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New Year’s Eve Train in Historic Jefferson Texas

December 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Robert E Lee

 Rail of Lights New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas


Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an old-fashioned steam train departs December 30th at 7 and 8 and on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:30. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions.

The patrons will receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers. Each train will include a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fire works show.

Hear about the unique New Year’s customs across the United States, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christkindl Market in Akron, Ohio; the Live Toy Soldier drum and light show in Bellevue, Washington; and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with gingerbread house theme. The wonderful narrated tour will also give our patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite New Year’s songs as they discover the joy of New Years along the river.

Plan to stay the weekend in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park. Ask about our holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

Ticket Prices: First Class $21; Coach Class: Adults $16.50; Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket as you will be riding in open cars. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early.

Tickets are available by phone, on-line at www.jeffersonrailway.com and in person during business hours at the Historic Jefferson Railway Depot at 400 E. Austin, Jefferson Texas. Call 866-398-2038 or visit our website for ticket information.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

New Year’s is a holiday celebrated around the World. You’ll want to make Jefferson and the New Year’s Train a part of your annual holiday festivities.

Jefferson Texas Businesses Holiday Hours of Operations

December 21st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas in Jefferson (4)

RESTAURANTS

HOLIDAY SEASON, 2011-2012

* AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
107 W. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-7121
Christmas Eve: 6:00 a.m.-???
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 6:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
New Year’s Day: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

* AUSTIN STREET BISTRO
117 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-9700
Closed: December 24-January 9, 2012

* BAKERY RESTAURANT
201 W. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-2253
Open: Christmas Eve: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Open: New Year’s Day: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

* BEJE’S DINER
118 E. Henderson
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-7055
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve and Day ???

* BLACK SWAN
210 W. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(214) 665-1958
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 5:00 p.m.-???

* BROOKSHIRE’S GROCERY
404 E. Broadway
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-3601
Open: Christmas Eve: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* DON JUAN’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
402 N. Walcott
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-6407
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL
211 W. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-2513
Christmas Eve & Day: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
New Year’s Eve & Day: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Breakfast served. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

* FIVE “D” CATTLE COMPANY
Hwy 49 West
Avinger, TX
(903) 562-1291
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* HAMBURGER STORE
203 Market St.
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-3251
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* JOSEPH’S RIVERPORT BBQ
201 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* KITT’S KORNBREAD SANDWICH & PIE BAR
125 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-0505
Open: Christmas Eve: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Open: New Year’s Day: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

* LAMACHE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
124 W. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-2631 or 665-6177
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve:
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED @ 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m
Closed: New Year’s Day

* MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT
Hwy 59
Jefferson, TX
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Closed: New Year’s Eve & Day

* RIVER BEND RESTAURANT
Uncertain, TX
(903) 679-9000
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Open: New Year’s Day: 12:00 noon-7:00 p.m.

* STILLWATER INN
203 E. Broadway
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8415
Open: Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Closed: New Year’s Day: Closed

* TEX-STOP SUBS & GRUB
104 S. Walcott (Hwy 49 & Hwy 59)
Jefferson, TX
Open: Christmas Eve: 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Open: Christmas Day: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Open: New Year’s Eve: 6:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight
Open: New Year’s Day: 6:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight

MERCHANTS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

* CITY DRUG
109 W. Lafayette
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-2521
Open: Christmas Eve: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* COOTER’S SPIRITS
Hwy 59
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-1018
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* ELLIS POTTERY
Hwy 59 South
(903) 927-1041
Open: Christmas Eve: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* ENOCH’S STOMP
Harleton, TX
(903) 240-1587
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* FOOTSTEPS
118 N. Vale
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-3338
Open: Christmas Eve: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

* JEFFERSON GENERAL STORE
113 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8481
Open: Christmas Eve: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* JEFFERSON IMAGES & BLACKBURN’S FACTORY
OUTLET
108 E. Lafayette
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-1128
Open: Christmas Eve: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day: Closed
Open: New Year’s Eve: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Open: New Year’s Day: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

