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Discover Christmas under the bright stars of Kilgore, Texas, this holiday season. Located in the Piney Woods just two hours east of Dallas, Kilgore kick starts the holiday season with a tradition unlike anything else here in Texas. Each Christmas season, the stars atop the oil derricks in Kilgore are lit, creating a magically bright and colorful display in Historic Downtown Kilgore at A Very Derrick Christmas. One of Kilgore’s seasonal favorites, this event includes the annual lighting of the derricks ceremony, shopping at the Kris Kringle Market, along with games and activities. This year’s theme is having fun with games and activities with the theme “Christmas In The Oil Patch.

Enjoy an alternative Black Friday shopping experience by starting your holiday shopping at Mingle & Jingle when you can safely shop Historic Downtown Kilgore’s independent boutiques.  Downtown Kilgore is a magical setting of holiday wonder as you shop small while experiencing the festive soiree. The holiday festivities continue with shopping at Mingle & Jingle, Christmas in the Woods, and Christmas in Kilgore. See why Christmas Under the Stars is favorite for so many.

A Very Derrick Christmas

Date TBD

Historic Downtown Kilgore

Come join us Saturday November 16, for A Very Derrick Christmas! Downtown Kilgore will be filled with kids activities, vendors, and entertainment. The lighting of the derricks will be at 7 p.m. sharp.

Mingle & Jingle 

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Historic Downtown Kilgore

Get an early start on your Christmas shopping and discover the many surprises downtown Kilgore has to offer during Mingle & Jingle. Browse a collection of jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts for all ages at The Shops on Main, vintage-style clothing at Everything that Blings, or stylish women’s apparel at De Rigueur throughout the evening, when all the stores stay open for after-hours shopping. admire the illuminated stars atop the oil derricks, and start your holiday season in style right here in Kilgore.

93rd Annual Kilgore Christmas Parade

Dec 3, 2024

Historic Downtown Kilgore

Be a partner of the largest and best parade in East Texas! It is a great way to promote your business and bring smiles to the faces of children. Sponsorship are available.

Kilgore College Rangerettes Christmas Show

Date TBD

Kilgore College, Devall Auditorium

The Rangerette Christmas Show began in 2011 and is now an annual tradition. It is a community event including the Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers, Kilgore area dance studios, guest performers and features the Rangerettes. It is a Broadway style show and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Christmas show 2022 takes place in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore College campus.

Yule Viking Festival

Dec 6-22, 2024 • 10am – 6pm

Avalon Faire

Come celebrate this season as your Ancestors once did. Experience the ways of old, learn the reasons and meaning behind some of the most popular Viking traditions, myths, and lore. Hear the music and sounds of traditional bands and entertainers, as well as the Skalds reciting the Edda’s and sagas- those glorious tales of Gods and Heroes, Kings and Clans. By day, watch the strong men and woman perform awesome feats of strength, second only to the Gods, and revel in the magic of the primal elements as our fire performers heat up the night!

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Christmas In The Woods Outdoor Nativity

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Forest Home Baptist Church

Forest Home presents the Christmas story for the entire community. The Nativity is presented from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday – Saturday nights. The cost is free. There are over 150 cast members in 13 different scenes. Free hot chocolate is also given to everyone who drives through. You will see scenes including Santa’s workshop, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, The Polar Express, Singers and Handbell ringers, a biblical Market, the Shepherds in the field, the Nativity, and much more. Begun in 1993, the Drive-Through Nativity has become a family tradition for much of East Texas.

Wine & Wassail

Date TBD

at Britt’s Wine & Dine

Enjoy the merriment of the season with The Texas Shakespeare Festival and Britt’s Wine and Dine!