Cool Off With the 12 Days of Christmas in July

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Cool Off With the 12 Days of Christmas in July

Palestine – Santa will spread “summer” holiday cheer when he arrives in Palestine for the Christmas in July celebration.  The Christmas in July celebration will be twelve days of food, shopping, fun and holiday preparations.

The festivities will kick off with two celebrity design experts from Dallas and Houston. Stephen Dankesreiter, Creative Director of Polly Dupont, and Melissa Snow, Melissa Snow Designs, will share their holiday trends for 2013 on Thursday, July 18.

Polly DuPont was named the Best Tabletop and Kitchen Accessories store in the September/October 2012 issue of D Magazine. The Dallas-based store has been in business since 1946 and carries more than 400 patterns of formal and fine china.

During the twelve days, a variety of activities and entertainment will be available including holiday shopping on Palestine Main Street, “Women who Wine for Holiday Food & Wine” at Red Fire Grille and a “Hawaiian Christmas” for children at O’Sweet Pea.

“Main Street focuses on our history and traditions, but we keep an eye on the future. With that in mind, we have partnered with local artists to create a Pop-Up Art Gallery on West Oak. This gallery will be open July 26-28 only and will feature work from local and regional artists, in a mix of mediums and styles,” said Laura Westgate, Main Street manager. 

Santa will arrive for his summer daycation at Splash Park on Sunday, July 28 and the City of Palestine will unveil the 2013 holiday schedule on Monday, July 29 on the historic, courthouse square.

“We are excited to unveil our 2013 holiday theme and schedule in July,” stated Breezy Lake-Wolfe, Marketing Manager for the City of Palestine.  “Visiting Palestine with the family is special any time of the year, but without a doubt the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are magical.”

Events will include:

Day 1 Thurs., July 18

Home for the Holiday with Celebrity Design Experts

4pm-6pm

Join Stephen Dankesreiter, Creative Director for Polly Dupont, & Melissa Snow, Melissa Snow Designs, for holiday trends, food & fun.

Tickets are $20 (include heavy hors d’oeurves, 1 holiday cocktail or 2 beers/2 glasses of wine).  For tickets and information please call: 903-729-4100 

Denby’s Restaurant & Bar

201 W.  Crawford St.

Beer Pairing Dinner at Red Fire Grille
6pm – 10pm

Red Fire Grille’s, Executive Chef Christian Mailloux, will prepare a four-course dinner that perfectly pairs with four selections of Dogfish Head craft brewed beer. Cost is $65 per person.

Reservations are required, due to limited seating.

For reservations info@redfiregrille.com or 903-723-2404 

Red Fire Grille

400 North Queen 

Christmas Movies at The Cuckoo’s Nest

The Cuckoo’s Nest will feature a different Christmas movie each afternoon (3pm).  Children will receive a Christmas cookie, admission is free.

The Cuckoo’s Nest

213 E. Crawford St.

Jamie’s Therapeutic Touch and Day Spa “Backpack for Kids” event

For every guest who brings in a backpack and school supplies for the Cornerstone Worship Center’s Backpacks for Kids program, Jamie will give you a gift and enter your name into a drawing for fabulous spa goodies. Prizes include: mini facial with Sarah Pederson, free color with Rona or free haircut, free pedicure with Hope, free conditioning treatment from Karen, free color with Sondra Bell, free month of tanning, and a free month of sauna sessions.

Jamie’s Thereaputic Touch Day Spa

1730 Crockett Rd

Day 2 Fri., July 19

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street

10am – 5pm

Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

Piney Woods Steam Excursion – The Texas State Railroad

11am departure from the Palestine Depot

For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245

Granny Time at Granny Muffin Wines

5pm-7pm

Join Granny Muffin for Happy Hour at the winery, located in historic, downtown.

Granny Muffin Wines

301 W Oak St.

Stephanie Hale Live at Sweet Dreams Winery

5pm-7pm

Sweet Dreams Winery

2549 ACR 441 

Annie, The Musical

Live at the Texas Theatre

Opening Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30pm

Show starts at 7:30pm

For tickets contact: 903-723-8383

The Texas Theatre

213 West Crawford

Day 3 Sat., July 20

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street

10am – 5pm

Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

Piney Woods Steam Excursion – The Texas State Railroad

11am departure from the Palestine Depot

For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245 

Grapes of Wrath Live at Sweet Dreams Winery

5pm-7pm

Kick back and enjoy wine and wine-a-rita’s in a relaxed country setting while listening to live music.

