Museum to host annual Christmas open house

The Baytown Historical Museum will host its annual Christmas Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at the museum, 220 W. Defee St. in Baytown. Santa Claus will be on hand and entertainment will be provided by the choirs from Stephen F. Austin and DeZavala elementary schools

Attendees will also get the opportunity to vote for their favorite in the annual Christmas Tree Fantasy contest.

“We have some excellent trees entered this year. I’m very pleased with them,” said museum director Terry Presley. “We have a very eclectic mix, with some new entries this year.”

Awards are given to the top five teams in the Christmas Tree Fantasy. You can vote for your favorite tree at the open house. Voting continues through Dec. 14.

Admission to Monday night’s open house is free.

Win tickets to see ‘Elf’ the musical 

The Sun is raffling off two sets of four tickets to “Elf” the musical, which is being performed at Theater Under the Stars/Hobby Center in December. 

The tickets are for the 2 p.m. performance Dec. 15. 

The Hobby Center seats 2,650 with 20 scheduled performances of the musical based on the cherished 2003 movie. 

To enter the drawing, just email your name to or drop your name off at the front desk of The Sun at 1301 Memorial Dr. Only one entry per person. This contest excludes all staff at The Baytown Sun. The cutoff date to enter is Dec. 4. 

The drawing for the lucky winners will be on Dec. 6. 

Tree of Angels Ceremony

Chambers County District Attorney Cheryl S. Lieck will host the 11th annual Tree of Angels Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Chambers County Courthouse. 

This ceremony is held each year in honor of victims of violent crimes and their families. Lieck noted that the event is meant to bring comfort and to acknowledge how difficult the holiday season can be for those who have lost loved ones through violence and those who have been victims of violence. 

Ashley E. Spence of Austin will be the guest speaker. Spence advocated for legislation that would require a DNA sample to be taken from violent offenders upon arrest. A sexual assault survivor, Spence saw this law come to pass in the form of the Krystal Jean Baker Law. 

Cameron Lieck and Jon Finney of MercyGate Church will provide music. 

The public is invited to attend the Tree of Angels Ceremony. For more information, call the District Attorney’s Office at 409-267-2682. 

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