By CHERIL VERNON
Old Man Winter is wreaking havoc on Palestine's Christmas events this weekend.
While the City of Palestine and the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce have scheduled a festive first weekend in December including the 2nd Annual Frost Fest, some of the events have been rescheduled due to the possibility of inclement weather and many others are still on tap.
The Frost Fest's Frosty Family Flix will still be held tonight in downtown Palestine, according to Chamber Executive Director Marc Mitchell.
“We have moved the holiday movie 'Arthur's Christmas' scheduled for 6 p.m. (today) to the Farmer's Market Pavilion on Spring Street,” Mitchell said. “People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as it will be very cold. We will have complimentary refreshments.”
The City of Palestine is set to make a decision today on whether to hold the annual Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday. See Saturday's Herald-Press print and online editions and the Herald-Press Facebook page for up-to-date information on the parade.
The city still plans to hold its “Christmas in Toyland” Breakfast with Santa event from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Palestine Civic Center.
Still on tap for Saturday's Frost Fest include the “Freeze Your Buns” 5K starting at 9 a.m.; the “Hearth & Tinsel” Tour of Homes from 3 to 6 p.m. by trolley; and trolley rides to various points in the city.
“We will have the ice skating rink open Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in the downtown area depending on the weather,” Mitchell said. “If it's raining, the rink will not be open.”
Fortunately, the frosty weather works perfectly for the “Freeze Your Buns” 5K.
“It appears that it's going to be a frosty morning so the title of the race is appropriate this year,” Mitchell joked.
People can register or pick up the race packet for the “Freeze Your Buns” 5K starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the chamber office, located at 401 W. Main St.
Tickets for the “Hearth & Tinsel” Tour of Homes are $20 and can be purchased at any of the homes on the tour Saturday. Tickets also will be available near the chamber office in the downtown area Saturday before the tour. If the ice skating rink is open Saturday, tickets will be available there as well. Homes on the tour include: 616 S. Sycamore St., 412 S. Royall St., 212 W. Reagan St. and 220 W. Reagan St. For more information about the tour, call the chamber at 903-729-6066.
“Especially with the holiday setting, these are some beautiful, historic homes here in Palestine featured on the tour,” Mitchell said. “Keep up-to-date on weather changes on the Chamber Facebook page.
Some of the Frost Fest events have been rescheduled for the third weekend in December. The 110-foot snow tubing slide event and Frosty Mug Beer Garden has been moved to Friday, Dec. 20. Entertainment planned in the downtown area for Frost Fest has been moved to Saturday, Dec. 21.
“We are still excited about Frost Fest even though we have had to reschedule events,” Mitchell said. “We are expecting a great turnout for the snow tubing slide on Dec. 21. It's definitely a unique event for the folks visiting Palestine and our residents living here to experience the fun of sliding down a hill.
“So Frost Fest will be spread out a couple of weekends now as opposed to one weekend,” Mitchell continued.
Jack Frost's bite on Palestine also has led the chamber to extend the deadlines for the holiday decorating contest and the gingerbread decorating contest.
“We will extend the holiday decorating contest to Dec. 13. It's based on overall creativity and design for residential and business,” Mitchell said. “First place is $500. Second place is $250 and third place is $125.”
Winners of the holiday decorating contest and gingerbread decorating contest will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 21.
In addition to the city and chamber events, the Dogwood Jamboree's Christmas show set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Civic Center is scheduled to go on as planned.
“The Civic Center is warm and inviting and we will have hot chocolate and coffee to keep you warm,” Dogwood Jamboree Producer Dan Manuel said. “We would love to have everyone come out and support the finalists in the youth talent competition as they compete for the Artist of the Year title while enjoying classic country music.”
More details about events in the holiday calendar.