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Christmas in Boomtown

Santa, carols and oil. One Southeast Texas attraction is combining tradition, local history  and fun in a unique holiday celebration. 

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will embrace the joy of the season with "Christmas in Boomtown."  The event will give visitors opportunity to participate in the way many celebrated the season more than a century ago.

"Christmas is a time of giving and the museum wants to give back to its community. Christmas in Boomtown will be a fun time to celebrate the holidays as well as learn the joy of giving," said Museum Director Troy Gray.

Christmas in Boomtown will celebrate Christmas in much the same way people did in 1901 before electricity was common. Visitors can make candle ornaments for the Christmas tree. Children can mail a letter to Santa in the Gladys City Post Office. There will also be a reading of the "Night Before Christmas" as well as carols and refreshments.

The event takes place Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be capped with a reenactment of the Spindletop gusher at noon.

From December 1 to December 5, every visitor who brings three or more non-perishable food items to donate to the Southeast Texas Food Bank will receive free admission.

The admission fee for those unable to bring food donations is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children under 12. The Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum is located on the corner of Jimmy Simmons Boulevard and Cardinal Drive on the Lamar University campus. For more information, please call (409) 880-1750 or visit