It's a busy holiday weekend in Center/Shelby County

Santa's Christmas Parade remains downtown on different route than usual

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee has announced the 2019 parade will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7

The parade is presented by Shelby Savings Bank. The theme for this year’s parade is “Songs of the Season.”

Categories for the 2019 Parade will include: Individuals, schools, businesses, churches and civic organizations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category. The float competition sponsor is the City of Center.

The parade will begin on the downtown square at 6 p.m. Line up begins at 4:45 on Malone Drive. Marching bands, Walkers, Motorcycles, Antique Cars will start near the First United Methodist Church on Porter Street.

Due to the construction on the downtown square, the parade route will be slightly altered. Once the parade gets to the downtown square, participants will continue on Shelbyville Street and turn left onto Cora Street.

The parade will continue on Cora Street until Crockett Street where participants will turn left and left again onto Logansport Street heading back to the Square. Once participants come to either George Ihlo Drive, Porter Street or Tenaha Street they may turn right and return to their start point.

The Taste of the Holidays, sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, will be held from 5-8 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Windham Civic Center from. There will be delicious food samplings available.
For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7….

SANTA’S CHRISTMAS PARADE

Center's annual Santa's Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Due to the construction on the downtown square, the Parade route will be slightly altered.

Once the Parade gets to the downtown square, participants will continue on Shelbyville Street and turn left onto Cora Street. The Parade will continue on Cora Street until Crockett Street where participants will turn left and left again onto Logansport Street heading back to the Square. Once participants come to either

George Ihlo Drive, Porter Street or Tenaha Street,  they may turn right and return to their starting point. Plan on spending the day on the Square to shop and enjoy the Parade. Shops will be open and many will be having their Christmas Open Houses.The Parade will be preceded by Christmas at the Rio featuring a performance by Center High School theater students.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7….

EAST TEXAS CHOPPER GUYS ANNUAL TOY RUN AND FOOD DRIVE

East Texas Chopper Guys Annual toy run and food drive will be held on December 7th in downtown Joaquin. Gift bags will be given to the first 75 children. Bike show kicks off at 10 a.m, Raffle and Auction to be held after the parade in downtown Joaquin at 3 p.m.

 Bike entry must participate in the parade. $10 entry fee or toy or canned goods.

 Awards will be announced at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to Joaquin Christian Services and will be used to help families  in Shelby County. Please come out and help support this event. Anyone interested in donating to our raffle or auction, please contact Nancy Stevens at (936) 269-3360 (home) or (936) 

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7….

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

The 12th Annual Breakfast With Santa hosted by Xi Alpha Delta Rho – Saturday, December 7, at 9 a.m. at the Windham Civic Center. A $15 dollar donation includes: breakfast, making reindeer food, 4x6 picture with Santa, face painting and pictures in the Boom Boom Photo Booth. For tickets or information, please call or text  (936) 657-4848.
 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7….

 A HALLMARK CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CAR & TRUCK SHOW

Joaquin hosting Christmas Festival Car & Truck show beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Joaquin.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7….

PUPPET SHOW — SNOWBOUND IN EAST TEXAS

Puppet Wise Productions proudly presents Snowbound in East Texas; a foot stompin’ Holiday puppet show! The puppet show will be Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library and is sponsored by the friends of

Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. 

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7….

CHRISTMAS AT THE RIO

An original musical production, “Christmas at the Rio,” set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday performance

In conjunction with the community’s downtown activities during Christmas Parade weekend, the Center High School Theatre Department will present an original musical production “Christmas at the Rio” in the historic Rio Movie House at 4:30 this Saturday, 90 minutes before the parade begins.

 The 45-minute production features songs from classic Christmas TV shows and movies including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, The Nightmare Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Polar Express.

The production comes from a desire to expand Parade Night by adding fun opportunities for families beyond the parade itself.

The show is both musical revue—a narrated musical summary of the Christmas shows—and an original story rolled into one.

About 15 minutes into the show, the Grinch and Jack Skellington [the main character from Nightmare Before Christmas] come charging into the room and insist that all this Christmas nonsense stop,” third year theatre student Mark Perkins who plays the Grinch said.  “Much to their surprise, the Polar Express comes to pick them up and takes them to the North Pole where they meet Santa and learn that Christmas isn’t so bad after all.”

The show is designed for kids and adults alike.

