January

CROCKETT: Jan. 27 Larry Gatlin in Concert Presented by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association. Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Dr. pwfaa.org 936-544-4276

LIBERTY: Jan. 6, 13, 27 Liberty Opry Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme each Saturday. Gospel; country; ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s classics; specialty; and comedy on every show. Group and child discounts available. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. libertyopry.com 936-336-5830

LUFKIN: Jan. 21 “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream…or a really great pair of shoes. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. angelinaarts.org or cinderellaonbroadway.com 936-633-5454

LUFKIN: Jan. 25 The Lettermen in Concert The American male pop vocal trio’s trademark is close-harmony pop songs with light arrangements. The group has had two Top 10 singles, 11 gold records, and five Grammy nominations. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepineslufkin.com 936-633-0359

TYLER: Jan. 11 The Doobie Brothers in Concert When considering the ultimate classic rock bands of the 1970s, the Doobie Brothers are at the top of everyone’s list with their mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll. With more than 48 million albums sold worldwide and four Grammy Awards, their numerous chart-topping hits include “Black Water,” “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” and “Long Train Running.” In all, the band has tallied-up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Their latest album, “Southbound,” features new recordings of the band’s iconic hits, with country music’s biggest stars. University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. cowancenter.org or thedoobiebrothers.com 903-566-7424

TYLER: Jan. 18 “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” delights audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This production features an orchestra, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream..or a really great pair of shoes. University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. cowancenter.org or cinderellaonbroadway.com 903-566-7424

 

December

CROCKETT: Dec. 8 Russian Grand Ballet: “The Nutcracker” Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Dr. pwfaa.org 936-544-4276

GLADEWATER: Dec. 7 Christmas Parade and Community Dinner The Gladewater Chamber of Commerce hails the coming of Christmas and offers a warm winter welcome to all with a festive Christmas parade. After the parade, join everyone for a community dinner and enjoyable holiday entertainment. Downtown Antique District. gladewaterchamber.org 903-845-5501

HENDERSON: Dec. 1-3, 8-10 “Velveteen Rabbit” In the world of toys, life begins when humans leave the room. When one group of toys discovers a velveteen rabbit, they learn what it means to be truly loved by their owner. Adapted from the classic story by Margery Williams, “The Velveteen Rabbit” tells the story of the unconditional love between a boy and his toy bunny and how that love makes the rabbit real. Henderson Civic Theater, 122 E. Main St. hendersoncivictheatre.org 903-722-5221

HUNTSVILLE: Dec. 2 Christmas Fair Start your holiday season off right in holly jolly Huntsville. The first weekend in December hosts Huntsville for the Holidays, in which downtown Huntsville features this annual Christmas fair with dozens of vendors, real snow, pictures with Santa Claus, and train rides. Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave. huntsvillemainstreet.com 936-291-5920

HUNTSVILLE: Dec. 2 Houston Family Christmas Kick off your holiday season with the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Visit the Houston homestead for historical demonstrations, refreshments, hands-on craft projects, and photos with Santa Claus. Sam Houston Memorial Museum Grounds, 1836 Sam Houston Ave. samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com 936-294-1832

GARRISON: December 10. Christmas on the Square. is a Community Christmas Festival to promote community involvement.  Begins at 12 Noon until 5:00 pm.  Admission is free.  Kid friendly.  Vendor booths available call 936/347-2316 to reserve a booth.  Pictures with Santa, Parade, Garrison High School Band Concert & Fundraiser, Entertainment, crafts, food, bounce house, and the Christmas Story with Santa.  Everyone is welcome.  Fun for all ages. 12 Noon – 5 pm  9363472316

JEFFERSON: Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 Jefferson Flea Market Shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, garage-sale items, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies, and more. Jefferson Flea Market, 213 W. Broadway St. jeffersonfleamarket.net 903-431-0043

LIBERTY: Dec. 2, 9 Liberty Opry Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment with a different theme each Saturday. Gospel; country; ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s classic oldies; specialty; and comedy on every show. Group and child discounts available. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. libertyopry.com 936-336-5830

