9 Flags Christmas Festival – Nacogdoches
NACOGDOCHES – Historic downtown Nacogdoches will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the upcoming 2012 Nine Flags Christmas Festival with more than 3 million holiday lights, a sparkling fireworks display and the largest lighted Christmas parade in East Texas.
The 16th annual celebration of Texas history and culture will be held Nov. 17 through Dec. 8 in Nacogdoches, located about 150 miles north of Houston via U.S. 59. Nine different flags have flown over the oldest town in Texas throughout its rich history, and this year’s festival will pay special tribute to the Spanish flag.
Preparations are already well under way for Lindsey Mathews, meeting and event coordinator for the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“From touring an elegantly decorated, historic home to watching the lighted Christmas parade wind its way through the brick streets of downtown to drinking wassail while shopping in our unique local shops and galleries, the Nine Flags Christmas Festival offers something for everyone.”
The Nine Flags Christmas Festival will also include the annual Christmas celebration at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village on Friday, Dec. 7. Visitors to this reconstructed historic village experience East Texas life as it was in the 19th century.
The popular lighted downtown Christmas parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, followed by a fireworks display. Other holiday events include the “Tour de Nac” bike ride, Tour of Homes, Holiday in the Pines shopping extravaganza, the 5-K Jingle Bell Run, Spirit of Christmas Toy Drive, Gingerbread Home for the Holidays contest, a Christmas cooking show, food drive, Pancakes with Santa, the SFASU Original Cast’s theatrical production, Mother – Daughter Christmas Tea at Shelley’s Bakery Café and more.
“There is no better place to ring in the holiday season than right here in the Oldest Town in Texas during the 16th annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival,” Mathews said.
For more information about the festival, call the CVB at 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN or log onto www.nineflagsfestival.com.