Holiday parade season kicks off locally in Joaquin on Saturday

Open houses, parades scheduled in coming weeks

With chilly temperatures and holiday decorations going up all over Center and Shelby County it really is looking like Christmas must be right around the corner.

Joaquin's Christmas Festival is scheduled this Saturday, Nov. 17, in downtown Joaquin while Center's Santa's Christmas Parade is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The Center parade has a Mardi Gras theme this year.

Parade Chairman Dr. Randy Collard said downtown merchants and local shopkeepers are being encouraged to stay open late to offer parade attendees extra shopping opportunities.

The Joaquin Community Christmas Festival is scheduled all day this Saturday, Nov. 17, with food, games, a parade, a car-truck-motorcycle show and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus.

The event kicks at 9 a.m. in downtown Joaquin with vendors on hand, children's activities and live entertainment. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a cakewalk and selling hamburger plates.

The festival's parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded the top three entries.

Christmas Open Houses & Other Holiday Events


Thursday, November 15


• Business After Hours at Back Country Furniture Designs, 401 Hurst St., Center — 5-6:30 p.m.



Monday, November 17

• Joaquin Christmas Festival — 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. In downtown Joaquin — The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hamburgers at the fire station at 10:30 a.m. The price is $8 for a burger with all the fixings, plus chips, cookie, and a soft drink. The parade is set to begin at 1 p.m. With a car and motorcycle show, children's games and bounce house, pictures with Santa and more.


Saturday, November 24

National Shop Local Saturday — several local shops are expected to participate Shop Small Saturday (individual merchants planning special events please forward details to: to get them listed)


Monday, November 26

Holiday on Foster 5:30 pm. until whenever…..

  • Denim and Lace 153 ½ Foster Street 591-2215

  • Elite Hair Design 125 Foster Street 598-7633

  • Lasting Impressions 112 Foster Street 598-6553

  • Mathews Realty 616 Tenaha Street 598-7800

  • Pineywoods Beverage 716 Hurst Street 598-2700


Thursday, November 29

• Taste of the Holidays — Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank — 5-8 p.m at the Windham Civic Center; only advance tickets sold $15 each; featuring sample cuisine and wine from local restaurants and caterers; Tickets are available to be purchased at The Light and Champion, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office and Shelby County Today or from any Chamber Ambassador.


Friday, November 30

The San Augustine Main Street HomeComing and Sugar Plums Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in downtown San Augustine.


December 1 (Parade Day)

  • Blush Boutique 111 Shelbyville Street (Square) 590-4077

  • C O R Boutique 110 Cora Street (Square) 591-9910

  • Center Floral 135 Shelbyville Street (Square) 598-2413

  • Hughes Florist and Gifts 321 Shelbyville Street 598-9949

  • Mooneys 107 San Augustine Street (Square) 591-9798

  • Payne & Payne Home N’Suchlike 105 San Augustine Street (Square)598-3382



Saturday, December 1

Santa's Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Downtown Center — Parade Chairman Dr. Randy Collard said downtown area merchants are encouraged to stay open late to offer extra holiday shopping opportunities and refreshments


Saturday, December 8

Pictures and Baking with Santa 10 am-2pm


Tuesday, December 11

• Hot Chocolate Night at Southern Seasons, 214 Austin Street 598-5009; 4-6 p.m.


In case you missed them, these events were held earlier:


November 9-10

  • Hissy Fit 208 Nacogdoches Street 572-8572

  • Lasting Impressions 112 Foster Street 598-6553

  • Sassy Reds Bakery 1000 Tenaha Street 598-2447

  • Southern Lemonade 229 San Augustine Street 590-9405

  • Southern Seasons 214 Austin Street 598-5009


The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935