1 — The Christmas Parade of Lights officially starts the Christmas season in Palestine.
7 — Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce’s Frost Fest brings a synthetic ice skating rink to downtown Palestine and a weekend full of events including a tour of homes and activities in the downtown area.
8 — Cars of Palestine wins the Dogwood Garden Club’s Festival of Trees event at the Palestine Mall for the best-decorated tree as voted on by the public.
10 — Former deputy county clerk, Bridget Renee Franklin, 24, of Elkhart, pleads guilty to two felony charges — theft and the misapplication of funds totaling $32,000, which took place while she worked for the Anderson County Clerk’s office.
10 — Kimberly Crawford is appointed as the new District I trustee for the WISD Board of Trustees.
12 — Tommy Thompson, 62, of Houston, is sentenced to nine years by an Anderson County jury for attempting to bring drugs into the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Beto Unit in Tennessee Colony.
17 — PISD Board of Trustees tour the new Career Technology Education building at Palestine High School. A public tour is planned for January.
18 — Cedrick Brenard Lewis, 30, of Palestine is arrested on multiple charges, including attempted aggravated kidnapping, for boarding a PISD bus and attempting to drive off with children inside following an incident at a local apartment complex.
18 — WISD and later PISD lock down their campuses following a report of shots fired near the Westwood Elementary School campus. According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, no shots were fired nor was a gun found on or near the campus, but an altercation that occurred near the school prompted a suspect to run onto the campus after he was bitten by a dog.
20 — The Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a groundbreaking luncheon for the U.S. 79 expansion project, including several guest speakers.
21 — The Veterans Service Center in the Palestine Mall teamed with other local organizations to provide toys for more than 100 children. Santa stopped by the mall as families picked up bags of toys and bicycles.
25 — Snow flurries fall in Palestine Christmas Day evening but fail to stick due to the ground’s temperature.