The entertainment calendar in East Texas is filled with Broadway shows, high-profile entertainers and special events that celebrate the holidays.

ONGOING

HOLIDAYS ON TRACK: The Texas State Railroad re-creates a trip to the North Pole as captured in the “Polar Express” children’s story about the power of belief. Excursions are set throughout November and December. Information: texasstaterailroad.net.

THURSDAY

‘BANDSTAND’: In the award-winning Broadway musical, men who return home from fighting in World War II find a new purpose when they form a band. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, cowancenter.org.

SATURDAY

MUSIC AND NATURE: East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents classical music, as imagery of the Northern Lights, solar flares and other natural phenomena are projected on a screen in a concert that celebrates the wonders of nature. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, etso.org.

NOV. 15

MICKEY GILLEY: With “City Lights,” “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time” and dozens of other hits, Mickey Gilley continues to thrill country music fans. Showtime: 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall in Tyler. Tickets: libertytyler.com.

NOV. 18

‘THE COLOR PURPLE’: A young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the South is told in this production that took the Tony Award for best musical revival. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, etso.org.

NUTCRACKER-RUSSIAN STYLE: The Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” Christmas extravaganza features world-class artists, dazzling costumes and towering puppets. Showtime: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com.

NOV. 23

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir shares angelic harmonies during a tour of the United States. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com.

DEC. 3

MARTINA MCBRIDE: Country superstar Martina McBride shares the songs that made her famous and some holiday cheer. Showtime: 8 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center. Tickets: 903-566-7424, etso.org.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: George W. Bush shares stories of his time as 43rd president of the United States as the debut of the East Texas Speakers Forum. Presentation: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belcher center.com.

DEC. 5

MISTLETOE & MAGIC: The Junior League of Tyler’s annual holiday market features nearly 100 specialty merchants, music and events. The market takes place Dec. 5-7 in Tyler’s Harvey Convention Center. Information and tickets: juniorleague oftyler.org.

DEC. 6

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Longview Symphony Orchestra teams with Longview Civic Chorus and East Texas natives Dana Pundt and Jon Starling in performing holiday favorites and carols. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com.

TJC’s ‘NUTCRACKER’: The Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance continues its tradition of staging ‘The Nutcracker’ with a large local cast and professional guest artists. Performances are set for Dec. 6-8 at Tyler’s Caldwell Auditorium. Information: tjc.edu/academyofdance.

DEC. 10

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS: Join Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty for “Sing! An Irish Christmas” as featured on PBS. Showtime: 7 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com.

DEC. 12

SILVER BELLS AND DIAMONDS: The Diamonds quartet puts the audience in the Christmas spirit with a fast-paced ride through holiday favorites. Showtime: 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall in Tyler. Tickets: libertytyler.com.

DEC. 15

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: In “Twas the Night Before Christmas” stage show, a mouse, elf and spunky little girl offer a joyful tribute to the holiday season. Showtime: 6 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets: 903-233-3080, belchercenter.com.

DEC. 20

SOULFUL CHRISTMAS: George and Anita Faber entertain with a night of soulful renditions of holiday favorites. Their cabaret show is set for Dec. 20-22 at Tyler Civic Theatre. Information: tylecivictheatre.com.

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