Experience Kilgore this Fall

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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.


Christmas in Kilgore

Dec. 12 – 11-5pm

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Celebrate the season with pure holiday bliss on Saturday, December 12, in Historic Downtown Kilgore at “Christmas in Kilgore!” From holiday shopping to a petting zoo, the scene will be merry and safe for all ages!




Radio Play Rep,

featuring Texas Shakespeare Festival radio productions of A Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street.

Dec. 11 – 7:30pm thru the holiday season

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‘Tis the season to be nostalgic! This year the Texas Shakespeare Festival will be re-broadcasting two radio dramas recorded by the Texas Shakespeare Festival in recent years. Productions of A Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street will be shared for your listening pleasure. Curl up by the radio (or computer) with a warm beverage and listen from the comfort of home.



Kilgore College Rangerettes Christmas Extravaganza

Dec. 12 – 7pm

Dec. 13 – 2pm, 6pm

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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 for 2020 is excited to announce we are moving to the beautiful LeTourneau University Belcher Center in Longview, Texas. In order to maximize the audience while maintaining proper social distancing. Tickets may be purchased online through The Belcher Center Box Office beginning November 2, 2020. The cost of tickets will be $20.00 each. Please visit https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1015357/rangerettes-christmas20-longview-b…

Showtimes are: Dec 12th @ 7:00 pm, Dec 13th @ 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm



Forest Home Baptist Church “Christmas in The Woods” Drive-Through Nativity

Dec. 10-12 6-9pm

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Scheduled for the second weekend in December, Forest Home Baptist Church 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. You may drive through the presentation, or you can choose to go through on a hayride. 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.

Kilgore Holiday Lights Guide

Christmas Lights around Kilgore, Texas

An insider guide on where to catch the most stunning light displays this holiday season

Kilgore is bright with holiday light this year. Here are some of the most festive light displays around the City of Stars. All locations are perfect for viewing safely in your car, but you can both drive and walk around Historic Downtown Kilgore

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit this winter by taking a journey through Kilgore’s best Christmas light displays, from #HistoricDowntownKilgore to local residences and Liberty City’s drive-through lighted park tunnel; these festive lights are fun for everyone!

  1. Historic Downtown Kilgore

    Shopping, Dining, and Sight-seeing 
    Take a stroll under the bright stars of Kilgore, Texas, and the World’s Richest Acre. As one of the city’s most brilliant places to celebrate the holiday season, #HistoricDowntown Kilgore, along with the Kilgore Historical Foundation lighted oil derricks provide a festive backdrop for families and friends to enjoy a magical night and make memories that last a lifetime. The merchant storefront windows are filled with festive décor and lights.

  2. 2907 Crestwood

    This residence is the only spot in Kilgore where you can listen to Christmas tunes and watch the lights and décor move in rhythm to the songs. So, get your iPhone video ready and turn the radio to 107.9fm.

  3. Merritt Ranch

    Located outside of Kilgore on Stone Road and FM. 2276, it’s hard to miss the bright festive trees  from a distance as the trees on the property are covered with Christmas lights that have some added Texas flair.

  4. Christmas in the Park

    City Park
    This festive light scene is located at Liberty City’s Hugh Camp Memorial Park 5716 Old Hwy 135, Kilgore, TX. The Christmas in the Park lights display returns this year with Sante and Mrs. Claus. Christmas in the Park is free and open to the public through New Year’s Day. Santa and Mrs. Claus also are set to appear 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 18-19. Due to COVID_19 safety precautions, Santa and Mrs. Claus will remain on the porch of his house set up at the park, and children and parents are requested to stay off the porch.

  5. Bear Creek at Hollowstone Ranch

    Complete with lights and glimmer that came been seen from the road as you approach, this residence is located in a rural area west of Kilgore at FM. 3053 and Red Level Loop 1113, Kilgore, Texas.

  6. 1110 Leach

    This residence has brought Christmas joy for years with their annual light displays. We even hear that the neighborhood has some glowing holiday lights too.