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Beauty & the Beast
December 4
The classic story of Belle and a young prince, cursed by an enchantress. Lutcher Theater. Dec. 4-5. Matinee at 1:30p.m, evening show at 7p.m. 409.886.5535, lutcher.org

Christmas parades
Lumberton: December 2 Orange: December 3 Beaumont: December 4 Groves: December 4 Port Neches: December 4 Silsbee: December 4 Winnie: December 4 Port Arthur: December 11 Livingston: December 11 Nederland: December 14

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A Very Merry Main Street Market
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“The Nutcracker Ballet”
December 11 & 12
Annual family tradition presented by the Beaumont Ballet Company. Performances Dec. 12 and 13, 2:30p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre. 409.832.2722
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Come get your holiday shopping done with unique gift options and win a BMW. A holiday market featuring dozens of vendors. Annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Beaumont. Dec. 2-4. Beaumont Civic Center. 409.832.0873

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The Arc of Greater Beaumont’s holiday cards showcase the artistic talent of their clients with disabilities Cards on sale through Dec. 24 at local retailers. $10 for a set of 10. 409.784.5556, arcofbmt.org A celebration of African-American heritage using unique “quilt paintings” as backdrops for portraits. On view through Jan. 9. Art Museum of Southeast Texas. 409.832.3432, amset.org

“Cards for a Cause” Project

Artwork by Sedrick Huckaby

Handel’s Messiah Sing Along
December 12
Co-sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Beaumont and Opera Beaumont, this musical classic includes performances by local soloists. Come to sing and/ or listen, free to the public but donations appreciated. This uplifting favorite opens Opera Beaumont’s season. First United Methodist Church of Beaumont. 3p.m. operabeaumont.org

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Stark Museum of Art. Through Jan. 8, 2011. 409.886.2787, starkmuseum.org

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

Santa Claus will kick off the festivities by parachuting in to switch on a milelong trail of more than one million lights. Thursdays through Saturdays until Dec. 15, then daily Dec. 16– Jan. 2, 6–10p.m. Light displays, ice skating, photos with Santa, and holiday-themed films at the

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IMAX. Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95, and tickets to additional attractions can be purchased for $5 each with a Festival of Lights ticket.

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Beaumont Christmas Holiday Festival & Parade
The City of Beaumont rings in the holidays in Downtown Beaumont. 800.392.4401 6p.m. Street Parade 6:30p.m. Outdoor Movie and Popcorn (Riverfront Park) 7p.m. Lighted Boat Parade (Riverfront Park) Annual nighttime parade with bands, floats and Santa. 409.962.8631 The classic story of Belle and a young prince, cursed by an enchantress. Lutcher Theater. Dec. 4–5. Matinee at 1:30p.m, evening show at 7p.m. 409.886.5535, lutcher.org

Hanukkah

Eight nights, December 1–9

Enjoy delightful holiday music and refreshments, while celebrating the Christmas season in a mid-19th century style. 1–4p.m. 409.898.0348, jjfrench.com

John Jay French Christmas Candlelight Tour

Port Neches Chambers of Commerce. Pompano Club, Port Neches. 5:30–7:30p.m.

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Downtown Port Arthur. 409.548.0178, 409.985.7822, portarthur.com

Bethlehem on the Boardwalk

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Come get your holiday shopping done with unique gift options. A holiday market featuring dozens of vendors. Annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Beaumont. Get your $100 ticket to win a 2011 BMW 328i! Only 500 tickets will be sold. Through Dec. 4. Beaumont Civic Center. 409.832.0873

A Very Merry Main Street Market

Lamarissimo! A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus Holiday Concert

Cultural Lighted Parade The Nutcracker Ballet

Lamar University’s A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus will usher in the Yuletide season. Jefferson Theatre. 3p.m. 409.880.8144, lamar.edu/music

Downtown Port Arthur. 409.963.1107

Groves Lighted Christmas Parade

Fire Museum of Texas Christmas Open House

Beauty & the Beast

Free dessert social and vintage photograph opportunities. 3–5p.m. 409.880.3927

The annual holiday tradition for local families has two showings, 2:30p.m. on Dec. 11 & 12. The Beaumont Civic Ballet presentation occurs on the stage of the Julie Rogers Theatre. Tickets $5– $15. 409.838.3435, ext. 1

Area Museum Children’s Festival & Tree Lighting

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Open House Tea Party at the BCVB
Beaumont Convention and Visitors’ Bureau offers tea, refreshments and prizes at their office from 3:30-5:30p.m.

