The Old Fashion Christmas Parade in Jefferson Texas

Santa Claus

Santa and I waiting for the parade to start.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year in Jefferson.  Every weekend there is something new going on to celebrate the season.  The first two weekend’s of the year are always the Candlelight Tour of Homes and the Christmas Carols at the local churches.  The Rail of Lights Steam Train goes on every weekend from Thanksgiving to New Years.  The Enchanted Forest with a hundred decorated and lit Christmas Trees in Lions Park is sure to put even Scrooge in the Christmas Spirit but my favorite event of the year is the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade which wanders through the streets of Jefferson the third Saturday of December.

This year, I was promoted to Chief Elf and got to ride on top of the fire truck with Santa Claus throwing candy out at the Kids.  I had so much fun and hope I get to keep my position next year even though I will be off the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Enjoy this little video I put together of our Santa having a little fun while waiting for the parade to start.  I hope it brings a smile to your face and some Christmas Spirit to your day.

As Seen on on Channel 3 in Shreveport

A few weeks back, I was proud to have Bob Griffin, his beautiful wife Denise, and their dog Sport come and spend a few days with me here at the Carriage House.  For those of you not in the Shreveport TV air space, Bob is the weekend anchor on KTBS, Channel 3.  Before his tenure with Channel 3, he was with KSLA Channel 12 also in the Shreveport area.

Bob never stops working and his passion for what he does was evident during his stay here.  He is a “news man” at his very heart.

He put together a 3 minute video on the Carriage House and all the things he enjoyed about his stay.  He was most impressed with our pet friendly accommodations and the fact that you can walk to just about anywhere from right here at the Carriage House.

I hope you enjoy this video. Here ya go!!!  Enjoy!!


Wine Tour of the Jefferson Texas Area

Did you know that there is a thriving wine industry here in East Texas with some of the most unique and interesting wineries located only an hour away from the Carriage House? There is no better way to spend a quiet afternoon, then tasting some of East Texas’s finest wines. Make sure and call ahead to check out hours of the tasting rooms.

Los Pinos Ranch or call 903-855-1769. Located in Pittsburg. Los Pinos has live music and a delectable tapas music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and or call 903-240-1587. Located in Harleton. Enjoy award winning wines while sitting out under the trees and looking out over the hills of East Texas. Now serving dinner Saturday night. Please call for reservations.

St. Rose Vineyard and or call 903-856-2067. Located in Pittsburg. Formerly Guerra Vineyard and Wines is home to the Foxy Wine collection. St. Rose Vineyards specializes in Muscadine and fruity wines.

Red Road Vineyards and or call 903-897-9353. Located in Naples. The winery’s brick structure, originally built in the 1890s, housed the first power and ice company in Northeast Texas. The tasting room, that once held blocks of ice ready for delivery, now holds a comfortable place rich in historic architectural detail.

Antiquing and Shopping the Jefferson Texas Area

Ease along the brick streets as you enter the merchants shops and be dazzled by their variety of wares.

Beauty and the Book or call 903-665-7520. Unique bookstore and beauty salon in one

Blackburn’s Factory Outlet or call 903-665-1128. Factory Outlet Store for Blackburn’s jellies, preserves and syrups, gift baskets, custom framing, local cookbooks, knives, pottery and gift items. UPS Shipping Outlet.

Big Bypress Antique Mall call 903-665-2762. Elegant and upscale antique furnishings and homewares

Blessings Book and Gifts call 903-665-3895. Christian Books and Gifts. Listen to Christian music as you shop in Blessings, This shop has Christian books (adult and children) gifts, crosses, collectibles, home decor, jewelry, bath and body, greeting cards, Christmas seasonally and more.

Der Baskit Kase Music Store or call 903-665-7996. We buy, sell, make and repair string musical instruments and wind-up phonographs.

Der Book Vault call 903-665-7996. Rare and unusual antique books

Diamond “W” Western Decor call 903-665-2882. Collectible western art and decor

Divas and Daisies call 903-665-3382 Event and Wedding planning. Florist and gifts

Fashion and Art Revival or call 925-366-7360. One of a kind designer items, vintage clothing, costumes, and consignment.

Footsteps or call 903-665-3338. Dr of Podiatry. Comfort and theraputic shoes

Gold Leaf Antiques call 903-665-2882. Two extensive floors of collectible glassware, furniture, books and CASE® Knives.

Granny Had It call 903-665-3148. Antiques, furniture, glassware and lamps. Featuring Walnut, Mahogany and Oak from the Victorian through the 1930’s.

Jefferson 5 and Dime call 903-665-2801. Coin collectibles

Jefferson Antique Mall or call 903-665-8852. Retail-Antiques-Collectibles-Miscellaneous. 18 dealers under one roof.

