December

CONROE: Dec. 2 Texas 10 Series Running Race Conroe 10, the last showdown of the six city races, offers runners a nice path through northern Montgomery County starting and finishing at Lone Star Com- munity College’s Conroe Campus. The 5-mile, two-loop course challenges runners to push themselves while running for a personal best or finishing their first 10- mile or 5-mile. Lone Star College, Conroe Center, 777 Conroe Park N. Drive. 936- 588-9966; texas10series.com

CONROE: Dec. 9 Lake Conroe Christmas Boat Parade Have a boat? Decorate it and join the parade. Have a lakefront home? Throw a party, take pictures, and have a merry time. Don’t have a boat? Join in at the restaurants around the lake for their festivities and watch the parade. The event raises funds for local kids in need. Lake Conroe Park, 14968 SH 105 West. 936-522-3500; livelakeconroe.com/christmasboatparade

CROCKETT: Dec. 18 Texas Tenors in Con- cert The No. 1 vocal group in the history of “America’s Got Talent” brings Christmas cheer with their holiday production “Deep in The Heart of Christmas.” Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Drive. 936-544- 4276; pwfaa.org

HENDERSON: Dec. 1 Lighting of the Trees Trees are lit for spectacular holiday scenery. Lake Forest Park, 1500 Lake Forest Park- way. 866-650-5529; visithendersontx.com

HUNTSVILLE: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Journey Through Bethlehem A multidenomination- al presentation of Bethlehem as it was on the night Jesus was born. Walker County Fair- grounds, Fairgrounds Road. 936-295-7459

HUNTSVILLE: Dec. 1 Christmas Fair Enjoy snow, Santa, food, vendors, train rides, and holiday entertainment. Historic Downtown Huntsville, 1203 University Ave. 936-291-9726; huntsvillemainstreet.com

HUNTSVILLE: Dec. 1 Houston Family Christmas Enjoy historical demonstrations, holiday goodies, free admission to the main museum, craft projects, a dis- count at the museum store, and visiting with Santa. Sam Houston Memorial Muse- um, 1836 Sam Houston Ave. 936-291-9726

HUNTSVILLE: Dec. 4-9 “A Wynne Home Nutcracker” The whole family can experience “The Nutcracker” story from the in- side, attending the Christmas party at The Wynne Home and traveling through the snow to the Land of the Sweets. The Wynne Home Arts Center, 1428 11th St. 936-291-9726; huntsvilletexas.com

JASPER: Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Christmas in the Park This annual event offers food, arts and crafts, live music, and fireworks on opening day. Enjoy train rides through the park on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 15. Sandy Creek Park, Marvin Hancock Drive. 409-384-4651; christmasinjaspertx.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 29-Dec. 8 Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes Tour Historic homes normally not open to the public. Various locations. jeffersoncandlelight.com

JEFFERSON: Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15 Jefferson Flea Market Shop for new and antique items, arts and crafts, furniture, fixtures, books, dishes, office supplies, and more. Jefferson Flea Market, 213 W. Broadway St. 903-431-0043; jeffersonfleamarket.net

JEFFERSON: Dec. 14-15 Gun & Knife Show Shop for new and antique guns, knives, knife-sharpening equipment, ammo, gun parts, archery, reloading equipment and supplies, scopes, holsters, and many other shooting related items, all in a safe, fun, and family-oriented environment. Bring your unloaded gun for trading. Jefferson Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St. tandkpromotions.com

KILGORE: Dec. 8 Kilgore Geekend Presents Holiday Bizarre Enjoy holiday music (provided in part by Kilgore’s own Jericho March) while browsing some of the best vendors and artists from East Texas and beyond. The East Texas Hive collect toys and books for children in need, and Santa Claus makes an appearance for photos. Downtown Kilgore. 512-299-8722; facebook.com/kilgoregeekend

KILGORE: Dec. 15 Jingle All The Way Bring the kids for a fun time while you finish some last-minute Christmas shopping in historic downtown Kilgore. The whole family can enjoy Christmas characters, outdoor entertainment, and festive fun. Historic Downtown Kilgore. 903-988-4117; kilgoremainstreet.com

LIBERTY: Dec. 8, 29 Liberty Opry
Enjoy live, family-oriented musical entertainment with a different theme for every show. Popular themes include gospel, country, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, specialties, and always a little comedy. Food and nonalcoholic beverages are available. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. 936-336-5830; libertyopry.com

LONGVIEW: Dec. 1 Gingerbread Bash Families can enjoy several gingerbread- related activities and crafts all day long. Longview World of Wonders, 112 E. Tyler St. 903-212-4969; longviewwow.org

