East Texas will celebrate the Christmas season with numerous live performances rformances, special events and community gatherings emphasizing joy and giving.
Set aside time to see take in a play, visit homes decorated for the holidays and slide down a snow hill. It is all part of the season of festivities.
"MYSTERY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR"
Through Dec. 31, Tyler Junior College's Center for Earth and Space Science Education. The 3 film tells the story of the wise men who used a brilliant star to guide their way to Christ at his birth. It explores potential explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. Show times vary. See the CESSE website, tjc.edu/cesse.
6 to 10 nightly through Jan. 4, on Interstate 20 at Exit 557, east of Lindale. The drive-through park features more than 2 million lights celebrating the wonder of Christmas. The park also has a gift shop and trailer rides .
Through Dec. 13, Broadway Square Mall. Salvation Army in Tyler holds its Angel Tree which allows citizens to buy a gift for a child from a child with financial needs.
TYLER CHRISTMAS PARADE & TREE LIGHTING
6 p.m. Dec. 3, downtown square. The parade is followed by the ceremony lighting the community Christmas tree on T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza.
"NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION"
7 p.m. Dec. 3, Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St. Expect things to go very wrong when Griswolds gather for the holidays.
"THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER"
7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road. See what happens when the horrible Hardman kids have to be used in a church Christmas pageant.
"MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET"
Dec. 4-6, 10-13, 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 Sunday matinees, Tyler Civic Theatre, 400 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. Tickets: 903- 592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com. A little girl's belief in Santa is put on trial in this holiday classic. Kid friendly.
TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
7 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Tyler Junior College's Wise Auditorium. See a cast of over 100 TJC and community performers and two dancers from Dance Theater of Harlem in the roles of Sugar Plum and her Cavalier.
HOLIDAY IN THE PINES TOUR OF HOMES
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Tyler Branch American Association of University Women's annual home tour to raise funds for scholarships and other community projects. For information on the houses, see the organization's websitetyler-tx.aauw.net.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER CHOIRS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
7 p.m. Dec. 5, First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St. UT Tyler Patriot Singers, Concert Chorale and the the Voices of Faith Youth Choir present Christmas holiday favorites.
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER 5K RUN
9 a.m. Dec. 5, Tyler YMCA, 225 S. Vine Ave. Register: tylerymca.org; race day registration begins at 8 a.m.
THE MARVEL OF THIS NIGHT
7 p.m., Dec. 5, First Presbyterian Church of Tyler, 230 W. Rusk St. The free concert features music by UT Tyler's Patriot Singers and Concert Chorale as well as Voices of Faith, a choir made up of homeschooled children.
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS
7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, UT Tyler's Cowan Center, 3900 University Center. Experience the magic of the season in a multi-media show featuring the holiday music of Mannheim Steamroller. Tickets: 903-566-7424 or cowancenter.org.
7 p.m., Dec. 10. Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St. See the holiday classic on the big screen.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE GOODMAN
4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Goodman Museum, 624 N. Broadway Ave.. Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at the museum with costumed re-enactors, decorations, refreshments and singing of carols. Free.
HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave. A snow hill will be open the entire time. The holiday bazaar and live entertainment will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 12.
"FROZEN" SING-ALONG MOVIE EDITION
10 a.m. Dec. 12, Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Sing along to the songs that have helped made this film a kid favorite.
STAR OF WONDER
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Highway, Tyler. Green Acres Baptist Church's annual free Christmas program features a large choir and orchestra presenting holiday favorites.
ROSELAND PLANTATION'S CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TEA
2 p.m. Dec. 16, 17, 18, Roseland Plantation, 2591 Highway 64, west of Tyler. Enjoy fruit and whipped cream, scones, finger sandwiches and desserts and the tour the plantation. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 903-849-0205 or 903-330-9309.
"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
7 p.m., Dec. 17. Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St. A good-hearted man finds with the help of angel that he has made a difference in the lives of many others.
LAND OF LIGHTS CHRISTMAS PARK
6 nightly through Jan. 2, 1500 NW Loop 7, Athens. Drive through Christmas-themed park with millions of lights and 60 scenes.
ATHENS CHRISTMAS PARADE
6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, downtown square
"THE CHRISTMAS BUS"
7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. 10-12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Henderson County Performing Arts Center, 400 Gibson Road, Athens. Tickets: 903-675-3908 or hcpac.org. A Christmas-themed town comes to embrace a young couple expecting their first child.
CANTON CHRISTMAS PARADE
6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 around the downtown square.