* MADE IN THE SHADE
212 E. Austin (next to Old Mill Antiques)
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8966
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* LAFAYETTE GALLERY
123 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-9000
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* MY FATHER’S GARDEN
805 N. Walcott
(903) 665-6051
Closed: Christmas Eve through January

* OLD MILL ANTIQUES
210 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8601
Open: Christmas Eve: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve & Day: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

* RIVER CITY MERCANTILE
111 Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8270
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
Closed: New Year’s Day

* ROUTE 49 MOTORCLOTHES
610 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-3349
Open: Christmas Eve: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* TEXSTOP CONVENIENCE STORE & GAS
104 S. Walcott
Jefferson, TX
Open: Christmas Eve & Day (24 hrs.)
Open: New Year’s Eve & Day (24 hrs.)

* TEXAS TEES
605 E. Broadway
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-7256
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* TEXAS TREASURES GIFT SHOP
214 N. Polk
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-3757
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND
Jefferson, TX
(903) 742-8095
Open: Christmas Eve: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day through January 15, 2012

* UNIQUE MYSTIQUE
120 W. Lafayette
(903) 665-3382
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
CLOSED: New Year’s Day

* V-MART
505 W. Broadway
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-2831
Open: Christmas Eve: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ???
New Year’s Day:

* YESTERYEAR GIFTS & CLASSY GLITZ BOUTIQUE
102 S. Polk
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8692
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

ATTRACTIONS
HOLIDAY HOURS OF OPERATION

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
400 E. Austin St.
Jefferson, TX
(866) 398-2038
Open: Christmas Eve: 6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
301 W. Lafayette
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-8911
Open: Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 Austin
Jefferson, TX
(903) 665-2775
Closed: Christmas Eve & Day
Open: New Year’s Eve 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

* Lafayette Street Vintage Car Museum
112 W. Lafayette St.
Jefferson, TX
(903) 240-6180
Open: Christmas Eve: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: New Year’s Eve: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: New Year’s Day

Christmas Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas

December 21st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Santa Claus

 JEFFERSON, TEXAS

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

DECEMBER 22-25, 2011

* AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday, December 22 “Terry Dorgan” (Country Ballads) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 23: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 24: NO BAND
(903) 665-7121

* KARAOKE
Saturday, December 24 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Rail of Lights Christmas Train
Thursday, December22 @ 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 23 @ 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 @ 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.,
Sunday, December 25: Closed
Tickets & information: (903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038
www.JeffersonRailway.com or www.railoflights.com

* LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Monday-Friday, December 19-23
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical
Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations

* JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER
122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
By reservation
(903) 926-5167

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Friday, December 23 @ 8:00 p.m.
Location: Corner of Austin & Vale St.
Information & additional tours: (903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

* LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, December 23-24 @ 11:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

* CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com
By appointment. Call for tour dates & time

* HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

* SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
No tour Saturday, December 24
(903) 665-3938 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

* THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
Closed through January 7, 2012
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

* EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR
211 W. Austin
Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2513
Call to confirm tour times
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

* JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CLOSED: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

* THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
Pontoon Boat tours @ Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Graceful Ghost Paddlewheel Steamboat CLOSED during Winter Season
Location: Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2238
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

* BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

* CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

* CAPTAIN RON’S GATOR PARK, PETTING ZOO & GARDEN
FM Rd #2198
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2100
Open: Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

* JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
301 W. Lafayette
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
(903) 665-8911
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

* TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
200 Bayou St.
CLOSED until further notice due to low water levels
(903) 665-2222
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

* CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
CLOSED through February 29, 2012

Pictures from the 2011 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Jefferson Texas

November 27th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Santa Claus

There is a nice rhythm to life here in Jefferson.   Life is predictable and comfortable.   For instance, you know that if it is the day after Thanksgiving all the town’s folk are going to gather around the gazebo at Lions Park and light the Enchanted Forest.  That is why Friday night, I joined my friends and neighbors for the traditional kick off of the Christmas Season in Jefferson in Lions Park.

Every year the Historic Jefferson Foundation sells over a hundred Christmas trees to local businesses and townsfolk.  These beautiful trees are all decorated and lit for the enjoyment of all in the Enchanted Forest in Lions Park.  It is quite a spectacle to see that many lit Christmas Trees in one place decorated and twinkling in all of their glory.  Just the very sight of all of these trees will turn any Scrooge into a Christmas Elf.

