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Plan Your Weekend :: December 1 – 3

Weekend Guide

Holiday season is in full swing and December is a busy month in East Texas.  With so many local events happening, we want to be your guide to planning the weekend.

If you don’t see your event listed here, please add it to our community calendar, send us a message or leave a comment.

December 1-2:  Frost Fest | Palestine, Texas The most wonderful time of the year is here with this wintry event leading the way into holidays filled with fun activities, special attractions, and incredible memories, only in #PalestineTx More details on our website. These cooler temps have us ready to party at Frost Fest 2017! We already have so many exciting things planned! Make sure you mark your calendar now, and we will see you in six weeks for games, rides, specialty food trucks, music, dances, a movie, story-time with Santa, tours, and more!

December 1-2:  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.

December 1-3: 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.

December 1: A Christmas Carol | 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 12:30 – 2 p.m. Nacogdoches, Texas SFASU W.M. Turner Auditorium The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will usher in the holiday season with two performances of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, on Friday, Dec. 1. Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences. The play targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets go on sale Aug. 14. To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

December 1:  Tree Lighting Ceremony | 4 – 6:30 p.m. Corsicana, Texas Join us Downtown for our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Collin St & Beaton St. We will have pictures with Santa, live music, a chocolate walk, promotions at local shops, fireworks show, a meet and greet with Corsicana Bowl Football players, free cookies and hot chocolate. Please bring cash for food purchases. This is a Main Street and Parks & Recreation Department Event!

December 1:  Henderson Christmas Parade | 5:30 p.m.  Main Street’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Heritage Square followed by the Christmas Parade at 6:00 p.m.

December 1:  Christmas in the Park | 6 – 7 p.m. The Children’s Park of Tyler Christmas is a time to celebrate with the special people in our lives. Bring your family and enjoy an enchanted evening of celebrating the Christmas season on Friday, December 1st at 6 pm. Our 14th Annual Christmas in the Park will include singing Christmas carols and storytelling around a beautifully decorated tree, while drinking signature snowman soup and roasting marshmallows over an open flame for s’mores. Admission is free. Order your 2017 Personalized One-of-a-Kind Christmas Deadline for ordering ornaments is November 10th. Ornaments can be picked up at the Christmas event. http://www.childrensparktyler.com/christmas-in-the-park-and-ornaments/

December 2:  Frost Fest | Palestine, Texas The most wonderful time of the year is here with this wintry event leading the way into holidays filled with fun activities, special attractions, and incredible memories, only in #PalestineTx More details on our website. These cooler temps have us ready to party at Frost Fest 2017! We already have so many exciting things planned! Make sure you mark your calendar now, and we will see you in six weeks for games, rides, specialty food trucks, music, dances, a movie, story-time with Santa, tours, and more!

December 2:  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.

December 2: 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.

 

December 2:  Jingle Bell Run | 8 a.m. Nacogdoches, Texas  It’s the most wonderful time of year and we are ready to “run” home for the holidays! Come join us for the 21st Annual Jingle Bell run in historic Downtown Nacogdoches, Texas. This chip-timed 5k will take you through all the beautiful sites Nacogdoches has to offer! What a better way to start off your holiday season than running through the Oldest Town in Texas! Registration comes with a one of a kind Jingle Bell Run t-shirt that is a perfect addition to your holiday wardrobe!

December 2:  Nine Flags Nacogdoches Christmas Festival and Parade | 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.  Nacogdoches, Texas  Come back home to Nacogdoches for Christmas and reminisce on the brick streets of Downtown Main Street – December 2, 2017. The festival begins at 9:00 AM, and will last until the parade ends. Come see our vendors, food trucks, and more! The parade begins at 6:30 PM and will be followed by fireworks.

