Wonderland of Lights Returns to Marshall


Photo courtesy of Wonderland of Lights

Now in its 31st year, historic downtown Marshall transforms into a winter wonderland for the Wonderland of Lights kicking off November 22 and running through December 31. Lights and activities are open Tuesday through Sunday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4-10 p.m. They are closed every Monday, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

The Harrison County Courthouse is the shining star of the festival with thousands of white lights illuminating the night air.  Attendees can enjoy horse drawn carriage and waggonette, train, and carousel rides as well as outdoor ice skating and live music nightly.

Santa’s Village makes its debut this year featuring three themed tiny houses; a bakery, a train depot, and a cozy place to take a picture with the big man himself.

Frosty’s Big Bounce is another new addition to Wonderland of Lights this season. This area features an inflatable snowman bounce house, face painting, and photo opportunities.

Each week features a different special event. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Third Annual Wassail Walk where guests peruse downtown businesses while sampling Wassail, a traditional apple cider. Merchants vie for the highly coveted title of Wassail Fest champion voted on by the general public.

The Lighted Christmas Parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 2.

The East Texas Baptist University Hockey Team takes the rink for “Tigers on Ice” at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 3. The team is introduced followed by short scrimmage, then autograph signing and an evening of skating with attendees.

The Jingle Bell Run returns to a nighttime lit event and is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 5.

Returning for its second year is the Outdoor Christmas Market, a vendor fair featuring homemade Christmas and holiday crafts, decor and plenty of great “stocking stuffers” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 9.

Wonderland of Sights, a self-guided art, history, and steeple tour, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 16.

For up-to-date schedule changes, entertainment, and more information, call 903.702.7777 and visit wonderlandoflights.com.

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