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The East Texas Experience ~ A Mom’s Guide to November

 

Mom's Guide to November

Thanksgiving is this month and in East Texas we have so much for which to be thankful.  East Texas is alive with fall activities: football, family fun, festivals and market days to name a few.  As you are looking for fall fun, make sure to check your local high school’s football schedule!  Also, look to East Texas Moms Blog for help, because our archives are full of posts relating to many topics that can be found with a quick search. 

There is always something going on in East Texas and we want to keep you in the know! Events in this guide are organized by date as well as category to help you find what you are interested in quickly. If you know of any fun family activities, please take a minute to add it to our Community Events Calendar here or let us know in the comments. We will update this guide with new additions as we receive them. Thank you!

November 2:  Wreaths & Treats | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Moss “Where Flowers are Fair” Tyler, Texas Join us for our VERY FIRST Girls Night Out!!  Come spend the evening enjoying Treats, Community and Wreath-making! Put this on your calendar, tell the Significant Other, find a sitter, clear the schedule and join us as we spend the evening with friends crafting a Wreath with instruction from our Friends at Moss-“Where Flowers are Fair.”

November 2: AMERICA | 7:30 p.m. UT Tyler Cowan Center – When they won the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 1972, it was only the beginning. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, better known as AMERICA, were on their way to selling out venues across the world, while six of their albums went Platinum or Gold. Harmonizing their way to the top of the charts for the first time with their signature song “A Horse With No Name,” they became a global household name and paved the way to the impressive string of hits “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Forty-plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world, and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.  See website for ticket prices.

November 2-5: First Monday Trade Days | “Sun-Up Til Sundown, Rain or Shine” – First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas is the oldest, largest, continually operating flea market in the United States.  This popular flea market is open one weekend a month, attracts upwards of 100,000 shoppers, and provides spaces for 6,000 vendors located on hundreds of acres. It has become known by shoppers from all across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as THE place to buy home decor, furnishings, antiques, clothing, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles. And it is a favorite of vendors, dealers, craftsmen and artists alike as the perfect venue to market their wares.

November 3-4:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8:00am to 5:00pm  Located at 213 W. Broadway Street, Jefferson, Texas 75657.  The Jefferson Flea Market is evolving into one of the better Flea Markets in East Texas. Since opening over a year ago, the Jefferson Flea Market is growing, with an increase in both the number of visitors and vendors. Open year round on Friday and Saturday the First and Third weekend of every month and occasionally  on Sunday when there is a holiday or special events on the following Monday.  

November 3-5:  Just Between Friends Winter Sale | Tyler, Texas This is our Winter, Holiday, Toy, & Baby Gear Shopping Extravaganza! One stop shop to find all the things you need for your children and the holidays at a price that doesn’t break the bank! We will be hosting vendor booths at this event as well. Shop early as the great deals will go fast! Many NEW items from Melissa and Doug as well as other Speciality Brands! Don’t wait to by sign up for EARLY Shopping passes as they will go FAST!  Admission Passes on Eventbrite allow you to shop before we open to the general public starting at 3:00pm-8pm on Friday. You can buy earlier shopping passes to shop BEFORE we open to the general public at 4pm. All passes are good for Shopping November 3rd Pre sale times and allow admission all day. Sale hours will be (Free admission) on Saturday from 10am-6pm and don’t miss Sunday 1/2 price on many items from 11am-1pm! All items without a star are half price on Sunday!

November 3-5:  Vintage Market Days of East Texas Fall Show | 3805 NW Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. The Market is a three day event held several times a year in varying communities throughout the Country. Each Vintage Market Days® event is an unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues throughout the Country. The Market will also provide the customer with a very special shopping experience. We absolutely love the thought of bringing the Vintage experience to both vendors and customers throughout the Country!

November 3: PATH Fundraiser at iJump | 3 – 9 p.m. Kids jumping from all the candy they received? Let them bounce it out for a good cause at iJUMP in Tyler. Proceeds from the event will benefit PATH’s Coats for Kids Drive. Hope to see you there Friday from 3-9 pm!

November 4: Pup Crawl/Dog Jog | 7 a.m. Longview, Texas 1st Annual Pup Crawl/ Dog Jog! 5k jog and 1.1 ml walk benefiting Hope for Pets Rescue! Fun for adults, kids and dogs alike starting near Oil Horse Brewing Company downtown Longview.

November 4:  Longview Heart Walk | 9 a.m. Teague Park Longview, Texas The annual Heart Walk benefits the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Join us for this family-friendly 5K fun-raiser!

November 4:  It’s Fall Y’all | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rusk County Expo, Henderson, Texas  Mark your Calendars! You will NOT want to miss this show! Tons of vendors under ONE roof! We will also have some fun activities for the kids! Come join us for some awesome shopping and visiting!! Can’t wait to see y’all there!

