Wonderland of Lights
December 1 - December 13
Watch a Hallmark movie come to life as you stroll through downtown Marshall, one of the 10 most charming Christmas towns in Texas. Grab dinner with family, and shop for treasures in local shops. Enjoy in-store events or one of these special events*:
- Saturday, December 2 (6:00 pm): Christmas Parade
- Saturday, December 9 (5:00 pm): Christmas Car Show
*Please note that the 2023 calendar of events is subject to change due to inclement weather and additional events added.
Spreading Cheer Since 1987
In 1987, the Marshall community was experiencing its worst local economy in its history, with unemployment skyrocketing to 20%. George S. Smith, then Marshall News Messenger Editor, was crossing the square and imagined the historic courthouse strung with lights. He returned to the newsroom and wrote “Picture this: Marshall’s square, every tree, every bush…the Harrison County Courthouse Museum…a Gigantic Christmas Tree…businesses around the square…decorated in tiny white lights. It could be a spectacle that would rival any other Christmas lighting scene in this area, think about it. We could make it happen.” A few months later, a Marshall native living in France received a copy of the editorial and responded with a check enclosed for $25,000 and the simple note, “Have your wish.”
Over the years, the festival has grown to include an outdoor ice-skating rink, vintage carousel, train, and a collection of tiny houses making up Santa’s Village. Additional weekly special events are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike – though the 1901 Historic Harrison County Courthouse, adorned in millions of white lights, remains the crown jewel.