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This week's best bets for arts, entertainment and more.


Rooted Special Events, 1635 Myrtle Springs Road, Texarkana, Texas, has a ladies only evening of holiday shopping from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m today. Local artisans and vendors, hors d'oeuvres, and wine. Tickets available at

Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts The Nutcracker performed by The Texarkana Community Ballet at 7 p.m. today, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13, $15 and $17. Info: 903-792-4992 or

Hard Candy Christmas in New Boston, Texas, is 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in New Boston. Parade, tree lighting at the 3 Bostons Museum, Santa Lands at Trail Head Park, pics with Santa and more. Info:

Alley Cats Coffee Bar, 305 E. Front St., Texarkana, Arkansas, hosts The Polar Express on the Alley Cats Train, featuring hot chocolate, cookies, crafts, and time with Santa at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $27 for kids, including hot chocolate, cookie, a take-home craft, and time with Santa. Children must be accompanied by an adult, with adult tickets for $12 and including a hot beverage and cookie.

Main Street Texarkana presents the annual Christmas Parade celebrating 150 years of Texarkana at 7 p.m. Monday in downtown Texarkana. Info:

The 25th annual Bramlett Beans & Cornbread community fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Texarkana Texas Convention Center, 2910 S Cowhorn Creek Loop, Texarkana, Texas. The event supports the Christmas Basket program to provide holiday food to the needy citizens of Texarkana. Plates are $5, including tea, coffee and dessert, or six non-perishable food items. Info: 903-798-3978.

Micah's Jewelers, 2840 Richmond Road, Texarkana, Texas, hosts a Ladies Night Wish List Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Beverages and food served, discounted shopping, Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, giveaways, and more. The first 50 ladies receive a free gift bag.

Downtown Live is on the second Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Texarkana. Enjoy local artists, food, and entertainment for all ages from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Come experience live art from a plethora of mediums.

Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts Celebrating Texarkana: Experience Your Story at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. A multimedia experience featuring live actors, Candace Taylor, Two Pianos, and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the box office or Info: 903-792-4992.

Silvermoon on Broad, 217 W. Broad St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts the Sesquicentennial Cut of John Tennison's documentary "The Place That Forgot It Existed" from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Admission is free, space is limited.

Christmas in DeKalb 2023 is 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in DeKalb, Texas. Events include vendors, food trucks, a mini parade, children's activities and bounce house, Bingo, a cakewalk and more. Info:

Lost Pizza Company, 4206 Gibson Lane, Texarkana, Texas, has Pizza With Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. For $15 per person, get to decorate and eat a small dessert pizza and have time and photos with Santa. Info:

The Texas High School Tiger Theatre Company presents "Chicago: High School Edition" at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 16, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on the 16th at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center. Visit for tickets.

Hypecon presents Hype & Glory - Rumble On The Line, a wrestling show television taping, at Texarkana Arkansas Recreation Center, 1 Legion St, Texarkana, Arkansas, at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets $10, available at, or donate a toy for entrance. Info: or

The Washington Community Development Center Jingle Jog 2023 is the first annual 5K on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Spring Lake Park, 4303 N. Park Road, Texarkana, Texas. The event starts at 9 a.m., with registration $35. T-shirts, food, prizes and entertainment.

Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts Christmas on Main on Saturday, Dec. 16. Ice skating rink, food trucks, vendors, crafts, and movies, including "Frozen" at 10 a.m., "The Grinch (2018)", at 2 p.m., and "It's A Wonderful Life" at 7 p.m. Movies are $6 each or $15 for an all-day movie pass, and skating rink is $5 per skater. A Frozen tea party is $30 and includes the movie and tea party with Elsa and Anna, limited availablity. Info: 903-792-4992 or

The Collins Home, 1915 Olive St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts the second annual Yule Ball from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, hosted by House of Balm Healing. Dress up in finest gowns, suits, or costumes, with light refreshments and music by DJ Qwilla. General admission is $30. Info:


1923 Banana Club, 223 Front St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has Split Decision at 8 p.m. today; Stevie Ray & The Deacon at 8 p.m. Saturday; and The Piano Man on Thursday. Info: 903-824-7674 or

Crossties, 324 E. Broad St., Texakana, Arkansas, has Kidd G's "Anywhere But Home Tour" at 8 p.m. today. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 day of show. Tickets available at Info:

Hopkins Icehouse, 301 East 3rd St., Texarkana, Arkansas, has Moss Brothers on Saturday. Info:

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4505 Elizabeth St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts the world premiere of Marc-Andre's new "Magnificat" and Mozart's "Coronation Mass" presented by Texarkana Regional Chorale & Orchestra, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Over 100 vocal soloists, instrumentalists, and choristers from the region gather for the historic performance.

Perot Theatre, 221 Main St., Texarkana, Texas, hosts Christmas at the Perot is 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, featuring the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, members of the Texarkana Community Ballet, and the TSO Chamber Singers, along with the winner of TSO's 13th Annual Celebrity Conductor Competition. Tickets are $47-$72 for adults, $23 for children 6-12, and $12 for 5 and under. Group and student discounts available. ALSO: Lonestar performing Christmas hits at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $32-$72. Info: 903-792-4992 or

Museums & History

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and is closed Tuesday. Member-only access available from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday. 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. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Current public healthy and safety guidelines will be upheld. All museum systems are open except The Omni Theater. Info: or 817-255-9300.

Arts & Ends

Joseph Raymond Fine Art Gallery, 214 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark., hosts a Stocking Stuffer Art Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday. More than 50 works available for $55-$350. Information: 903-280-5878.

TRAHC, 321 W. 4th St., Texarkana, Texas, has the Holiday Arts Market at the Regional Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Featuring one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for friends and family. ALSO: The Muses "Voices of Angels" performance is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Center. Tickets are $35 for general admission, or $20 for students with ID. Info is at 903-792-8681 or [email protected]. Current gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, with tours available by appointment. Info:

The Gallery at 1894, 105 Olive St., Texarkana, Arkansas, hosts a Christmas Candle Making Workshop from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Cost is $50 plus service fees, and includes two candles, the choice of one or blending two fragrances, and light refreshments. Info:

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

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