The second Saturday of every month, Downtown is the place to be! Downtown businesses will host special events on and off the square for all to enjoy. PARKING IS FREE in the parking garage and on the square! Also, ride the FREE hop on/hop off shuttle!
Tickets are going fast for the Blue Santa Pub Crawl happening during December’s #HitTheBricks! 100% of the proceeds go to children in need this Christmas through the East Texas Regional Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #51. Have fun and make a difference this holiday. Get your tickets at Blue Santa Crawl presented by EGuide Magazine & Visit Tyler.
Special activities include:
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY DURING THE DAY:
ON THE SQUARE
-Santa is Coming To Town – Have your photo taken with Santa on the Square 4-6pm.
-Mrs. Claus too! Mrs. Claus will host Storytime and Cookies sponsored by the Tyler Library, 2-5pm.
-Swing Dancing and Swing Dancing lessons, 2-4pm (lessons will be at 2pm and 3pm)
-Write a Letter to Santa – The Blue Knights TX XXXIV will have a tent on the square for “Letters to Santa!” The Blue Knights will help families write letters and then they will mail them to the North Pole.
-Under the Mistletoe – “A Kiss Under the Mistletoe” Photo Booth will be available, sponsored by Allstate Insurance Sharie Withers.
-Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Carol and sing to your heart’s content. This is open to everyone of all ages, 12 noon-5pm.
-Create a Gift – Tyler Innovation Pipeline is hosting a Gift -Personalization Clinic. This is free, 1-5pm. This workshop is geared toward 16 years old and up.
-Be Grateful – The Goodman Museum continues to invite you to stop by and tell them what you are grateful for. The colorful “grateful” notes are being hung on ropes to create a literal trail of gratitude.
-See the Nativity Live – Join Bethel Downtown and The Foundry (6-9pm) for “The Nativity Live.” This free event will bring the Bible to life for people of all ages as they experience the narrative of the birth of Christ.
-Finish your Shopping – Gallery Main Street is hosting a unique Downtown Tyler Artist and Maker Market featuring everything artist- and maker-made at this one-of-a-kind gift market.
-Make a Card – Pinot’s Palette will host a Christmas Paint Party where children of all ages can make Christmas cards for the Blue Santa kids at ETX Brewery, 2-6pm.
-See Art in the Making – Artist Dace Kidd will be doing a Live Painting in honor of the Blue Santa program, then we will auction it and donate the proceeds to the Blue Santa program! This will take place on the square, starting around 3pm. The silent auction will be held at ETX Brewery afterwards.
-Sparkle & Shine – The Azalea Trail of Lights Tour is an open-air shuttle ride through the lights, 5:30-8:30pm. Board the shuttle at the Goodman Museum, then ride through the Downtown square, and continue to the Azalea Trail to enjoy the holiday sights.
-Explore Christmas’ Past – Goodman Museum is hosting a unique opportunity to tour the Goodman Museum at night while the Christmas lights shine brightly throughout this beautiful historic home, 6-9pm. There is free admission to the museum with a suggested donation of $2 per person.
-Walking in a Winter Wonderland – At 8:30pm, a Walking Tour of Downtown ($8/person) will be held. At 9:30pm, the Riding Tour of Downtown ($15/person) will be held. Get tickets at toursoftyler.com.
-Sleigh Bells Ring, Are you Listening? Vibré Handbell Quartet will perform a special holiday concert inside Jack Ryan’s from 6-8pm. It is free to attend.
-“Deck the Halls – A Rockin’ Blue Christmas” will be at Liberty Hall for a holiday show perfect for the whole family. Johnny Rogers will pay a holiday tribute to such artists as Buddy Holly, Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and many more! Tickets are $20 at libertytyler.com and at the door. Show starts at 7pm.
-Make a Joyful Noise – Strada Caffè will host live Christmas music with Meredith Crawford starting at 11am. They will also have espresso, pastries, mimosas, and a delicious brunch.
-Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Live music will be at The Garage Bar, ETX Brewing Co., and Rick’s on the Square.
-Ye Olde City Antique Mall features old and new alike and will join the Blue Santa fun. Come search for “Free” Blue Treasures. Look for special Blue Tags that will say “Free for the Blue.” Please only one per family so others can enjoy the hunt. Also, grab a delicious cookie and ice cold drink while you are there as well as those last minute Christmas gifts.
– 903 Handmade will host “Selfies with Santa” and other fun activities, 12-2pm.
PUB CRAWL FUN FOR ADULT AT NIGHT:
Purchase a ticket online at eguidemagazine.com/bluesanta then check in at ETX Brewery starting at 2pm to get your Blue Santa t-shirt and lanyard. Then go around and pick up pieces to your costumes at Jack Ryan’s, SportsZone, Don Juan Mexican Restaurant, Garage Bar, Stanley’s Famous BBQ, and Roast Social Kitchen. There will be Blue Santa hats, Santa beards, light-up pins, jingle bell bracelets, glow in the dark bands, and much more. There is no set time, no schedule – just wander around, have fun, and make a difference.
There will be a Group Photo at 8pm at Roast Social Kitchen.
Other activities include:
-Beard Contest – It is free to enter and open to everyone! Categories include Best Santa Beard, Papa Beard (full beard over 6 inches), Baby Beard (full beard 6 inches and under), Double Dapper (full beard with styled mustache) and ‘Stache. If you want to compete (it’s free), sign-up at ETX Brewery before 6pm. The contest will be held at 7pm. There will be judges, a Crowd Favorite, and lots of prizes.
-Blue Santa Cocktail Contest will take place at participating restaurants and bars with special holiday cocktails created in honor of the ETFOPolice Blue Santa. ETX Brewery will donate $1 per purchased drink. Don Juan’s is turning their margaritas BLUE for the occasion. Roast Social Kitchen, Stanley’s Famous BBQ, SportsZone, Jack Ryan’s, and Garage Bar have promised very cool concoctions, too! You can vote for your favorite.
-Christmas Trivia – A fun and lively trivia contest will be held sponsored by the Tyler Library staff. This will cover Christmas movies, history, little-known facts, and more. The winning team will get bragging rights and the title of Christmas Know-It-All. This will be held at SportsZone starting at 5:30pm. Come early to sign up your team and get set-up to show off your knowledge.
For tickets and more info check out Blue Santa Crawl presented by EGuide Magazine & Visit Tyler.
Interested in participating in Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday?
Any vendors, performers, or artists interested in participating during this time should contact Carolyn Verver at email@example.com for dates, rules, and application form.