Christmas in Palestine
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A train ride is just the beginning of holiday traditions in Palestine, Texas. Christmas in Palestine will offer plenty of family-friendly fun this holiday season. Palestine is the perfect destination to shop, dine and unwind during the most festive time of the year.

Special events planned now through Dec. 28, 2019 make this Christmas an ideal time to visit the City of Palestine. The season is filled with family activities, events and decorations that capture the holiday season. Below are some of our special holiday events:

The Polar Express™ Train Ride:
November 16 - December 28
Read along with the story as the historic steam strain makes its magical round-trip from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child.

Grinch’s Lair at the Historic Anderson County Jail:
November 22-30, December 1-22 Friday, Saturday & Sundays from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
He’s mean, he’s green and he’s in Palestine. The Grinch will take you on a tour of his home. Characters from the beloved book are staged throughout the historic attraction.
704 Avenue A

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Grinch's Lair
Grinch's Lair
Nov 22 - Dec 22, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
This Christmas season don't miss a rare opportunity to come see the Grinch locked-up in Palestine at the Texas Jail House. It hasn't always been easy for the Grinch to give gifts, but all that has changed...at least maybe a little!
Old Town Vintage Christmas Open House:
November 30
Activities for the kids, cookies & hot chocolate, hot apple cider and sales throughout the shop for everyone. Activities include face painting, ornament making and storytelling. This is a free event.10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Photos with Santa:
December 7th, 14th & 21st
Skip the big city lines and have your photo taken with Santa in Old Town Palestine and write a letter to Santa. Presented by Old Town Market and Lee Loveless Photography
312 E Crawford Street
Christmas in Candyland Market:
December 6-7
Join us for a one stop Christmas Shopping experience. This market offers one of a kind vendors with items you are sure to love. Concessions and gift wrapping will be available onsite! $5.00 admission Presented by Palestine Junior Service League at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 110 N Line Street.

A Christmas on Main St
December 7
A full day of fun and holiday festivities coordinated by the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palestine
8:00 am - 11:00 am - Pancakes with Mrs. Claus
Grab a plate piled high with pancakes and all the toppings you could imagine! $10.00 per person at Over Yonder Crafts 619 W. Oak St
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus - 8:00 Reservation
Dec 07, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus: Grab a plate piled high with pancakes and all the toppings you could imagine!

Advanced purchase required, limited to 20 seats per setting
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus - 8:45 Reservation
Dec 07, 2019 | 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus: Grab a plate piled high with pancakes and all the toppings you could imagine!

Advanced purchase required, limited to 20 seats per setting
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus - 9:30 Reservation
Dec 07, 2019 | 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus: Grab a plate piled high with pancakes and all the toppings you could imagine!

Advanced purchase required, limited to 20 seats per setting
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus - 10:15 Reservation
Dec 07, 2019 | 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Pancakes with Mrs. Claus: Grab a plate piled high with pancakes and all the toppings you could imagine!

Advanced purchase required, limited to 20 seats per setting

Christmas Parade of Lights
December 7
Beautiful floats march through Old Town and downtown Palestine, when the Christmas Parade of Lights sets sail at 7 p.m. to the delight of hundreds of residents and visitors. Let the spirit of the season embrace you as the historic Anderson County Courthouse comes alive with illumination at the Palestine’s most beloved nighttime event.

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Christmas in the Park December 7 Meet Santa in Rotary Park after the parade and receive a special gift while you tell him about your special Christmas wish. Mom and Dad, bring your camera. Santa in the gazebo will make a beautiful Christmas memory. To make it even more special, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the classic movie "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and complimentary hot chocolate.

401 W. Main St.



Dogwood Jamboree: An All Star Christmas:
December 7
The Dogwood Jamboree, a Branson-style Country music show is filled with family fun, laughter and great classic country music from Joe Hancock, Amanda Lane, "Flo", Rodney Ray, George Lester, Jus C Leroy and more!
1600 S Loop 256

Railroad Heritage Center:
History steams into downtown with the Texas State Railroad Society's presentation at the Railroad Heritage Center featuring a 40' x 20' HO scale model train display. Marvel at model train displays, hands on exhibits, history, artifacts and train memorabilia.
808 W. Oak Street 7 days a week during Christmas in Palestine!

Railroad Heritage Center
Railroad Heritage Center
$3.00 per adult
$1.00 per child
A 37' x 17' HO scale model railroad
Christmas at the Farmers Market:
Join our local vendors at Market Days at the Palestine Farmers Market at 815 W. Spring Street.
Christmas Markets Days at the Farmers Market
Christmas Markets Days at the Farmers Market
Dec 07, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join us for Market Days at the Palestine Farmers Market! Shop for flowers, plants, herbs, produce, local honey, homemade soaps, holiday gifts, handmade items, jewelry, art, and so much more!
Wildcat Golf Course Country Christmas:
December 13
Experience holiday fun at Wildcat Golf Course as you ride over the course's rolling hills on a country hayride with hot chocolate and s'mores! Friday from 5-8 pm
2230 Country Club Road

A Walk Through Bethlehem:
December 6-8 | 6:30 -8 :30 pm
Guided tours through the streets of Bethlehem begin with a hay ride to the gates. Walk through the streets, complete with live animals, local Bethlehem vendors and a very happy ending.
903-764-8048 Montalba Baptist Church - Hwy 19 N @ FM 321

Sounds of Christmas Concert:
December 8
Join the Anderson County Community Chorus and Orchestra as they present an afternoon of Christmas music and magic. 2:00 pm at the Palestine High School Auditorium at 1600 S. Loop 256

The Texas Theatre Presents: A Tuna Christmas:
December 13, 14 & 15
The Palestine Community Theatre Inc. presents three full shows of holiday warmth.
213 W. Crawford Street

Palestine Main Street Wine Swirl:
December 14
Swirl around Main Street and enjoy regional wineries, food and shopping. Tickets are available at the Palestine Visitor Center or online at www.visitpalestine.com/wineswirl


2019 Wine Swirl - General Admission
2019 Wine Swirl - General Admission
Dec 14, 2019 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Walk, Shop, & Sip your way through Historic Downtown Palestine. Enjoy culinary delights perfectly paired with fine wines from Texas Wineries.

All ticket sales are final. Must be 21 or older to purchase.
2019 Wine Swirl - VIP Admission
2019 Wine Swirl - VIP Admission
Dec 14, 2019 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
EXCLUSIVE access to the VIP Reception hosted in Oxbow Hollow from 7-10 pm. You will receive additional complimentary drinks, snacks, music and a beautiful setting to meet & greet the vintners.

All ticket sales are final. Must be 21 or older to purchase
16th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along:
December 19
Put on your festive sweaters and head over to the Historic Texas Theatre for a classic Christmas sing along to traditional Christmas carols. Free refreshments served at 6:30pm, sing along begins at 7:00pm
213 W. Crawford Street
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