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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sponsors Blue Santa Program

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is kicking off its Blue Santa Program. Many disadvantaged families need help to provide toys for their children during this Christmas season.

They are collecting unwrapped new toys or monetary donations that can be dropped off at their office at 205 South Border St. in Orange or one of the listed locations on the flyer below.

For more info, contact Susan Bland at 409-651-2515 or Deputy R. Guzman at 409-238-9209.

‘Tis the Season for Broadway in Orange

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The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts offers national Broadway tours and incredible events to every audience member, along with unforgettable experiences.

“Give the gift of live entertainment!” encourages Leah Stark, Lutcher Theater’s Public Relations Coordinator. “If you aren’t sure which show to buy, Lutcher Theater gift certificates are always a perfect fit! Let the Lutcher Box Office staff help you check off your Christmas list this year!” The Lutcher invites you to make memories that will last a lifetime this holiday season. Purchase tickets at or call the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 409.886.5535 for tickets, group discounts, and gift certificates.

The theater is a fun way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying world-class performances. The Lutcher’s holiday season kicks off with a sold-out performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze on November 21. “You can’t stop the beat” of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning comedy phenomenon, Hairspray, on stage at the Lutcher on December 9. With less than 300 seats left, it’s easy to see why The New York Times calls Hairspray, “Irresistible!”

Spring 2022 features multi-Grammy Award-winning gospel artist, CeCe Winans and the beloved masterpiece, Fiddler On The Roof. Audiences will love the iconic 80’s music of An Officer And A Gentleman, the Rogers & Hammerstein Broadway classic, South Pacific, and stepping inside “a world of pure imagination” with Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Waitress, with music by Sara Bareilles, and Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, wrap up the star-studded 2021-22 season.

The Lutcher Theater is the prominent presenter of Broadway, national and international tours, award-winning artists, renowned dance, and acclaimed children’s performances for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Follow Lutcher Theater on social media for event announcements, contests & behind the scenes highlights. For more information about the 2021-2022 Season, a complete list of COVID-19 protocols, supporting the arts, or becoming a volunteer, visit Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is a program of the Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

Hometown Holidays Planned by Vidor Chamber on Dec. 11

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The Vidor Chamber of Commerce is planning a Hometown Holidays event on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

The event will consist of a Market and Car Show from noon- 6 PM at 1255 N. Main St., in Vidor, a Light Up Main Street Cruise at 6 PM, and a City Tree Lighting from 6:30-7:30 PM at City Hall.

Santa will be leading the Cruise to the Tree Lighting The Tree Lighting will include Christmas music, photos with Santa, a reading of The Night Before Christmas.

Applications for the Cruise or to be a Vendor are available here.

For more info, contact the Vidor Chamber of Commerce at (409) 681-6223.



Christmas at the Orange Train Depot Planned

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Santa is Coming to Orange Train Depot

Christmas at The Orange Train Depot will take place on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 2-4 PM at the Orange Train Depot Museum, 1210 Green Avenue in Orange.

The event will feature a Mingle & Jingle with coffee, mimosas, and festive treats and will feature centerpieces by Trendz and fashions by Sweet Bee Clothing Company. Christmas Carols will be provided by the Orange Community Players and door prizes will be awarded.  Tickets are $25.

For more info, call (409) 330-1576 or visit their Facebook page.

Shangri La to Host Community Decorate-a-Tree

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Christmas Strolls at Shangri La Gardens will delight the residents of Southeast Texas and the region with colorful holiday displays throughout Shangri La Gardens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the evenings of December 8- 11; December 15-18; and December 21-22, 2021.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens is seeking to make its annual Christmas Strolls & Community Food Drive the most memorable experience possible, They are seeking individuals and businesses to decorate a tree, which will help contribute to the festive holiday tradition at Shangri La Gardens, support those in greatest need through the efforts of Orange Christian Services, and continue growing this annual event that brings the community together.

Shangri La Gardens will furnish a live Christmas tree and multiple strands of white LED lights. It will be up to participants to decorate the tree focusing on an “environmentally friendly” theme. In the spirit of showcasing this environmental approach, organizers are encouraging participants to stretch those creative muscles and decorate their trees using recycled, reused, and/or reclaimed products. However, this isn’t a requirement.

Participation is free. To participate in the 2021 Decorate-a-Tree event, register no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, to ensure official acknowledgment and approval of your entry. One entry per person or group. There is no entry fee. Registration is limited to 45 participants. Once registration is full, those interested in participating may call 409-670-9113 to be added to the waitlist.

Trees will be available for decoration from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday/Friday/Saturday, December 2-4, 2021; and/or Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, December 6-8, 2021. Please note that Christmas tree sites are assigned by lottery. When participants arrive at Shangri La Gardens to decorate, they should proceed to the check-in desk and receive a randomly-assigned site number.

Participants agree to display and maintain their Christmas tree displays through Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Registration forms can be found here.

For more info, email

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