LUFKIN: Dec. 4 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Ring in the holidays with this legendary jazz trumpeter and jazz orchestra, comprised of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players in the world. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: Dec. 13 The Pines Presents: The Annie Moses Band A captivating blend of folk and classical, this talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, and musicians have combined technical skill with showmanship for more than a decade. The band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences—young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and blue- grass buffs. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. 936-633-0359; thepineslufkin.com

LUFKIN: Nov. 15 “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Everyone’s favorite first grader, Junie B. Jones, is live onstage in this fun-for-all holiday tale that delivers a special lesson about giving. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

MAGNOLIA: Dec. 1 The Magic of Christ- mas Parade of Lights A festive parade ignites the spirit of the season. Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive. 281-356-1488; greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org

MARSHALL: Nov. 21-30 Wonderland of Lights Millions of white lights illuminate the historic Harrison County Courthouse as downtown Marshall is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring two trains, a vintage carousel, outdoor ice skating, and horse-drawn carriages. Enjoy the free Santa’s Village to decorate a cookie, build a toy, and visit with the big guy himself. Live entertainment nightly and special events on Saturdays. Downtown Marshall, 1 Peter Whetstone Square. 903-702-7777

MONTGOMERY: Dec. 8 Christmas in Historic Montgomery Ring in the holiday season with events all day in historic Montgomery, the birthplace of the Texas flag. Events include breakfast with Santa, arts and crafts, shopping, a parade, the famous cookie walk, and the candlelight home tour. Various locations. 936-524- 3402 montgomerytexas.gov or facebook.com/experiencemontgomery

PALESTINE: Nov. 17-Dec. 22 Grinch’s Lair The who’s who of Whoville greets visitors before being sent up into the lair for a tour with Mr. Grinch through his Texas Jail House dwelling. You never know what ridiculousness he’ll be up to. Texas Jail House, 704 Avenue A. 903-373-8158; texasjailhouse.com

PALESTINE: Nov. 17-Dec. 27 Polar Ex- press 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. 855-632-7729; texasstaterailroad.net

PALESTINE: Dec. 1 “A Country Christ- mas” by Dogwood Jamboree This Bran- son-style music show is filled with laughter and some of the golden hits in country music performed live on stage. Palestine High School Auditorium, 1600 S. Loop 256. 903-729-7080; dogwoodjamboree.com

PALESTINE: Dec. 1 Frost Fest
Activities include the historic home tour that showcases Palestine’s selection of historic properties, the snow play square, the wassail stroll with downtown businesses preparing wassail recipes for free tastings, and a Taste and Talk walking tour with samplings of local specialties led by a local history expert. Downtown Palestine, 401 W. Main St. 903-729-6066; palestinefrostfest.com

PALESTINE: Dec. 8 Main Street Wine Swirl Walk, shop, and sip your way through historic downtown Palestine. Enjoy culinary delights perfectly paired with fine wines from Texas wineries. Historic Main Street. 903-723-3014; visitpalestine.com

PALESTINE: Dec. 14-16 “Gift of the Magi: The Musical” Enjoy the ultimate Christ- mas love story inspired by the classic story of O. Henry: A young husband and wife deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St. 903-723-9595; thetexastheater.com

PALESTINE: Dec. 20-21 “The Nutcracker” The Ballet North Texas performs a holiday classic. Performing Arts Center of Palestine, 1819 W. Spring St. 903-723-2026; visitpalestine.com

PITTSBURG: Dec. 2 Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express The Holiday Ex- press train is planning to stop at the Texas Street Crossing in Pittsburg. In its 18th annual trip across Kansas City Southern’s U.S. rail network, the six-car train brings Santa Claus for a visit with the kids and offer visual displays inside for the young and young-at-heart alike. Texas Street Crossing, 105 S. Texas St. 903-856-3621; pittsburgtexas.com

PITTSBURG: Dec. 8 Pittsburg by Candle- light This event offers a historic walking tour of seven historical sites in Pittsburg, including The Holman House, The Abernathy House, The Heath House, The First United Methodist Church, the Farmstead Museum, the Ezekiel Airship Museum, and the Shelby building. 200 Rusk St. 903- 856-3621; pittsburgtexas.com

TEXARKANA: Dec. 3 Christmas Parade Celebrate the holidays with a festive downtown parade. Downtown Texarkana, 500 N. State Line Ave. 903-792-7191; mainstreettexarkana.org

THE WOODLANDS: Nov. 17-Jan. 21 The Ice Rink Enjoy ice-skating this holiday season at a 21,000-square-foot facility. The Ice Rink, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-419-5630; visitthewoodlands.com or thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

THE WOODLANDS: Dec. 20 Holiday Party with Woodlands Symphony Orchestra Brass Experience a multidisciplinary and collaborative chamber con- cert series delivered by The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra under the artistic direction of Darryl Bayer. Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands Parkway. 832-557-8781; visitthewoodlands.com or gladeculturalcenter.com

