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Gladewater Announces Holiday Calendar of Events; Experience A Traditional Christmas 

Gladewater, TX (November 3, 2023) – There’s yuletide magic in the air at the ever-popular Holiday Open House in Downtown Gladewater, TX, on Saturday, November 11th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

There will be something for everyone, from the young-in-age to the young-in-spirit. Eager shoppers can get a head start on their holiday gift giving in the Antique Capital of East Texas; while children share their Christmas wishes with the one and only Santa Claus and enjoy a special play area. Plus, there will be hot chocolate and delicious food truck taste treats.

The highlight of the evening will be the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree that will take place at 6:00 p.m. This ho-ho-holiday event is part of the Sesquicentennial festivities celebrating the founding of Gladewater and is presented by the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, Gladewater EDC, the City of Gladewater, and Gladewater 150.

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In the summer of 1873, the Texas and Pacific Railroad began the push westward from Longview, Texas. To meet the water needs of the trains, a stop was planned in the vicinity of the Sabine River and the Point Pleasant Community. The new community, which was named Gladewater, was created from lands purchased from Jarred Dean and Anderson White (North and South respectively), with city parcels divided among the three for sale. 2023 marks Gladewater’s 150th year and our 150th year in a partnership with Texas and Pacific – now Union Pacific Railroad.

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