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There’s something for everyone on this list of family-friendly holiday events! Let’s get festive.

Nov. 1 – Jan. 4

SantaLand Drive-Thru Park (Lindale)

Drive through the sights and sounds of Christmas with over 2.5 million lights, meet Santa, and explore the gift shop.

Nov. 10 – Jan. 3

Christmas Park Land of Lights (Athens)

The park is more than 1 mile long and has over 4 million lights, including more than 60 different musical scenes and 50 motion controlled lighted scenes.

Nov. 15 – Dec. 28

Polar Express Train Ride (Palestine) 

Live the magical story of the Polar Express in real life on an hour-long festive train ride, meet Santa and his elves, and enjoy snacks and cocoa.

Nov. 23 – Jan. 4

Planetarium Holiday Schedule (Tyler)

Explore the wonders of the sky with special Holiday programs like Season of Light, Mystery of the Christmas Star, and Let It Snow.

Nov. 25 – Jan. 5

Festival of Trees (Lufkin)

25th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees featuring over 80 Christmas trees.

Nov. 27 – Dec. 29

Wonderland of Lights (Marshall)

Historic downtown Marshall is transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with an ice skating rink, trolley, carousel, Santa’s Village, and horse-drawn carriages. Times and Attractions vary.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 25

Up in Lights Drive-Thru Park (Tyler)

Drive through the glittering lights located within Tyler city limits on 12 acres of land.

Dec. 1 – Dec. 28

Azalea District Trail of Lights (Tyler)

Witness the beauty of the Azalea District lit up for the holidays with this easy map.

Dec. 8-10

Bethlehem Drive-Thru (Whitehouse)

Experience first-hand the scene of Bethlehem during this free event.

Dec. 10

Holiday Brass Bash! (Tyler)

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents the ETSO Brass Quintet and the Rose City Brass Quintet for an evening of festive music of the season!

Dec. 12

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade (Troup)

The annual lighted parade begins at 6 pm.

Holiday Open House Downtown (Tyler)

Come to Downtown Tyler during Hit the Bricks to enjoy open house festivities at seven locations! This free event will include music, food, fun for the kids, special exhibits and so much more!

1. Gallery Main Street
2. The Discovery Science Place
3. Tyler Innovation Pipeline
4. Goodman-LeGrand House
5. Smith County Historical Society
6. The McClendon House-Tyler Tx
7. Cotton Belt Depot Train Museum
8. Heart of Tyler’s Downtown Art Walk
9. Tyler Public Library
10. Liberty Hall (Tickets required)

A Night at Freshville (Tyler)

Dinner with the Grinch, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, and hot chocolate. Live music provided by Purple Velvet Fox.

Dec. 12-14

Beauty and the Beast Musical (Tyler)

BEAUTY & THE BEAST musical performance by Caldwell Arts Academy

Dec. 13

Home Alone at Liberty Hall (Tyler)

Enjoy this 1990 classic full of laughs with the whole family.

Dec. 13-14

Wonderland Hike and Lighted Drive-Thru (Tyler)

Take a break from the holiday rush at Tyler State Park.

Dec. 14

Brunch with Santa (Tyler)

Enjoy a special brunch buffet, hot chocolate bar, and free pictures with Santa at Times Square Grand Slam.

Lighted Christmas Parade (Canton) 

The lighted parade begins at 6:30 pm and stage events begin at 6:15 pm.

Dec. 15-16

Light Has Come Christmas Program (Tyler)

A multi-generational free Christmas concert with over 700 voices and instruments of praise.

Dec. 19

Gremlins at Liberty Hall (Tyler) 

Enjoy this 1984 comical thriller with your braver children at the historic Liberty Hall.

Dec. 20-21

Live Nativity Scene (Tyler)

Witness the miracle live for the first year ever at the Pyron Garden in the Azalea District.

It’s a Wonderful Life at Liberty Hall (Tyler) 

Celebrate a timeless classic (1946) in either full color or the original black and white.

Dec. 21

An Enchanted Evening with Santa (Tyler)

Enjoy storytime, carols, roasting marshmallows and the spirit of giving with Santa in the beautifully lit Children’s Park of Tyler.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Lord’s Supper (Tyler)

Evening worship service at 6 pm at Green Acres Worship Center and Crosswalk.

We hope you find some magical moments during this blessed time of the year and have a wonderful and joyous Merry Christmas.


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