We all gather at dusk at Lions Park for the official Tree Lighting ceremony.  Carols are sung, poems are read, and excerpts from plays are acted out.  It is a jouyous and cozy celebration of Christmas in a small town.  Everyone knows everyone and we all wish each other a Merry Christmas.  If you have never made it to Jefferson during the holidays, then you are missing a wonderful small town (think Norman Rockwell) Christmas.

Here are the pictures from this year’s event.  Enjoy!

Christmas Trees in Jefferson Christmas Trees in Jefferson

Nutcracker at the Enchanted ForestEnchanted Forest in Lions ParkChristmas in Jefferson (5)

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve Ball at Jefferson’s Carnegie Library

November 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Jefferson Carnegie Library

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Jefferson Carnegie Library, December 31, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.  Bring your friends for a night of fun and dance to a great mix of all-time favorite tunes.  There will be something for every taste and every age.

It’s always fun to dress up and enjoy friends, fun and laughter as you blast into the New Year.  Door prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres and set-ups will be available. BYOB.

The party will take place at the Jefferson Carnegie Library Ballroom, 301 W. Lafayette, Jefferson, Texas.  Just pop in for a few minutes or plan to spend the evening.  Tickets are $40 per person and seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended.  Reserve your own table for 8-10 and decorate your own table to show your festive, creative style.  Tickets are available at the library.

How competitive are you?  Be sure to participate in the “Best Dance Couple” and “Best Dressed Jefferson Chic”competitions for fabulous trophies.

Many Americans first entered the worlds of information and imagination offered by reading when they walked through the front doors of a Carnegie library. One of 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s many philanthropies, these libraries entertained and educated millions. Between 1886 and 1919, Carnegie’s donations of more than $40 million paid for 1,679 new library buildings in communities large and small across America.  Jefferson’s library, built in 1907, is one of only five Carnegie Libraries serving its original function in Texas today.

The Library ballroom is a great place to dance in the New Year.  The Original Greek Revival architecture was awarded a Texas Historical Commission plaque and a National Trust Register of Historical Places plaque.

Operating as a non-profit organization, the library board is committed to the preservation, maintenance and full usage of this historic landmark.  The library depends on donations and the fund raising efforts of the Friends of the Jefferson Carnegie Library.  All proceeds from the party will be used to support the library and to preserve a part of history.

Rock in a bright New Year with your family and friends at the Library’s New Year’s Eve party.

Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train Day Trips in Jefferson, Texas

November 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Rail of Lights

Take to the Rails during the Daylight

Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

In addition to the traditional evening trains, Historic Jefferson Railway has added a few day runs so that patrons can experience the beautiful ride along the Cypress Bayou River.

Day runs will be available on December 9, 12, 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m.  No reservations necessary – there will be plenty of room available.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening trains.  As seating is limited, get your tickets early.  Make this a holiday to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas.  The unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”.

Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.

Spend the weekend in Jefferson and stay in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson.  You can see lights on the river during the Christmas Trains and watch the New Year’s fireworks as the train comes through the park.  Ask about our special holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree.  Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree.   View scenes representing Toyland, Alaska, San Francisco, China, Australia, New Orleans,  and the Arizona Hopi Indian nation.

Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the Support Our Troops display featuring a post card sent by soldiers during World War II, and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.

The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit. The narrated tour on the day train will be a combination of Jefferson history and description of our Christmas scenes.

During the evening, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before boarding the train for the wonderful narrated tour, accompanied by a local vocalist, who will give patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite Christmas Carols as they create unique Christmas memories riding along the river.

Ticket Prices:  Day train First Class $16.50; Coach Class $13.00.  Evening Trains:  First Class $21; Coach Class: $14.75 – $16.50. Lap children under 4 are free.

First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, heated, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, as you will be riding in open cars. Seating is limited on the evening trains so purchase your tickets early.  The easiest way to get tickets is to order online at www.RailofLights.com.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train a tradition for your whole family.

