There are still opportunities for Santa photos, holiday open house cheer, pet photos and more

It's feeling like a good evening for some hot chocolate on Tuesday!

Yes, Christmas is fast approaching but there are still loads of opportunities right here in Center to both spread some cheer and be the recipient of holiday hospitality.

May we suggest checking out these unique boutiques and locations for shopping and to have some one-of-a-kind holiday experiences. There are photo opps with Santa, hot chocolate night, cookie decorating and lots of holiday open house events.

Want a photo with a furry friend? Yes, one of our local merchants is offering pet photos with Santa.

Tuesday, December 11

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


Friday, December 14

• Holiday open house at Citizens Bank, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Saturday, December 15

• Pictures with Santa in downtown Joaquin at the Santa House, 2-4 p.m.

• Pet Photos — Tractor Supply Company invites the public to bring their furry friends to get in the holiday spirit from 10 a.m.- 3p.m.. on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Center Tractor Supply is inviting customers to bring their pets to the store for Pet Photos with Santa.

A local photographer will be on site during the event taking holiday-themed photos of Santa's Little Helpers and their owners. The first 25 customers who get a photo taken will also receive a free magnetic picture frame.

"Pets are as much our customers as their owners are," said Fredna Nichols, manager of Center Tractor Supply store. "This is one of many pet-themed events we offer throughout the year, and we enjoy having the entire family at the store." 

In addition to the pet photos, customers will also have the opportunity to enjoy a bake sale.

This event is open to the public and will take place at 1155 Tenaha St. Suite 2. For more information, please contact the Center Tractor Supply store at 936-591-9683.


Tuesday, December 18

• Photos with Saint Nick at Raymond Motor Company, beginning at 3:45 p.m.

• Center Health and Harmony Christmas Open House – all day

• Farmers State Bank Open house at all branches – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Wednesday, December 19

• Shelby Saving Bank Open House, all branches – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Town and Country Real Estate Open House – 12 noon-1 p.m.


Thursday, December 20

• Texas State Bank Open House – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Friday, December 21

• Sabine State Bank Open House – all day


Saturday, Dec. 22

• Pictures with Santa in downtown Joaquin at the Santa House, 2-4 p.m.