LONGVIEW: Dec. 10 Christmas Concert Longview Greggton Rotary Club’s third annual holiday concert, raises funds for local and global issues. Belcher Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. portal.clubrunner.ca/3591 903-452-8711

LUFKIN: Dec. 4 Michael Martin Murphey in Concert Do you hear what I hear? Is that Old Saint Nick or Michael Martin Murphey? Help bring in the Christmas season with one of the best songwriters in America, Michael Martin Murphey, and enjoy his iconic hits such as “Wildfire” and “Caroline in the Pines” as well as favorite Christmas and holiday songs. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepineslufkin.com 936-633-0359

LUFKIN: Dec. 6 Cirque Dreams Holidaze Created by Cirque Dreams founder and Broadway director Neil Goldberg, this critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, “Broadway musical,” and family show all in one. As it embarks on its 10th anniversary national tour, the show will delight audiences with more than 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class acts, the finest singers, original music, and seasonal favorites like gingerbread men, ornaments, and Santa. Its soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, elaborate production numbers, and illusions will leave you mesmerized. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. angelinaarts.org 936-633-5454

MAGNOLIA: Dec. 2 Hometown Christmas Hometown Christmas celebration with a lighting of the tree and the annual Christmas parade—a nighttime activity this year. Caroling, cookies, and hot chocolate for all. Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Dr. greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org 281-356-1488

MARSHALL: Nov. 22 – Dec. 31 Wonderland of Lights The classic lighting event in East Texas. The 31-year-old festival kicks off with a lighting ceremony of Marshall’s 1901 Historic Courthouse every year the day before Thanksgiving. The evening festival runs through New Year’s Eve, with activities downtown like a real ice rink, a restored carousel, the Wonderland Express trackless train, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Santa’s Workshop, as well as many other activities. Each Saturday of the festival season there is a special event during the day for attendees until the regular events kick off at sundown under the lights. Downtown Marshall, 1 Peter Whetstone Square. 703-702-7777

MARSHALL: Dec. 5 FaLaLa Progressive Meal A progressive dinner through five businesses in downtown Marshall. Limited to the first 50 people. Central Perks Restaurant, 211 N. Washington Ave. marshallartscouncil.org 903-935-4484

MINEOLA: Dec. 2, 9, 16 Ghost Walk This is not an ordinary ghost walk. You will be guided by investigators through a walking tour of the paranormal history of Mineola. At the end of this walk you will be a part of an actual investigation of a known active area to gain hands-on experience in the field with real ghost-hunting equipment. The ghost walk begins at the gazebo by the train station. acrosstheveilpe.com 903-878-7546

PALESTINE: Nov. 24-Dec. 30 Polar Express Train Ride Read along with the story as the historic steam train makes its magical round-trip journey from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, treats, and gifts. Texas State Railroad Depot, Park Road 70. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

PALESTINE: Dec. 2 Frost Fest It’s a 100 percent chance of snow at this small town, historic holiday celebration—bringing together everything good about the holidays. Enjoy street musicians, a freshly blown snow play area, warm treats, Santa, a historic home tour, wagon rides, and more. Historic Downtown, 401 W. Main St. palestinefrostfest.com 903-729-6066

TATUM: Dec. 9 Jingle Bell Bop and Shop Founded in 2015 to help raise money for Blue Santa. Experience some Christmas family fun. You can shop the vendors for gifts, have a taste of the Tatum Nutrition Center, indulge in food vendors from East Texas, enjoy live entertainment, and have your picture made with Santa. Sherman R. Smith Community Center, 231 Hood St. tatumtexas.com 903-947-6403

TEXARKANA: Oct. 14-Dec. 31 “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed” This new exhibit explores the bones and fossils belonging to the giant creatures that once roamed the earth. Visitors can view and even touch six full dinosaur skeletal molds including a triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and velociraptor. There are additional molds of skulls, arms, legs, eggs, footprints, and a 6-foot-1 apatosaurus femur. Visitors will also enjoy a dig box where they can use paleontology tools to unearth dinosaur bones. Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TEXARKANA: Dec. 4 Main Street Christmas Parade An annual Christmas parade led by live camels, more than 100 lighted floats/entries, collectible cars, marching bands, and costumed characters. Enjoy a holiday farmer’s market with Christmas trees and homemade gift items, live music, and more. Santa makes his grand entrance at the end of the parade. This year’s Grand Marshall is Texarkana’s own Stephanie Rice, a finalist in hit television show “The Voice.” Downtown Texarkana, 500 N. State Line Ave. mainstreettexarkana.org 903-792-7191

