The Christmas decorations will most likely be coming down across East Texas this weekend. Your family that was in town visiting for Christmas will soon be making their way back to their homes and life around your place will look 'normal' once again.

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This weekend marks the final weekend of 2023. As we prepare to ring in 2024 Sunday night we'll be partying and hoping that 2024 will be a much better year for all of us. While it is a holiday weekend, that doesn't mean the fun has stopped, quite a few things are happening around East Texas.

Party And Drink Responsibly This Holiday Weekend

If you're attending a New Year's Eve party and plan on drinking, please don't drink and drive. Know your limits and know when to stop. If you've had too much to drink arrange for a ride home. If you're hosting a party, watch your guests and if you feel they've had too much, give them a ride home. Just don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.

Here's a look at this weekend's events in East Texas.

For more information on any of these events, click or tap on the event name to be redirected to their official event page or website.

Canton First Monday Trade Days

Thursday - Sunday
downtown Canton

Shop til you drop at the world's largest and oldest flea market. First Monday Trade Days has more than just a little something for everyone, they have a lot for everyone! There is something there just waiting for you to purchase that you just can't live without. There is also live music and plenty of food to satisfy any appetite.

Nicholas' Pet Haven Meet & Greet

Saturday @ 11a
Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ - Tyler

Nicholas' Pet Haven will be hosting an adoption event on the patio at Stanley's BBQ. Come by and see the dogs that are available for adoption and adopt a new family member this Saturday.

Jefferson Trade Days

Saturday 8a - 5p
Hwy. 59 N - Jefferson

This is the final weekend for Jefferson Trade Days' December run. Vendors offer a very wide assortment of crafts, baked goods, chocolates, fresh shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, and some awesome paintings. Located 5.5 miles north of Jefferson on Hwy. 59.

Longview World Of Wonder Box In A Box Event

Saturday @ 2p
Tyler St. - Longview

It'll be an afternoon of fun at Longview's World Of Wonder children's museum. They're hosting the annual box sculpture and nesting competition. The event is described as:

This event is entirely free with admission, and you can even bring your own empty boxes to use to your advantage in the competition! We will have fun prizes to pass out to winners to encourage fun and competitive creativity!

Farewell 2023 Weekend

Friday thru Sunday
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort - Tyler

The weekend will be filled with games and karaoke and prizes when you win the minute-to-win competition. Located at 5583 FM 16 East, just north of Tyler.

New Year's Eve 2024 Fireworks On Lake Palestine

Sunday - 5p - 12m
Lake Palestine Resort - Hwy. 155 and Ruby Ln.

There will be live music lakeside, karaoke, and a fireworks show at midnight to ring in 2024. There is an admission charge for this event.

2023-2024 New Year's Eve Ball

Sunday 8P
WT Brookshire Conference Center Tyler

Ring in 2024 and dance the night away at this MTV-style video show with all of the music artists that YOU LOVE and all of the favorite music videos that YOU REMEMBER on a 32FT SCREEN with a midnight champagne toast celebration. All proceeds will go to charity. Black tie is optional. There will also be a midnight champagne toast. There is an admission charge for this event.

21 East Texas Businesses That Closed in 2023

These were once thriving businesses in East Texas, but for various reasons, they closed sometime in 2023.

Gallery Credit: Lucky Larry, Mix 93-1

20 Things To Do To Kick Holiday Boredom To The Curb In East Texas

Now it's time to take on a new adventure with the family this holiday and to kick boredom to the curb with these fun East Texas activities.

Gallery Credit: Lucky Larry, Mix 93-1

An Amazing Look At 10 Texas Ghost Towns That Once Stood Proud

These Texas towns once boasted a healthy population with a thriving economy, but along the way, something drastic happened within the town causing its population decline and slow death and eventually becoming a Texas ghost town.'

If you do go on an adventure and seek out these ghost towns, please do it safely. If you go on a journey into the woods please have the landowner's permission to do so or you could be prosecuted for trespassing. Above all, be careful, courteous, and inquisitive.

Gallery Credit: Beyond Civilization (Xplore RC) via YouTube