"A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM"
6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13, West Lake Baptist Church, 1439 Highway 315 South. Re-enactors depict the city of Bethlehem the night of Jesus' birth complete with Roman soldiers, census takers, shop keepers, inn keepers, shepherds and wise men.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING SERVICE
6 p.m. Dec. 5, downtown.
JACKSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE
6 p.m., Thursday, downtown.
LONGVIEW CHRISTMAS PARADE
6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, downtown beginning at Whaley and Green streets.
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL' RADIO PLAY
7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, Grace Crossing Church, 1001 W. Hawkins Parkway. Actors from the Texas Shakespeare Festival present a radio play version of Dickens' holiday story.
CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTHOUSE
4 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5, Gregg County Courthouse, 101 E. Methvin. Visit Santa, ride the train and wagon, enjoy entertainment and watch a movie on the courthouse lawn.
FAMILY FORCE 5'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, Belcher Center, LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly. Information: belchercenter.com.The pop band from Atlanta performs
MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY'S COWBOY CHRISTMAS
7 p.m. Dec. 5, Belcher Center, LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly. Information: belchercenter.com. The country singer hosts a show with music, cowboy poetry and tales of Christmas.
LONGVIEW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS MARKETPLACE AND LUNCHEON
11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Dec. 8-12, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, 215 E. Tyler St., Longview. Information: lmfa.org. Shop from 20-plus vendors. Lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. with reservations.
JINGLE BELL JOG FUN FUN
8 a.m. Dec. 12: Saturday, ArtsView Children's Theatre, 313 W. Tyler. Information: artsviewchildrenstheatre.com. Event includes a 5K, fun run and chance to get photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia. Enjoy model train displays, refreshments, children's activities and historical re-enactors.
IVAN PARKER CHRISTMAS CONCERT
5:30 p.m. Dec. 12,, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 501 E. Highway 80, White Oak. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door; available at The Scroll in Tyler and laverneglendagrant.com. Also appearing: Josh Parker.
ANDREW PETERSON PRESENTS BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
7 p.m. Dec. 17, Belcher Center, LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly. Information: belchercenter.com. Peterson's Christmas tour presents a musical rendition of the Christmas story as it reinforces the meaning of the season.
CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
7:30 p.m., Dec. 18, Belcher Center, LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly. The Longview Symphony performs a program of Viennese favorites and selections from "The Nutcracker."
WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS
5 to 9 p.m. nightly (except Mondays) through Dec. 31, Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall. Holiday light show and other attractions.
MINEOLA CIVIC CENTER CHRISTMAS GALA
6-10 p.m.. Dec. 3:1150 N. Newsom. "A Very White Christmas.".
Dec. 5: A day of holiday events culminates with a Christmas culminates with a Christmas parade and tree lighting.
SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT
2 p.m. Dec. 14, Select Theater, 114 N. Johnson: Lake Country Symphonic Band presents its annual holiday concert.
Dec. 4-6. Enjoy snow tubing, ice skating, tour of homes, a 5K and holiday events.
7 p.m. Dec. 5, Palestine Civic Center, 1819 W. Spring St., Palestine. Branson-style show celebrates the holidays with music and comedy. Tickets: dogwoodjamboree.com or 903-729-7080.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
8 to 10 a.m., Dec. 5, Pestine Civic Center, 1819 W. Spring St. Enjoy holiday stories, a sing-a-long crafts and more.
Fridays through Sundays in December, Texas State RR's Palestine depot. The railroad creates the holiday ride of the Polar Express train, including treats for children and a visit to Santa's village. Information: texasstaterr.com.
5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Spring at John streets, Palestine. Enjoy ice skating at synthetic ice rink.
CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS
Dusk, Dec. 5, downtown and Old Town. Lighted floats move through downtown streets and Anderson County Courthouse is lit for the holidays.
SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS
2 p.m. Dec. 6, Palestine High School Auditorium. Anderson County Community Chorus and Orchestra perform a free concert of holiday music.
Dec. 11-13, Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St., Palestine. A town uses a runaway teenager teen to deliver Christmas trees, make fruitcakes and an act in a church's holiday play.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Dec. 12-31, Palestine Mall, 2000 Loop 256. Dogwood Garden Club presents Christmas-themed holiday trees in the mall.
7 p.m. Dec. 17, Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St. Enjoy a community sing-a-long to traditional Christmas songs.
"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" RADIO PLAY
7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 Cherokee Civic Theater, 157 W. Fifth St. In this radio play of the classic story of a man who helps an angel get his wings, the actors provide voices to the characters and even the sound effects.