Mesquite, TX – Dec. 7, 2021 – There are two free holiday events happening in Mesquite on Dec.11 as Florence Ranch Homestead celebrates its 150th anniversary with Christmas on the Ranch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Gus Thomasson Corridor hosts its inaugural Christmas on the Corridor at Vanston Park from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Historic Mesquite, Inc. is celebrating the history of the Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road, with a family-oriented holiday event featuring photos with a historic Father Christmas dressed in an 1800’s period Santa suit, Christmas story time for kids, opportunities to make old-fashioned tree ornaments, and a demonstration of historic wet plate photography by artist John Hall of Rodeo Tintype. Attendees can also enjoy complimentary warm apple cider, gingerbread, and tours of the Historic Florence Ranch Homestead along with commemorative souvenirs. Toyia Pointer, Manager Of Historic Preservation, said, “The historic 1871 home will have traditional Christmas decorations, including real greenery and old-fashioned garlands, adorning the graceful porches. There will be lots of unique holiday photo opportunities.” During a video PSA, Pointer shared that they would commemorate the history of the site and the contributions of the Florence family.
Christmas on the Corridor is a community event in the Gus Thomasson Corridor that will be held at Vanston Park, 2913 Oates Drive, and will feature free activities including yard games, a kids holiday craft, inflatables, and more. Food trucks will be onsite selling various concessions as well as vendors selling gifts and more. The event is a component of the City of Mesquite’s efforts to revitalize the Gus Thomasson Corridor. Lexie Woodward, Manager of Economic Development, said, “Special events like Christmas on the Corridor helps create a sense of place for area businesses and residents. The City has made major investments in roadways, Thomasson Square, and more. Gathering the community during the holidays helps promote the area and support the local economy.”
These two events are part of many activities happening in Mesquite during the holiday season as the City continues to encourage the community to Shop Mesquite to support the local businesses and restaurants in Mesquite.