Jefferson Bottling Works call 903-239-2801 – Antiques, collectibles & jewelry

Jefferson Farmers Market or call 903-665-7076. Open Wed, Fri from 4pm to sundown and Sun from 1pm to 4pm. Organically grown and locally produced (within 50 miles) fruits, vegetables, honey, meats, eggs, baked goods, canned goods, crafts, soaps, lotions, and more .

Jefferson Fudge Store or call 903-665-3562. We offer a wide variety of homemade fudge, candies, jellies, jams and preserves. In addition we have a wide selection of gifts, collectibles and antiques.

Jefferson General Store or call 903-665-8481. Authentic General Store with Soda Fountain, old time toys and gifts. Fresh made pralines & candy counter. Texas souvenirs. Famous Moody Dogs.

Jefferson Jewelry or call 903-939-9099. Antique and vintage jewelry and accessories. Authentic period adornments, faux and fines circa 1850 – 1950. Plastic to platinum, lockets to Lucite.

Marshall Pottery or call 903-938-9201. Marshall Pottery specializes in hand turned pottery straight from the potter’s wheel. Skilled artisans have turned the clay of East Texas for over one hundred years making beautiful, functional stoneware pottery. Each piece is truly a piece of art. Master Potters and Cobalt artist transform lumps of clay into wonderfully designed pieces of heirloom quality stoneware.

Michelle’s Antique Company call 903-665-2762. Quality antiques, soda fountain & photo studio.

Momma and Me Antique Store call 903-665-7225. Antiques and Gift shop. An eclectic collection of vintage and antique jewelry including, cameos and Czech Crystal, Raz Holiday Decor & Florals (below wholesale), infants and children’s boutique.

O.M.G. Lulu or call 903-665-8855. Funky and trendy clothes and jewelry for ladies and tweens

Pat Ann’s Call 903-665-9135. Home decor and gifts.

Retro Metal Chairs or call 903-665-6449 – Purchase vintage metal lawn furniture

River City Mercantile Company call 903-665-8270. Antiques, glassware, Orientalia, silver, Scaffordshire wares, African art, cut glass, furniture, inkwells, kitchen and primitive antiques.

Route 49 Motor Clothes or call 903-665-3349. Clothing for the motorcycle enthusiast. Route 49 has anything that the biker may want in the way of leathers, chaps, helmet, and raingear.

Roys Toys and Trains call 903-665-9900. Hobby Shop. Hobby stuff for everyone in the family, all ages and interests! Scrapbooking, needlecrafts, art, paint and crafts. Lamaze, Melissa and Doug, Smithsonian, Discovery, Breyer, Dominoes, and more games and toys. All gauges of electric and wooden trains; RC planes, cars, boats and much more.

Texas Treasure call 903-665-3757. Wind spinners, homemade quilts, rustic custom stars, Texas Souvenirs, College Collectibles and more

Three River Antiques Antiques and Collectibles. 10,000 square feet of antique furniture, pottery, books, depression glass, old tools, railroad lanterns, and signs.

Yesteryear Nick Nacks or call 903-720-8692. Gifts, collectibles, Christmas all year. Trendy clothes and shoes for ladies. New jewelry.

Jefferson, Texas Restaurants – Wining and Dining

All of this exploring, shopping, and discovery is bound to leave you hungry. Here is a list of local restaurants to help you plan your adventures.

Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club and Restaurant Auntie Skinners on Facebook or call 903-665-7121. Open daily, live entertainment. Call for entertainment schedule. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6 a.m. – close

Austin Street Bistro or call 903-665-9700. Gourmet lunch & dinner. A bistro with a casual flair.

Bakery Restaurant or call 903-665-2253. The Bakery Restaurant is a family owned full-service restaurant and bakery located in downtown historical Jefferson, Texas

Black Swan Cafe or call 903-665-9304. A dinner for very special occasions. Enjoy a chef prepared, private (dinner for two only) six course meal. Each course is served with the appropriate wine. This unique experience is patterned after the meal a wealthy riverboat traveler would have enjoyed while they traveled up the Big Cypress Bayou to Jefferson, Texas.

The Cork Yard –  call (903) 665-8500.  Wine bar and bistro featuring fine wines, craft beers, live music and karaoke.

Jefferson’s Old Fashioned Hamburger Store call 903-665-3251. Hamburger, pies, casual dining seafood, hamburger, steaks, catering and party room. Great place to take kids.

Joseph’s Riverport BBQ 903-665-2341. THE best BBQ in East Texas. Famous for Pit BBQ, Catfish, Burgers and Homemade Sides.

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar or call 903-665-0505. Home of the original “Kornbread” sandwich, salads, soups & pies.

