Nine Flags Christmas Festival lights up Nacogdoches on Saturday

A big Saturday is planned for Nacogdoches with the Nine Flags Christmas Festival.
A big Saturday is planned for Nacogdoches with the Nine Flags Christmas Festival.
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 3:39 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - After having to skip the pandemic year, excitement tonight is building over the return of traditional Christmas celebrations in Nacogdoches.

They are the nine flags festival and the lighted Christmas parade, both happening tomorrow.

Aside from entertainment, the activities are binding a community.

Nine Flags Christmas Festival does not have the historical significance as the flags themselves.

But no page from the history books can top the expectations Lighted Christmas Parade Emcee Brad Maule has for the celebration.

“We’ve been under all this COVID stuff and I think it’s time for us to crawl out from under a rock and celebrate and get back together and have a wonderful time,” said Maule.

Associate Pastor Mark Bridges strings lights on the First Christian Church float. A form of ministry taking him from the pulpit to a tractor.

“Getting the community together to celebrate the season of Christ birth is really awesome. It will be a fun, fun evening for all that attend.”

Nacogdoches County Area United Way’s theme of ‘Rocking Down the Brick Streets’ will see to that.

“We’ve gotten so many applications in with a great variety of ways to go about that theme. I know at least one Elvis will be in the room,” said Garner of the Nacogdoches Area United Way event.

The parade is kicked off at 6:30.

Followed by fireworks, a crowd favorite.

But the fun starts earlier.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau will host fifty vendors around its building Saturday from 11 to 4 according to Ashley Morgan.

“Lots of arts and crafts and things like that, that people sell out of their homes. These are very small businesses. And we’re also going to have food trucks and food vendors.”

Beginning Friday evening no parking is allowed around the CVB.

Main Street will be closed starting at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, rather than the previously announced earlier time. It’s a compromise with downtown businesses for morning shoppers.

The pace is fast in December, but Saturday will allow families to slow down to enjoy the season from morning to night.

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