TYLER: Through Jan. 6 “This and That: Recent Acquisitions” The Tyler Museum of Art was the recent beneficiary of an extraordinary opportunity to bring back more than 30 works dispersed from the permanent collection of The Contemporary Austin. This exhibition showcases the high- lights of these and other recently acquired pieces for the TMA’s permanent collection, including works by Otis Dozier, Michael Frary, Larry Graeber, and Julie Speed. Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903- 595-1001; tylermuseum.org

TYLER: Nov. 29-Dec. 2 Texas Rose Horse Breed Show This all-breed horse show— Andalusian, Lusitano, Welsh, and Frieisan breeds, to name a few—offers in-hand classes, carriage driving, and jumping. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: Dec. 1-31 Azalea District Trail of Lights You’ve seen the beautiful colors of the Azalea District and Brick Street Village during the spring; now see them come to life with color, once again, during the holiday season. Take a driving or walking tour and enjoy the historic homes and businesses dressed up for the holiday season in all its splendor. Azalea District, One half mile south of downtown Tyler. 903-592- 1661; visittyler.com

TYLER: Dec. 1-Jan. 4 Santa Land Drive- Through Christmas Park Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas with more than 2.5 million lights illuminating your path. Take a ride on Santa’s Trailer or remain in the warmth of you own vehicle as you drive through Santa Land’s 24 acres of unforgettable adventure designed for the entire family. Before you leave, shop the 4,000-square- foot gift shop. Santa Land, 11455 I-20 West. 903-882-1518; santalandtylertx.com

TYLER: Dec. 8 Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday and Blue Santa Crawl Every second Saturday, downtown Tyler bursts with entertainment. December’s event is the Blue Santa Crawl. “Crawl” around downtown and collect pieces of a Santa costume while making a difference with special activities for “elves” as well. Each ticket sold sponsors a child for the annual Fraternal Order of Police Tyler Blue Santa program. Have fun and change a child’s life this Christmas. Tyler Downtown Square, 100 N. Broadway Ave. 903-592- 1661; visittyler.com/secondsaturday

TYLER: Dec. 8 Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar More than 50 vendors are on hand at this 13th annual celebration. Enjoy live entertainment on the Queen’s Court in the Garden, story time with Mrs. Claus, and garden decorations after dark. Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive. 903-531- 1214; tylerparkandrec.com

TYLER: Dec. 8-9 Interscholastic Equestrian Association—Hunt Seat Horse Show The Interscholastic Equestrian Association has remained true to its mission: Introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 11 through 19) to equestrian sport. No rider needs to own a horse to participate in the IEA—a mount and tack is provided to each youngster at every event, from local shows to the national finals. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify through the IEA Benevolent Fund. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. 817-683-8284 or 903-882-8696; texasrosehorsepark.com

TYLER: Dec. 8 The Robert Cray Band With five Grammys, 15 Billboard chart- topping releases, and numerous W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Robert Cray is one of the most successful blues artists of our time. His remarkable career earned him a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: Dec. 16-March 17 “Lagniappe: The Art of Letitia Huckaby” This solo exhibition spotlights the family narratives and African American history themes prevalent in the work of acclaimed photographer and multimedia artist Letitia Huckaby. Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903-595- 1001; tylermuseum.org

 

November

HENDERSON: Nov. 10 Heritage Syrup Festival The 30th annual event includes mule-powered old-time syrup making and folk artists, antique tractors, and music. Hayride shuttles will be available to Historic Downtown where you can enjoy more than 250 shopping vendors, bands, antique and classic cars, cloggers and square dancers, a children’s section, pony rides, and a melodrama. Depot Museum and Historic Downtown, 514 N. High St. and 100 E. Main St. visithendersontx.com 866-650-5529

JASPER: Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Christmas in the Park This annual event offers food, arts and crafts, live music, and fireworks on opening day. Train rides offered through the park Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 15. Bring the whole family for a beautiful park experience. Sandy Creek Park, Marvin Hancock Drive. christmasinjaspertx.com 409-384-4651

JEFFERSON: Nov. 1-4 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards International musicians flock to Jefferson in the hopes of winning a Texas Sounds Award. Texas Sounds is produced by, and is the major fundraising event for, East Texas Performing Arts. Historic Downtown Jefferson. texassounds.org

JEFFERSON: Nov. 2-3, 16-17, 30 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

