Fun Things to Do this Christmas in Palestine, Texas: Mark Your Calendar

Monday, December 04, 2023

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This Christmas, in Palestine, Texas, there are a wide variety of holiday events and activities to enjoy. There are family-friendly options that tap into Christmas magic and opportunities for adults to celebrate, too. Not only can you get caught up in the spirit of the season, but you can also support your Texas neighbors and local entrepreneurs in the process. Mark your calendars to have enough space for these Christmas activities.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride in Palestine, Texas

Take a magical journey to the North Pole on a train departing from the Palestine Depot. From November 17 through December 27, families can enjoy cookies and cocoa while they sing carols and read along to The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Check the calendar for departure times and buy tickets in advance through the Texas State Railroad to reserve your spot. 

Photos with Santa

One of the coolest parts of living in Palestine, Texas, is that you don’t have to wait in line to see Santa. Stop by Over Yonder on December 2, 9, and 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take photos with the jolly elf. The event costs $10.00. 

Pancakes with Mrs. Claus

Spreading holiday cheer can work up an appetite! Head down to the Home Grill Steakhouse for pancakes with Mrs. Claus on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 17 through December 23. Breakfast runs from 8:00 am to 10:30 am and pajamas are welcome.   

Grinch’s Lair at the Historic Anderson County Jail

Local officials have arrested The Grinch and are holding him at the Historic Anderson County Jail. Visit your favorite holiday grump as he hands out gifts to make sure everyone in Palestine gets to celebrate Christmas. You can visit his loyal dog, Max, too.

The Grinch’s Lair is $15.00 per person and runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 18 through December 23. 

A Walk Through Bethlehem in Palestine, Texas

Reflect on the reason for the season at Montalba Baptist Church with guided tours through the streets of Bethlehem – including a hayride that starts at the gates. Live animals and local vendors will be present. A Walk Through Bethlehem runs December 8, 9, and 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

Miracle on 34th Street

The Texas Theatre, home of Palestine Community Theatre, is bringing this classic Christmas story to the stage from December 15 through 17. Buy tickets in advance for the 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday or for the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. See your favorite actors, friends, and neighbors take the stage and spread holiday cheer. 

Support Palestine, Texas Businesses This Holiday Season

Whether you want to eat pancakes with Mrs. Clause or hang out at the Texas Jailhouse with the Grinch, the activities you enjoy this holiday season can have a significant impact on Palestine businesses. The sales that a local business receives during the holidays can make or break their entire year. Nearly 80% of business owners say the holiday season is a crucial time for them – up from 70% the previous year – according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Support your local Palestine business owners this Christmas season by hosting corporate holiday parties and planning family outings. For every dollar you spend, 67 cents stay in the local economy. Supporting Palestine businesses means supporting your community and yourself.

Visit the Christmas in Palestine, Texas, webpage to learn more about these events and other fun activities you can enjoy.  

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