Christmas

Downtown Beaumont holiday tree lighting

Join the Downtown Museum District on the grounds of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) and Texas Energy Museum at 500 Main Street for the Holiday Tree Lighting Party on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4-7 p.m. with Santa Claus lighting the tree promptly at 6 p.m. At this holiday event, families will participate in ornament making for their tree at home and the downtown tree, take pictures with Santa Claus, make and send letters to the North Pole, enjoy holiday music, and much more.  Free cookies and hot cider will be available.  

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Santa at Calder Woods

Calder Woods is working to make sure the magic of the season extends to all ages, as the senior living community invites its Beaumont friends and neighbors to get into the holiday spirit by stopping in for an afternoon with Santa. Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7080 Calder Ave. Seniors age 60 and up are invited to come take a free photo by themselves or with their families with Beaumont’s very own Santa Claus, as well as enjoy festive treats and refreshments. This event is indoors, welcoming guests to come and go from 3-5 p.m.

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Beaumont neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Kubala fits a child with a bike helmet

If you’re surprising a child with a shiny new bicycle this holiday season, remember to give a helmet, too. The physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) say that accessory could save your child’s life.

Doctors believe bikes — and helmets — make great gifts because they encourage exercise. 

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Wynonna & the Big Noise

Wynonna Judd will make her first ever stop in Beaumont on Friday, Dec. 8, at Ford Arena with her band The Big Noise as the concert will feature a mix of holiday favorites and Wynonna’s biggest hits. To make it even more special, Ford Park will be hosting a special pre-concert Wine Tasting at Wynonna event. Tickets for the Wine Tasting at Wynonna event are just $15, and will include six samples of a diverse selection of wines along with a cheese and fruit display to cleanse your pallet. Doors for the wine tasting will open at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, and will remain open until 7 p.m.

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Festival of Lights decorated trees

No need to book a trip to the North Pole to embrace Christmas festivities when you can make the short trip to Moody Gardens on Galveston Island to experience the 15th annual Festival of Lights and Ice Sculptures: A Caribbean Christmas now through Jan. 8, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Port Arthur Little Theater Logo

It’s your last chance to see Port Arthur Little Theatre’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol on Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. This play is a spooky look into the afterlife of Scrooge’s deceased old business partner Jacob Marley. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor — a malicious little sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself. To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge.

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Ornament photo by Eleanor Skelton

Advent calendars may seem too ’90s for some people, but a collection of ornaments that tell a story can allow for relaxation and creativity while preparing for a busy holiday season.

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Sheila Umphrey's Christmas bike

I started a tradition. I had an old bicycle in the garage and was going to get rid of it. I was talking to my yard man about it, and he suggested putting it on my porch and decorating it for different holidays.

 When searching the best place to put it, I decided I really liked it on the oak-tree branch in my front yard. So now, I put an elf at Christmas, a witch at Halloween, a rabbit for Easter, Uncle Sam for the Fourth of July and a court jester at Mardi Gras. People come with their kids and take pictures all year long. So much fun!

- Sheila Umphrey

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Nativity scene

The Stark Museum of Art celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit Spirit of Bethlehem: The Boehm Porcelain Nativity beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6 in the museum’s lobby.

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