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Introduction to Christmas at the Silos

In this post I will show you my experience of Christmas at the Silos. The Silos is a very cool marketplace developed by Chip and Joanna Gaines. It consists of shops, a bakery, a coffee shop, a restaurant, space for food trucks and much, much more.

Here I am sporting my Magnolia hat just adjacent to the Silos of Magnolia Farms! Mr. G.Q. had a board meeting in Waco, Texas so I tagged along for a bucket list visit. Since I have a December birthday, I am very drawn to shops that make a big deal out of the Holidays. Christmas at the Silos is a fun experience because there are tasteful holiday decorations wherever you look.

Our day started at Magnolia table which is a sweet breakfast and lunch spot located two and a half miles from the Silos. But have no fear, there’s a free trolley 🚋 that runs every 12 minutes to ferry you from one spot to the other. There’s also another free trolley 🚋 that circles the sites and shops of downtown Waco. It too, runs about every 15 minutes and you can pick up either one right in front of the entrance to Magnolia Farms.

I am standing in front of the Silos wearing a Magnolia baseball cap, navy blazer, scarf and crossbody bag.

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Everywhere you look you see clean, crisp black and white signs, tiles, and many, many wonderful details, as we’ve come to expect from Joanna Gaines.

a white tiled wall with a black iron sign: "Meet me at Magnolis table"
tables at Sweet Magnolia Table

The restaurant is clean and airy with a lovely vaulted ceiling. My breakfast 🍳 was delicious. I ordered the Kind Breakfast which includes gorgeous heirloom tomatoes 🍅, a side salad 🥗, two eggs 🍳, half a avocado 🥑, and one slice of buttered toast 🍞.

As my family knows, one of my pet peeves is well-appointed and well-maintained restrooms. Magnolia Farms definitely got my memo. There are beautiful, spacious bathrooms everywhere.

Mr. G.Q. in the right foreground at Sweet Magnolia Table with a bright black and white tiled restaurant and high beamed ceilings.
black and white tiled bathroom with black stall doors.

Don’t you just love the vintage black and white tiles? Oh and the sturdy black stall doors with frosted windows! A+!!! Thanks, Jo!

Next stop after breakfast was a trip to the Silos and the actual Market Place of Magnolia Farms. This place is a two and a half acre compound of well thought out space. It’s all contiguous (except for the above mentioned Magnolia Table restaurant).

black and white tiled bathrooms with grey quartz countertops
White brick wall with Magnolia Market and Garden/Waco Texas sign
Me again in front of the #MilestoMagnolia Christmas sign.

I wore a navy J.Crew boyfriend blazer over a navy striped turtleneck with skinny J.Jill dark wash leggings. The hat is washed dark grey cotton (Magnolia Farms), and the scarf is a tissue paper cashmere (old, from Mark Shale) in shades of green, burgundy and orange, (similar, linked below). Lastly, I wore high black leather high boots (old, Lands End), (similar linked below), and a black leather Coach crossbody bag from Mr. G.Q.

window box at the Silos Garden shop.  It's filled with kale, ivy and boxwood.
Sign for Silos Baking Company
Cookies, and other baked goods in aglass case.
Bakery sign and case of baked goods.

The Silos Baking Co. is a fun spot to pick up a delectable cupcake 🧁 or big cookie 🍪! There’s a convenient terrace just outside the bakery for enjoying your treats. Don’t you think this flower box is gorgeous! See what I mean about all the attention to details?

Boxwood filled planters welcome you to Magnolia Farms
The actual silos of Magnolia Farms with beautiful live Christmas trees in front of them.

Here are the actual silos, and images from inside the market. There are lots of fun gift items to bring home. There are cookbooks, kitchen accessories, ornaments and much more. As you can see, Christmas at the Silos is definitely a real entity!

Darling black display cases with bottlebrush Christmas trees, white pottery, small tabletop Christmas trees.
Another Christmas themed blac alcove with Christmas greenery, a white lantern, and neat signage.
Cool wooden counter with a sign "today is a good day for a good day"
A gorgeous holly stuffed black urn perched next to white pottery and Christmas dishtowels.

I especially love this holly stuffed black urn. I love little holiday touches in frequently used spaces as apparently does Joanna Gaines and her designers. They make Christmas at the Silos a fun destination!

Chip's Corner filled with boy/man related objects to bring home.

Once we finished shopping the Market Place, we walked to the open courtyard that is surrounded by neat food trucks, beautiful Christmas trees 🎄, a darling vintage truck, and Magnolia Seed and Supply. This shop sells gift ideas for the gardener in your life.

cool green Magnolia truck with huge pinecone on its side.
Magnolia Seed and Supply
Inside Magnolia Seed and Supply with a huge White bulb lit Xmas tree and galvanized bins of gifts.
Gorgeously displayed boxwood branches, red berries, red mugs and more,

Last, but not least, we stopped at the newest spot in the Magnolia Farms empire. This coffee ☕️ spot is aptly named The Press. This opened two months ago and is a cute spot to grab a cup of coffee ☕️ and maybe a muffin or iced lemon 🍋 blueberry roll. A cute touch at the water station is self-serve water as well as sparkling (my favorite!). Details, details, everywhere! What a fun day!!!

chalkboard sign at The Press which is the coffee shop at Magnolia Farms
A water station featuring regular water and sparkling water (my favorite!).

I would recommend a trip to the Silos of Waco, Texas. (Here’s an article with FAQs about the Magnolia Farms). The place is pristine, and the staff are friendly as well as helpful. Thanks to Chip and Joanna for building such a fun destination! You NEED to check this place out!!!

A post you might enjoy: How to Decorate a Christmas Tree – Very Sparkly!


Dr. Julie

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