TYLER: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 Rose City Christmas Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season in Tyler, where beautiful and bright holiday events begin in November and continue through the end of December. Experience the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, Holiday in the Park, live entertainment, holiday performances, and a multitude of shopping events including Mistletoe & Magic—the largest shopping extravaganza in the region. Various locations. visittyler.com 903-592-1661

TYLER: Dec. 8 “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out. With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat. For ages 4 to 104. University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. cowancenter.org or casamanana.org 903-566-7424

 

November

CENTER: Nov. 3-4 Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping extravaganza offers more than 40 vendor booths showcasing Christmas decor and holiday artisan gifts. Windham Civic Center, 146 Express Blvd. shelbycountychamber.com 936-598-3682

CENTER: Nov. 3 Taste of the Holidays The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host this eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience featuring Chamber member restaurants, caterers, and florists. Each establishment will serve sample tastes of a featured item from their business. Windham Civic Center, 146 Express Blvd. shelbycountychamber.com 936-598-3682

GLADEWATER: Nov. 11 Holiday Open House Downtown stores are open late, plus seasonal entertainment and Texas-style hospitality. Antique District. 903-845-5501

HENDERSON: Nov. 30 Christmas Parade Visitors enjoy a tree lighting and lighted parade. Downtown Historic Henderson, 100 E. Main St. visithendersontx.com 866-650-5529 ext. 268

JEFFERSON: Nov. 2-5 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Top independent country artists, from 18 nations, perform and compete for Texas Sounds awards. See and hear at least five acts per night. Downtown Event Courtyard, 119 W. Austin St. texassounds.org 925-497-3915

JEFFERSON: Nov. 3-4, 17-18 Jefferson Flea Market Shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, garage-sale items, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies and more. Jefferson Flea Market, 213 W. Broadway St. jeffersonfleamarket.net 903-431-0043

KILGORE: Nov. 6 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival This year’s event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore and other selected locations. St. Luke’s, 401 E. Main St. easttexaspipeorganfestival.com

KILGORE: Nov. 16 Derrick Lighting Set each year on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, the night includes the ceremonial lighting of the stars atop KHPF’s memorial derricks downtown. Each November, the foundation’s signature year-end event welcomes local entertainers and honors an individual or group in the community, granting them the spotlight and the privilege to throw an oversized switch as the LED stars flare above. World’s Richest Acre, 101-199 E. Main St. kilgorechamber.com

KILGORE: Nov. 16-18 Reel East Texas Film Festival Texas’ newest film festival has a dual purpose of introducing new or undiscovered movies, documentaries, and directors to the region while bringing film industry-centric events to the charming Texan Theater downtown. Texan Theater, 203 S. Kilgore St. reeleasttexas.com

LIBERTY: Nov. 4, 11, 18 Liberty Opry Enjoy live, family-oriented, musical entertainment, with a different theme every Saturday. Gospel, country, ’50s and ’60s old-time rock ’n’ roll, classic oldies, specialty shows, and comedy on every show. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. libertyopry.com 936-336-5830

LUFKIN: Nov. 4 Pineywoods Veterans Celebration The parade will begin at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center make its way down North First Street, take left on East Burke Avenue to end at Louis Bronaugh Park. At the park, lunch will be provided for veterans and their families (with proper identification). Others who wish to stay and celebrate will be able to enjoy live music and free blood pressure checks, etc. Louis Bronaugh Park, 328-340 Charlton St. visitlufkin.com 936-633-0359

LUFKIN: Nov. 16 Jason Crabb in Concert Have your soul renewed with this Grammy-winning Christian artist. His voice, his heart, and the unique way he connects with each audience will fill your heart with hope. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepineslufkin.com 936-633-0359

