By CHERIL VERNON
Several holiday Frost Fest events planned in the downtown area have been moved to today.
Some of the events were rescheduled due to the 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms on Saturday.
The rescheduled Frost Fest activities will be held only today. Peddlers and food booths will fill the downtown Palestine area around the ice skating rink from noon to 9 p.m.
The snow tube will open from noon to 9 p.m. today. Cost is $3 for one slide, $5 for two slides, $10 for five slides and $17 for 10 slides.
“We are very excited about the snow tubing slide,” Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marc Mitchell said. “This 110 foot snow tubing slide promises to be a huge attraction for fun seekers of all ages and will draw not only local families, but also many new visitors to Palestine from the entire Piney Woods region.
The slide, located in the heart of historic downtown Palestine, will have real snow and ice.
“We are expecting a large turnout for the snow tubing, and are encouraging people to come down early,” Mitchell said.
Frosty Mug Beer Garden will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. in the downtown area, open to all adults age 21 and older (identification is required).
Gingerbread, beard and lighting contest winners will be announced at 6 p.m.
A special “Santa on Main Street” event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and will feature live reindeer and Santa, the World’s Largest Sand Box filled with treasures and the Camp Cookie Christmas Sing-a-long. This event also was rescheduled due to Saturday's weather forecast.
The City of Palestine's artificial ice skating rink will be open at its normal schedule pending weather. Those hours are from noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ice skating costs $10 and includes skates for one hour of skating.
Santa's Workshop and Wonderland Depot also will operate normal hours this weekend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. One of the main features offered by the Texas State Railroad Society will be an interactive train display. Admission is $1 and professional photos with Santa are available for $5 each. The holiday workshop and interpretive center is located at 201 W. Oak Street in downtown Palestine.
Other events set for this weekend include:
• The Grinch's Lair — The Grinch's Lair is located in the old Anderson County jail at 704 Avenue A near the courthouse square. The Grinch's Lair offers Whoville in the lobby with fun activities for the children. There's also a trek up to “Mt. Crumpit” to the Grinch's Lair where The Grinch shows you through his home all around the second floor. The Grinch's Lair will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person. Bring a camera to take photos with the Whos, Max the Dog, and of course, The Grinch. “Who-licious Hot Chocolate” is offered for $1 a cup and souvenir Grinch photos are $2 each.
• Pop-Up Art Gallery — The Pop-Up Art Gallery is an innovative gallery that pops up for a limited time showcasing local and regional artists. The exhibit will show arts works in ceramics, sculpture, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, folk art and photography. The Pop-Up Art Gallery, free to the public, is a project of the Main Street Department and accomplished through volunteers. The gallery is located at 213 W. Oak St. in downtown Palestine. The gallery will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
TODAY THROUGH MONDAY and Dec. 26-29
• Polar Express Train Ride — (Read along with the story as the historic steam-powered train makes its magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Texas State Railroad's Palestine Depot. Departs at 3:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. For more information visit www.TexasStateRR.com
A full schedule of holiday events is available at www.visitpalestine.com or by calling 903-723-3014.
For more information on Frost Fest activities contact the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 903-729-6066.