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Upcoming Events in Palestine


"The Play That Goes Wrong"

Oct. 7-9, 14-16

The Historic Texas Theatre , 213 W. Crawford St.

This play by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Companym was a global phenomenon when it debuted in 2012, leaving audiences aching with laughter.

Dogwood Jamboree: That's What I Call Country

Oct. 22

Palestine High School Auditorium, 1600 Texas 256 Loop 

This Branson-style music show is filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music from talented artists. Listen to some of the golden hits in country music performed live onstage.

Hot Pepper Festival

Oct. 22

Main Street District

The 2022 Hot Pepper Festival features a wide variety of vendors, food and drinks, music and other live entertainment, and, of course, the Hot Pepper Eating Contest. The event is held at the Main Street District, which is comprised of 44 blocks that extend from the courthouse square to the Depot Visitor Center.

Cars of Palestine People's Choice Car Show

Oct. 22

Palestine Senior Citizen Center , 200 N. Church St.

The 37th annual Cars of Palestine People's Choice Car Show is a premier show that attracts around 200 auto enthusiasts from across Texas. Numerous trophies are given out in categories such as best paint, best host car, and best of show. Proceeds from the show fund local scholarships as well as other service projects each year.


Nov. 5

Downtown , 400 N. Queen St.

Starting at the historic Redlands Hotel, this event lets you explore historic downtown Palestine while admiring local artistic creations. Meet artists of various mediums and peruse through downtown shops and boutiques.

Walk of Lights

Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Majical Wonderland, 2161 FM 315

Enjoy a stroll through a self-guided magical lit-up wonderland. Take pictures with Santa, sip warm hot chocolate, and indulge in lots of goodies available for purchase.

The Polar Express

Nov. 18-Dec. 27

Texas State Railroad, Palestine Depot, 789 Park Road 70

The Palestine depot offers a festive holiday setting that features lights, tinsel, garland, and costumed characters sure to excite and inspire every child and adult. The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole.

Grinch's Lair

Nov. 18-20, 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

The Texas Jailhouse, 704 Ave. A

He's mean, he's green, and he's in Palestine. This Christmas season don't miss a rare opportunity to come see Mr. Grinch in his Texas Jailhouse home in Palestine.

Holiday Carriage Rides

Nov. 25-Dec. 23

Carnegie Library Building, 502 N. Queen St.

Climb into a beautiful antique carriage and enjoy a ride throughout the Palestine Historic Main Street District aglow with holiday lighting. Rides take place Fridays and Saturdays and can hold two to four adults (larger groups may be accommodated if children are included).

Festival of Trees

Dec. 2-31

Various locations

Follow the trail of lights and greenery downtown to explore the 11th annual Festival of Trees. Each tree is decorated by a local nonprofit organization. Find the locations by downloading the Visit Palestine app in Google Play or the Apple Store and choose Tours at the top right. From there, you can choose the Christmas Light Tour.

Freeze Your Buns Fun Run and 5K

Dec. 3

Palestine Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Main St.

This Palestine tradition, organized by the local YMCA, is a festive fun run through downtown that gets the whole family into the spirit of the season. Wear your favorite holiday costume. The 5K is a USA Track and Field-certified course that utilizes chip timing. It is also a fundraiser for Palestine YMCA youth and senior scholarships.

Christmas Parade of Lights

Dec. 3

Historic Downtown Palestine, Main Street

Palestine's only nighttime parade is themed "The Sweetest Christmas" this year. The courthouse lighting ceremony begins as the parade leaves the courthouse square and winds its way through downtown. See the streets of historic downtown aglow with colorful lights and floats. After the parade is a Christmas movie in Rotary Park. Meet Santa there and enjoy the hot chocolate bar and refreshments.

Hearth and Tinsel Tour of Homes

Dec. 3

Palestine Chamber of Commerce, 401 W. Main St.

Get a glimpse of some of the architecture of Palestine decorated for the Christmas holidays. For one day only, the Tour of Homes features properties with varying architectural styles from years gone by. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce office and participating homes during tour.

Christmas at the Farmers Market

Dec. 3

Farmers Market Pavilion, 813 W. Spring St.

Get your holiday shopping done at this farmers market, where you can find unique gifts for your friends and family along with merchandise like herbs, produce, local honey, homemade soaps, handmade items, jewelry, and art.

A Walk Through Bethlehem

Dec. 9-11

Montalba Baptist Church, State Highway 19 North and Farm-to-Market Road 321

Guided tours through replicated streets of Bethlehem begin with a hayride to the gates of the city. Walk through the streets, complete with live animals and townspeople dressed in costume as merchants during biblical times. At the end, you reach the stable and nativity scene with baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph.

"The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa Claus"

Dec. 9-11

Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St.

Who is the man who wanted to be Santa Claus? That's what they're asking each other at the local police station when Santa Claus shows up handing out gifts. It's not so much the gifts that amaze Howard and Bertie but the fact that ol' Santa seems to know them all so well and they haven't a clue who's wearing the red and white.

Dogwood Jamboree: "A Pineywood Christmas"

Dec. 10

Palestine High School Auditorium, State Highway 287 South and Loop 256

Enjoy classic country music and comedy at this Branson-style show featuring a holiday theme and good clean family-style entertainment.

Whiskey and Wine Swirl

Dec. 10

Sip, shop, and walk your way through historic downtown while enjoying culinary delights paired with fine wines and bold whiskies from Texas vineyards and distilleries. Your ticket includes entry to the after-party held at Tahwahkaro Distilling Company, where you can get a tour of the operations, an up-close view of the kettles, live music, and a dessert bar. Check in is at the Palestine Chamber of Commerce.

Bowers Mansion Ghost Hunt

Dec. 16-17

Bowers Mansion, 301 S. Magnolia St.

Over 140 years old and harboring stories of murder, suicide, and death, the Historic Bowers Mansion in a small East Texas city is growing a reputation for one of the most haunted locations in the country, according to Haunted Rooms America.

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

Dec. 22

Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St.

Put on your festive sweaters and head over to the Historic Texas Theatre for a classic Christmas sing-along of traditional Christmas carols. Free refreshments are served ahead of the singing.

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