On Monday, the Longview Arboretum hosted Holly-Days in the Gardens, a first-ever event welcoming guests to tour the arboretum after normal hours.

This coincided with the grand opening of the gift shop. The Gifting Tree, a branch of Heartisans Marketplace in partnership with the arboretum, is located within the new facility at 706 W. Cotton St. in Longview.

For more holiday themed events around East Texas, see @play in the D section on Thursday in the News-Journal.