November 4:  Fall Outdoor Activities | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Daingerfield State Park   Bring the family and enjoy this beautiful time of year

November 4: PJ Party with The Velveteen Rabbit Cast | 10 a.m. – Noon Henderson, Texas Hey parents and grandparents!!! The Downtown Businesses will be having an Open House. While you are shopping we would love to have your kids(ages potty trained-11) dropped off for a fun morning of activities & brunch. We will play games, create crafts, have yummy breakfast and of course hear the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
** Bring your child in his/her pajamas
** Please limit to only one stuffed 
toy/toy item per child
** $5 Registration fee
** Drop off your child at the Henderson 
Civic Theatre
** And go shop till you drop (but come back at noon!)

Henderson Civic Theatre
122 S. Main St., Henderson, TX 75652
[email protected]
Call Event Coordinator for questions or reservations: 
Shana Moland Home Phone (no texting): (903) 405-2447

November 4:  Kids & Teens Cooking Contest | 12 p.m. Nacogdoches Public Library Kids and teens cook their items at home and bring them into the library to be judged by local celebrity judges. Contestants may enter up to two dishes (but not in the same category) in salad/appetizer, entrée or dessert categories. Prizes will be awarded. Entry forms will be available by September 25th at the public library and on the website. Ages 5-17 years. Free to enter.  Please register by November 3rd at 5:00 pm.

November 4:  Piddlin Pottery’s Unicorn Party | Tyler, Texas  In the parking lot of “Dance-N-Drill,” which is located at 4010 South Donnybrook Ave. It is very close to our shop.  There will still be face painting, a photographer, lots of unicorn pottery for you to paint, and a chance to see some “Unicorns.”  The come-and-go event is free to attend!

Prices for Pottery: 

Our unicorn pottery comes in a variety of sizes with prices ranging from $20, $30 and $40, plus tax.
You can also purchase Unicorn party packages:
1. Small unicorn pottery & a picture: $25, plus tax
2. Small unicorn pottery, picture and face painting: $30, plus tax.

November 4:  Santa Land Opening Celebration | 6 – 8 p.m.  Tyler, Texas   Just East of Lindale on I-20.  Come celebrate the 2017-18 season kick off with Ilovekickboxing, KMOO 99.9 FM radio, and Rosco the reindeer! We will be celebrating from 6pm to 8pm and closing down at 10pm for the night. This is a great opportunity to come see the park and really get to take your time and enjoy us without all the traffic. We look forward to this season and hope to see a crown on Saturday. PARK ADMISSION : $25.00 per Car (or family van) $40.00 per Commercial van (over 10 passangers -$5.00 per person ) TRACTOR TRAILER RIDES : $12.00 per person (under 2 yrs. free) GROUPS (25 or more) $8.00 per person  Thanksgiving thru Dec 26th from 6:30-9PM -call for group reservation 903-882-1518  Or Email us at santalandtexas @aol.com(advised)

November 4:  Classic Movie in the Park – “A Guy Named Joe”| 7:30 – 9 p.m. Reagan Park, Palestine, Texas  This months feature is A Guy Named Joe-1943 staring Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunn and Van Johnson. Come and enjoy a free family movie night. Movie begins at dark in Reagan Park. (Park Ave. & Crockett Rd.) Don’t forget your blankets or chairs.

November 4:  Star Party | 8 – 9:30 p.m. TJC Center for Earth and Space Science Education  Live Sky Show.  Free event.  Register online to reserve your space.

November 5:  Mount Pleasant Downtown Open House | 1 – 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant, Texas Visit Downtown Mount Pleasant on Sunday, November 5th, for a chance to win over $1,000 in gift cards from participating downtown merchants. Stop by any of the participating stores to pick up your Punch Card. Visit each store on the card to be entered! The drawing will take place at approximately 4:30pm Sunday afternoon.

November 10-11:  Deck the Halls Holiday Bazaar | Mount Pleasant, Texas Come shop with over 40 boutique vendors to find something for everyone on your Christmas list! From holiday decor, women’s clothing, jewelry, toys and gourmet foods, there is something for everyone!

HOURS: 
4:30pm-8:00pm on Friday
8:30am-4:00pm on Saturday

ADMISSION:
$7 for guests 12 and older
$5 for seniors (65+) and military (with ID)
$3 for guests 5-12
Guests 5 and under are free

November 11:  Edgewood Heritage Festival | 102 E. Elm Street, Edgewood, Texas Edgewood Heritage Festival celebrates the heritage of rural life and community sharing through family friendly exhibits and activities. The festival features:
– Special Veterans Day Celebration at noon
– Classic Car Show
– Antique Tractor and Engine Show
– Model Train Demo
– Blacksmithing and old time printing demo
– Artisan Village (knitting, weaving, quilting, arts and crafts)
– Worm composting
– Old West Shootout
– Jams and Jellies, Pinto Bean Cookoff, Gourmet Bake Sale, Carnival Food
– Dog Parade
– Photo with Santa
– Children’s Fun: Rock climbing, mini train rides, inflatables, face painting, sand arts, and more
– Children’s art exhibits
– Cultural Shows by Edgewood school children
– Edgewood High School Drama Club performances
– Vendor galore
– Explore the 22 authentically restored buildings representing the rural life of East Texans in early 1900s
– And more
Admission is free.