Sweet Dreams Winery

2549 ACR 441

Harvest Dinner at Sabor a Pasion

7pm

Tuscan-Style Dinner, Vineyard Blessing, Lomanto & Blanc du Bois label unveiling by artist, Janet Staples.  Five-Course dinner featuring authentic Italian recipes from Chef Simon Webster. $60 per person, includes tax & service (BYOB).  Reservations required: 903-729-9500 

Annie, The Musical

Live at the Texas Theatre

Show starts at 7:30pm

For tickets contact: 903-723-8383

The Texas Theatre

213 West Crawford

Day 4 Sun., July 21

Holiday Pastries with Chef Jackson York at the Texas State Railroad

10am &12:30pm

Join Chef Jackson York, 2010 Chef of the year & 2012 Pastry Chef of the Year, at the Texas State Railroad for a free Holiday Pastry Demonstration.  Chef York is currently the Executive Chef of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center.

Palestine Depot

789 Park Road 70

Piney Woods Steam Excursion – The Texas State Railroad

11am departure from the Palestine Depot

For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245 

Annie, The Musical

Live at the Texas Theatre

Show starts at 2pm

For tickets contact: 903-723-838

The Texas Theatre

213 West Crawford

Day 5 Mon., July 22

Holiday Hospitality in Palestine

Tour our Hotels and B&B’s to experience the warm hospitality of Palestine. Come-and-go at each property.  For directions, please contact the Visitor Center 903-723-3014.

Open House for Hotels

1pm-5pm

Best Western

Comfort Suites

Executive Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

La Quinta

Super 8 Motel

Open House for Bed & Breakfast’s

2pm-4pm

Dogwood Inn

Magnolia Street Inn

3pm-5pm

Fig Tree Manor & Spiritual Retreat

Redlands Historic Inn 

Day 6 Tues., July 23

Cheese, Wine & Holiday Design at the Hoxie House

2pm-4pm

DIY Holiday Tablescapes, presented by Linda Dickens (Certified Wedding Planner & owner of Charles E. Dickens Fin Jewelry & Gifts.  Wine tasting by Sweet Dreams Winery.  For more information contact: 903-729-4100

Hoxie House

110 W Hoxie Street

Sounds of Sunset Music in the Vineyard

6pm-8:30pm

Live music in the vineyard with acoustic guitarist, Alex Graser.    Enjoy sunset on the deck with cheese & charcuterie platters.  $15 per person, BYOB.  For more information call: 903-729-9500 

Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro

100 ACR 406

Day 7 Wed., July 24

Mele Kalikimaka, A Hawaiian Christmas for Children

10am-5pm

Enjoy Hula Hoop Lessons, Shopping & Snacks for Children.

O’ Sweet Pea

105 West Oak St.

Story Time with Santa

10am & 2pm

Santa and his elves will be at Blaser’s Books for “Christmas Story Time.” Enjoy classics like The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas and other Blaser Family favorites. Free.

Blaser’s Books

211 West Oak Street

Sounds of Sunset Music in the Vineyard

6pm-8:30pm

Live music in the vineyard with acoustic guitarist, Alex Graser.    Enjoy sunset on the deck with cheese & charcuterie platters.  $15 per person, BYOB.  For more information call: 903-729-9500 

Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro

100 ACR 406 

Day 8 Thurs., July 25

Sew What!  Christmas in July Banner Project

9am-12pm

Come make a “Dear Santa” door banner! Finished size is 26″x46″ Class is $50.00 and includes all supplies and material.  For reservations: 903-729-2889.

Sew What!

619 West Oak Street

Trim The Tree

12pm

Specialty tree display at the Palestine Mall, featuring community organizations.

