Sometimes the best gifts can't be wrapped.  Experience gifts are big again this holiday season, and we've got some ideas about the best ones around East Texas. 

Christmas breaks from school make great opportunities to go bowling, to the movies, and to museums and plays with the whole family.  A lot of us will take time off work to hang out at home, and while it's fun to play board games and watch movies by the fire, it's also great to get out of the house and shake off some cabin fever.

These are some great experience gifts that will top a homemade coupon for a free back rub.

The AMC Classic Tyler 14 is a good option with so many big movies out now.  Jumani and Frozen 2 continue to do well, and this Friday, December 20, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be out, along with Cats.  It's a great time of year to head to the movies, and movie gift cards fit nicely stockings.  Regal Cinemas Longview 14 will work too, or any of the great East Texas theaters that have plush seats and good snacks.

Other experience gift ideas for Christmas:

Visit bowling alleys and arcades


Visit the Caldwell Zoo

Head to Kiepersol Vineyards, Winery & Distillery or ETX Brewing Company for tastings


A food tour (gift certificates to favorite restaurants and put them in a picnic basket)

Skydiving (Skydive East Texas with professional instructors.)

Take a cooking class

Golf lessons

Go on a fishing expedition (and have them unwrap the tackle box)

Manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, spa day

Try Paintball (Bullard, Tyler, and Longview have good spots)

It's a great time of year to get out and try some new things.  Oh, and we have plenty of tickets for you to win for some of the biggest concerts of 2020, so keep it right here!  Some really awesome experiences await.

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