14th annual Nine Flags Festival this weekend

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press release) – The 14th annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival will be in full swing Saturday, December 4, in downtown Nacogdoches with an entire day of holiday fun ending with the largest lighted Christmas parade in East Texas sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.

The day starts early with Pancakes with Santa and the Jingle Bell Run and will also offer food vendors, live entertainment, and a fireworks show.

"If you can only make it downtown for one day of the Nine Flags Christmas Festival, this is the day you don't want to miss," said Joel Novosad, event coordinator for the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Start the day off right, enjoying pancakes with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hotel Fredonia, 200 N. Fredonia St. Santa will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Hotel Fredonia will provide a scrumptious breakfast buffet for $11.95 children 12 and up, $9.95 for children 7-11 years of age, and $5.95 children 4-6 years of age. Children 3 and under eat free. Don't forget your camera!

The annual Jingle Bell Run, a certified 5K run and 3K walk with a new certified route in addition to chip timing, will start at 8:30 a.m. and proceed through the city's historic residential and business districts. Registration packets are available at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main St. Fees are $20 (early registration) or $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Day one of the Texas Old-Time Fiddler's State Championship Contest will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Banita Creek Hall.  Come and listen as some of the state's top musicians compete for cash prizes.

Sample the fare of food vendors from 4 to 9 p.m. on the downtown square where a smorgasbord of traditional festival foods awaits you. Entertainment will be provided on the Plaza Principal stage.

As the day's events unfold, excitement will be building for largest lighted Christmas parade in East Texas beginning at 6:30 p.m. and winding its way through downtown, which itself will be aglow with a new lighting display featuring more than 3 million festive holiday lights. The evening will culminate in an exciting, 30-minute fireworks display to light up the sky over downtown.

The City of Nacogdoches will place barricades for the parade and fireworks show. A parade route is on the photo attached to this story.

"We welcome everyone to downtown Nacogdoches December 4 to help us ring in the holidays," Novosad said. "If you are not yet in the holiday spirit before you come to the Nine Flags Christmas Festival, you surely will be when you leave!"

The Nine Flags Christmas Festival is a celebration of Texas history & culture and will be held Nov. 13 through Dec. 11 in Nacogdoches, located about 150 miles north of Houston via U.S. 59. Nine different flags have flown over the oldest town in Texas throughout its rich history, and this year's festival will pay special tribute to the attempts to establish Texas as its own republic with the Dr. James Long, Magee-Gutierrez and Fredonia Rebellion flags.  Platinum sponsors of the festival include Commercial Bank of Texas and Mike Perry Motor Company.

For more information on the festival, call 888-OLDEST-TOWN, visit www.nineflagsfestival.com, or be our friend on facebook @ Christmas Celebration.