The City of Palestine will celebrate its first "Christmas in July" event July 18-29, featuring 12 days of food, shopping, fun and holiday preparations, according to a news release.

The festivities will kick off with two celebrity design experts from Dallas and Houston. Stephen Dankesreiter, creative director of Polly Dupont, and Melissa Snow of Melissa Snow Designs will speak about holiday trends for 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. July 18 at Denby's Restaurant.

Tickets for the first day's event, priced at $20, will include hors d'oeuvres, one holiday cocktail or two beers or two glasses of wine. For tickets, call 903-729-4100.

For the complete schedule of events for each of the 12 days, visit www.visitpalestine.com or contact the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.

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