November 11:  Fall Outdoor Activities | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Daingerfield State Park   Bring the family and enjoy this beautiful time of year

November 11:  Heritage Syrup Festial | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Historic Downtown Henderson (514 N. High St., Henderson, Texas)  Experience old time syrup making, folk artists, storytellers, antique tractors, food vendors, carousel rides, and live music at the Depot museum. then catch the hayride shuttle to Henderson’s historic downtown square for arts and craft, food vendors, live music, antique auto show, melodrama and children’s activities. Family fun and education come together at Henderson’s Annual Heritage Syrup Festival.

November 11:  Hit The Bricks | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown Tyler, Texas The second Saturday of every month, Downtown is the place to be! Downtown businesses will host special events on and off the square for all to enjoy. PARKING IS FREE in the parking garage and on the square! Also, ride the FREE hop on/hop off shuttle! November’s Theme is “Fall Festival.” Check out the special events happening in November!
FAMILY FRIENDLY
-On the square11am-5pm: Free Fall Festival games, vendors, Free Face Painting provided by Jujubilee’s Professional Face & Body Art, and bounces houses (bounces houses are $3-$5 per house or $15 for unlimited jump)
-Nightmare Before Christmas, 3pm at Liberty Hall, $5. Costumes encouraged! 🙂
-Scavenger Hunt at Goodman-LeGrand House
ART
– Gallery Main Street Art Exhibit Opening, “Heavy Metal,” 5:30pm
FOOD
– Strada Caffè – Tyler Texas will offer a free brewed or iced coffee for all Veterans, 8am-8pm
SHOPPING
– 903 Handmade: “Meet the Makers of 903” including: Simply Made by Kat & Eva (vegan leather bows); Letter’d with Love (hand lettered mugs, ornaments, and note pads); Abby’s American Adventures (children’s book author & Abbi the Australian Shepherd), also enjoy Café 1948 and Deux Petits Macarons
– Ye Olde City Antique Mall, 10am-5pm, enjoy a “Harvest Treasure Hunt” (find hidden bricks throughout with $10 gift certificates attached); also find FREE items with tiny pumpkin tags. (One brick or free item per family.); they will also serve harvest cookies and drinks all day!
-Under the Christmas Tree Holiday Bazaar and Craft Sale at Griffin Real Estate Group (121 E. Erwin), 9am-5pm, Shop handmade, one-of-a-kind treasures! 

TOURS
– 8:30pm – Haunted WALKING Tour of Downtown ($8/person), get tickets attoursoftyler.com

– 9:30pm – Haunted RIDING Tour of Downtown ($15/person), get tickets attoursoftyler.com

*Parking is FREE and you can catch a ride with the FREE hop on/hop off shuttle
**Events are subject to change and we’re always adding new events, so check back often for a full list.

November 11:  Natural Livestock Farm Tour | 10 a.m. – Noon Shady Grove Ranch,, Jefferson, Texas Visit a small, pasture-centric family-owned farm in Jefferson, Texas, to learn about healthier, more humane ways to raise beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and eggs. Meet pigs, chickens, and cows up close and tour a lovely pasture farm in the rolling hills of Marion County. Sample some simple farm fare after the tour concludes, and take advantage of the generous 10% discount on all product purchases for tour-goers. Cost: $5.

November 11: Saturday Drawing Class |  10 a.m. – Noon Palestine Texas Curious, Palestine’s popular arts/science museum, is offering two more drawing classes for adults in conjunction with its Texas Heroes art exhibit that features works by well-known local artist Janet Staples. These classes will be taught by Pat Rainey, an art educator with over 35 years’ experience. Ms. Rainey is known for her ability to help beginners succeed and advanced students further refine their skills. Participants will learn basic proportions of the face, and how to use value (shading from light to dark) to add dimension to details. She will be joined on Saturday, November 11, by exhibit artist, Janet Staples, who will share with participants her techniques and how to develop skills from the ground up.
Prices for each class are $12 for non-members and $8 for members. The classes are available as a package of three at $32 for non-members and $21 for members. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]
The Texas Heroes exhibit is on view at Curious October 26 – December 30, 2017. It is on loan from the Texas Oil and Gas Association in Austin, TX. Other exhibit programming includes a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, November 8, at 5:30 pm and a Family Day on Saturday, December 9, from 10 am – 3 pm.
The Curious Store is also open. It features numbered and unnumbered prints of the Texas Heroes artwork for sale individually or as a set. Many Store items are currently marked half-price to make room for new merchandise.
For more information, go to www.exhbitcurious.org or email [email protected]

November 11: Texas State Railroad Polar Express | Palestine, Texas Texas State Railroad begins service to the North Pole aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ starting on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole. (The adventure is even more fun when families and friends show up in their pajamas!)
Enveloped by the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the tale as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies as they recite the classic children’s book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. (Be sure to purchase a book along with your tickets so your child can read his/her own book along with the chefs.)
At the North Pole, Santa and his elves greet passengers and then board the train. St. Nick gives each child the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell (only believers can hear ringing!). On the ride back to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train depot, chefs lead passengers in singing joyous Christmas carols.
The journey begins November 11th and runs through December 27th on select dates. Book today because trains fill up fast!
Seats are limited in the exclusive 24-seat Presidential Car where keepsake POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs, hot chocolate and cookies make this a truly magical experience. First Class features table-top seating for parties of four along with POLAR EXPRESS™ mugs hot chocolate and cookies. Coach, with historic Pullman-style seating, hot chocolate and cookies, has large viewing windows, thrilling children as they get their first glimpse of Santa and the North Pole.