Of course, the show is mainly for kids to enjoy before the big parade.  But parents will recognize some of the songs and characters that perhaps their children won’t,” Watlington said.Admission is $2 and concessions will be available.  The box office opens at 4:00.

Following the Parade, the Rio will be showing the “Last Christmas” a romantic Christmas film.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8 ….

THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS” MUSICAL PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S CHOIR

The Children’s Choir of First Baptist Church, located at 117 Cora, will present the Christmas musical, “The Christmas Express” Sunday, December 8 at 10:15 a.m.

SUNDAY, DEC. 8….

CENTER POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BLUE SANTA

The Center Police Department's Blue Santa program is getting ready to load the sleigh and needs your help. Blue Santa is asking

 for donations of new toys, books, or clothes for all ages of boys and girls. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Mark your Calendars for Cookies and Cocoa with Santa for December 8th 2-4 p.m. Enjoy all your favorite treats, and Free Pictures with Santa,

 and don’t forget to bring Santa a toy to donate. Every person that brings a gift gets entered into a drawing for a 32 in TV and a DVD player.

 

TUESDAY, Dec. 10

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Mooney’s Emporium will welcome Chamber members and the public to a Business After Hours event on Tuesday, December 10th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 107 San Augustine Street.  Chelle Mooney will showcase the newest inventory items.

Mooney’s Emporium specializes in creating unique and personalized gifts and has a great variety of custom made tee shirts. Chelle carries a large selection of delicious gourmet jams, salsas and much more. She also sells Cypress Creek meats. Plan to stop by and do your Christmas shopping!! Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14….

PRAISE 2019

Shelby County Outreach Ministries is gearing up for Praise 2019.

 It will be held on December 14th at 6 p.m and will feature choirs

 and youth groups from around the community! There will be singing, 

silent auctions, live auctions, door prizes and refreshments! We will also give recognition to our partners and loyal churches that support our ministries. It will be held at the Senior Nutrition Site on Loop 500 in Center. Tickets for the event will be $10 each.

 For information, please call (936) 598-4990.
 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14….

 

2019 LITTLE MISS MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MISTER HAPPY HOLIDAY PAGEANT

24th Annual 2019 Little Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Pageant December 14, 2019 in Center.

Registration 9 a.m and Showtime 10 a.m. At Center Junior High School on Kennedy St.

No experience needed! All you need is your favorite Christmas, Holiday or Winter Wear.

Judged on Facial Beauty and Overall Appearance. You can contact me through the Bailey’s Pageants Facebook page in memory of Tonya or contact Shelia Burch 936-572-1456, Kristie Hook 936-488-1750 or Lila Akin 936-598-5319 for more information.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14….

TIMPSON CHRISTMAS PARADE

Timpson Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 14th at 10 a.m. This year’s theme will be Christmas in Texas. This Christmas Parade is a joint venture with Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Timpson, Timpson High School, Timpson Volunteer Fire Department, Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service and our towns stores and businesses. Special thanks to Joyce Moore and Marilyn Corder for making it happen. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trophies that will best fit this year’s theme, Christmas in Texas. Line up at Timpson school starting at 9:30.  Everyone and anyone is invited to be in the parade and we hope our community will be there to enjoy.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 15….

Let There Be Christmas” & Men's Breakfast

The public is invited to First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Methodist Men's Breakfast and Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.

 At 10 a.m. at our Combined Worship Service, the First UMC Chancel Choir and orchestra will present “Let There Be Christmas” a Cantata by Joseph M. Martin, under the direction of Chris Watlington, First UMC Music Director. This service in song is a joyous celebration of hope and peace for the Christmas season. From jubilant songs of praise to reflective carols of peace, this cantata is filled with moments designed to energize the spirit of the season in each of us.

Please join us on Sunday, December 15 or any Sunday! We would love to have you! First United Methodist is located at 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas. Need more info about First UMC, please visit www.fumccentertx.org or contact Rev. Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707.

 

 

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PRESENTS “FIRST CHRISTMAS”

The Worship Ministry of First Baptist Church, located at 117 Cora, will present “First Christmas”, a holiday gift to the community, Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. The production will feature several choirs, 

a living nativity, and all your favorite Christmas songs.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 24….

FIRST BAPTIST COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

First Baptist Church, located at 117 Cora, will host a Community Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 6 p.m on Tuesday, December 24.

 

To have holiday events added to our Holiday Calendar please email the information to: news@lightandchampion.com.

 

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