Things to do in East Texas this weekend: November 24-27

If you’re looking for fun things to do in East Texas this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our rundown of some fun things happening around the area!

If you know of another event, or see an inaccuracy below, please let us know here.


THANKSGIVING, 11/24

Tyler Turkey Trot

  • When: 9:00 AM
  • Where: Racquet & Jog, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

Start Thanksgiving Day the healthy way with the annual Tyler Turkey Trot.

The 20th Annual Tyler Turkey Trot 5K and Kids Dash will be held on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Racquet and Jog in Tyler, Texas.

Join us for a festive run, jog or walk. This is a perfect way to celebrate a family-friendly Thanksgiving Day 5k!

Thanksgiving Lunch - Firehouse 9 Farm

  • When: 11:00 AM
  • Where: Firehouse 9 Farm, Gilmer
  • Cost: Free

Everyone welcome.

We will provide 2 fried turkeys, chicken & dressing, tea, water, plates, napkins, flatware, and ice.

Please send a comment/message with how many people will be in attendance and the side dish or dessert you will be bringing.

Come out and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship!!!

Veteran’s Thanksgiving Day Luncheon

  • When: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Where: American Legion Post 310, Gun Barrel City
  • Cost: Free

The post will be providing a free lunch for all our veterans & family members. if you have no place to go or just don’t feel like cooking, please join us at the post for a lovely meal.

Thanksgiving Dinner - Iron Bluff Saloon

  • When: 3:00 PM - Midnight
  • Where: Iron Bluff Saloon, Lone Star
  • Cost: Free

There will be dressing, turkey, mash potatoes, Mexican chicken, pecan, Buttermilk, and chocolate pies. you can bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish or just come join in and eat. we will open doors at 3pm for the football games. we would like to eat around 6 to 7pm. if enough people show up we will have a Thanksgiving dart tournament around 8 to 9 pm. the bar will close at Midnight.

Opening Night Christmas Light Drive Thru Park

  • When: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Where: Santa on the Farm, Terrell
  • Cost: $29

Opening night for Santa on the Farm Christmas Light Drive Thru Park is on Thanksgiving day this year. Santa is so excited about coming back this Christmas season. Come and bring your whole family out to opening night and enjoy some great times and memories. You won’t want to miss it. The park will be open from 6pm to 11pm. Santa Land, the petting zoo, and pony rides, will be available from 6pm to 10pm.

Thanksgiving Night Sip-N-Shop

  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Shops at 107, Quitman
  • Cost: Free

Come kick off the Holiday Season with our 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Night Sip N Shop!

Shop lots of new inventory while sipping a delicious holiday cocktail and Christmas Snacks.

FRIDAY, 11/25

“Walk Off the Bird” Bird Walk

  • When: 9:00 AM
  • Where: Tyler State Park, Meet in front of the Silver Canoe Park Store
  • Cost: Free

Avoid the Black Friday madness!

Walk off that Thanksgiving feast, relax and enjoy the bird life of the East Texas Pineywoods. Bring your binoculars, dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and be ready for a 2.1-mile walk by the lakeshore.

Black Friday Group Ride

  • When: 9:00 AM
  • Where: Woolley G’s Bike & Fitness, Longview
  • Cost: Free

Woolley G’s Bike and Fitness will be CLOSED Friday the 25th. We have chosen to #optoutside. We will have a road ride starting from the shop at 9am. Distances still to be determined, but expect a solid ride to burn off that turkey (who are we kidding, it’s all the dessert we need to burn off).

Photos with Santa Kickoff

  • When: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Where: Longview Mall
  • Cost: Free

Join us at Longview Mall for our Santa Experience. Santa will be at Longview Mall from November 25th through December 24th. Bring the family to capture magical holiday moments with Santa that you’ll treasure forever! Save time this holiday season and reserve your photo time slot in advance. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Black Friday Soiree with the Grinch

  • When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Chloe & Clair Company, Palestine
  • Cost: $10

Mix and mingle with The Grinch! Enjoy snacks, wines, cocktails and discounts at Chloe & Claire Company. $10 entrance fee, adults only! Exclusive Black Friday deals and hang out and take photos with The Grinch!

Card 53 Comedy

  • When: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: The Understudy, Tyler
  • Cost: $20

The annual Card 53 Black Friday show.