November 11: Holiday Open House | 5 – 9 p.m. Gladewater, Texas Holiday shoppers are invited to stroll, explore andget a head start on their Christmas shopping at the Gladewater Main Street 2017 Holiday Open House.  Enjoy free food and discover the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.  Hosted by Gladewater Antique District Association – GADA

November 11:  Free Movie Night “Flywheel” | 7 p.m. Van, Texas Van Movie House 255 west Main

November 14:  Breastfeeding Mother’s Support Group | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Longview Regional Medical Center Learn helpful approaches to breastfeeding from other mothers and a certified lactation consultant. Group is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Free to attend.

November 14: Foster Care and Adoption Information Meeting | 6 – 7 p.m. Buckner – Lonvgiew, Texas  Learn more about the process of becoming a foster parent or adopting through Buckner at this free information meeting.  Contact Info: Sherri Tucker, Buckner Children and Family Services, 1014 South High St., Longview, TX 75601.  [email protected]   903-757-9383 

November 14:  Moxie Matters Tour | 7 -10 p.m. Longview, Texas The Summit Club. Join Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman for a night of lively conversation and soulful music on wrangling delight out of the mess of life.

November 16-17:  Mulan Jr., The Musical | Caldwell Auditorium, Tyler, Texas MULAN, JR. THE MUSICAL November 16, 2017, 10 am and 6 pm, November 17, 2017, 1 pm and 6 pm Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy presents its 12th annual musical production. 

November 16-18:  Holiday in the Pines | Nacogdoches, Texas  Holiday in the Pines is a collection of more than 60 specialty stores and shops from coast-to-coast gathered for holiday
shopping in a festive atmosphere. Located in the brand new Civic Center in Nacogdoches, Texas, the event space is transformed into a holiday wonderland. While you sample tasty food items, mingle with your friends, and shop for Christmas, YOU will be contributing to NJF’s mission to help make Nacogdoches a better community for everyone. The net profits of Holiday in the Pines go directly back into the Nacogdoches community through grants to non-profit organizations throughout the county.

November 16:  A Very Derrick Christmas | 5 – 8 p.m. Kilgore, Texas Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundations’s Annual Derrick Lighting Ceremony 

November 17:  East Texas Fiber Festival | Lindale, Texas A yearly celebration of all things fiber related. This is also an educational opportunity for those interested in fiber arts. Come and visit with the experts about their craft. Free admission to the general public.

November 17:  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast | 5:30 – 7 p.m. Bergfeld Park, Tyler, Texas It’s back and will be bigger and better than ever. Pretzels! Popcorn! Toast! Jelly beans! We’ll show the special on the big screen, give away door prizes and more, all to benefit the East Texas Food Bank!

November 17-18:  Jefferson Flea Market | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located at 213 W. Broadway Street, Jefferson, Texas 75657.  The Jefferson Flea Market is evolving into one of the better Flea Markets in East Texas. Since opening over a year ago, the Jefferson Flea Market is growing, with an increase in both the number of visitors and vendors. Open year round on Friday and Saturday the First and Third weekend of every month and occasionally  on Sunday when there is a holiday or special events on the following Monday. 

November 18: Gobble Wobble | 8 a.m. Longview, Texas  1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10k to support the efforts of Newgate Mission. Registration begins at 8:00am. RACE STARTS AT 9:00 AM. Gobble Wobble 2017 is swiftly approaching! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Newgate Mission, and helps us to provide food, clothing, spiritual and social support throughout the year. We hope you will participate as a sponsor and/or in the race! Trophies given for businesses, schools and churches/nonprofits who have the biggest teams and for those groups who raise the most money for Newgate! There is no registration fee but donations are gladly accepted. Tshirts are available for $20 each and with select sponsorship levels. Register online: https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Longview/GobbleWobble2017?rsus=100-200-e8323958-e907-4066-bffb-a17a15c6c542

November 18: Tyler Heart Walk | 9 a.m. Robert E. Lee High School, Tyler, Texas The 2017 TylerHeart Walk is designed to engage Tyler’s businesses, corporations, and community at large in a fun-flled day of activity that promotes heart health through physical activity, friendly competition, volunteerism and fundraising.  Local presenting sponsor: CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances  Event chair: Debora Hood & Co-Chair, Jamie Moore  Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

November 18:  Fall Outdoor Activities | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Daingerfield State Park   Bring the family and enjoy this beautiful time of year

November 18:  Holiday Market Days | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Palestine Farmer’s Market The Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show offers goodies including locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, homemade preserves and handcrafted gifts created by local artisans.

