January

Jefferson Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25, 31, Jan. 1: Christmas and New Year’s Express Trains Make this a holiday season to remember aboard the Christmas and New Year’s Express trains. As the antique, narrow-gauge locomotive chugs past scenes along the Big Cypress Bayou, passengers hear the stories of Christmas and New Year’s. The scenes are lighted for evening train rides, and passengers can see views of wetlands and the river. When: Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25, 31, Jan. 1 Where: Historic Jefferson Railway JEFFERSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-742-2041 Website: diamonddonempire.com/historic-jefferson-railway

 

Lufkin Jan. 23: “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live” The Angelina Arts Alliance’s Discovery Series presents this ultimate playdate that has been 65 million years in the making. Travel back in time to when dinosaurs walked the earth. Observe, meet, and interact with life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in this educational theatrical performance. When: Jan. 23 Where: Temple Theater LUFKIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-633-5454 Website: angelinaarts.org/discovery-series

 

Lufkin Jan. 29: Brit Beat: A Tribute to the Beatles The Angelina Arts Alliance presents this top Beatles tribute band. Come experience the evolution and revolution of the band’s music from beginning to end as the show travels through Beatle history with an immersive multimedia presentation. When: Jan. 29 Where: Pines Theater LUFKIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-633-5454 Website: angelinaarts.org/pines-series

Tyler Jan. 21: “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live” Get ready for the ultimate playdate—65 million years in the making. The tour begins in prehistoric Australia. Observe, meet, and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that astonishes and entertains kids while stimulating their imaginations. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, these puppets are so realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide—but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute. When: Jan. 21 Where: R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center TYLER, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-566-7424 Website: cowancenter.org

December

Gladewater Dec. 14: Christmas Parade There’s a feeling of Christmas in the air as Gladewater hails the coming of the holiday season and offers a warm winter welcome to all with a festive Christmas parade. When: Dec. 14 Where: Downtown Gladewater GLADEWATER, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-845-5501 Website: gladewaterchamber.org

 

Henderson Dec. 2 Christmas Parade Feel the spirit of Christmas at the annual Henderson Christmas Parade. The parade route goes through historic downtown, which is dressed to mimic a Hallmark movie. Incredible decorations, buildings outlined in lights, a 20-foot lighted Christmas tree, Santa’s house, and beautifully decorated windows create a gorgeous setting for the parade. When: Dec. 2 Where: Downtown Henderson HENDERSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-392-8232 Website: visithendersontx.com

 

Huntsville Dec. 4: Christmas Fair and Winter in the Park Vendors line the streets with gifts for the holiday season. From crafts to food, there is something for everyone on your list. Enjoy picture opportunities with your family and kid-friendly activities at Winter in the Park at Rather Park. When: Dec. 4 Where: Historic Downtown Huntsville HUNTSVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-291-5920 Website: huntsvillemainstreet.com

 

Huntsville Dec. 4: Gingerbread House Reception It’s that time of year again, when completed gingerbread houses are on display as part of the annual gingerbread house contest. When: Dec. 4 Where: The Wynne Home Arts and Visitor Center HUNTSVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-291-5424 Website: thewynnehome.com

 

Huntsville Dec. 4: Cider on the Porch Sip hot apple cider while watching the annual Christmas parade at the Wynne Home, a beautifully restored 19th century mansion and Texas landmark that’s the gateway to Huntsville’s Cultural District, just two blocks from downtown. When: Dec. 4 Where: The Wynne Home Arts and Visitor Center HUNTSVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-291-5424 Website: thewynnehome.com

 

Huntsville Dec. 4: Lions Club Annual Christmas Parade The parade begins at 20th Street and Sam Houston Avenue and proceeds northward on Sam Houston Avenue to 11th Street, turns westward (left), and finishes in front of H-E-B and a turn down Ray Black Drive. When: Dec. 4 Where: Historic Downtown Huntsville HUNTSVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-402-4249 Website: e-clubhouse.org/sites/huntsvilletx/index.php

 

Huntsville Dec. 11: Houston Family Christmas Kick off your holiday season with a visit to Gen. Sam Houston’s homestead for historical demonstrations, refreshments, crafts, and photos with Santa. When: Dec. 11 Where: Sam Houston Memorial Museum HUNTSVILLE, Texas. More Information: Phone: 936-294-1832 Website: samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com

 

Jacksonville Dec. 2: Christmas Parade The holiday season in Jacksonville begins with the annual Christmas Parade. Floats are judged for best theme, most original, best lighted float, and most spiritual. When: Dec. 2 Where: Commerce Street JACKSONVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-586-2217 Website: jacksonvilletexas.com

