Dec. 1 to 10
The Corsicana Fire Department is holding its annual toy drive to benefit the Salvation Army, by collecting new or gently used toys. Donations can be dropped off at Station #1, located at 200 N. 13th; Station #2, located at 310 S. Second Ave.; Station #3, located at 2212 W. Second Ave.; or Station #4, located at 3009 N. Beaton St. Bicycle donations are not encouraged. For further information, contact Diane McGraw at (903) 654-4956 or Dickie Mullenix (903) 654-4953.
Dec. 2 to 5
The Corsicana Children's Company will present “The Christmas Carol Miracle” at the Warehouse Living Arts Center. The evening performances on will start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3. There will be an 11 a.m. morning show on Dec. 4. The matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. Based on the book by Luise Putcamp, this delightful musical adaptation by Taffy Geisel is a story about a West Texas orphanage and the miracle that occurred there during a singing competition one December in 1939. The large cast is made up of adults and children of all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the door as long as they are available. Reservations are recommended. The theatre is located at 119 W. Sixth Ave. in downtown Corsicana across from the post office. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for kids (age 12 and under). All tickets for both Saturday shows will be $5. For more information, or reserved seating, call (903) 872-5421.
Corsicana “Y” will hold its 18th Annual Jingle Bell Jog, a 5K / 1-mile fun run/walk. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Corsicana YMCA. Race day registration is at 8 a.m. and there will be a pre-race aerobics at 8:50 a.m. Entry fees will be youth pre-registration $8, race day $10; Individual registration, pre-registration $12, race day $15; and family registration, pre-registration $20, race day $25. Family registration will include two T-shirts. Additional T-shirts will be sold for $10. For more information, contact the YMCA at (903) 872-2412.
Christmas in the Park Lighting will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Blooming Grove.
Blooming Grove Downtown Christmas will start with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Tours of the decorated downtown businesses will also take place, along with a lighting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. People who want to set up booths are urged to make donations to the library or historical building. For more information, call Sherry Smith at (903) 695-927, or Lynell Mahone at (903) 695-2847.
The Corsicana Festival of Lights Christmas Parade will start its line-up at 5:30 p.m. The parade will kick off at 6 p.m. New categories are being created this year, so any group is encouraged to enter this year’s parade. The parade will feature floats, fancy cars, marching bands and dignitaries. The parade route is typically about two miles long. Participants will not be charged to enter, but to schedule a slot in the route, contact Dennis Thornberg at (903) 872-2641.
The Rice Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary presents their Second Annual Winter Festival, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The event is to benefit Rice Community and Salvation Army Angel Tree. Booth Spaces are available for $10.
Hubbard’s 10th Annual Magnolias and Mistletoe Christmas Celebration hosted by the Chamber of Commerce will start the day from 7:30 to 10 a.m. with a special breakfast at the Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department. There will be a children’s Christmas program at 10 a.m. put together by First Baptist Church. The performance will take place at the fire station. First United Methodist Church, located at 208 N.W. Second St., will have their “Sweets & More Shop,” open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The downtown Christmas parade gets underway at 11 a.m. This years theme will be “Nutcracker Suite.” At the conclusion of the parade the “Community Christmas Tree” will be dedicated at City Hall, with music from the Community Men’s Choir. Historic Hubbard High School, home to Wilkes Memorial Library, Heritage Museum, Tris Speaker Sports Museum, and the Hubbard high School Sports Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, visitors will also be able to view the world class Berta Leon Hackney Antique Doll Exhibit and tours will be available of the newly established Frances Savage Gremillion Genealogy Center. The Hubbard United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will perform at 2 p.m at the church, located at 208 N.W. Second St., Hubbard. The performance will be a Christmas Cantata “Emmanuel…Celebrating Heaven’s Child.” This event is free to the public. For more information, contact the church office at (254) 576-2313. The Hubbard Commuty Affairs Association will have a fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hubbard High School, with entertainment by Glorybound and local country music star, Billy Roy Mitcham. For more information, call Paulette Fulton (254) 576-2050.
Navarro County Toy Run, will meet at the VFW, located at 4609 W. Hwy. 31, to participate in collecting toys and funds for at need children during Christmas. All bikes, cars and clubs are welcome to enjoy a scenic country ride that ends back at VFW for food, music, an auction, and lots of fun. The participants will leave at 11 a.m. from the VFW. Participants should make a donation of one unwrapped toy or pay an entry fee of $10 per person. The toys will be distributed by local firefighters. For more information, contact Pete at (903) 851-9002 or Marty (903) 654-8944.
Kerens Garden Club is holding it’s Annual Christmas Tea and Tour of Homes, from 2 to 5 p.m. Follow the signs to the beautiful homes, then join Frosty, Rudolph and Santa at the Tea House for a Sunday afternoon of your favorite Christmas songs and homemade cookies. Tickets may be purchased at the Kerens Library or from any Garden Club Member. For more information, contact Barbara Arnett at (903) 874-0739.
Dec. 6 to 8
Memories By Melissa will be doing photos with Santa, from 5 to 8 p.m. above "Two Doors Down Coffee House," located at 106 W. Sixth Ave., Corsicana. Packages start at $15. Parents and children are welcome to enjoy holiday beverages while waiting to see Santa. For more information, call Melissa at (903) 641-0330, or visit www.memoriesbymelissa.com.
The Kerens Chamber of Commerce will host a parade and downtown Christmas festival from 2 to 6 p.m. in the park. In addition to a parade and tree lighting, the event will also feature kids crafts, vendors and a live reindeer. For more inforamation, Cindy Scott (903) 396-2971.
American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and guest to the annual Christmas fund-raiser for the Post, starting at 6 p.m. There will be a cake walk, auction, and hamburger steak dinner with trimmings, priced at $7 per person, available from 6 to 8 p.m. Entertainment for the evening will be “Dead End Alley Band” from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover charge, and the Post will open at 2 p.m. For more information, call after 2 p.m. (903) 874-3938.
Dec. 10 to 12
A live nativity scene will be set up from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Second Avenue Baptist Church, 3045 West Second Avenue in Corsicana. This is a free drive-through event.
Dec. 12 to 14
First Baptist Church presents “The Living Christmas Tree.” At 7 p.m. an orchestra and 80 singers will be presenting the message of Christ through music. The doors will open at 6 p.m. No tickets are required. For more information, contact the church at (903) 872-7473.
Annual Kerens Christmas light displays will be judged at dark. It’s the one night when every house will be on its best game, so residents are urged to take the opportunity to drive around and see the displays.
The Palace Theatre will host it’s 11th Annual “Behold the Lamb of God” Christmas tour, sponsored by Grace Community Church. Proceeds will benefit The Hope Center. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature guest artists’ Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew Osenga. Tickets are $20 each. Special seating packages are available. For more information, contact The Palace Theatre at (903) 874-7792.
American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., invites members and guest to the annual New Year’s Eve party featuring Country Sue’s Karoke from 8 p.m. to midnight. No cover charge. Post will open at 2 p.m., no reservations will be taken, so come early. The American Legion will be closed on New Year’s Day. For more information, call after 2 p.m. (903) 874-3938.