2010-12-02 / General Stories

Nacogdoches, a Winter Wonderland

The local holiday season will get a high-voltage jump-start when a new dazzling light display featuring over more than 3 million lights are set aglow with the flip of a switch November 27 by the “hands” of Commercial Bank of Texas, as thousands join us in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Nine Flags Christmas Festival will be held 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainment, festival food, a cake walk, carriage rides, children’s activities, and much, much more. Make sure to make your list and check it twice, as Santa and his reindeer will also be present for photographs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Eugenia Sterne Park.

A new addition to this year’s Nine Flags Christmas Festival is Wassail Fest and ‘Tis the Season at the Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library. Wassail Fest begins at 10 a.m. and shoppers and other downtown visitors are invited to warm their bodies and spirits by sampling the various recipes, which will be judged on both taste and presentation. The competition is fierce, but the wassail is a warm and welcome respite for holiday shoppers. The ‘Tis the Season exhibit opens at 2 p.m. and takes visitors back to the holiday celebrations of Adolphus Sterne’s day. Visitors will be treated to the Christmas d├ęcor, topics of conversations and fashion that might have been seen and heard at a Nacogdoches party in the 1830s and 1840s. The exhibit relies on historic events and Sterne’s diary to recreate a mid-winter party during the years of Mexico’s control and the Republic of Texas. As part of the exhibit, the front porch of the house will be wrapped in muslin; a practice even wealthy families such as the Sterne’s utilized to accommodate guests during the cold, holiday season. Guided tours will be given by period costumed guides and wassail will be served to visitors.

The lights are set to come on around 6p.m., and the evening will culminate in an exciting fireworks display.

“You can tour an elegantly decorated historic home, get your picture made with Santa and his reindeer, and drink wassail while shopping in our unique local shops and galleries, all during the Nine Flags Christmas Festival,” said Joel Novosad, meeting & event coordinator for the CVB. “We would like to invite everyone to come out and re-discover the Nine Flags Christmas Festival.”

The annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival honors the cultures represented by the nine flags that have flown over Nacogdoches throughout its rich history and pays special homage to the attempts to establish Texas as its own republic with the Dr. James Long, Magee- Gutierrez and Fredonia Rebellion flags. The festival continues through Dec. 11. Platinum sponsors of this event include Commercial Bank of Texas and Mike Perry Motor Company.

For more information about the Nine Flags Festival, call (936) 564- 7351, visit www.nineflagsfestival.com, or be our friend on facebook @ Christmas Celebration.

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