 

Jacksonville Dec. 12: Cherokee Craft and Trade Fair A ballroom full of vendors makes it easy to shop for a variety of items. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods or toiletries are encouraged for the Highway 69 Mission, which uses a faith-based approach to help those in need. When: Dec. 12 Where: The Ruby Ballroom JACKSONVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-268-1598 Website: jacksonvilletexas.com/list/member/cherokee-craft-trade-fair-1156

 

Jefferson Dec. 2-4, 9-11: Candlelight Tour of Homes For a memorable step back in time, take these narrated tours of historic homes (normally not open to the public) that have been lavishly decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas, with live greenery, candlelight, and trees adorned with tinsel, ribbon, and sparkling glass balls. Docents in period costumes greet guests and describe each home’s origins and finery. When: Dec. 2-4, 9-11 Where: Various locations JEFFERSON, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: jeffersoncandlelight.com

 

Jefferson Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25, 31, Jan. 1: Christmas and New Year’s Express Trains: Make this a holiday season to remember aboard the Christmas and New Year’s Express trains. As the antique, narrow-gauge locomotive chugs past scenes along the Big Cypress Bayou, passengers hear the stories of Christmas and New Year’s. The scenes are lighted for evening train rides, and passengers can see views of wetlands and the river. When: Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25, 31, Jan. 1 Where: Historic Jefferson Railway JEFFERSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-742-2041 Website: diamonddonempire.com/historic-jefferson-railway

 

Jefferson Dec. 11-12: Gun and Knife Expo Shop for new and antique guns, knives, knife-sharpening equipment, ammo, gun parts, archery, reloading equipment and supplies, scopes, and holsters in a safe, fun, and family-oriented environment. A limited number of outside booths sell jewelry, candles, jerky, and outdoor sporting equipment. There is also a rifle giveaway, courtesy of J and N Fence Company. When: Dec. 11-12 Where: Jefferson Visitor Center JEFFERSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-431-0043 Website: tandkpromotions.com

 

Longview Dec. 4: Christmas at the Courthouse Santa and other characters are set up on the courthouse lawn for holiday fun. There are also train rides and horse-drawn carriages available. When: Dec. 4 Where: Gregg County Courthouse LONGVIEW, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-758-6181 Website: co.gregg.tx.us

 

Lufkin Dec. 2: “A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens’ classic celebrates the true spirit of Christmas in this production filled with haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiment, making it the perfect family holiday event. When: Dec. 2 Where: Temple Theater LUFKIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-633-5454 Website: angelinaarts.org

 

Lufkin Dec. 17: Celtic Angels Christmas The talented quintet brings holiday cheer with traditional favorites like “Silent Night” along with world-class Irish dance. When: Dec. 17. Where: Pines Theater LUFKIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-633-5454 Website: angelinaarts.org/pines-series

 

Nacogdoches Dec. 4: Nine Flags Lighted Christmas Parade Santa Claus is coming to town—downtown Nacogdoches, to be specific. Join along on the brick streets and watch the themed floats pass by. Parade entries come from local businesses, schools, churches, and individuals, and include decorated floats, vehicles, and walking groups. All entries are lighted, and the event culminates with the annual fireworks display south of downtown. When: Dec. 4. Where: Downtown Nacogdoches NACOGDOCHES, Texas More Information: Phone: 936-564-7351 Website: facebook.com/christmasparadenac

 

Palestine Nov. 19-Dec. 19 Grinch’s Lair He’s mean. He’s green. He’s in Palestine. This Christmas season, don’t miss a rare opportunity to come see Mr. Grinch locked up at the Texas Jailhouse. It hasn’t always been easy for the Grinch to give gifts, but all that has changed, at least a little! Admittedly a bit of a grump from time-to-time, our funny, silly, lovable Grinch is on a mission to make sure all boys and girls have a magical Christmas—even if that means giving gifts back. The Grinch’s Lair is a fun, festive experience inspired from the book “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss. This whimsical, live, interactive, production lets you visit your favorite green guy while he’s locked up in jail for stealing Christmas. You never know what ridiculousness he’ll be up to with his pal, Max, and all the other adorable residents. When: Nov. 19-Dec. 19 Where: Texas Jail House PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-480-0212 Website: texasjailhouse.com

 

Palestine Nov. 19-Dec. 26: The Polar Express Train Ride Fun for every child and child at heart, the Polar Express journey to the North Pole on the Texas State Railroad brings the classic children’s story to life with the full cast of characters, including conductors, elves, waitstaff, cocoa chefs, and Santa Claus. The best part? Everyone gets to wear their pajamas out in public. When: Nov. 19-Dec. 26 Where: Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot PALESTINE, Texas. More Information: Phone: 855-632-7729 Website: texasstaterailroad.net

