Santa and his elves are making a special appearance in Kilgore tonight.

The annual Kilgore Main Street, Mingle and Jingle is helping East Texans get in the Christmas spirit.

The event invites people to visit Downtown Kilgore and shop, eat and meet others.

Santa Claus and his elves took pictures and passed out candy canes.

“My kids couldn't wait to see Santa and all the Christmas lights,” Samantha Anders says. “It’s so great to live in a town that goes all out for the holiday.”

Several businesses passed out hors d'oeuvres and kept their shops open late.

The event is part of the Kilgore Main Street program, working to bring more people to visit Downtown Kilgore.