Kilgore hosted its annual Derrick Lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, welcoming in the holiday season with performances, Christmas music, shopping and throwing the switch on thousands of lights in the downtown area.

Gem Meacham flipped the ceremonial switch to light the derrick Christmas stars and banners, while groups such as the Kilgore College Rangerettes and Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers performed.

Upcoming holiday events in the Kilgore area include Mingle & Jingle on Nov. 26; the annual Christmas Parade, set for Nov. 29; the Kilgore Public Library's annual Open House on Dec. 2; the Rangerettes' Christmas Show on Dec. 4; and Tis the Season, planned Dec. 10. Liberty City's Christmas in Park opens Thanksgiving Day, while Danville Farms will have its opening day on Nov. 23.