November 18: Saturday Drawing Class |  10 a.m. – Noon Palestine Texas Curious, Palestine’s popular arts/science museum, is offering two more drawing classes for adults in conjunction with its Texas Heroes art exhibit that features works by well-known local artist Janet Staples. These classes will be taught by Pat Rainey, an art educator with over 35 years’ experience. Ms. Rainey is known for her ability to help beginners succeed and advanced students further refine their skills. Participants will learn basic proportions of the face, and how to use value (shading from light to dark) to add dimension to details. She will be joined on Saturday, November 11, by exhibit artist, Janet Staples, who will share with participants her techniques and how to develop skills from the ground up.
Prices for each class are $12 for non-members and $8 for members. The classes are available as a package of three at $32 for non-members and $21 for members. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]
The Texas Heroes exhibit is on view at Curious October 26 – December 30, 2017. It is on loan from the Texas Oil and Gas Association in Austin, TX. Other exhibit programming includes a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, November 8, at 5:30 pm and a Family Day on Saturday, December 9, from 10 am – 3 pm.
The Curious Store is also open. It features numbered and unnumbered prints of the Texas Heroes artwork for sale individually or as a set. Many Store items are currently marked half-price to make room for new merchandise.
For more information, go to www.exhbitcurious.org or email [email protected]

November 18:  The Market Holiday Event |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Harvey Convention Center, Tyler, Texas The Market is a one-day holiday shopping event showcasingl local artisans and their handmade, homemade, unique and vintage items. It will be open to the public Saturday, November 18, from 10am-3pm at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, Texas. Tickets are $3 per person. (children under 10 are free) Shop Local. For more information, including vendor booth information, email [email protected]

November 18:  Holiday Wreaths | 1 -3 p.m. Michaels Stores Ready to deck the halls? Join us for a MAKEbreak and make a one-of-a-kind wreath! Dazzle your guests with a gorgeous winter wreath. Buy the wreath base, and the supplies to decorate it will be provided.  All Michaels Store locations, 1-3PM local time. Age 3 and up welcome. Pre-registration is not required, first come, first served, please arrive in enough time to complete project prior to 3 pm. Details: http://spr.ly/6002DBEqQ 

November 18:  ‘Wattle We Think of Necks’ | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Caldwell Zoo, Tyler, Texas Come on up to the African Huts for Thanksgiving crafts. Believe us, this is a turkey of an event!

November 18: Family Game Night | 6 p.m. Gladewater, Texas The Screen Door Ice Cream & Coffee and Tea hosts family game night every third Saturday of the month.  Bring your own game or play one of ours.  Contact 903-452-1148  [email protected]

November 19:  Personalized Ornaments | 1 – 3 p.m. Michaels Stores Make it a holiday to remember. Create your very own personalized ornament! Join us for a MAKEbreak this Sunday to make a one-of-a-kind treasure. Buy the ornament and the rest of the supplies will be provided. All Michaels Store locations, 1-3PM local time. Age 3 and up welcome. Pre-registration is not required, first come, first served, please arrive in enough time to complete project prior to 3 pm. Details: http://spr.ly/6002DBlan

November 21:  Storybook Parties at Chick-Fil-A | Gilmer Road, Longview, Texas EVERY 3rd TUESDAY from September to May will be Storybook Night at Chick-fil-A on Gilmer Road from 5-7pm!!!! We will feature one character each month at Gilmer Rd location! We are so excited to see ALL of our friends and can’t wait to make new friends!!! 

November 22:  Opening Lighting Ceremony | 6 p.m. Marshall, Texas  The City of Marshall is celebrating 31 Years of Wonderland of Lights! The opening ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. sharp on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in front of the Historic Harrison County Courthouse. Wonderland of Lights begins when Santa Claus himself flips the switch on millions of white lights on the historic 1901 Harrison County Courthouse and along North Washington Avenue. The fun continues with outdoor ice skating, carousel, train, and horse drawn carriage rides through downtown’s dazzling light displays, Santa’s Workshop, and live entertainment. See you at countdown!

NOVEMBER 23 :  THANKSGIVING DAY

November 23:  Hallsville Turkey Trot | 8 a.m. Hallsville, Texas 1K Kids Run, 5K Run/Walk at Bobcat Stadium. Register at: http://fumchallsville.org/home/turkey-trot

November 23:  Tyler Turkey Trot | 9 a.m. Join us for the 15th annual Tyler Turkey Trot benefiting Boot Campaign. Finisher medals and cool swag for all!

November 24: Athens Turkey Trot | 8 a.m. Join us for the 18th annual Athens Turkey Trot at the Cain Center in Athens, Texas. 