JEFFERSON: Nov. 16 Jefferson Cruise Night Classic cars enthusiasts and spectators join every third Friday night through November for dinning, dancing, and music. Historic Downtown Jefferson. visitjeffersontexas.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 24 Christmas Parade The parade begins downtown and travels through Jefferson, ending at the Lions Club Park. visitjeffersontexas.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 24 Christmas Tree Lighting Come and be inspired as 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, sponsored by various businesses and individuals in Jefferson, light up and ring in the Holidays. Gather with family and friends for Christmas carol singing, entertainment and the tree lighting. Children may visit with Santa after he arrives with the parade atop the fire engine. Lions Club Park. jefferson-texas.com

JEFFERSON: Nov. 29-Dec. 8 Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes Tour historic homes normally not open to the public. Various locations. jeffersoncandlelight.com

KILGORE: Nov. 11-15 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Featuring Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs designed and tonally finished by Roy Perry in the East Texas area. The eighth annual festival recitalists include Graham Barber, Jacob Benda, Ken Cowan, Katelyn Emerson, Ann Frohbieter, Christopher Marks, Jonathan Ryan, Jane Parker, Smith, Johann Vexo, Henry Webb, Peter Yardley, Jones, and others. First Presbyterian Church, 815 E. Main St. easttexaspipeorganfestival.com 903-984-5022

KILGORE: Nov. 15 A Very Derrick Christmas This annual event celebrates the official lighting of the steel oil derricks in historic downtown Kilgore and is free to the public. There will be a wide array of family-friendly entertainment and activities. World’s Richest Acre, 100 N. Commerce St. khpf.com 903-984-5022

KILGORE: Nov. 15-17 Reel East Texas Film Festival A festival hosted by filmmakers for filmmakers, RETFF loves great films and brings together audience, filmmaker, and film industry representatives in celebration of artistic and independent spirit. Texan Theater, 224 S. Kilgore St. reeleastexas.com 903-984-5022

KILGORE: Nov. 24 Mingle and Jingle Come dine and shop under the stars of historic downtown Kilgore this holiday season. It will be an evening of shopping, eating, and bliss. Historic Downtown Kilgore, 101 N. Kilgore St. kilgoremainstreet.com 903-988-4117

LUFKIN: Nov. 8 Jim Brickman in Concert With his distinctive piano style and captivating live performances, Brickman has revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning 21 number one albums and 32 top 20 radio singles along with two Grammy nominations and numerous other awards. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. thepineslufkin.com 936-633-0359

MILAM: Nov. 16-17 Settlers Days
This annual celebration focuses on early Texas. The event includes a quilt show, historical re-enactments, an 1800s log home, vendors, petting zoo, chili cookoff, and entertainment. El Camino Park, Intersection of SH 21 and SH 87. milamsettlersday.org 409-625-4876

MINEOLA: Nov. 3 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

PALESTINE: Nov. 17-Dec. 22 Grinch’s Lair You’ll be greeted by a Who’s Who of Whoville before being sent up into the lair, where you’ll get a tour with Mr. Grinch through his Texas Jail House dwelling. You never know what ridiculous- ness he’ll be up to. Texas Jail House, 704 Avenue A. texasjailhouse.com 903-373-8158

PALESTINE: Nov. 17-Dec. 27 Polar Ex- press 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

TEXARKANA: Sept. 15-Nov. 30 “Death and Dying: Customs and Curiosities” This special exhibit explores the customs and rituals peculiar to mourning and burial in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. This exhibit will feature mourning costumes, memorial cards, tools, materials used in preparing for burial, and other memento mori. Ace of Clubs House & Ahern Home, 420 Pine St. texarkanamuseums.org 903-793-4831

TYLER: Nov. 3-4 DHJSC—Hunter/Jumper Horse Show The Dallas Hunter Jumper Scholarship Circuit is an exciting event for the whole family, and free to spectators. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

TYLER: Nov. 10-11 TRHP Fall Horse Trials—USEA Cross Country Event An equestrian sport that could be termed an “equestrian triathlon,” this event involves working with a horse both on the flat and over fences. The three phases are: dressage, endurance (or cross country), and show jumping. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

TYLER: Nov. 17-18 NTHJC Hunter/Jumper Horse Show A horse show consisting of show jumpers, working hunters, and hunt seat equitation. Show jumpers compete in jumper classes where it counts to be “fault- less” and fast. Working hunters are judged for manner and pace; a smooth comfortable ride. Hunt seat equitation emphasizes the rider’s form, sitting still, and quiet handling. Great outdoor activity for the entire family. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

TYLER: Nov. 29-Dec. 2 Texas Rose Horse Breed Show An all-breed horse show with Andalusian, Lusitano, Welsh, and Frieisan breeds, to name a few. There will be in-hand classes, carriage driving, and jumping. A great outdoor activity for the entire family. Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 SH 110 N. texasrosehorsepark.com 903-882-8696

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