 views 3 Comments

I love hanging out at the Driskill hotel any time of year — the cowhide covered couches, taxidermy on the walls, delicious meals, and fun bar atmosphere make this a fun place to bring out-of-towners and go on a date.

Driskill post-renovation

Driskill post-renovation

But to me, the best time to visit the Driskill is during the Christmas season. And this Thursday night, the Driskill is kicking off their “12 Days of Driskill” holiday, as well as their 125th year celebration with what sounds like a fantastic event.

This Thursday, Dec. 1, the Driskill will be providing free entertainment in the lobby as part of their traditional tree lighting ceremony (starting at 6 p.m.)  by musicians that include Ruby Jane (6:45 p.m.). All visitors will be offered sweet and savory holiday treats from the 1886 Cafe & Bakery, apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee. Immediately after the tree lighting, there will be passed birthday cake and champagne.

Photo of Driskill provided by the hotel

Photo of Driskill provided by the hotel

Starting at 7:15, Dale Watson will perform on the Driskill Stage in the upper lobby. Other musicians taking part include Betty Soo at 8:20 p.m. and Sahara Smith at 9:20 p.m., among others.

The Driskill first opened for business on December 20, 1886 by Cattle Baron Jessie Driskill. One of the oldest historic buildings in the state, it was a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson who held many election night events at The Driskill and where he took the future Lady Bird Johnson on their first date. To read more about the hotel’s history, check out their historic timeline.

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  • http://texasonthames.com/ Laura

    Aw, I love having a cocktail at the Driskill bar. Lovely!

  • http://texasonthames.com/ Laura

    Aw, I love having a cocktail at the Driskill bar. Lovely!

  • http://texasonthames.com/ Laura

    Aw, I love having a cocktail at the Driskill bar. Lovely!