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by Gazette Staff | December 2, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. | Updated December 3, 2021 at 12:28 p.m.


The Texarkana Community Ballet presents the 30th Anniversary of the Nutcracker Ballet with shows at 7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas. Tickets are $11, $13, and $15. Tickets and info:

Tree Haven, 1343 County Road 4224, Simms, Texas, hosts its First Annual Holiday Market from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Vendor registration available at

Texarkana Farmer's Market, 116 W. Broad St., Texarkana, Texas, has a Christmas Market from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Info: 903-798-3940.

Main Street Texarkana hosts the 37th Annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Monday in downtown Texarkana. Info:

Texarkana Twin Cities Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. hosts Breakfast With Santa from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, 5110 Summerhill Road, Texarkana, Texas. Tickets are $8 per person. All you can eat pancakes, with the opportunity for photos with Santa. Drive-thru option available. Info: [email protected]

The Annual Toys for Tots Bike Rally, Car and Bike Show and toy collection is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Central Mall, 2400 Richmond Road, Texarkana, Texas. New Boston riders will leave the New Boston CVS at 9 a.m. and arrive at the mall at 9:30 a.m. A parade will leave the mall at 10 a.m. from the parking lot by Capitol One. After the parade, there will be an auction at Texas Elks Lodge, New Boston Road. Admission is $5 or a new, unwrapped toy.

Show Me Reptiles & Exotics Show is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at Four States Fairgrounds. Show hours begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 for VIPs, with general admission from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days and "Reptiles After Dark" event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11. Info:

The Second Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball is 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Four States Fairgrounds Ag Learning Center, 3700 E. 50th St., Texarkana, Arkansas. There will be catering by Texas Roadhouse, a cash bar and live music by Dusty Rose Band. The fundraising gala benefits the 2021 Cowboy of the Year. Admission is $25. Info: 870-330-1155 or [email protected]

Frozen Christmas Circus is 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Texarkana Convention Center, 2910 S. Cowhorn Creek Loop, Texarkana, Texas. Tight rope walkers, jugglers, acrobats, clowns and giant panda and polar bear characters. Limited tickets are $15-$20. Info:

Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts Christmas at the Perot from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. The event features the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra and the TSO Chamber Singers. Info:

Bearded Sinners Beard Club of Texas hosts a Randy Sams Outreach Shelter Benefit at Hopkins Icehouse, 301 E. 3rd St., Texarkana, Ark., from 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, to midnight. Ugly Christmas Sweater competition, 50/50 raffle, 9 category beard competition, karaoke, and more. Info:

Texarkana Museums System hosts the 8th Annual Santa Sprint 5K beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, beginning at the Ace of Clubs House, 420 Pine St. Admission is $15 for youths and $30 for adults before Dec. 11. Awards for top three finishers in each age bracket. Info: RunSignUp/com/Race/TX/Texarkana/SantaSprintReindeerRun.

Atlanta State Park presents a decorated drive-thru Christmas in the Park event from dark until 9 p.m. on Dec. 17-18. The displays feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Grinch and Smokey Bear.

Texarkana Regional Chorale is offering a tour to New York City featuring Texarkana's own Marc-Andre Bougie on the Carnegie Hall stage in March 2022. The trip may be joined as a performer or non-performer, with residency packages for groups. Info: 903-276-7139 or [email protected]

The Junior League of Texarkana has officially canceled this year's Mistletoe Market, originally scheduled for Dec. 3 through Dec. 5.

Museums & History

The Regional Arts Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, 1100 North St., Little Rock, offers their virtual Sandwiching in History Tours online at Historic site tours include the Baring Cross Bridge, the Foster Robinsin House and Toltec Mounds State Park. Info:

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science operates Fridays through Sundays. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase timed-entry tickets on sale in advance at The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Visit or call 214-428-5555.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Current public healthy and safety guidelines will be upheld. All museum systems are open except The Omni Theater. Info:

Arts & Ends

The 1894 Gallery, 105 Olive St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has a ladies 4 Part A Cappella Harmony group performing in front of the gallery at 4 p.m. Saturday. ALSO: Downtown Live is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, featuring over 15 artists painting life, food and refreshments by downtown restaurants, and street musicians, on Broad Street. UPCOMING: Second Saturday Trade Days are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, featuring a variety of vendors. AND: A new exhibition, "The Natural State", featuring a series of Arkansas landscapes by various Arkansas artists. Info: 870-330-5003.

Joseph Raymond Fine Art Gallery, 214 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark., hosts a Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11. Information: 903-280-5878.

TRAHC presents "American Farmer" an exhibition featuring the photography of Paul Mobley, through Jan. 7. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free. ALSO: The annual Holiday Arts Market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Regional Arts Center, 321 W 4th St, Texarkana, Texas. Over 40 local artists and artisans will be featured. Info:


Crossties, 324 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has performers Eli Young Band at 7 p.m. today in celebration of their new album "All of Your Stones."

Whiskey River Country, 310 E. 49th St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has Josh Ward at 10 p.m. today; Moss Brothers at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11; and Palmer Anthony at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. For ages 21 and up. Info:

Redbone Magic Brewery, 1304 Texas Blvd., Texarkana, Texas, has Jed Harrelson Live at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Tickets are $20 and available at Info: 903-306-0822.

MJ's Bar & Pizzeria, 14553 FM 3129, Queen City, Texas, has New Year's Eve with Stone Blue at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Info: 903-796-3445.

(Deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday. Entries should be emailed to [email protected] or [email protected])

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