Winter storm pushes Christmas in Fair Park back one week to Dec. 13-14 in Paris

Because of expected freezing rain, ice and frigid temperatures in Paris and Lamar County, Christmas in Fair Park has been pushed back one week.

icy weather - stockInstead of Friday and Saturday of this week, the 24th edition of Christmas in Fair Pari has been postponed until Dec. 13-14 — Friday and Saturday of next week.

As in the past, Christmas in Fair Park will be at the Paris-Lamar County Fairgrounds, 570 E. Center St., Paris.

Hours remain the same — from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

It’s all free — no admission cost, and no fee for parking.

The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, West Side Building, and the Coliseum will feature booths and exhibits from local businesses and craftsmen with holiday gifts and decorations.

Set-up times for all exhibitors are Thursday, Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, and the West Side Building have central heat. The booths are 8 feet by 10 feet and are divided with red drapery. One six-foot table and two chairs will be provided.

The Coliseum booths are 10 feet by 10 feet, divided with red drapery and furnished with one six-foot table and two chairs.

Outside booth spaces are 10 feet by 20 feet with no tables or chairs provided. All booth spaces — inside, outside, and food concessions — are $75 each.

Santa Claus will be at Christmas in Fair Park to hear what children want for Christmas and to have his picture taken with them.

There also will be entertainment on the grounds, with activities for children.

A number of concession booths will be available.

Any organization desiring to participate in Christmas in Fair Park is encouraged to go to CIFP Contract.pdf and return the form. A contract will be mailed for an exhibit space

Anyone with questions may call 903.785.7971 or email

Event Details:

  • Four buildings of holiday decor, arts and crafts, and gifts.
  • Food concessions and children’s entertainment.
  • Visit and have your picture made with Santa.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.