East Texas Christmas and New Year's Eve events
Dec. 8, 2011 at 10 p.m.
<strong>Daingerfield:</strong> The theme for the Daingerfield Christmas parade is "O Holy Night" and is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. today on Coffey Street. Area schoolchildren will be singing in the park after the parade at 6 p.m. A concession stand will be available.
<strong>Pittsburg:</strong> The rescheduled Pittsburg parade is set for 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Pittsburg. The theme is "Toyland."
<strong>Quitman:</strong> The Quitman Lake Fork Kiwanis Club's annual Christmas parade will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 10, with a "Christmas around the World" theme. The parade route begins at Quitman High School and ends at Gov. Jim Hogg City Park. The parade will be directed down East Goode Street to the downtown area before making a left turn onto N. Main Street toward the city park.
<strong>Lone Star:</strong> Lone Star's Christmas parade will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The Daingerfield band will perform in the Dollar General Shopping Center after the parade, along with Rosie Guest and students from South Elementary School.
LINDALE - Santa Land, the drive-through Christmas lights display just off Interstate 20 near Lindale, is open 6 to 10:30 nightly through Jan. 4. Admission is $20 per car or $30 per commercial van with a limit of 15 people. For information, call (903) 882-1518.
<strong>Wonderland of Lights</strong>
MARSHALL - The 25th annual Wonderland of Lights continues through Jan. 1.
More than a million lights shine on Marshall's town square, historical courthouse and a wonderland of attractions planned in the 40-day festival. New attractions include the world's biggest rocking horse, a 37-foot-tall mountain for sledding and two outdoor ice skating rinks, one for families and one for children. Double-decker bus tours and Clydesdale-drawn carriage rides are also offered.
For information, visit www.visitmarshalltexas.org.
KILGORE - Forest Home Baptist Church, 15746 CR 173 N, has scheduled a drive-through Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. through Saturday.
<strong>Longview schools performances</strong>
The Ned E. Williams Elementary School choir will perform at the Longview ISD Education Support Center, 1301 E. Young St., at 10 a.m. today. The South Ward Elementary School choir performs at 11 a.m.
The Hudson PEP Elementary School choir performs at the Education Support Center at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Bramlette Elementary School choir performs at 10 a.m.
The Johnson McQueen Elementary School choir will perform at the Education Support Center at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Toyland, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts' holiday tea room and market, is set 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Food will be catered by Perfect Blend Catering. Tickets are $20 each.
The Progressive Dinner Party is scheduled at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at four homes decorated for the holidays in the Yates/Hillcrest/Inwood neighborhood. Tickets are limited to 75 people and are $125 for the general public.
For tickets or information, call (903) 753-8103 or visit www.LMFA.org.
<strong>Ivan Parker concert</strong>
TYLER - The Ivan Parker Christmas concert is 7 p.m. today at the Westwood Baptist Church, 820 N.W. Loop 323, Tyler.
Advance tickets are $15 at LifeWay Christian Books, 3092 N. Eastman Road in Longview. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin School of Music choirs and orchestra and the Nacogdoches Community Chorus will present Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 tonight in the W.M. Turner Auditorium.
Also, Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will perform "An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the W.M. Turner Auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.finearts.sfasu.edu or by calling (936) 468-6407.
<strong>ETBU Christmas concert</strong>
MARSHALL - East Texas Baptist University's "Christmas in Marshall: A Concert of the Season" is set for 7:30 p.m. today in the Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spirtual Life Center on campus.
The ETBU Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Chapel Choir, University Singers and University Ringers (handbell ensemble) will perform a wide variety of well-known Christmas melodies.
Tickets are $5 at the door. For information call (903) 923-2158.
Christmas at the Courthouse will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. today and Saturday in downtown Longview.
Other activities include Christmas movies on the courthouse lawn, Snow Hill, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the North Pole letter drop and wagon rides.
<strong>North Pole Express</strong>
Longview World of Wonders North Pole Express tickets are on sale.
The children's imaginary trips to the North Pole will be taking on passengers at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the former Pine Tree ISD Administration building at the corner of Fairmont Street and Northwest Drive in Longview.
Children ages 2 to 10, with accompanying parent, will help save Christmas during this imaginary trip to the North Pole. They will see Santa, drink hot cocoa, sing and dance during this story inspired by "The Polar Express."