November 24:  Walk Off The Bird | 9 a.m. – Noon Tyler State Park Walk off that Thanksgiving feast and enjoy the bird life of the East Texas Pineywoods. Not a birder? No problem, there’s no better time to learn. Bring your binoculars or we have a few loaners, good walking shoes, dress for the weather, and be ready for a 2 mile walk. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store. A walk in the woods always beats crowded shopping centers.

November 24:  Grinch’s Lair | Noon – 6 p.m. Historic Anderson County Jail The Grinch’s Lair is a fun, festive experience. You’ll be greeted by our Who’s Who of Whoville before being sent up into the lair. There you’ll get a tour with Mr. Grinch through his Texas Jail House Lair.You never know what ridiculousness he’ll be up to! Tickets : $10.

November 24:  The North Pole of Texas Opening Night | 6 p.m. Pickton, Texas Hello everyone we hope that you will come out this year to the North Pole Of Texas and see all the lights and ride the train. Don’t forget Santa, will be out in the Toy Shop with all his working elves getting the presents ready for Christmas.  Make sure and stop by the Hot Chocolate Factory while wating in line. There is so much to see, so check out our website and we hope to see you soon. Merry Christmas from our Family to yours. Free train rides.  Free hot chocolate.  Free Family fun.  See The North Pole of Texas website for more information.

November 24:  Up In Lights Opening Night | 6 – 11 p.m. Tyler, Texas Join us for Opening Night at Tyler’s Up In Lights Christmas Light Park! With over 1,000,000 Lights & Counting, Tyler Lights is the place to make lasting Christmas Memories for the whole Family. Over a mile of Traditional & Spectacular LED Light shows awaits you at the best little light park in East Texas! $20 Per Vehicle, $5 OFF With the Donation of Canned Goods, benefitting the Salvation Army. No buses or trailers, Please. Standard Church type vans are allowed. Maximum Height Limit of 8 feet 6 inches.

November 25:  Fall Outdoor Activities | 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Daingerfield State Park   Bring the family and enjoy this beautiful time of year

November 25:  Open Farm Day | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. At  Half Pint Farm!!! PETTING ZOO, PONY RIDES, AND PICTURES WITH SANTA!!!  (photo packages may be pre-purchased through A Little Love Photography by Alicia- Tyler and East Texas Photographer Spots are limited, and may not be available without pre-purchasing.) Bring the family out to play with our sweet farm friends and ride a pony!!! Admission is $10/person (2 and under free) and includes the petting zoo and pony rides.  11321 FM 344 W, Bullard, TX 75757 (903) 521-2030 for more info or directions.

 November 25:  Santa’s Workshop | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Historic Palestine Main Street District  Join us in the Historic Palestine Main Street District at Santa’s Workshop where you can have your picture taken with Santa, play with toys and trains and write a letter to Santa.

November 25:  Small Business Saturday | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown Tyler, Texas  Come to #DowntownTyler the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate locally owned enterprise during Small Business Saturday! Our downtown neighborhood is an officially designated participant in this nationwide recognition of locally owned small businesses. Treat yourself – and those on your gift list – to locally produced gifts, clothing, collectibles, art, food, drink, and so very much more! Keep checking for updates on participants and special features!

November 25:  Home for the Holidays | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Pittsburg, Texas A full day to kick off the Christmas season. Including an ice skating rink, open air market, a special visit by some very special Disney characters and Christmas movies in the Plaza.
 
November 25:  Wassail Fest | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nacogdoches, Texas  Here we go a-wassailing! Drop on down and give the wassail a whirl! Downtown merchants will once again be competing for bragging rights for the best holiday brew during Wassail Fest, a highlight of the 21st annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival. The event will be from 11AM to 3 PM Saturday, November 25th. Wassail will be served at various locations inside the Nacogdoches Historic Downtown District. A list of participating merchants can be picked up at Visitor Center in the square. Once you try all the wassail you can handle, make sure to drop your vote in the ballot box of your favorite brew. Wassail winner will be announced on this page and on the Nacogdoches Main Street Facebook Page. Don’t forget: While you are here, finish up your Christmas shopping at downtown stores and get your loved ones those items you can only find when you shop local! This FREE EVENT is a great way to warmly welcome the holiday shopper into the festive season. We hope to see you there!

November 25:  Wassail Walk & Small Business Saturday | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Marshall, Texas  Join us for our 3rd Annual Wassail Walk in conjunction with Small Business Saturday! Wassail will be served at various shops, stores, and restaurants in historic downtown Marshall. Come warm your body and spirit by sampling the recipes, which will be judged on both taste and presentation. Participating merchants will also be competing for the coveted People’s Choice award. Wassail is a hot drink that is made with either wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apple pies.It is tradtionally served from a large bowl, especially at Christmastime. Wassail Walk participants each put their own twists on the recipes, which are heavily guarded secrets among the cooks. 

