Two of the region’s historic sites are hosting family and budget-friendly holiday events this season. Visit the Starr family Home in Marshall and the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site for entertaining and educational activities. Both sites encourage guests to call ahead to reserve a time.

Starr Family Home State Historic Site

The Starr Family Home State Historic Site in Marshall is hosting three family-friendly holiday events this month. Group sizes are limited, so call ahead to arrange a time to visit. Both sites recommend calling ahead to reserve a time to visit.

Virtual Sparkles & Sprinkles — 6-8 p.m., December 11-12. Enjoy this fun event from the comfort of your home. Pre-purchase craft kits at Starr Family Home in Marshall to make Christmas slime and a Christmas ornament. We will post an instructional craft video at 9 a.m. and will host story times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Candlelight Tours — 6-8 p.m., December 11, 12, and 18. Tour the home with battery-operated candles while a guide talks about local and state Christmas traditions through the past 150 years. Reservations are requested due to group size limitation.

Wonderland of Sites — 10 a.m.–4 p.m., December 19. Guests are invited to take part in a free Christmas craft activity and a dramatic reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Capacity for the number of guests inside the house is limited.

Call the Starr Family Home at (903) 935-3044 to reserve a time or for information.

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site in Denison is hosting Christmas on the Homefront with holiday tours and craft activities December 5, 12, and 19.

Visitors can grab a self-guided tour packet, walk the grounds, and learn about Christmas past in North Texas. The tour features life in the 1890s when President Dwight Eisenhower was born, and in the 1940s when the Denison community preserved the birthplace house.

Children’s craft kits are available for purchase through the site’s retail-to-go program while supplies last. Birthplace house tours are available with advance reservation and payment.

Regular tours of the original 1870s home where Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 are also available. The site is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Call the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site at (903) 465-8908 to reserve a time or for information.

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