With sweltering temperatures and humidity baking East Texas, Christmas is pretty far from our minds, but it's actually making an appearance six months early in Tyler!

The fourth annual Christmas In July Arts And Crafts Fair will be held July 14-15 and is presented by the City of Tyler Parks And Recreation Department.

This year's fair will be filled with unique, fun and artsy things and spread out amongst 53 vendor booths. So, if you want to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping, stocking stuffers and decorations, the Rose Garden Center is the place for you to be.  There will be a wide selection of handmade crafts, jewelry, stained glass work, photography and much more.

The Rose Garden Center will be filled with sounds of the season along with other special entertainment.  Plus, Santa Claus will be making a special trip from the North Pole and visiting the Christmas In July Arts And Crafts Fair.  He'll be appearing Saturday from 11a to 2p and Sunday 1p to 4p.

Escape the heat and cool off with holiday shopping and you can enjoy the sights of the Rose Garden for free, too.