December 2: Brunch with Santa | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Commerce, Texas Northeast Texas Children’s Museum 2501 Hwy 24 Commerce, TX Directions $8.00 in advance $10.00 at the door Kids under 2 are free ****** Join us for: -Pictures with Santa -Pancake Breakfast by Commerce Lil’ Angels -Christmas Crafts

December 2:  Gingerbread Bash | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Longview World of Wonders To celebrate the Christmas season, Longview World of Wonders will be having a GINGERBREAD BASH on December 2nd from 10:00AM-6:00PM! 
The Gingerbread Man will be on the loose throughout the month of November and we’ll be having weekly giveaways on social media for those who can guess his location correctly. We’ll also be having a Gingerbread House Workshop, hot chocolate, and several other Gingerbread-related activities and crafts for kids and their familes. It’s going to be an ALL DAY EVENT and WE ARE SO EXCITED! MORE DETAILS TO COME! *funded in part by a grant from the city of Longview*

December 2:  Holiday Vendor Event | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Harvey Hall, Tyler, Texas Hosted by Foster The Love. Our holiday event will feature over 20 LuLaRoe retailers plus representatives from other home based companies such as LipSense, Matilda Jane, Rodan+Fields, Stella and Dot, and many more! We will also be doing a toy drive benefiting the children placed in foster care with Grace Manor Child Placing Agency. 

December 2:  Living History Christmas and Loblolly Model Trains | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Longview, Texas The Gregg County Historical Museum’s exhibits come to life during Living History Christmas. See a blacksmith crafting different items, talk to a cowboy about the Dalton Gang, learn about Caddo Indian history and get your face painted, make a commemorative ornament, see the fantastic Loblolly Train display and enjoy cookies! FREE on December 2nd. Great event for families!! Train and holiday house display run through December 23rd.

December 2:  Santa’s Bake Shop | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Lillie Russell Memorial Library Lindale, Texas At Lillie Russell Memorial Library, we believe in the freedom to read, to learn, to discover. 
Pledge today to become a Sustaining Donor at $10 a month and watch your donation impact the lives of everyone in Lindale. Attend the 5th annual Santa’s Bake Shop cookie fundraiser for holiday treats made from scratch to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
Cookies are $6 per dozen and proceeds benefit the library General Fund to pay for expenses not covered by grants. YOUR CONTRIBUTION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Visit your library today!

December 2:  Whitehouse Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Whitehouse, Texas Whitehouse Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park. Parade will kick off at 10a, to follow is Christmas in the Park until 3pm. There will be food, lots of vendors, kid activities, and MORE!!! JJO Radio (Fun 95.3 / 102.3) will be our parade EMCEE. Don’t forget about his toy drive! Santa (Able Santa) will be in the park following the Parade until around 12:30 (ish) for photos.

December 2:  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.

December 2:  Snow in Van | 4 – 7 p.m. Van, Texas Its going to snow in Van on December 2, 2017 from 4-7pm at the Movie House located at 255 W Main.

December 2:  Mineola Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting | 5:30 p.m.  Mineola, Texas  Join us in historical downtown Mineola on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:30pm for our Christmas Parade! We will have Carriage Rides available from 2:00pm-5:00pm in downtown. The judging of floats will be at 4:30pm before the parade starts. Following the parade will be a Christmas Tree lighting and visits with Santa down at the gazebo! Bring the whole family out for a night of fun and celebration.

December 2:  Christmas in Lindale | (6 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade) 7 p.m. Lindale, Texas (Immediately following Rotary Christmas Parade) City of Lindale Community Christmas Celebration.  Everyone is invited to attend our Lindale Community Christmas Celebration inside Picker’s Pavilion after the Rotary Parade.  Lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree. Performances by the local dance studios. Christmas Music by local musicians. Face painting. Hot Cocoa served by the Veterans. Crafts provided by the Lillie Russell Memorial Library. Pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus downloaded to Facebook. Reindeer games (involving $$). Lots of Photo Opportunities. Caroling and Community Fellowship.

December 2:  Lighted Christmas Parade | 6 p.m. Marshall, Texas One of the biggest events of the year in Historic Downtown Marshall! Hosted by Wonderland of Lights.

December 2:  Athens Christmas Parade | 6:30 p.m. Athens, Texas  In partnership with the Athens Chamber, the City of Athens will host the 2017 Athens Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd at 6:30pm. The theme for this year is “A Musical Christmas.” 

December 2-27: 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.

Please let us know about any events happening today!

 

December 3: 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.

 

The East Texas Experience ~ A Mom's Guide to December

Mom's Guide to December

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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