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The halls of the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse are decked in bows of sarcasm as David Sedaris’s sardonic diatribe The Santaland Diaries fills mature audiences with Yuletide cheer and apropos humbug. Adapted from Sedaris’s popular irreverent essay, the play features actor Luke Thomas Eddy embodying the foul mouth and uncomfortable shoes of Crumpet the Elf during a scintillating one-hour, one-man performance. Tearing at a famous department store’s holiday façade like a grizzly bear rudely woken up from hibernation, Crumpet reveals the sordid lives of Santa’s little helpers as they endure the side effects of the holidays. Chock-full of one-liner chestnuts and hilarious humiliation, the show ensures audiences howl with empathy as the embittered elf rants against baffled tourists, entitled parents, and the anti-elves known as children. Like standing under sulfuric mistletoe, The Santaland Diaries gives the season both a heartfelt kiss and a swift kick in the chimney.

2911 Centenary Blvd
Shreveport,
LA
US

Artspace invites aspiring and accomplished art aficionados to explore its open, interactive oasis of studio exhibitions and educational programming. Inside the 30,000-square-foot facility, stroll past the public workspaces of 35 artists showcasing their efforts in all stages of creative germination. Guests can chat with artists about their work, wearing a bed-sheet toga in an attempt to earn a spot as a muse. Three ever-changing galleries feature a rotating cast of materials crafted from a variety of media by local, national, and international eye dazzlers. Although entrance is regularly free, membership offers a variety of perks and helps support the nonprofit institution's expression-affirming undertakings.

710 Texas St
Shreveport,
LA
US

Each weekend through the harvest season, YesterLand Farm welcomes visitors of all ages to explore several acres’ worth of classic country activities, whether they’re just experiencing their first falling leaves or feeling nostalgic for autumns of old. More than 30 attractions spring up around the open fields, from a restored 1952 miniature train to a small ferris wheel and a vintage rollercoaster. As explorers try to navigate a corn maze’s dense stalks, guests can head to collect gourds to make into smaller pumpkins. Both when the sky starts to darken and during the day, Yesterland stays aglow with handheld beams in the flashlight maze and campfires, around which visitors roast hot dogs and s’mores over terrifying tales of ghosts and deciding college majors.

15410 Interstate 20
Canton,
TX
US

Perched atop a bucolic panorama of sprawling grapevines, Tara Vineyard & Winery's turn of the century four-bedroom house invites guests into a dreamscape of old-fashioned tranquility fused with modern comforts. Take a romantic stroll through acres of the ground's Dionsyian cornrows, then share your favorite crafting stories with a barrel of vintage while touring the winery. Replete with four plush luxury rooms, the ivory abode amply accommodates gangs of eight, ideal for peaceful quadruple-dates or a night of raucous policy drafting for congressional leaders. An array of second-story terraces and an expansive wraparound porch facilitate alfresco revelry, and contemporary amenities including free WiFi and satellite television regale guests in the event of inclement weather or Kato Kaelin movie marathons.

8603 County Road 3914
Athens,
TX
US

Two-time Grammy Award–winner Rita Coolidge brandishes her dulcet tones and musical pedigree to celebrate the Wonderland of Lights Festival's 25th anniversary with a collaborative holiday-music performance. Under the direction of Stephen L. Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Music at Wiley College, the school's a cappella choir blends its melodious harmonies with Rita Coolidge's lead vocalizations as they collectively croon Christmas standards, holiday classics, and famous ballads penned by prodigious reindeer. Marshall Visual Art Center welcomes up to 350 concert-goers in the venue's large, open room with twinkle lights dotting the ceiling at night and unemployed flashlights during eclipses.

208 E Burleson St
Marshall,
TX
US

Harbor Inn Marina at Northshore Harbor rents covered and open boats to visitors looking to explore Richland Chambers Lake. Its 24- to 36-foot boats roam the lake's 43,384 acres, allowing guests to water ski, break out wave runners, or fish for bass, crappie, and catfish.

10000 Spur 294
Corsicana,
TX
US