MARSHALL: Nov. 11-12 Gun and Knife Show Find new and antique guns, knives, ammo, archery, reloading equipment and supplies, scopes, holsters and other shooting-related items, all in a safe, fun and family-oriented environment. Marshall Convention Center, 2501 East End Blvd. South. tandkpromotions.com 903-431-0043

MINEOLA: Nov. 4 Pedal for Paws Annual metric century group bicycle tour features rural low traffic roads with great views and rolling hills. Distances of 20, 30, 40, 55 and 65 miles are offered with frequent rest stops and full SAG support. Mineola Nature Preserve, 1860 CR 2724. mineolapedalforpaws.com 903-638-6902

MOUNT PLEASANT: Nov. 10-11 Deck the Halls Holiday Bazaar Shop more than 40 vendors from all over Northeast Texas. Items include handmade soaps, cedar furniture, seasonal decor, and everything in between. Mount Pleasant Civic Center, 1800 N. Jefferson Ave. mtpleasanttx.com 903-572-8567

PALESTINE: Nov. 24-Dec. 30 Polar Express Train Ride Read along with the story as the historic steam train makes its magical round-trip journey from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, treats, and gifts. Texas State Railroad Depot, Park Road 70. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

PITTSBURG: Nov. 25. 2nd Annual Home for the Holidays A full day to kick off the Christmas season in Historic Downtown Pittsburg. Activities will include an ice skating rink, open air market with handmade artisans, a visit by some very special Disney characters and Christmas movies in the Plaza. 11 am www.pittsburgtexas.com 903-856-3621

TEXARKANA: Oct. 14-Dec. 31 “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed” This new exhibit explores the bones and fossils belonging to the giant creatures that once roamed the earth. Visitors can view and even touch six full dinosaur skeletal molds, including a triceratops, tyrannosaurs rex, and velociraptor. There are additional molds of skulls, arms, legs, eggs, footprints, and a 6-foot-1-inch apatosaurus femur. Visitors will also enjoy a dig box where they can use paleontology tools to unearth dinosaur bones. Discovery Place Interactive Museum, 215 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TEXARKANA: Nov. 18 Victorian Christmas Card Creations Invented in 1843 during the Victorian era by Henry Cole, who helped establish the British post office, the Christmas card has become a standard holiday tradition. Continue the holiday ritual by visiting this Victorian museum and create a variety of Christmas cards from the Victorian age to modern day. Ace of Clubs House, 420 Pine. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TYLER: Nov. 1-Dec. 31 Rose City Christmas Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season in Tyler, where beautiful and bright holiday events begin in November and continue through the end of December. Experience the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, Holiday in the Park, live entertainment, holiday performances, and a multitude of shopping events including Mistletoe & Magic—the largest shopping extravaganza in the region. Various locations. visittyler.com 903-592-1661

TYLER: Nov. 9-11 Mistletoe and Magic More than 90 specialty boutiques and merchants showcase antiques, gourmet foods, jewelry, seasonal decorations, clothing, and more at this holiday market. The event includes brunches, style shows, musical entertainment, and children’s events. Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. juniorleagueoftyler.org/mistletoe-magic 903-593-1080

WINNSBORO: Nov. 10-11 Art and Wine Festival In addition to a weekend-long art exhibition, the Winnsboro Fine Art Market highlights the best of local cuisine and allows community members to come together in appreciation of featured works. Historic downtown streets are closed to traffic during this free festival. Art includes traditional to abstract, painting to pottery, glass to silk from more than 50 artists, and 10 award-winning Texas wineries will showcase their bottles. Historic Downtown Winnsboro, Elm and Market streets. facebook.com/winnsborartwine 903-426-8207

WINNSBORO: Nov. 11. Christmas in the Park Craft Bazaar. We have hundreds of Christmas gift items, home décor, quilts, jewelry and baked goods. Homemade stew lunch will also be available. Proceeds benefit sponsoring churches and nonprofit ministries. Free admission and parking. Tx Civic Center, 703 Wheeler Drive opens at 9:00am – 3:00pm. For more information call 903-629-3010 or email masseypja@yahoo.com

 

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