November 25:  Mingle & Jingle | 6 – 9 p.m. Kilgore, Texas  Come dine and shop under the Stars of Downtown Kilgore! It will be an evening of shopping, eating, fun and entertainment as Downtown Kilgore merchants and restaurants host Mingle & Jingle 2017! This is downtown’s annual #SmallBusinessSaturday celebration, bolstering ‘Mingle & Jingle’s’ offerings post-Turkey Day. Several merchants will offer refreshments.  The party starts at 6 p.m. with merchants open all day. Restaurants will also be open with holiday specials. The scene will be merry for all of those who are starting their holiday shopping. Downtown Kilgore will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with fantastic Christmas lights and holiday fun all season long. 

November 28:  Kilgore Christmas Parade | 6:30 p.m. Kilgore, Texas  The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 87th Annual Christmas Parade. This year’s theme, Stories of Christmas, promises to create a magical evening for our community. 

November 30:  Carols in the Park | 6 – 8 p.m. Pittsburg, Texas Come stroll through our indoor “park” and be mesmerized by the beauty and splendor of trees – each tastefully decorated to depict the elements of a different Christmas carol. Each year at least one new carol -themed tree is added. Light refreshments and coffee are available each evening. It is an event that you have to see to believe and it only happens every other year, and it is FUMC Pittsburg’s gift to the community! Free event. 

November 30:  Jingle Bell Bash | 6 p.m. Mineola, Texas The first Annual Community wide Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa at the new Peggy & Jack Jones Pavilion. Come enjoy food and music. Serve your community by bringing non-perishable food items for Caring & Sharing. Also, BRING AN ORNAMENT to add to the tree FROM YOUR FAMILY – something made by your children would be even better. This will be a non-returnable ornament. We hope to use these every year!!

 November 30:  Rotary Clubs of Tyler Christmas Parade | 6 p.m. Tyler, Texas  The parade, organized by the Rotary Clubs of Tyler, will kickoff at 6 p.m. Thursday in downtown Tyler, followed by the 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza immediately after the parade.

November 30:  Movie Night On The Square | 7 p.m. Gilmer, Texas Upshur 4-H County Council will show two FREE short Christmas films after the Yulefest parade! Get some hot chocolate and move your lawn chair over to the empty lot on the square for some festive entertainment! Call 903-843-4019 for more info.  100 w. Tyler Street, Gilmer, Texas 

November 30:  Elf showing at Liberty Hall | 8 – 10 p.m. Tyler, Texas This movie is brought to you in partnership with the UT Tyler Alumni Association. It is open to the public, but UT Tyler Alumni and their guests enjoy complimentary entry. Claim your tickets here before they’re gone! https://apps.uttyler.edu/_events/?event_id=VV1XgKY7gQIA0HVQlfiuFgSYv4IFTp6

November 11:  Edgewood Heritage Festival | 102 E. Elm Street, Edgewood, Texas Edgewood Heritage Festival celebrates the heritage of rural life and community sharing through family friendly exhibits and activities. The festival features:
– Special Veterans Day Celebration at noon
– Classic Car Show
– Antique Tractor and Engine Show
– Model Train Demo
– Blacksmithing and old time printing demo
– Artisan Village (knitting, weaving, quilting, arts and crafts)
– Worm composting
– Old West Shootout
– Jams and Jellies, Pinto Bean Cookoff, Gourmet Bake Sale, Carnival Food
– Dog Parade
– Photo with Santa
– Children’s Fun: Rock climbing, mini train rides, inflatables, face painting, sand arts, and more
– Children’s art exhibits
– Cultural Shows by Edgewood school children
– Edgewood High School Drama Club performances
– Vendor galore
– Explore the 22 authentically restored buildings representing the rural life of East Texans in early 1900s
– And more
Admission is free.

November 11:  Heritage Syrup Festial | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Historic Downtown Henderson (514 N. High St., Henderson, Texas)  Experience old time syrup making, folk artists, storytellers, antique tractors, food vendors, carousel rides, and live music at the Depot museum. then catch the hayride shuttle to Henderson’s historic downtown square for arts and craft, food vendors, live music, antique auto show, melodrama and children’s activities. Family fun and education come together at Henderson’s Annual Heritage Syrup Festival.

November 17:  East Texas Fiber Festival | Lindale, Texas A yearly celebration of all things fiber related. This is also an educational opportunity for those interested in fiber arts. Come and visit with the experts about their craft. Free admission to the general public.

 

Bullard Community Library | 211 W Main St, Bullard, TX

Story Time – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Grand Saline Library | 201 E. Pacifit, Grandsaline, TX 

Story Time – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (September to mid-December and February to mid-May)

Lillie Russell Memorial Library Lindale | 200 East Hubbard St., Lindale, TX

Story Time – Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Longview Public Library| 222 W. Cotton Street, Longview, TX

Babygarten Story Time – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Children ages 0-2. Infant story time! We welcome parents to come with their babies and listen to songs, nursery rhymes, and stories geared toward their age. The children may not yet be of speaking or walking age, but physical interaction is extremely important in the early stages of child development. The infant story time also allows for parents to start off their child’s habits right by coming to the Library each week. Due to young attention spans, this story time will last about 15 minutes.

