Austin's Sugar Rush, Gingerbread History Heroes Sweeten the Season with Free Holiday Fun

Austin's Sugar Rush, Gingerbread History Heroes Sweeten the Season with Free Holiday FunSource: City of Austin
Sophie Leclerc
Published on November 28, 2023

Get ready to spice up your holiday season with a Texas twist. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Brush Square Museums are rolling out the dough for some wholesome fun with the fourth annual Gingerbread History Heroes program.

Austin locals are invited to momentarily lay aside their cowboy boots and pick up some icing as participating historical sites across the city dish out salt dough gingerbread cookie ornaments and an array of colorful decorating supplies. Starting from December 1st and running the sleigh through December 31st, these quaint ornaments are up for grabs for anyone looking to pay homage to their favorite Texas titan.

Previous years have seen participants get creative with figures like the legendary sculptress Elisabet Ney, Tejano queen Lydia Mendoza, and the father of Texas, Sam Houston. The program promises to be an endearing way for families to learn about Texas history and a potentially sticky way to celebrate it, according to austintexas.gov.