JASPER, TX (KTRE) - It's starting to look a lot like Christmas in Jasper County. From Santa to decorations, this East Texas town has turned into a Christmas wonderland.
"We've expanded our lighting our park is lite with Christmas decorations for over a mile," Denise Kelley, the Jasper city manager said.
What would Christmas be without Santa's little helps or, his vendors? For the last five years Jasper's Christmas in the Park has featured some unique and crafty East Texans.
This is something most goers anticipate the most.
"I look forward to the different vendors that come, the people who come from all around, we've had people come from 14 states," Kelley said.
"I look forward to see what vendors are here and what the excitements all about is," Roxann Shirley, a first timer at Christmas in the Park said.
About 50 vendors set up shop this year, some for the very first time. Like owner of 'That's my Jam,' Kelsey Powell, who hand picks all of her fruit to make jam.
"I do homemade jams and jellies, cookie mixes, brownie mix, pie fillings, bread in a jar, and dog biscuit mixes," Powell said. "I love to bake and canning something that is kind of going away in my generation, so I wanted to bring it back."
Another first timer is Wine Chimes by D, Dee Oborn, who has an innovative way of making wind chimes.
"All my wind chimes are made, cut, and sanded by hand," Oborn said. "There is nothing done by machine."
For some vendors this isn't their first time at Christmas in the Park.
Books and Looks owners, Mike and Becky Wilson, are Jasper Natives and take recycling to another level.
"Wine bottles and liquor lights, we take discarded bottles and we recycle them," Mike said. "We decorate them, we drill holes in the bottom, and we fill them with Christmas lights."
This year the city of Jasper had to turn away 128 vendors, but they say they'll plan for plenty more room next year.