Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal. There. I said it. I’m obsessed with all things Chip & Jo and Fixer Upper and shiplap and farmhouse style. About a month ago, I got an email saying that Chip & Jo were hosting Christmas at the Silos at Magnolia Market, and after a little begging & pleading, I convinced my husband to gift me the trip to Waco, Texas, as my big Christmas gift!
It was such a fun weekend, and Magnolia is everything I hoped it would be, and even more magical at Christmas. So sit back and enjoy the massive amount of pictures I took, and experience Christmas at the Silos!
Are you ready for all this? I’m not kidding when I say I have a TON of pictures. I want you to get the full experience. Here we go!
We parked in downtown Waco by the courthouse and walked to the Silos to avoid any parking issues. Waco is a really small town, so you can walk the whole downtown area without any issues. The Silos rise up like beacons letting you know you’re near!
SILOS BAKING CO.
The “grass” throughout Magnolia is artificial turf, so it stays green all year long, and it’s durable enough to handle all that foot traffic! I love the pavers, don’t you? Silo’s Baking Co. is home to all of the delicious cupcakes! There’s even a cute little outdoor eating area.
Mark got the Peanut Butter Cup cupcake, and I, of course, got Shiplap, which is just vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream icing, but it was divine!
Just across the lawn from Silos Baking Co. is Magnolia Market, and it’s way bigger than it looks from outside!
After we shopped Magnolia Market, we headed outside, because there’s so much more to The Silos than cupcakes and the market!
The lawn is a huge outdoor play space covered in astroturf. There are swings, bean bags, bins with footballs and soccer balls in them, giant Jenga game pieces…it’s a hangout spot for families. So fun!
Check out that big ol’ picnic table! Clint Harp built that! And that’s me and my mountain man in front of the Silos.
Sidenote: It was SO COLD in Waco! Well, cold for this Georgia girl. It was about 34º when we got to downtown Waco.
MAGNOLIA SEED & SUPPLY
We’re still not done y’all. Out past the big lawn, there’s a line of food trucks, including one for Silos Baking Co. And there’s a super cute little building and garden for Magnolia seed & Supply.
Ok seriously, how cute is that lady in the Santa hat? I don’t know her but she’s adorable.
HARP DESIGN CO. & HARP HOUSE
After spending a few hours at The Silos, it was time to check out Harp Design Co., the workshop of Clint Harp, Joanna’s go-to carpenter.
This is Harp House, the house Chip & Jo fixed up for Clint Harp and his family a few years ago. It’s right next door to his workshop and became too much of a tourist attraction, so now it’s a rental property. You can stay there!!
There’s a cute little shop in the front of Clint Harp’s workshop that has just as much charm as Magnolia Market. Clint’s handiwork was evident in a lot of the items in the shop.
We did a lot of walking around downtown Waco, which is seriously cute. We hit up The Findery, and Laverty’s Antiques, one of Joanna’s favorite antique shops, and explored downtown.
How great is that quote up there?
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT THE SILOS
After a very full day, it was time to enjoy The Silos one last time, all lit up for Christmas!
Pretty amazing, right?
I know this was picture overload, but would you even believe that’s not all of them? I took a TON. It was such a great trip, and I got so much design inspiration, too!
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
Beautiful pictures, Kirsten. Totally different experience than when I was there in September & it was in the upper 90’s.
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