LIVE MUSIC: Selah Rose

  • When: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: ETX Brewing Co., Tyler
  • Cost: Free

SATURDAY, 11/26

Shop Small Saturday Bingo

Support your Local Neighborhood Businesses. Have a ton of FUN & Save Some Money with special Holiday Discounts.

To enter, visit 5 participating businesses, make a purchase and get a signature on your bingo card. Turn in your completed card at the last businesses you visit for a chance to win $500 or a $200 gift card to Copper Tree Retreat. Alternate entry options available see below.

Shop Small Saturday - Athens

  • When: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: The Texan, Athens

Start your local holiday shopping experience, invite your friends and make it a fun day of shopping

Your ticket includes Coffee, doughnuts and other goodies, provided by the Athens Economic Development Corp. , Each ticket holder will receive a tote with goodies, a map with the list of participating businesses and a chance to win prizes. Get those holiday shopping shoes ready to explore all the unique treasures that Athens has to offer.

Each business will have specials, pop up shops and artisans located within various stores so plan to make it by each and every participating business.

Turkey Burn Zumbathon

  • When: 10:00 AM
  • Where: Lufkin Parks & Recreation
  • Cost: $10 Toy Donation

Turkey Burn! Zumbathon benefiting Presents for Primaries. Cost is a $10 toy donation. Event will be on Saturday, November 26th at Lufkin Parks and Recreation.

Van Small Business Saturday

  • When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: Van Methodist Church
  • Cost: Free

Shop local. Shop for Christmas! 20+ Local Vendors!

Pictures with Santa - Bounce House - BBQ Fundraiser - Silent Auction - Giveaways - and a lot more!

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

  • When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Where: Mission Dolores State Historic Site Visitor Center, San Augtustine
  • Cost: Free

Join us on Saturday, November 26th at Mission Dolores State Historic Site as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas!

Tribal members will give us a glimpse into Alabama-Coushatta culture through dance performances, drumming and traditional singing as well as sharing tribal history and stories, demonstrating beadwork and basket making and teaching interested attendees how to play stickball. There will even be an exhibition stickball game!

Small Business Saturday Bookstore Party

  • When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Where: Elsewhere Book Sales, Whitehouse
  • Cost: Free

You’re invited to join us for a bookstore party this coming Small Business Saturday at Elsewhere Books in Whitehouse.

We will have hot cocoa, snacks, giveaways, prize drawings, and discounts throughout the store. Details on discounts and giveaways will be posted to the event page, so stay tuned....

This will be a great family friendly event with freebies and snacks for the kids. Bring the whole family, We’ll have a great time!!!!

Rusk’s Hometown Christmas

  • When: Noon - 7:00 PM
  • Where: Downtown Rusk
  • Cost: Free

Rusk’s Hometown Christmas is kicking the Christmas season off with a jolly of a time! The event will be held the last Saturday in November, beginning at 12pm through 7pm in historic downtown Rusk, Tx!

We’ve checked Santa’s naughty and nice lists to ensure that this event includes beautiful lights throughout the square, vendors, food trucks, SANTA, and some new signature family/kid friendly activities.

Lakeport Dickens Festival

  • When: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Where: Lakeport Main Street
  • Cost: Free

Get into the holiday spirit and come down to the 6th Annual Dickens’ Festival on Saturday, November 26 in downtown Lakeport, California from 11 am to 6:00 pm. This is a family fun event with something for everyone.

First, you can check out the local stores and great vendors that line Main Street starting at 11 am to 6:00 pm. The Pet Parade will begin at 12 pm. My Divas will be caroling us with their enchanting voices. We encourage you to dress in costume, as when you have a visit with Santa, you can get your picture taken.

There will be fun and games for all to play, music, activities for children, and a sledding hill. Don’t forget the great food vendors and restaurants on our quaint Main Street. Be sure to spread some cheer and warm up with some delicious hot chocolate, too. The tree lighting of our giant Christmas tree will be held at 5:30 pm. This is a Lakeport Main Street Association event.

Cafe Ü Victorian Christmas Market

  • When: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Cafe Ü, Mineola
  • Cost: Free

Experience our Victorian Christmas market filled with over 30 vendors selling crafts, art, jewelry and more!