Christmas Merchants Open House in Jefferson Texas

November 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Lights at the Carriage House

 

MERCHANTS OPEN HOUSE          

Friday, November 25, 2011

 

PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS:

Divas & Daisies

Lafayette St. Open 9:00am-6:00pm

20% off merchandise   (903) 665-3382

Refreshments served

Footsteps 

116 N. Vale St. Open 9:00am-7:00pm     (903) 665-3338

Jefferson General Store

113 E. Austin St.

Open 9:00am-10:00pm     (903) 665-8481

Serving: Hot Apple Cider & Hot Chocolate

Jefferson Images/Blackburn’s Factory Outlet

108 E. Lafayette

Open 9:00am-7:00pm

Refreshments served   (903) 665-1128

Lafayette Gallery 

123 N. Polk St. Open 10:00am-7:00pm

Refreshments served (903) 665-9000

Made in the Shade

210 E. Austin St. Open 9:00am-7:00pm

20% off jewelry & Heaven to Earth Wreaths     (903) 665-8966

Refreshments served

Old Mill Antiques

210 E. Austin St. Open 9:00am-?

Discounts available     (903) 665-8601

Texas Treasures

214 N. Polk St. Open ?-?     (903) 665-3757

Yesteryear Gift Shop 

102 S. Polk St. 10:00am-?     (903) 665-8692

 

*Hours of operation subject to change without notice.

Ghost of Christmas Past Home Tours in Jefferson, Texas

November 14th, 2011 by carriagehouse

House of the Seasons

Jefferson’s Ghost of Christmas Past Home Tours December 17, 2011

Tour Some of Jefferson’s Most Historic Homes and Visit with Residents from Jefferson’s Past such as Jeannie Epperson, Confederate Captain Joseph H. Pratt and I.E. Smith.

House of the Seasons (409 S Alley) Meet Jeannie Epperson, who lived in the House of the Seasons as a child. Tours are at 11 AM & 2 PM. For Reservations 903-665-8000. Tours $7.50

Singleton’s Virginia Cross (401 N Soda) Meet Confederate Captain Joseph H. Pratt. Tours are Noon & 1 PM. For Reservations, 903-665-3938- Tours $7.00

The Charles House (209 E Clarksville) Meet Industrialist I.E. Smith. Tours are at 3 PM & 6 PM. For Reservations 903-665-1773. Tours $5.00

While in Jefferson visit the city’s most haunted home, the Grove (405 Moseley). Tours are at 2 PM Saturday and 11 AM Sunday. For Reservations 903-665-8018. Tours $6.00 On Saturday, in the downtown area look for other historic Jefferson characters such as Kate Woods, Jesse Robinson, Bill Rose and Diamond Bessie as portrayed by the Riverport Ambassadors. Also enjoy the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk on Friday and Saturday Evening. The walk meets at the corner of W Austin & North Vale. Ticket sales at 7:30 PM and the walk starts at 8:00 PM. Tours $12.00

Jefferson, Texas Weekend Entertainment October 13-16

October 14th, 2011 by carriagehouse

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JEFFERSON, TEXAS

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

OCTOBER 13-16, 2011

 ”21ST ANNUAL TASTE OF JEFFERSON”

Sunday, October 16 @ 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Street

Information: (903) 665-2672

www.jefferson-texas.com

*       RODEO SPONSORED BY JEFFERSON LIVESTOCK ASSOC.

Saturday, October 15 & 22 @ 7:30 p.m.

Location: Jefferson Rodeo Arena (2 miles Hwy 49 East)

Mutton Busting, Mini Bulls, Calf Scramble, Team Roping, Bull Riding

(903) 930-8920 or (903) 665-8087

*     AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT

Thursday, October 13 : “Terry Dorgan” (Country Ballads) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 15: “Shinebox” (Classic Rock) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

(903) 665-7121

*        RODEO SPONSORED BY JEFFERSON LIVESTOCK ASSOC.

Saturday, October 15 & 22 @ 7:30 p.m.

