East Texas holiday events
Nov. 22, 2012 at 11 p.m.
<strong>Now through Dec. 31</strong>
Marshall's Wonderland of Lights Festival, evenings (closed Dec. 24), includes 6 p.m. nightly light show at Harrison County Courthouse; ice skating rink; North Pole Play Land; 7 p.m. nightly Washington Square Variety show. Special events include 7 p.m. Nov. 24 concert with Jacob Lyda, free admission, Washington Square; Dec. 1, 2 p.m. presentation by celebrity chef Kathryn Lorusso, Wiseman Center, 211 N. Washington Ave., tickets, $20; Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. lighted Christmas parade; Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Wonderland 5K Run and Walk; Dec. 15, 1 p.m. celebrity chef Christy Morgan, Wiseman Center, 211 N. Washington Ave., tickets, $20; Dec. 31, New Year's Eve celebration and midnight ball drop. Information and special event tickets: www.visitmarshalltexas.org
<strong>Now through Dec. 22</strong>
Rail of Lights, Thursdays through Sundays, Historic Jefferson Railway. Visit www.jefferson
railway.com for train schedules. First class tickets: $18; coach: $15.
5K Santa Dash and Snowman Shuffle, World's Richest Acre, downtown Kilgore. Registration: $35 adults; children younger than 11, $15, call (903) 984-5022. Participants register from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., race at 9 a.m.
Mingle and Jingle, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Kilgore. Shops open late; loft tours available; juried art show. Information: (903) 988-4117.
Jacob Lyda, 7 p.m. concert, Washington Square; downtown Marshall, free admission.
Kilgore Christmas Parade,6:30 p.m. "Santa's Dash for the Snow Hill," route includes Main & Kilgore streets.
Hallsville Christmas parade, 6:30 p.m., downtown Hallsville
Gilmer Christmas parade, 6 p.m. downtown Gilmer.
Henderson Christmas parade, 6:30 p.m., historic downtown Henderson.
Cowboy Christmas Concert, concert with Michael Martin Murphey and Tracy Byrd, 7 p.m., S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 Mobberly Ave., Longview. Tickets: $20-$40 available at www.belchercenter.com.
<strong>Nov. 30-Dec. 1</strong>
Henderson Home for the Holidays Home Tours, 5-9 p.m., Nov. 30; 4-9 p.m. Dec. 1, features four unique and historical Henderson area homes: W.M. Camp-Hodges home, 315 N. Main; DeLaMar-Ovalle home, 306 E. Main; Milner-Sewell home, 619 N. High St.; Howard-Dickson house, 501 S. Main, tickets, $10 at the door or Henderson Chamber of Commerce, (903) 657-5528.
<strong>Nov. 30-Dec. 15</strong>
Holiday Village and Model Train, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St.; exhibit also to be open during "Christmas at the Courthouse" hours.
<strong>Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2</strong>
"The Nutcracker, " performed by Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Wise Auditorium, TJC main campus, Tyler. Tickets: $12 for adults; $9 for children 12 and younger.
Living History Christmas, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St., Longview, with pioneer-costumed docents and several children's activities;
Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler St., Longview with storytelling, artwork, breakfast and photos, $20 at www.LMFA.org or call (903) 753-8127;
Kathryn Lorusso, 2 p.m. presentation by celebrity chef Kathryn Lorusso; Wiseman Center, 211 N. Washington Ave., downtown Marshall, tickets, $20 at www.visitmarshalltexas.org.
Marshall Christmas parade, Washington Square, downtown Marshall
<strong>Dec. 1, 8, 15, 21-22</strong>
Gilmer Santa on the Square, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 21-22, southwest corner of Upshur County Courthouse Square, Gilmer.
Gilmer Reindeer Run, 7:30 a.m., 1-mile fun run and 5K race at Gilmer High School. Registration: $25 adults; $15 for 12 years old and younger.
Daingerfield Breakfast with Rudolph, 9 - 11 a.m. Daingerfield Public Library.
Gilmer Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Gilmer High School cafeteria; tickets: $2.50 for ages 3-11, $3.50 for ages 12 and older.
Hughes Springs Light Up Christmas Spirt Christmas parade, 4 p.m., Hughes Springs High School to First Street to Spring Park, Hughes Springs
Winterfest Holiday Concert, 6:30 p.m. The Academy of Texas Music, 301 E. Houston St., Linden. Tickets: adults, $10, children 12 and younger, $5. Information: (800) 959-5796.
Handel's "Messiah," 2:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Henderson. Information: (903) 722-5221.