On the grounds of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Energy Museum. 3:30–5:30p.m. Free. A presentation of senior thesis projects, ranging from graphic design and painting to ceramics and sculpture. Dishman Art Museum. Dec. 2–16. 409.880.8959, lamar.edu/dishman

Senior/Master Thesis Art Exhibition

Bookmaking Workshop

Entertainment, Christmas Train Village, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, food vendors, petting zoo, pony carousel, train, wagon and carriage rides, quilt and car shows. Earth-friendly approach to the holiday excesses. Fun for the family with a visit from Santa, free photos, wreath and ornament making, choirs singing and Christmas trees on display. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. 10a.m.–4p.m. shangrilagardens.org Texas Rage in The Cage is as real as it gets featuring 10 MMA action packed fights. Main Event: TRCAA 145lb Champion Cody Williams (American Top Team) 5–1 VS #1 Contender Joey Montiel (Progressive Scientific Fighting) Doors open at 6p.m. Ford Park. 409.951.5440, fordpark.com

Livingston Hometown Christmas & Lighted Parade

Throughout December. Visit the 1906 Beaux Arts Colonial Revival house decked in Christmas splendor, as it would have looked in the 1930s. Most items on display are from the family’s collections. On Thursdays in December, stop by for traditional eggnog and cookies from 5–7p.m. 409.832.2134, mcfaddin-ward.org

Christmas at the McFaddin-Ward House

The Stark Museum of Art, in partnership with Lamar State College– Orange, hosts a workshop on basic bookmaking techniques and participants will create their own personalized sketchbook or journal. 1–4:30p.m. $45 registration, RSVP required, spaces limited. 409.882.3321 An interactive re-creation of the Christmas story. Dec. 4 & 5. Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont. 6:30–8:30p.m. 409.892.7733 Downtown Silsbee festival with entertainment, crafts, food and fun. Begins at 9a.m. 409.385.4831

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Merchant Soiree
This traveling art sale sets up at the Jerusalem Hookah Café this month. You can expect to shop handcrafted items ranging from photography, mono prints, paintings, jewelry, felt work and knitted items. 5–9p.m. Free.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas Event

The Road to Bethlehem

Annual Awards Meeting

Texas Rage in the Cage

Christmas in the Big Thicket Festival

The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will present awards including Citizen of the Year and other community service honors. Sunset Grove Country Club. 6p.m. 409.883.3536, orangetexaschamber.org

Mid-County Chambers After Hours Mixer
Social for the Groves, Nederland and

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A beloved, seasonal classic just in time for the holidays. Port Arthur Little Theater Playhouse. Dec. 3–5, 10–12. 2:30p.m. matinees, 7:30p.m. evening shows. 409.727.7258, palt.org, squarespace.com Shopping, food, and entertainment in Groves. 6–9p.m. 409.962.3631, grovescofc.com Southeast Texas Ballet Co. presents a holiday favorite for young and old alike. Two public performances at the Julie Rogers Theatre. Dec. 3 at 7p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2p.m. 409.838.3435, ext. 1 The Orange Jaycees sponsor the 62nd Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, at 6:30p.m. This year’s parade theme will be “A Cowboy Christmas.” 409.289.6459

White Christmas

Holiday Shop-A-Rama Extravaganza Art Sale

11a.m.–5p.m. Reception 7–10p.m. Exhibit runs Dec. 4–Jan. 1. The Art Studio, Inc. 409.838.5393, artstudio.org A holiday festival where bobbies, Beefeaters and the Queen herself will be on hand to recreate the Victorian London of Charles Dickens. Characters from Dickens novels walk the street. Food and entertainment fill the area with sights and smells that take you back to another era. Dec. 4 & 5. Galveston. galvestonhistory.org/Dickens_Festival

37th Annual Dickens on The Strand

First Fridays on Lincoln Avenue

Babes in Toyland

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Chambers House Museum Christmas Tour
Experience Christmas at the Chambers House Museum, decorated in its authentic 1920s style and exhibiting Ruth and Florence Chamber’s childhood toys. 1–4p.m. 409.832.4010, chambershouse.org

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The reception and exhibition of Lamar University Art Department’s Advanced Drawing and Printmaking classes. Beaumont Art League. 7–9p.m. 409.833.4179, beaumontartleague.com

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Lamar University initiates its travel program in May 2011 with a nine-day trip to Normandy and Paris. Travelers will encounter the life, people, history, art, architecture, food, wine and culture of the region and city. Early booking discount of $250 applies for those who sign up before Dec. 21. The inaugural tour in the program is limited to 36 travelers. 800.323.7373, 409.880.8419, lamar.edu

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Alumni & Friends Adventure Early Booking Deadline

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Open house includes holiday tours, music and refreshments. Dec. 14 & 16. 5–8p.m. 409.883.0871, whstarkhouse.org

W.H. Stark House Annual Holiday Open House

The Stark Museum of Art event hosted on two evenings: Dec. 14 and Dec. 16 from 5–8p.m. The Lone Star Pipe Band will perform traditional Celtic music on Tuesday and local high school band musicians will play holiday music on Thursday. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. 409.886.2787, starkmuseum.org

Stark Museum Holiday Exhibition Celebration

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This popular bluegrass band is known for instrumental virtuosity and explosive vocal harmonies, featuring a mixture of original band songs and favorite classics. Lutcher Theater. 7:30p.m. 409.886.5535, lutcher.org

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New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year at Crockett Street’s outdoor celebration with live music, confetti, and lots more. 409.832.2944

Cherryholmes Christmas

Lunch Buffet Daily Dinner Buffet Friday-Sunday

New Years Eve Extravaganza

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Homemade Tortillas Made Fresh Everyday! 4414 Dowlen (Crossroad Center) 409-924-7718

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