Fun New Year’s Activities near Victoria, Texas

New Year's in Victoria, TX

New Year’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to consider how you’re going to celebrate the new year. If you’re looking for some place to countdown to 2020, make sure you consider one of these fun New Year’s Activities near Victoria, Texas.

The Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party

Step back in time at the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party taking place in the Rose Ballroom at the historic Aumont Hotel. This soiree will feature jazz music all night long played by Choo-Cha Booch, delicious food, and a midnight champagne toast. So, why not get your Gatsby on at this wonderful event? Tickets cost $65.49.

New Year’s Eve Party with Gary Glenn & the 20x Band

Listen to great music and get ready to get 2020 started off on the right foot at the New Year’s Eve Party with Gary Glenn and the 20x Band. Located at the Freiheit Country Store, this event will have a balloon drop at midnight and drink specials throughout the night. It only costs $10 to attend, so get your tickets now!

2020 Black & White Masquerade Ball

Add an air of mystery to your New Year’s celebration this year. The Pale Horse Drinkery & Sky Bar is hosting a masquerade to ring in 2020. Dress in black-and-white formal attire, create a beautiful mask to go with your outfit, and head to dance the night away to music provided by the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band. Hors d’ouevres, desserts, party favors, and a champagne toast are all included in the general admission ticket price of $50.

Atzenhoffer wishes you and your family a wonderful New Year’s. Remember to call us for all of your vehicular needs this winter, or stop by to test-drive any of our shiny 2020 models.

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2019 Christmas Events in Victoria, TX

Young boy with Santa | Victoria, TX

’Tis the season once again when the spirit of Christmas is in the air. Though Victoria doesn’t get much in the way of snow, it’ll be a festive scene all December long with gatherings galore. If you’re already eager to celebrate, mark your calendars for these 2019 Christmas events in Victoria, TX.

Cookie Decorating Classes

Don’t rely on Pinterest if you want to whip up some fancy, festive holiday cookies. Turn to the experts at Brookie’s Cookies, who will be holding beginners’ classes throughout December at the Victoria Art League. Classes take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14, 15, and 21, and there will be a Naughty Santa class for adults only at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 18. Tickets are $35 per class, and spots are filling up quick, so hurry up!

Lighted Christmas Parade

The greatest annual holiday tradition in Victoria by far is the Lighted Christmas Parade. This year’s parade takes place on Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. and will see some of our finest local organizations and businesses representing with grand floats and merry attire. Signups are still ongoing at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation website, so if you’d like to be a part of the 2019 parade, act fast.

Christmas at the Zoo

Get your fix of Christmas lights and the world’s most magnificent creatures with the 2019 Christmas at the Zoo! event. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December, the Texas Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and filled with lights, music, and joy. If you pop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can meet up with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself for a photo.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year indeed, and it’s also a great time to stop into Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac Mazda Mitsubishi to check out our great selection of new and used vehicles. We hope to see you soon!

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5 Tips to Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Thanksgiving is a fun and busy time for many Americans. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed by the extra get-togethers and road trips. Here are some Thanksgiving strategies to help you save time, as well as your sanity, this November.

One of the best things to do, according to the Food Network, is to travel intelligently. If you have to drive a long distance with food, it can often spoil or spill. If you’re transporting gravy, for example, consider storing it in a thermos during the trip. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ice cooler to store larger food items like casseroles and the turkey.

Minimize the time you spend on food prep by taking advantage of your local supermarket’s salad bar. These usually have clean, fresh, and chopped food such as onions, beans, peppers, bacon crumbles, and hard-boiled eggs.

If you’re running out of space while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal, consider using the kitchen cabinets as your cookbook stand. You’ve got plenty of open space right in front of you: simply tear out cookbook pages and tape them to cabinets so the pages aren’t on the counter.

Another simple trick for getting gravy instead of pure grease is to use your measuring cup as a fat separator. You can pour your drippings into a heatproof container, freeze it, and then skim off the unsavory grease before melting it down again.

Finally, if you need your well-meaning friends and family members to stay out of the kitchen as you’re busy with cooking, make sure to give them small tasks that will also save you time. For example, ask them to take care of drinks (filling water glasses, opening wine bottles, etc.), hang up coats, or help entertain the kids.

Contact us here at Atzenhoffer to schedule your vehicle’s pre-holiday service appointment. We’re here to make sure that your seasonal travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

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5 of Our Favorite Fall Activities

Fall Pumpkin Fun | Victoria, TX

We may not get the traditional autumn weather that our friends do up north, but we can still celebrate the fall season here in Victoria, Texas. Below are five of our favorite fall activities:

  1. Carving pumpkins: Head to a nearby pumpkin patch and pick out your favorite gourds. Then bring them home to carve with family and friends. You can just carve a jack-o’-lantern face, or get creative and design something new.
  2. Bonfires: Autumn nights in Texas can sometimes get chilly enough for a bonfire, the perfect place to make s’mores and swap ghost stories.
  3. Haunted houses: Speaking of ghosts, fall means haunted houses will be opening up all across the country, Texas included. Victoria is even home to some haunted attractions in the fall.
  4. Watching movies: Fall is the perfect time to cuddle up on the couch with your loved ones and the dogs and put on your favorite Halloween movies, whether it’s the family-friendly classic, “Hocus Pocus,” or something a little more frightening, like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Even after Halloween passes, you can watch some of TV’s greatest Thanksgiving specials like the “Bob’s Burgers and Friends” one.
  5. Corn mazes: The Midwest may be famous for its corn. However, even Texas has some great corn mazes, which is a staple activity for the fall season.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer if your vehicle is in need of service this autumn. Or stop by to test-drive a shiny new Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda or Mitsubishi for yourself.

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Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

First Time Car Shopper

Your first car purchase is a rite of passage, and you’ll be thankful for the purchase every time you get behind the wheel. To help you navigate the exciting car-buying process, here are some tips for first-time car buyers.

  • Set your budget: One of the first steps you should take when thinking about buying a new vehicle is setting a budget. Determining what monthly payment you can afford will help you narrow down which vehicles are in your price range.
  • Make a must-have list: Spend some time thinking about what your transportation needs are and what your must-have features are. Secondly, make a list of things you’d like to have but don’t necessarily need.
  • Do your research: Before you head to the dealership, you should spend some time researching your options. You should narrow your search down to a couple of vehicle segments, or to a particular automaker.
  • Take a test drive: There’s no better way to determine if you like a vehicle than taking it for a test drive. Locate a few reputable dealers nearby and spend an afternoon taking a few vehicles for test drives.
  • Explore your financing options: Before purchasing a new vehicle, spend some time exploring your financing options. Get auto loan quotes from a few different sources, such as from your bank, credit union, and/or insurance company.

If you have any more questions about purchasing your first vehicle, contact us at Atzenhoffer. Or stop by to browse our current inventory of vehicles. We’ll help match you with the right one to suit your budget and lifestyle.

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