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The 27th Annual Wonderland of Lights Festival opened for an enthusiastic crowd with the Samsung Holiday Celebration Show on Wednesday, November 27th. The festival will be open every evening and on Saturdays starting at noon through December 31st.
WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS
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The sun goes down, and the lights come up on Courthouse, The Street of Dreams, and downtown Marshall as the Annual Wonderland Lighted Parade delights children and adults of all ages. From marching bands, to twirlers, to fire trucks, and dozens of lighted floats; festival goers will flock to the sidewalks to experience a little holiday magic.
East Texas Baptist University will again sponsor the Annual Lighted Parade. The parade is Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5:30pm. Awards will be given various categories. All entries to be lighted.
Wonderland of Lights Festival
Schedule and Special Events
Wednesday December 4, 2013
9:00 AM: Visitors Center ticket counter open
6:00 PM: Most attractions open
6:00 PM: First Ice Skating Session (only 2 sessions tonight)
6:00 PM: Synchronized Light & Music Show on Courthouse
(Tonight’s shows @6 PM, 6:30 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM, 8:30 PM, 9 PM)
6:00 PM: Double Decker Bus Light Tours begin. Tours depart every 30 minutes. Last tour 8:30 PM.
6:00 PM: Carriage Rides begin. Rides depart every 20 minutes. Last Ride 8:40 PM.
7:10 PM: Holiday Traditions, Free music show, Telegraph Park
7:30 PM: Second Ice Skating Session (Last session for the night)
8:15 PM: Christmas Staircase Harmony, Free Music Show-Weisman Center
9:00 PM: Festival Closed for the Evening
(Attraction operating schedules subject to weather condition)
Conceived in 1987, the Wonderland of Lights Festival rivals the best Christmas lighting events in the country. Know as the “Granddaddy of Texas Lighting Festivals” the event attracts more 100,000 visitors to see the 10 million lights and over 400 attractions that adorn the city.
The Historic Harrison County Courthouse is the center stage of events as visitors are enthralled with the synchronize light and music shows that begin each evening at 6 PM during the festival. Steve & Penny Carlile and Celebrating Home, sponsors of the music and light program, have assisted with creating the only known show on an active courthouse in America. Each presentation includes nearly 250,000 pulsating LED lights from the windows, pillars, and dome. The show can be viewed from all four sides of the courthouse with the best view on the north side where seating is provided.
Wednesday, December 4
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: James Sanders’ Pottery Exhibit, Marshall Visual Arts Center, 903 935-2959
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: T & P Depot Museum, 903-938-9495
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: East Texas Artists: Don Brown and Max Cole, Michelson Museum of Art 903-935-9480, Free Admission
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Starr Family Home Historic Site, 903-935-3044
10:00 AM-4:00 PM: Historic Courthouse Museum, 903 938-2680, Admission charge
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM: Historic Harrison County Courthouse Tours, 903-938-2680, Free Admission
6:00 PM: Wonderland of Lights Festival, Downtown Marshall, 903 702-7777
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: OS2 presents Jive Jumpers, 903-938-7700
7:10 PM: Holiday Traditions, Free Music Show, Telegraph Park
8:15 PM: Christmas Staircase Harmony, Free Music, Weisman Center
As the only known working courthouse in the United States to host a spectacular light and music show, the Historic Harrison County Courthouse continues to shine bright each evening through December 31 during Marshall’s Wonderland of Lights Festival.
Washington Historical Square District Light Tour
Whether you take the narrative light tour on the English double-decker bus or drive it in your own vehicle, you will be see thousands of lights and numerous displays in the Washington Square District of downtown Marshall. See a Texas Christmas with the Alamo, local celebrities along the Walk of Fame, the Church of the Bells, the old locomotive, Santas, and other light experiences during the 22-minute drive tour.
The self-driving route begins at the corner of highway 80 and North Washington, the primary entrance to the Wonderland of Lights festival village and continues in and around the downtown area. While many of the displays have been in place for several years, new displays by local property owners and businesses are being lit for the first time this year.