Palestine Mall

2000 S. Loop 256

Cooking Under The Tuscan Sun – Italian Cooking Class

6pm

Chef Simon Webster & Tyler Morning Telegraph Food Editor, Christine Gardner transports you from East Texas to Tuscany with authentic Italian recipes and wines. Reservations required.  $50 per person, advance payment required.  Reservations: 903-729-9500 

Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro

100 ACR 406

Day 9 Fri., July 26

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street

10am – 5pm

Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

Piney Woods Steam Excursion – The Texas State Railroad

11am departure from the Palestine Depot

For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245

Women who Wine for Holiday Food & Wine

11:30am-1:30pm

A varied selection of the wine of the month (Sparkling and Champagne) will be provided as well as Chef Christian’s exceptional holiday themed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres paired to perfectly complement the wine. Tasting notes and a brief overview of the featured wine will be provided. Cost $35 per person.

Reservations required:  903-723-2404.

Red Fire Grille

400 N. Queen St.

Pop-Up Art Gallery

12pm-6pm

An innovative gallery that will “pop-up” for one weekend, featuring local and regional artists, and then disappear until Christmas. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014 (Opening Reception 4pm-6pm).

112 W. Oak St.

Granny Time at Granny Muffin Wines

5pm-7pm

Join Granny Muffin for Happy Hour at the winery, located in historic, downtown.

Granny Muffin Wines

301 W Oak St.

Logan Strong Live at Sweet Dreams Winery

5 pm -7pm

Sweet Dreams Winery

2549 ACR 441

Annie, The Musical

Live at the Texas Theatre

Show starts at 7:30pm

For tickets contact: 903-723-8383

The Texas Theatre

213 West Crawford

Day 10 Sat., July 27

Holiday Shopping on Palestine Main Street

10am – 5pm

Downtown, Old Town and the Courthouse Square offer historic architecture, shopping, antiques, restaurants and more.  Enjoy “Christmas in July” specials at select retailers.

Pop-Up Art Gallery

10am-6pm

An innovative gallery that will “pop-up” for one weekend, featuring local and regional artists, and then disappear until Christmas. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014

112 W Oak St.

Piney Woods Steam Excursion – The Texas State Railroad

11am departure from the Palestine Depot

For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245

Withrow Cooley & Friends Live at Sweet Dreams Winery

5pm-7pm

Live music, award winning wines, and a relaxed country setting.

Sweet Dreams Winery

2549 ACR 441

Grape Stomp Festival – Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro

3pm-10pm

Grape Stomp, Food & Wine Vendors, Live Music & Lots of Fun

$20 advance tickets, $25 on-site (903-729-9500).

Advance tickets available at Sabor a Pasion, Texas Art Depot in Palestine & Sweet Gourmet in Tyler

(Portion of the proceeds benefit the Montalba & Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department) 

Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro

100 ACR 406

Annie, The Musical

Live at the Texas Theatre

Show starts at 7:30pm

For tickets contact: 903-723-8383

The Texas Theatre

213 West Crawford

Day 11 Sun., July 28

Pop-Up Art Gallery 

12pm-6pm

An innovative gallery that will “pop-up” for one weekend, featuring local and regional artists, and then disappear until Christmas. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information contact the Visitor Center at 903-723-3014       112 W. Oak St.

Piney Woods Steam Excursion – The Texas State Railroad

11am departure from the Palestine Depot

For tickets contact the Texas State Railroad at 877-726-7245

Annie, The Musical

Live at the Texas Theatre

Show starts at 2pm

For tickets contact: 903-723-8383

Santa’s Summer Daycation at Reagan Park

4pm-6pm

Cool off at Splashpark while you enjoy Christmas music, food vendors and a great family time.  There will be photo opportunities with Summer Santa so come prepared with your early Christmas wish list! Event is Free.

Reagan Park

Crockett Road & Park Ave.

Day 12 Mon., July 29

Holiday Traditions 2013 at the Courthouse Square

10am

Join the celebration as we kick off our Holiday Schedule and announce our Theme for 2013 from the courthouse lawn. The Beaux-Arts Style courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 and is a featured destination for our holiday fun!

Anderson County Courthouse Square

500 N Church Street

For more information, visit www.visitpalestine.com or contact the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.

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