 

Palestine Nov. 19-Dec. 27: Christmas Light Display Driving Tour Grab your family and load up in the car, turn up the Christmas carols, and enjoy an evening looking at the self-guided Christmas light displays set up all over town. When: Nov. 19-Dec. 27 Where: Various locations PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-723-3014

 

Palestine Nov. 19-21, 26-28; Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 Grinch’s Lair: This Christmas season don’t miss a rare opportunity to come see Mr. Grinch locked up in Palestine at the Texas Jailhouse. The Grinch’s Lair is a fun, festive experience inspired by the Dr. Seuss story “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” This whimsical, live, interactive production let’s you visit your favorite green guy while he’s locked up in jail for stealing Christmas. Kidsl get to immerse themselves in the world of Mr. Grinch through his Christmas Texas Jailhouse Lair. When: Nov. 19-21, 26-28; Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 Where: Texas Jailhouse PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-724-0164 Website: texasjailhouse.com

 

Palelstine Dec. 1-27: Christmas Light Display Driving Tour Grab your family and load up in the car, turn up the Christmas carols, and enjoy an evening looking at the self-guided Christmas light displays set up all over town. When: Dec. 1-27 Where: Various locations PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-723-3014

 

Palestine Dec. 4: Hearth and Tinsel Tour of Homes Get a glimpse of some of the incredible architecture of Palestine while it’s decorated for the Christmas holiday. This year’s tour features properties with varying architectural styles from years past. When: Dec. 4 Where: Various locations PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-729-6066 Website: visitpalestine.com/events/2020/hearth–tinsel-tour-of-homes

 

Palestine Dec. 4: Parade of Lights Join along for Palestine’s only nighttime parade and the courthouse lighting ceremony. See the streets of historic downtown Palestine aglow with colorful lights, beautiful floats, and smiles all around. When: Dec. 4 Where: Historic Downtown Palestine PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-729-6066 Website: visitpalestine.com

 

Palestine Dec. 5: Sounds of Christmas Concert The Anderson County Community Chorus and Orchestra present an afternoon of Christmas music. When: Dec. 5 Where: Palestine High School Auditorium PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-723-3014

 

Palestine Dec. 11: Whiskey and Wine Swirl Sip your way through an evening of Texas whiskey and wine. As you sample, shop and walk through historic downtown Palestine while enjoying local culinary delights. Whiskies and wines are from Texas vineyards and distilleries. When: Dec. 11 Where: Historic Downtown Palestine PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-723-3014

 

Palestine Dec. 11: Dogwood Jamboree: Just in Time for Christmas Hear a Branson-style country music show filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music from some of the best artists anywhere. This show has Christmas tunes, too. The comedians always provide great comic relief. When: Dec. 11 Where: Palestine High School Auditorium PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-723-6291 Website: dogwoodjamboree.com

 

Palestine Dec. 11: Old Town Vintage Open House Brings the kids to a free and festive event with Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, ornament making, and storytelling. Adults can enjoy shopping the sales, too. When: Dec. 11 Where: Old Town Vintage and More PALESTINE, Texas. More Information: Phone: 903-221-6233

 

Palestine Dec. 16: Christmas Carol Singalong Put on your ugly Christmas sweaters and head over to the Historic Texas Theatre for a classic Christmas singalong to traditional Christmas carols. When: Dec. 16 Where: Historic Texas Theatre PALESTINE, Texas More Information: Phone: 903-723-3014

 

The Woodlands Dec. 7: Club Market Shop for everyone on your list with an exclusive set of merchants. Items for sale include engraved stones, farmhouse furniture, boutique clothing, home decor, Easter decorations, gourmet food, and homegrown produce. When: Dec. 7 Where: The Woodlands Country Club THE WOODLANDS, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-770-1888 Website: facebook.com/bigtopentertainment

 

Tyler Dec. 1: ZZ Top in Concert ZZ Top, the band behind smash singles “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” brings their legendary rock, blues, and boogie to the Cowan Center. After more than four decades together, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers continue to combine classic elements of blues with hard rock, landing them mainstream success while also catering to diehard fans of more traditional blues music. Although legendary bandmate Dusty Hill has died, the show goes on with longtime friend of the band Elwood Francis sitting in on bass. When: Dec. 1 Where: R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center TYLER, Texas. More Information: Phone: 903-566-7424 Website: cowancenter.org

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