The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 22, 2013

Jingle Bell Workshops offer kids, families chance to make gingerbread house, train

Palestine Herald-Press


Have you ever wanted to make a gingerbread house but never found the time during the holidays?

A special “pop-up” location in the historic Palestine Main Street district is offering a Jingle Bell Workshop that is open now through Dec. 23.

Our biggest feature is the workshop for kids or adults to come in and make the gingerbread train, gingerbread house or a wooden steam train,” Jingle Bell Workshop organizer Deborah Walston told the Herald-Press. “It's interactive, a hands-on craft — something the kids and parents can do together to start holiday traditions. We will have a holiday cookie and milk for them when they are finished with their project.”

The Jingle Bell Workshop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 112 W. Oak St. next to Cendera Funding and two doors down from Old Magnolia Merchantile.

But we also will have a retail area and the kids can come in and meet Marty the Moose and have their picture taken with them.”

Baked goods also will be sold, including holiday cupcakes, holiday pretzels, as well as coffees, hot teas, sodas and water.

We have numerous Christmas items that would be perfect for Christmas gifts or decorations,” Walston said.

The Jingle Bell Workshop is geared not only toward local families but also to those coming in from out-of-town to ride the Polar Express™ at the Texas State Railroad's Palestine Depot.

“It would be something fun for them to do while they are in town,” Walston said, noting they could also visit Santa's Magical Workshop, which also is located in the downtown area.

Cost for the beginner train is $22.95 with the intermediate train kit set at $26.96. The gingerbread house kit will cost $28.95. These fees include all of the materials needed to make the project.

For more information about the Jingle Bell Workshop, call 903-723-1231 or visit