Winterfest & The Historic Homes Tour

Dates announced for Winterfest 2016

Plan to take in our Winterfest and Historic Homes Tour; just as rich in notable information from days of Texas beginnings as it is with memorable small town charm. Winterfest activities kick Friday, December 2nd, with the always exciting GonzalesTX Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade; where local businesses and organizations put together their best spectacular, never-seen-before floats and illuminated displays – now in it’s ninth year!

Santa’s market is also available to get a head start for everyone on your list, beginning Friday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. and ending Saturday at 4:00 p.m. You’re sure to find something for everyone at this popular, annual Arts and Crafts display of local and regional talent. We hear Santa will also be there! Be sure to review our schedule below for more details. Additional gifts can be purchased from our arrangement of local antique stores.

Other attractions not to miss:

  • Become a spectator on the Annual Historic Homes Tour. The Historic Homes Tour is sponsored by the Gonzales Historic Homes Association, and proceeds go towards beautification and historic preservation efforts.
  • Stars in the Village is another annual, local attraction that is looked forward to by those wishing to have a taste of the past.
  • Holiday spirit and culture abounds at the Historic Organ Concert by Paul Keith, held annually at the historic Presbyterian Church of Gonzales. Admission is free for this event on Saturday, December 3rd.


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Historic Homes Tickets

A ticket to tour all homes along the Historic Homes Tour can be purchased at the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce, located at 414 Saint Lawrence Street, Gonzales, Texas. Cost for the ticket is $20.

Historic Homes are specially curated and decorated for the holiday season by their current owners with great pride.

The Gonzales Historic Homes Association (GHHA) is a non-profit organization. Since its beginning in 1996, the GHHA has raised awareness of the historical value of the historic homes that still remain, and has contributed financially to Gonzales’ tourism efforts. The GHHA has invested more than $60,000 in the beautification, promotion and preservation of Gonzales.


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Homes of the Winterfest Historic Homes Tour


The T.N. Matthews House (The J.B. Wells House)

829 Mitchell

The James Bailey Wells house was built in 1885 by T.N. Matthews. J.B. Wells purchased the home and moved his family in from Leesville on January 1, 1890. The fifteen-room house features some original wall paper, light fixtures and furnishings. Beautiful woodwork is of Florida long-leaf pine. Of special note are three early Texas pieces, a wardrobe, dresser and bed, all crafted of Guadalupe Valley black walnut by local cabinetmaker August Klein. It features a fire escape, lightning rods and indoor plumbing, all of which were quite modern for that time. Only the kitchen and bathrooms were modernized and the house stands now as it was built. The Gonzales Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is the custodian.

The T.R. Skinner House

205 St. Andrew

This Queen Anne style cottage was built by T.R. Skinner, a local butcher, in 1914. The house features decorative diamond fish scale siding, interior varnished bead board walls, and original long-leaf pine floors. The house has just recently been restored by owners Dee Dee and Greg Sengelmann.

The Soloman Joseph House

226 St. James

This is one of two houses that Solomon Joseph bought and remodeled. It was used by his daughter, Sweetie Rae. The last major change was completed around 1898. It was the site of Susanna and Almaron Dickinson’s house and the brick cistern in the front yard reportedly belonged to the Dickinsons. Current owner is Elise Mullins.

The Jacob Stahl House

206 St. Francis

Jacob and Selma Stahl built this house in 1907. Restoration was begun in 2008 and the home is being opened to the public for the first time. It features a deep front porch with a unique cupola on the roof. The longleaf pine woodwork including the unusual crown molding are excellent examples of the outstanding craftsmanship of the period. The wallpaper has been removed and, because the owners are still in the process of restoration, visitors are able to see the longleaf pine construction of the walls. Current owners Larry and Johnnie Edwards, are continuing restoration of this unique and beautiful home.

The C.E. Dilworth House

222 St. Peter

This magnificent Greek-Revival style home was built by Coke and Lenora Dilworth in 1912. The two-story house features a full length ell-shaped porch and a second story balcony. The entrance is a rounded portico with fluted Ionic columns, matching those along the porch. Porch floors are marble inlaid terrazzo. The inside of the house features intricate parquet floors, original fireplaces and a sweeping staircase leading to the second floor. The gardens are complete with a carriage house, a terrace, and a Koi pond. Meticulous restoration continues by current owner is Clint Hille.

Schedule of Winterfest Activities

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Lighted Christmas Parade – This festive parade runs through downtown Gonzales, Texas.

  • 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016
  • There is no cost with viewing the parade
  • Please be aware of possible street closures downtown leading up to the parade.
  • Parade forms are to be mailed into Main Street, City of Gonzales, 820 St Joseph St Gonzales, TX 78629

Santa’s Market – Come experience local and regional talent at Santa’s Market.

  • Friday, December 2, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • No costs associated with coming to Santa’s Market

Stars in the Village – Gonzales Pioneer Village Living History Center, Enjoy refreshments like cookies, wassail, and campfire popcorn, and live music.

Historic Organ Concert by Paul Keith – This annual concert will be held at the Gonzales Presbyterian Church, 414 Saint Louis Street, Gonzales, Texas. Free Admission.

  • Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free


Please remember to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, and keep an eye on the Chamber Chatter newspaper columns for date and event announcements.


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Lighted Parade Application