photo of some of the vintage Christmas items on display at the Cole Art Center

The annual Vintage Christmas Display at Cole Art Center opens Dec. 3 and runs through Jan. 3.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The annual Vintage Christmas Display opens Tuesday, Dec.3, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

This display has become a holiday tradition for Stephen F. Austin State University’s historic downtown art gallery, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries.

“Featuring antique and vintage holiday ornaments, dolls and toys, this display offers a glimpse into Christmas past and provides a perfect treat for the family during the holidays,” Handley said.

Handley will discuss the Christmas exhibition, as well as a toy books display that is part of the exhibition “Picturing Books: Illustrations in Print from the 15th to the 20th Centuries,” in a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the art center.

The Vintage Christmas Display runs through Jan. 3. The “Picturing Books” exhibition runs through Jan. 5.

Art exhibitions and receptions are hosted by the SFA School of Art and sponsored by the Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, William Arscott and The Flower Shop. Admission is free.

Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.