Well, this year, since gas is once again affordable enough to go places, we're driving 2 hours away to Marshall, TX. This town is simply amazing at Christmas. We also visit our favorite coffeeshop in all the world, the Magnolia Hall Coffee shop, which is a coffee shop in an old Victorian house listed on the National Register.
Here's a calendar of events and several website listings.
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Marshall, Texas. Come enjoy our world-renowned Christmas extravaganza and famous small-town, East Texas hospitality Thanksgiving through New Years' Eve.
Wonderland of Lights is one of the largest Christmas celebrations in the United States and attracts visitors from all 50 states and other countries. Yet, it keeps its wonderful small town Christmas atmosphere.
More than 125,000 lights embellish the "Crown Jewel," the historic courthouse. Hundreds of businesses and entire neighborhoods decorate around central themes.
In 1987, the community of Marshall, Texas joined together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood to create a holiday extravaganza called Wonderland of Lights. The festival begins the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and runs through December 31st. Today, this festival rivals any Christmas lighting scene in the country, known as the “Granddaddy of Texas Lighting Festivals”, with over 10 million lights in the community.
The Historic Harrison County Courthouse, located in the center of the
Downtown Square is the festival's "Crown Jewel" decorated with over 125,000 tiny white lights. You will find a variety of entertainment and activities, including live entertainment on the downtown square, Church of the Bells, carriage rides, bus tours to neighborhoods with elaborate decorations and lighted scenes, driving tour through historic downtown with displays over 24 feet tall, visits with Santa, the famous “lighted” Christmas Parade and an outdoor ice skating rink.
As a special attraction, Holiday Home Tours offer guests a glimpse into Marshall’s unique and historic homes dressed up for the holiday season.
Load up your friends and families and experience a true “hometown” Christmas atmosphere!