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Longview debuts Christmas Live concert event

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Dec. 7, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Fans listen to Last 45 perform Sept. 29 at Downtown Live! at Heritage Plaza.

Christmas Live debuts Longview's yuletide concert side Dec. 8.

The city is opening Heritage Plaza again for music and toe-tapping with a twist on its popular, seasonal Downtown Live concert series.

"We really wanted to have a Christmas event in downtown that would help keep the holiday excitement going between the (Longview Ambucs Christmas) parade (on Thursday) and then Christmas at the Courthouse on Saturday," Main Street Coordinator Melida Heien said.

"Since we are known for Downtown Live, which is usually on a Friday, we decided to have a Christmas-themed Downtown Live. We are hoping that Christmas Live will be a success and this year will be the start of a new tradition here in Longview."

King Richard and the Bayou Boys will be the featured band for Christmas Live, which is spearheaded by the nonprofit group One Hundred Acres of Heritage. Food trucks, beer and wine will be available as well as holiday vendors.

Any artisan or crafter interested in being a vendor may contact Heien by email at

"I would expect this to be an annual event going forward," said Heien, adding that she's noticed excitement from several people about Christmas Live.

"I hope that it is something that we can continue. It's a nice little treat in the middle of our Downtown Live hiatus," she said. "April will be here before we know it."



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