Lamache’s Italian Restaurant or call 903-665-6177. Perfect place for a special dinner.

Memories & More Restaurant and Piano Bar or call (903) 665-8203.  Elegant steak and seafood restaurant in downtown.

Stacey’s Home Fries call 903-665-7055. Home cooked meals and daily blue plate specials. Open every day but Sunday for breakfast and lunch.

Stillwater Inn or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

The Sandwich Shop Call 214-628-6043. Gourmet and Classic Loose Meat Sandwiches in a casual bistro setting

Blue Frog Grill or call 903-923-9500. We serve American bistro cuisine with a Cajun influence. Located in the Washington Square District facing the historic Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall, TX.

OS2 or call 903-938-7700. Upscale restaurant on Marshall’s square. Live music on Wednesday nights

Big Pine Lodge or call 903-679-3655. Catfish and steaks on the shores of Caddo Lake.

Riverbend Restaurant or call 903-679-9000. Fried Catfish and other East Texas classic cooking on the bend of the Big Cypress Bayou where it flows into Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas. Sit on the patio under the spanish moss and enjoy watching the boats go by.

Uncertain General Store and Gifts or call (888) 325-5459. Enjoy swamp cooking while sitting and enjoying the mystical beauty of Caddo Lake

5D Cattle Company Steak House and Meat Market or call 903-562-1291. Best steakhouse in East Texas only 15 minutes from Jefferson in Avinger, Texas

Museums and Historic Homes in Jefferson Texas

Jefferson has played an important role in the early development of the state. Once a center of culture and refinement, of stern-wheelers, wagon trains, and ox-team freighters, Jefferson was once the pride of this great state and the entire people around which revolved graceful living, southern charm, prestige, and. productivity. The town’s bygone glories cannot be forgotten, and today Jefferson is a most eloquent reminder of an era long since vanished.

Civil War Powder Magazine or call 903-665-3733. Join Jefferson’s Tourism Director, Jeff Campbell, for an out and back walk for an “Across the Bayou View” of the Jefferson Confederate Powder Magazine. The structure is the only surviving powder magazine in Texas. The walk is approximately 1/3 Mile in each direction. Reservations are required

Jefferson Historical Society and Museum or call 903-665-2775. Four floors of Marion County and Jefferson history.

Jefferson Carnegie Library or call 903-665-8911. An original Carnegie Library built in 1907.

Lafayette Street Vintage Vehicle Museum call 903-2406180. Private collection of vintage vehicles.

Gone with the Wind Museum or call 903-665-1939. A 1,700 square foot museum, dedicated to Gone With the Wind, features one of the world’s largest private collections of memorabilia from this epic story of the Old South.

Singleton Virginia Cross Home Tour or call 903-665-3938. Historic antebellum home furnished in antiques of the period. Guided tour of home at 1.00 PM on Saturdays.

Excelsior House or call 903-665-2513. The Excelsior House is the second oldest continuously running hotel in the state of Texas. The Excelsior House is open for tours weekdays at 2pm and at 1pm and 2pm on weekends.

Ruth Lester Playhouse or call 903-665-2513. Built in 1860 and having been everything from a convent to a Jewish Synagogue, the Ruth Lester playhouse has been lovingly restored and is full of period antiques.

Jay Gould’s Rail car Atalanta or call 903-665-2513. The “Atalanta” has luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry and bathroom. Open daily 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Museum of Measurement and Time or call 903-665-6668. Private collection of Johnny and Edith Ingram of maps, clock, surveying equipment. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Kid and Family Friendly Activities

There is plenty to do for the whole family. Jefferson, Texas can be a great place to bring the whole family for a getaway. With mule-drawn wagons and a trip to a deer farm, your kiddos will be talking about their trip to Jefferson for months.

Mule Drawn Wagon Tours or call 903-926-8216. Mule-drawn covered wagon takes you on a tour of Jefferson. Tours are Thursday through Saturday.

H&D Exotic Deer Farms or call 903-665-9625. Take your family on a tour and see wild and exotic animals and birds from around the world.

Karma Farms or call 903-935-9980. Rent a horse and go on a trail ride through the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. Karma Farms is one of the nation’s leading breeders of Colonial Spanish Horses.

Jefferson Pedal Power call 903-926-5167. Rent a Surrey, a Tandem Bike, a Schwinn Trike, or a Recumbant Bike and see the beautiful Historic Riverfront District of Jefferson from the comfort and fun of a bike.

Captain Ron’s Gator Park and Petting Zoo visit Captain Ron’s on Facebook or call 903-789-2100. Stand on the feeding deck and watch the gators get fed or enjoy petting and getting to know some exotic animals from all over the world. Alligator feedings are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

City Drug Store call 903-665-2521. Old fashioned soda fountain, ice cream and candy store. The City Drug Store has been in continuous operation since 1953.

