There's more holiday cheer on tap in Center! Check out this updated list of shopping events & holiday open houses

Photos with Santa, Hot chocolate, Cookie decorating and an opportunity to help out the Blue Santa Team to help make Christmas merrier for area youngsters are included

Saturday, December 8

• Pictures and Baking with Santa 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sassy Red's, 1000 Tenaha St., 598-2447. Come to Sassy Red's for pictures with Santa and cookie decorating!! FREE!! Picture set will be Santa with a mixer, rolling pin, flour, cookie cutters, etc. Cookie decorating will be available when you come in before or after having your picture with Santa.

• Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Dazzle Me Pink and Blue from 4-5 p.m.,

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

• Shopping and pictures with Santa at Hissy Fit, 208 Nacogdoches st. 572-8572

• Lasting Impressions Open House, 112 Foster St., 598-6553,

• Southern Lemonade Open House, 229 San Augustine St., 590-9405

• Southern Seasons Open House, 215 Austin St., 598-5009


Sunday, December 9

• Cookies & Cocoa with Santa! From 2-4 p.m. Sunday, come join the Blue Santa Team and Center Police Department again this year for all your cocoa & cookie favorites and get your picture taken with Santa and —  bring a gift for Santa to give to Operation Blue Santa to help out children and families where Santa might not visit this year. With your donation and others like yours last year we were able to provide Christmas to approximately 204 Children in Shelby County.

If you would like to donate new toys, clothing, hygiene items please bring them to the Center Police Department located at 1020 Shelbyville Street in Center. Items for boys and girls of all ages will be needed, infant to 15 years of age.

Monetary donations can be mailed to BLUE SANTA at P.O. Box 322 Center, TX 75935 or call the Police Department to make other arrangements. The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank everyone for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. Operation Blue Santa's deadline was November 30, 2018.



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.

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