The Nine Flags Christmas Festival season is upon us and the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce weekend packages for overnight guests and staycationers to enjoy the holiday season in the oldest town in Texas. 

The Nacogdoches CVB and several of its community partners have come together to celebrate the season and invite folks to join us for all the fun and cheer. Holiday Inn Express & Suites is offering a special room rate during the month of December for those that book their hotel stay through the Holiday Packages page found on the CVB's website.  

On Friday, Dec. 2, enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas at Millard's Crossing Historic Village. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will experience live music, a live nativity, children's activities including face painting, pony rides, games, crafts and a petting zoo. The Lamp-Lite Theater will present Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 and older.

Wake up Saturday morning, put on your running shoes and head downtown for Jingle Bell Run. On-site registration for the 3K and 5K race is $35 and will take place from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Race time is at 8 a.m. and prizes will be awarded to the top 5K runners.

After the fun run, stay downtown to shop quaint antique and boutique shops and have your picture taken with Santa at Wild Rose Old Time Photos. If you're up for an adventure, experience Zipping Wonderland at Zip Nac. Bring four or more and receive a 25 percent discount on the full course tour through Dec. 23. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 16-23, Zip Nac will have holiday music, hot chocolate, s'mores, hayrides for $5 and a tunnel of lights for $10.

Celebrate the holidays at First United Methodist Church's tuba concert at 4 p.m. featuring Dr. J.D. Salas and Euphonium players from all over East Texas. A Music of the Season will be presented at 5 p.m. and a youth live nativity at 6 p.m. all leading up to the start of the annual lighted Christmas Parade, which will wind its way through the streets of downtown Nacogdoches at 6:30 p.m.

End the evening with live music downtown at The Liberty Bell or Banita Creek Hall.

Wind down the weekend with brunch at The Liberty Bell featuring acoustic entertainment by Johnny Ray Hubbard. Enjoy your favorite fares and cheer on the Cowboys and Texans with a cold one at local favorites Auntie Pasta's and Clear Springs Restaurant bar.

The fun will continue into the following weekend where the Nacogdoches CVB will once again create an itinerary of fun for the entire family. 

For more information, including a full schedule of events and festive hotel discounts, call 1-888-564-7351 or visit www.VisitNacogdoches.org

The Nine Flags Festival pays homage to the rich and spirited history of the oldest town in Texas. That history includes three attempts to establish a Republic of Texas. Thus, nine flags have flown over Nacogdoches as opposed to the six that have represented Texas.