Jefferson General Store or call 903-665-8481. The Jefferson General Store is a must stop while visiting Jefferson. This store is full of old-fashioned candies and toys. Enjoy an ice cream or a 5cent coffee while visiting.

Historic Jefferson Railway or call 903-665-6400. Enjoy a five mile run down the Big Cypress Bayou on an old fashioned narrow guage steam train..

Romantic things to do in Jefferson, Texas

A slice of the old antebellum south, Jefferson is home to beautiful historic homes, southern belles and descendants of riverboat captains. Many couples make their way to Jefferson for the romance that this beautiful offers. Whether it is for a marriage proposal, wedding, honeymoon or a romantic getaway, Jefferson has plenty of romance for everyone.

The Lone Star Carriage Company or call 903-926-8216. Horse drawn carriage service that specializes in weddings, romantic rides, and historic tours.

The Black Swan Enjoy a truly unique and romantic private riverboat dinner for two. The meal will be a chef prepared six course meal with each course served with appropriate wine. This romantic meal is by reservation only

Stillwater Inn or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

Music City Texas or call 903.756.9934. Go on a romantic date to East Texas’s premier theatre. Check out their website for the event schedule.

Carriage House Bed and Breakfast or call 903-665-9511. The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast has many different options to make your romatic get away special.

L.J. Carriage Services call 903-490-0461. Available for carriage rides and special events

Massage Therapy of Jefferson call 903-665-9388 to book an in-room massage

Haunted Tours and Paranormal Adventures in Jefferson Texas

We enjoy our share of friendly spirits who still roam the streets of Jefferson and reside in our homes and businesses. Much to the delight, and sometimes surprise, to our visitors who welcome them.

Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk or call 903-665-6289. A night time journey to discover Jefferson’s Historic Haunts. The hour and a half tour leaves at 8pm.

Ghost Train or call 903-665-6400. The ghost train departs at 9pm from the haunted depot and takes you deep through the dark woods along the bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones.

The Grove or call 903-665-8018. Tour one of the most haunted homes in Texas. Strange activities and hauntings have been reported for over 100 years.

Dinner and a Ghost Call 214-628-6043. So Come Join Us ~ in a building that is registered among Paranormal Investigators as the 8th most Haunted in Texas for an Evening of Ghosts and a Dinner! Don’t forget to bring your camera and an appetite!

Water Adventures in and around Jefferson Texas

“Historic Riverport, to the Southwest”, “Baghdad on the Bayou”, “Queen of the Cypress”; all the aforementioned names aptly fit this small, yet magical place. Nestled between two lakes – Caddo Lake to the East and Lake O’the Pines to the West, Big Cypress Bayou runs lazily through the city and is the main focal point of Jefferson’s colorful and storied past. Although Jefferson is no longer a port city, there is still plenty to do on the water city, there is still plenty to do on the water

Turning Basin Bayou Tours or call 903-665-2222. Hour long tours of the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson run Tuesday through Saturday 12pm and 2pm.

Kayak and Paddling Trails Canoe or kayak along prehistoric bayous and sloughs of the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake

Graceful Ghost Steamboat Tours on Caddo Lake or call 1-877-894-4678. Steamboat tours of Caddo Lake are Tuesday through Saturday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Captain Ron’s Gator Park and Petting Zoo visit Captain Ron’s on Facebook or call 903-789-2100. Stand on the feeding deck and watch the alligators get fed or enjoy petting and getting to know some exotic animals from all over the world. Gator feedings are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Caddo Lake State Park fishing, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature studies. Park is open 7 days a week.

Johnson’s Ranch or call 903-789-3213. Full service marina (and oldest inland marina in Texas) on Caddo Lake.

Billy Carter’s Guide Service or call 903-789-3213. Billy Carter is one of Caddo Lake’s most experienced guide. Duck Hunting, Fishing, Sightseeing, Birding on Caddo Lake. Reservations are required.

Caddo Lake Outback Tours and Guide Service or call 903-789-3384. Go-Devil boat tours specilizing in nature tours, scenic tours and photo tours getting into parts of the lake and swamp that other larger boats can’t reach. Reservations are required.

Crip’s Camp or call 903-789-3233. Boat rentals and fishing guide on Caddo Lake.

Lake o’ the Pines State Park bird watching, fishing, hiking

Johnson’s Creek Marina or call 903-755-2530. Lake o’ the Pines is a fisherman’s paradise! Fishing Guide, Fishing Reports, Boat Rentals on Lake o’ the Pines

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