Location: Jefferson Rodeo Arena (2 miles Hwy 49 East)

Mutton Busting, Mini Bulls, Calf Scramble, Team Roping, Bull Riding

(903) 930-8920 or (903) 665-8087

*     KARAOKE

Saturday, October 15 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight

Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin

(903) 601-2211

*     TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS

200 Bayou St.

CLOSED until further notice due to low water levels

(903) 665-2222

 www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

*     LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON

Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon

Specializing in weddings

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16

Groups and special events available by appointment

Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)

(903) 926-8216

 www.jeffersontexascarriage.com

Call for reservations

*     JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER

122 E. Austin

Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more

By reservation

(903) 926-5167

*       HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY

“Terror on the Bayou” & Runaway Fright Train, October 14-16; 21-23; 28-29

Terror on the Bayou Halloween Festival

TAKES PLACE AT CYPRESS BAYOU RV PARK

1602 State Hwy 49 E, Jefferson, TX

Runaway Fright Train, Creepy Screamin’ Corn Maze,CarnEvil of the Damned Haunted House

Friday, October 14. Park is open from 6:00 – 10:00. Train departs at 8:30

Saturday, October 15. Park is open from 6:00 – midnight. Train departs at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30

Sunday, October. Park is open from 6:00 – 9:00. Train departs at 7:30 and 8:30

Tickets & information: (903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038

www.JeffersonRailway.com

*       HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK

Friday & Saturday, October 14-15 @ 8:00 p.m.

Location: Corner of Austin & Vale St.

Information & additional tours: (903) 665-6289

www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

*     LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM

112 W. Lafayette

Friday & Saturday, October 14-15 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

(903) 240-6180

Call for additional tours

*    CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR

403 N. Walnut

(903) 665-7888

www.culbersonhousebandb.com

* By reservation. Call for tour times

*   HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR

409 S. Alley

Daily @ 11:00 a.m.

(903) 665-8000

Reservations required

www.houseoftheseasons.com

*   SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR

401 Soda St.

Saturday, October 15 @ 1:00 p.m.

(903) 665-3938 or (214) 725-6232

Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

*   THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR

405 Moseley

Saturday, October 15 @ 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 16 @ 11:00 a.m.

(903) 665-8018

www.thegrove-jefferson.com

Call to confirm tour

* EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR

211 W. Austin

Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

(903) 665-2513

Call to confirm tour times

www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

*   JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM

223 W. Austin

Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(903) 665-2775

www.jeffersonmuseum.com

*   THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE

Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior reservation

Location: Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-2238

www.gracefulghost.com

Call for reservations & additional tours

* BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE

Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-3213

Call for reservations

www.caddoguideservice.com

  CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS

Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake

Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138

Call for reservations

www.caddooutback.com

*   CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”

Uncertain, TX

(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101

Open: Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday-Friday

Additional tours by appointment

Call for reservations

*   CAPTAIN RON’S GATOR PARK, PETTING ZOO & GARDEN

FM Rd #2198

Uncertain, TX

(903) 789-2100

Open: Tuesday-Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

*   JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY

301 W. Lafayette

Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday

(903) 665-8911

www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com

Free internet access

21st Annual Taste of Jefferson

October 4th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Taste of Jefferson

“21st ANNUAL TASTE OF JEFFERSON”

Dine as never before on Sunday, October 16, 2011 on Austin Street in historic Jefferson, Texas as the street becomes East Texas’ largest restaurant during the “21st Annual Taste of Jefferson”.

Local restaurateurs, café owners and non-profit organizations turn out samples of their finest foods for this mouthwatering event.

“Last year we served food to more than 800 visitors”, said Charles Chitwood, President of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce. “Once they bought their tickets, they could wander up and down the street, choose their favorite dishes, then head back for more – if they had any room left.”

The street-long feast serves up every imaginable sample from soup to a full meal. Visitors can start with a soup or salad (or both), pick innumerable entrée samples, and then top it off from a dizzying assortment of desserts.

Austin Street will be closed to through traffic so bring comfortable shoes for the three-block buffet.

Tickets are: Adults, $5 for children ages 5-11.

The Taste of Jefferson is sponsored by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce .

Lunch will be served Sunday, October 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm.

For more information contact:

Marion County Chamber of Commerce

101 N. Polk

Jefferson, Texas 75657

888-GO RELAX or (903) 665-2672

Website: www.jefferson-texas.com

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