Feel the Christmas spirit at this East Texas Stay-N-Play experience

A brand new Christmas experience has blown into downtown Mineola! East Texans may be familiar with Mineola’s Historic Select Theater, which has turned the Annex into a ‘Stay-N-Play’ perfect for the young and young at heart.

It’s an affordable Christmas experience to make memories. You’ve gotta remember the good times. So many times Christmas gets over commercialized and people forget that there’s joy and family to have.

—  George Jones | Merry Christmas Texas Executive Director

Every weekend (Friday-Sunday) thru Christmas Eve, families can enjoy this affordable experience that brings a multitude of activities, so many in-fact you may not realize what you’re fully getting into when you walk in the door.

Walking in you can enjoy many local vendors (including fun glasses that turn Christmas lights into fun shapes), that lead to Christmas karaoke, and crafts right off the bat. Further on you can experience the game room and a venture through lights. Snacks are available, because what would season be like without some hot cocoa??

You’ll find an indoor snowball fight arena, where a wacky elf will challenge you, before finally you arrive to the big man himself, Santa Claus! Photos are free to take, and of course make sure the kids let Santa know what’s on their wish list this year, and make sure to ask Santa about the 10th Reindeer.

The more memories that you make, the more they stay with you for life. It’s stuff to look back at when times are bad. I try my best to create the warmest, best memories I can for everyone that comes across my path.

—  George Jones | Merry Christmas Texas Executive Director

You can enjoy Merry Christmas Texas Stay-N-Play Indoor Holiday Light Experience every Friday-Sunday until Christmas from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM. (The last day is Christmas Eve!)

Tickets are $1 for kids 12 & under and $10 for those 13 & up, plus deals for weekend and season passes.

Merry Christmas Texas is located at The Annex Entertainment Venue at 112 N Johnson St in Mineola, across from the Historic Select Theater.


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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.