Tutoring Tuesdays – Tuesday from 3 – 5 p.m.
If your child, 5-13 years old, is struggling with their homework or understanding what they are doing in class, simply register them for Tutoring Tuesdays, and our qualified librarians will help!
Space is limited, so children must pre-register at the Children’s Desk prior to the tutoring session.
Due to time constraints, we will only be able to assist up to 10 students each Tuesday.
Please bring your child’s homework, along with any detailed instructions from their teacher(s).
We love our young patrons, and are very excited about this opportunity to assist in their learning and education! Sign up today!
If you would like to volunteer to help with Tutoring Tuesdays, please call Taylor Harding at (903) 237-1349 or e-mail her at [email protected]
If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for tutoring, please call the Children’s Desk at (903) 237-1345.

Early Learning Journeys Story Time – Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Suggested for children ages 3-5. Young children will enjoy singing along and interacting with Library staff while building their educational foundation! Story time opens with a time of singing beloved childhood songs and nursery rhymes, followed by a newly-published book being read aloud. Children will then enjoy activities and crafts geared towards helping them to imagine, create, and grow! This story time lasts about 30 minutes.

Discovery Kids Story Time – Wednesday at 4 p.m.
After a long day at school, Discovery Kids is a time for children of all ages at the Broughton Recreation Center to gather around and hear a newly-published, popular chapter book read aloud while enjoying a small after-school snack. Afterward, time is set aside for the children to share their various thoughts and ideas regarding the book. The time frame for the this story time is about 40 minutes.

LEGOs @ The Library – Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A children’s book is read aloud, then children build their creations with a new theme each time while a movie is being played. Children of all ages are welcome to build! Larger Duplo bricks are provided for toddlers. At the end of each session, everyone’s creations are put in the Children’s Department’s display case until the next LEGOs @ the Library. Feel free to bring your friends and family by to show them what you built! This come-and-go event requires no registration, and you don’t even have to bring your own bricks. We have plenty to share, so just show up in the Children’s Department on Saturday morning! 

Mineola Memorial Library | 310 N. Pacific St., Mineola, TX

Playing to Grow – Monday 5-6 p.m. Ages Birth to 3 years.  Join Mrs. Pam for this time to play and discover how play helps with learning and reading readiness. Children birth to age 3 with their parent (s).

Playing to Grow – Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Ages Birth to 3 years.  Join Mrs. Pam for this time to play and discover how play helps with learning and reading readiness. Children birth to age 3 with their parent (s).

After School Programs – Tuesday 4 – 4:30 p.m. Two programs for children.  One program is for those children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.  The other program is for children in Middle and High School (6th grade and up). Both programs have different activities weekly. Parents must remain on premises or make arrangements for their child’s supervision.  When the programs are over, an adult must be available to pick up the child; or, if there is a problem in the program, an adult must be available to help address the issue.

Toddler Story Time – Wednesday 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Ages 18 months to 3 years.

Preschool Story Time – Wednesday 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Nacogdoches Public Library | 1112 North St., Nacogdoches, TX

Story Time – Wednesday 10 a.m. Ages: 12 years and younger. Introduce your child to the richness of literature through stories, songs, crafts and activities. Story time helps instill a lifelong love of reading, and it is informative and engaging for parents as well.
Reading Buddies – Wednesday 4 – 5 p.m. Children in grades 1-12. Volunteers and library staff are available to help your children practice their reading aloud skills. Buddies sit with the parent/caregiver and the child to help the child with pronunciation and comprehension. 

STEAM 4 Kids: Lights! Camera! Action! – Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. STEAM 4 Kids will be devoted to the art of filmmaking. We will investigate types of cameras, types of videos, enhancing videos through lighting and sound, and how to edit and share our videos. Each program will have a different lesson so children can participate as they are able. Registration: Free. Please register by the day before the event.

Rusk County Library System Central Library | 106 East Main St., Henderson, TX

Story Time – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Tyler Public Library | 201 South College Avenue, Tyler, TX.  

Teen Tuesdays – Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. For middle school and high school students.  

Lap & Play Time – Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. For babies up to 18 months.

Toddlers Explore – Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  For toddlers ages 18 to 36 months.

Read Aloud Crowd – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For children ages 3 to 6.

Upshur County Library | 702 W. Tyler St., Gilmer, TX

Story Time – Thursdays 10 a.m and 4:15 p.m.

Whitehouse Community Library | 107 Bascom Rd., Whitehouse, TX

Story Time – Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

 

November 1-22: Autumn at the Arboetum | Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas Highlighting The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as our theme in 2017, our fall festival is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall’s favorite flower-Chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, and our internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn.  See website for details on hours and admissions.  

November 11:  Paw Patrol Live! | 2 p.m. Century Link Center Bossier City, Louisiana   Nickelodeon’s hit show, PAW Patrol is on a roll with two live tours!

 

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans.  If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. 

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One Response to The East Texas Experience ~ A Mom’s Guide to November

  1. Kelsey Runge
    Kelsey Runge November 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    HI!!
    Nov. 14th Moxie Matters Tour with Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman
    Summit Club -Longview
    http://www.moxiematterstour.com
    Thank you!

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