Real Christmas trees available for purchase from the Sorelle Tree Farm, live music by John Durbin, Christmas Tree lighting and Caroling, s’more kits and backyard fire pit, traditional Christmas German Wassail and treats, Elegant present wrapping, A visit from Mrs. Claus will be reading stories for the kids, and Santa will be there for Amazing Santa picture by “I Come to Thee Photography!!

An event you don’t want to miss! Timeline of events is listed in this event thread! See Ü soon!

Christmas in Heritage Park

  • When: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Where: Heritage Park, Sulphur Springs
  • Cost: Free

ENJOY CHRISTMAS IN HERITAGE PARK!

VISIT WITH SANTA

Gaze at beautiful light displays cascading on these historic buildings.

Teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas with a live nativity scene.

Enjoy festive Live music as you travel through out the park.

☕Warm up while roasting Marshmallows on an open fire and sip on hot cocoa, old fashion cider, or some coffee and cookies.

Get a start on you Christmas list and purchase some goodies in their cozy Country Store. You are sure to find a present to stand out this holiday season.

NEW THIS YEAR: Buy HOMADE CANDY at the Candy Store in Atkins house!

LIVE MUSIC: The Fox Jazz Band

  • When: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Where: Doc’s Cellar, Chandler
  • Cost: Free

Van Christmas Tree Lighting

  • When: 6:00 PM
  • Where: Van Movie House
  • Cost: Free

Come join us for our Annual Tree Lighting ceremony, with special guest appearances from Some of the most Notable Holiday Celebrities.

Mingle & Jingle

  • When: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Downtown Kilgore
  • Cost: Free

You’re invited to an evening of holiday shopping and merriment in Historic Downtown Kilgore on Saturday, November 26, as Kilgore Main Street and Downtown Merchants host Mingle & Jingle!

The scene will be merry and bright as you shop after hours and enjoy the soiree under the Christmas stars of Historic Downtown Kilgore.

LIVE MUSIC: Max McRuiz

  • When: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Where: Rowdy Creek Ranch, Gilmer
  • Cost: Free

LIVE MUSIC: Andrew Duncalfe

  • When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Where: Oil Horse Brewing Company, Longview
  • Cost: Free

Family in town for Thanksgiving? Bring them to downtown Longview and join me for a special show!

LIVE MUSIC: Wesley Pruitt Band

  • When: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

For 20 years, Wesley Pruitt Band has delivered the ups and downs and the ins and outs of love and life, all neatly wrapped in hard-driving blues-rock rhythms. The latest part of the journey can be heard on the band’s new album Gypsy Soul, the third full-length release following a debut EP, and the albums Sunrise and Line ‘Em Up.

LIVE MUSIC: Wheelhouse

  • When: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: ETX Brewing Co., Tyler
  • Cost: Free

All Star Improv

  • When: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Where: The Understudy, Tyler
  • Cost: $20

Improv comedy will be on display at our All Star Improv show. Comedy and theater from talented performers who create a unique show, in real time, off the top of their heads, based on suggestions from you the audience.

Stand-Up Comedy Ft. Barry Whitewater

  • When: 8:30 PM
  • Where: Rose City Comedy, Tyler
  • Cost: $15 Pre-Sale | $20 at the door

17+ | Rose City Comedy presents another great night of Stand-Up Comedy. The last comic standing this week, Barry Whitewater!

This week’s guests include: Kevin Hollingsworth | Greg Katapody | Marissa Nieto | Barry Whitewater

LIVE MUSIC: Wes Jeans

  • When: 9:00 PM
  • Where: XL’N Pool Hall & Club, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

SUNDAY, 11/27

LIVE MUSIC: Sean Fuller

  • When: Noon - 2:00 PM
  • Where: Texas Music City Grill & Smokehouse, Tyler
  • Cost: Free

“Saxman Sean Fuller is an award-winning, Texas-born saxophonist with over 30 years of public performing experience. Sean can coax the sweetest sounds from his horns playing jazz, country, rock, blues, pop and standards.”

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus

  • When: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Where: The Old U.S. Post Office of Kilgore
  • Cost: $10 per child

It’s the beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Get into the Holiday mood by getting a photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Join us at The Old Kilgore Post Office in Downtown Kilgore across from The Texan Theater from 2-4pm!


*All dates and information are subject to change. Contact us if there are changes to the schedule or if we left anything out

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.