Rangerettes "Kicking Off Christmas," 2 and 5 p.m., Dodson Auditorium on Kilgore College campus. Featuring Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers, Elite Dance Center, In-Step Dance, Jazz Technique by Temple and Tap 'N Toe Dance Studio. Tickets: $10, on sale Nov. 28-30 at the Rangerette Box Office, first floor Rangerette Gym, on campus. (903) 983-8179.
Daingerfield Winter Wonderland Christmas parade, 5:30 p.m. Coffey Street to the park, Daingerfield
Jefferson Christmas parade, 6 p.m., downtown Jefferson
Marshall Wonderland 5K Run and Walk, 6 p.m., Washington Square, downtown Marshall
Christmas Holiday Tea Room, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4-7, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler St., Longview, $25 at www.LMFA.org;
Gladewater Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. downtown Gladewater. Information: www.gladewaterchamber.com or (903) 845-5501.
Panola County Christmas parade, 7 p.m. Carthage
Longview Christmas parade "Santa Claus Lane," 6:30 to 9 p.m., downtown Longview;
Downtown ArtWalk, 5 to 8:30 p.m., downtown Longview;
<strong>Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14</strong>
Candlelight Christmas Tours, Shreveport, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., tour buses depart from overlook parking lot at Festival Plaza, downtown Shreveport and tour the Logan Mansion and the Davis Homeplace. Tickets: $20, available at yesterdayslady.eventbrite.com or call (318) 949-9831.
<strong>Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15</strong>
Christmas at the Gregg County Courthouse, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Gregg County Courthouse, 101 E. Methvin St., downtown Longview with two snow hills, arts and craft vendors, wagon rides, train rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more;
"Home for Christmas" musical revue, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., ArtsView Children's Theatre, 313 W. Tyler St., Longview. Christmas Open House. Bring new, unopened, unwrapped child's toy or game to donate to Longview Fire Department Christmas Toy Drive.
North Pole Express, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m, First Presbyterian Church Children's Center, 301 N. Center St., downtown Longview, $7.50 per child, $5 per parent at longviewwow.org;
Kilgore Snow Hill Festival, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, World's Richest Acre, downtown Kilgore. Two snow hills, wagon rides, trains rides, vendors and more.
Handel's Messiah, 7:30 p.m., Baker Auditorium, East Texas Baptist University campus. Featuring choirs of ETBU, Wiley College, First United Methodist Church Marshall, Central Baptist Church Marshal, First Baptist Church, Longview and Greggton United Methodist Church. Tickets: $10 at the door or by calling Marshall Regional Arts Council, (903) 935-4484.
A CHARMing Holiday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview, $5 at the door or at the Longview News-Journal offices, 320 E. Methvin St., Longview, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Christmas in Carthage, 6:30 p.m., Carthage Civic Center. Dinner and music with Panola College Pipers and Jazz Band. Tickets: $20 adults, $17 Panola College faculty and students. For ticket reservations, call (903) 693-2017 or email email@example.com.
Daingerfield Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30 a.m., First Baptist Church Christian Life Center, Daingerfield. Tickets available Dec. 1 at City Hall and Med Shop. Information: (903) 639-2351.
Lone Star Christmas parade, 5:30 p.m. with band and choir performances after the parade at the Dollar General Shopping Center, Lone Star.
"A Bluegrass Christmas," with Dailey and Vincent, 7:30 p.m., W.M. Turner Auditorium, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches. Ticket information: www.finearts.sfasu.edu or (888) 240-ARTS.
Ore City Christmas Craft sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ore City Community Center, 408 E. Althea, Ore City. Information: Diana Goen, (903) 968-4652.
Christy Morgan, 1 p.m. presentation by celebrity chef Christy Morgan; Wiseman Center, 211 N. Washington Ave., downtown Marshall; tickets, $20 at www.visitmarshalltexas.org.
Santa at Avinger City Hall, 2 p.m.
"A Tuna Christmas," 6 p.m. , dinner theater, New Diana High School, 11826 FM 154, Diana. Tickets: Adults, $15, children 10 and younger, $7.50. For tickets, call (903) 663-8000 ext. 240.
An Orchestral Christmas, Longview Symphony concert, doors open at 6 p.m., S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 Mobberly Ave., Longview. Tickets: $15-$52, available at longviewsymphony.org.
New Year's Eve celebration and midnight ball drop, Washington Square, downtown Marshall.
New Year's Eve Party, Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club, 107 W. Austin St., Jefferson. Black and white gala, champagne, black-eyed pea dip, ham, music and fun. $15 cover or $25 per couple.