Registration fee is $7.50 per child and $5 per accompanying adult. For registration and information, visit www.longviewwow.org.
<strong>Snow Hill Festival</strong>
KILGORE - The Kilgore Snow Hill Festival is set 5 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Main and Kilgore streets, downtown. For information call (903) 984-5022.
<strong>Blue Santa Extravaganza</strong>
The Blue Santa Extravaganza is set 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Pine Tree High School cafeteria, 1005 W. Fairmont St., Longview.
The program allows children to participate in six activities leading up to a visit with Blue Santa. For information call (903) 918-6783.
HALLSVILLE - Hallsville High School Theater Department has scheduled "A Hometown Hallsville Holiday" at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free but seating is by reservation. A Breakfast with Santa is also scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for children younger than 5 and $15 for everyone else. To reserve tickets for either event, contact Ronda Craig at email@example.com or call (903) 668-5990 ext. 2287.
HENDERSON - The Henderson Civic Theatre, 122 E. Main St., has slated the child-friendly play "Dad's Christmas Miracle" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets, call (903) 657-2968.
<strong>Carols in the Park</strong>
PITTSBURG - Carols in the Park continues 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, 115 Mount Pleasant St. The display of 21 Christmas trees depicts Christmas Carols telling the story of Christ from the birth announcement to the proclamation of King of Kings.
The East Texas Community Chorus is presenting a Christmas-themed choir concert, "Magnificat!", at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Longview.
The public is invited to the free concert. The chorus will be accompanied by brass instruments, percussion and keyboards.
The concert will feature Russian, Spanish and Gregorian carols, as well as lyric carols by John Rutter.
The 60-voice chorus will also perform the Texas premiere of "Magnificat in Bb" and "Canite tuba" from the Kennedy Center by Donald McCullough.
The chorus performs classic and light-hearted music under the direction of Jim Taylor, director of choral activities at Kilgore College.
The choir is open for membership for the spring semester.
For more information, contact Taylor at (903) 983-8122 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Street Recreation Center, 814 S. Green St., has scheduled a Christmas dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $5. For information call (903) 237-1279.
The Snappy "8" Social Club has scheduled its annual Christmas Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 24 at the Ramada Limited. Rockin Roz of Shreveport will be the DJ.
Tickets are $15 single, $25 couples. Proceeds benefit the academic scholarship fund. For information call Delaney at (903) 445-1583.
<strong>Fort Worth</strong> <strong>orchestra</strong>
FORT WORTH -The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has scheduled "Christmas with the von Trapp Children" for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
The von Trapp children, the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, present traditional seasonal songs and favorites from "The Sound of Music."
Tickets are $29 to $78 and are available at (817) 665-6000 or www.fwsymphony.org.
The Longview Symphony Orchestra will present its Holiday Celebration Concert at 7:30 p.m Dec. 22 at the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at LeTourneau University. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Opening Notes begins at 6:30 p.m. The concert also features members of the Longview Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and a sing-along.
Tickets are $10 to $50 plus fees, with special pricing through Monday. For tickets, call (903) 233-3080 to purchase tickets.
<strong>An eveningof Christmas song</strong>
The First United Methodist Church, Green and Whaley streets, downtown Longview, has scheduled An Evening of Christmas Song at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Featured singers include Alyssa Marshall, soprano, Katherine Dulweber, mezzo-soprano and Laura Webb, soprano. The concert is free.
<strong>New Year's Eve activities</strong>
<strong>Ballroom dancing:</strong> The East Texas Ballroom Dance Association's New Year's Eve Big Band Spectacular is 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview. Performances feature the Youth Ballroom Dance Team. The event is alcohol free. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available at Mardel Christian Bookstore. For information, call (903) 806-8282 or visit www.longviewdance.com.
<strong>Jefferson:</strong> The Jefferson Carnegie Library, 301 W. Lafayette St., will hold a celebration 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $40 per person, and seating is limited. Tickets are available at the library.
<strong>Fort Worth:</strong> The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will ring in 2012 with "Swingin' in the New Year," an evening of swing and big-band favorites led by guest conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalist Carmen Bradford. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets are $29 to $80 and are available at (817) 665-6000 or www.fwsymphony.org.
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