An East Texas November to Remember

It’s finally sweater weather in East Texas. At Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast we’re embracing fall with fires on the Bubble Patio, warm fuzzy blankets and hot cocoa. The brisk weather makes the hot tub feel even better, and crisp, cool days are perfect for enjoying horseshoes, badminton and volleyball. Read on to discover why this month is guaranteed to be a November to remember. Now lets see what there might be to do while you are staying with us at The Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast and Extended Stay Lodging. A quick reminder that a great Christmas or anytime gift for your favorite people is a Gift Certificate to our wonderful Bed and Breakfast. Check out our reservation page and click on gift certificates to see our Christmas Special. You won’t be sorry! 

A fun shopping extravaganza!!

Mistletoe and Magic

Mistletoe and Magic 2018

Every year the Junior League of Tyler holds a four-day shopping extravaganza at Harvey Hall Convention Center. It’s a fundraiser for local non-profits and community agencies, and it’s also one of the best places to get a jump on your Christmas shopping.

This year’s event has more than 90 specialty boutiques from East Texas and across the United States. You’ll find items like the following:

  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Home decor
  • Food
  • Specialty gifts

Everywhere you look you’ll find something unexpected, innovative, endearing or unique, so it’s a great place to buy for that person who has everything. There’s more than just shopping, Mistletoe and Magic also has almost nonstop entertainment.

Wednesday, November 14 starting at 5 p.m. there’s a sneak peek event with local food trucks and music. Thursday the Home for the Holidays Brunch is provided by Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse and features speaker Lee Cordon. That night the Magic of Mistletoe Gala takes place with a catered dinner and music from Chinatown band.

On Friday there’s a fashion and children’s style show. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa and local food trucks are serving to the public. Santa comes back on Saturday for an additional children’s event. For information on tickets and a more detailed schedule, see the Junior League of Tyler’s website.

Hit the Bricks

Every second Saturday of the month Tyler holds special events on downtown’s historic red bricks. This month’s Hit the Bricks on November 10 features a Bridal Expo from East Texas Wedding Extravaganza from 11-3. Wedding venue owners, florists, caterers and more will be available on the square. Ellison Classic Cars will shuttle visitors to Goodman LeGrand House to see it set up for a wedding and Jack Ryan’s is open for a tour and tasting.

If you’re not planning a wedding, there’s plenty more to see and do. Start your holiday shopping at 903 Handmade, participate in a scavenger hunt, take a self-guided walking tour or visit the Pop-Up Market at Tyler Innovation Pipeline. After dark the Smith County Historical Society presents History Mystery Night at the Museum in the historic Carnegie Library Building.

Come visit Ye Olde City Antique Mall located at 302 E. Locust just off the the downtown square. They are holding their annual Christmas Open House with great specials.

Dinner on the Bricks is a special one-time event catered by Rick’s. The Tyler Jazz Band will perform as patrons dine outdoors from 5-8 p.m. the Heart of Tyler Inc. planned the event to raise funds for ongoing downtown development.

The Polar Express

Polar Express

The Texas State Railroad brings the magical story to life with a train ride starting November 17. Onboard the train, children enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while a chef reads the children’s classic. When they arrive at “the North Pole,” Santa and his elves greet them and hand out the silver sleigh bell only believing passengers can hear ringing. More information and online reservations are available on the Texas State Railroad website.

Tyler Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving Day, burn calories before the big meal and support a good cause at the same time. This 5k has a Kid’s Dash and a run/walk with chip timing available. The race starts on Old Bullard Road and winds through some of South Tyler’s prettiest neighborhoods.

Tyler State Park

This serene Piney Woods location has outdoor events all year long, and some of the best are available this November. Here are a few of your options:

  • Knotty Time for Kids — Kids learn basic knot tying for camping and hiking on November 17.
  • Birding 101 — If you’ve always been intrigued by our feathered friends and you want to know more about this popular hobby, this workshop helps you identify birds by sight and sound. The November 10 class also introduces you to birding tools and beginner skills.
  • Winter Survival — Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were stuck in the cold? If you’re planning a camping trip or travel through severe terrain, this class will get you up to speed on what you need to know.
  • “Walk Off the Bird” hike — Skip Black Friday madness on November 23 and go for a nature hike instead.

For more events, check out the Tyler State Park website.

Rose City Christmas

Tyler holiday events start in November and go through the end of the year.

The 2018 Rotary Club of Tyler Christmas Parade is on November 29 starting at 6 p.m., and it officially welcomes the season. The parade winds through downtown and culminates in the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the square. Holiday in the Park features live entertainment and family fun.

The Azalea District Trail of Lights takes visitors through the picturesque Azalea District. Instead of being surrounded by springtime blooms, this time the historic homes are adorned with their holiday finest. provides this brochure with a map of the trail.

Canton Trade Days

This probably is the best time of year to go to Canton First Monday Trade days. During the summer, the heat can be stifling and in early spring you chance getting rained out. Right now holiday sales are in full swing and most days are sunny and cool. This month’s trade days are November 1-4 and November 29-December 2. For directions, events, vendor information and history see the City of Canton’s Trade Days site.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Get tickets now for this unforgettable ballet coming to UT Tyler Cowan Center on December 1 and 2. East Texas Symphony Orchestra and TJC Academy of Dance present the seasonal favorite with one afternoon and one evening performance.

Book Now for New Year’s Eve

Now’s the time to start thinking what you’ll do to ring in 2019. Our intimate bed and breakfast rooms or extended stay suites put you close to Tyler dining and entertainment so you can join the area’s biggest celebrations or escape and relax. Reserve online or call 903-592-2221.

So there are some ideas for you for things to do in the area when you are staying with us at the Rosevine Inn! You can always just hang out with us by the fire and relax!                                                                         Your innkeeper Becca signing off!


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