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Holiday season arrives with fun-filled events for the family
Polk County Enterprise - November 2008
Ready or not the holidays are here. The offi cial holiday begins next week with Thanksgiving on Thursday. There are many events planned close to home this year. Polk County and the surrounding area will offer variety and activities during the holiday season. Most of the activities are free and there is something for everyone. Shopping with local merchants and vendors at the various events will offer regional creativity along with quality merchandise under the tree. Some of the events offer drawings for prizes and bicycles. On Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Lights for Leslie Christmas Lighting at City Hall celebrates the sights and sounds while transforming downtown Livingston into a winter wonderland of lights. Refreshments and entertainment will also be provided. On Nov. 29, Coldspring, in San Jacinto County, will host its 11th annual Christmas Lighting. Market day begins at 8 a.m. around the courthouse square with the town lighting at 6 p.m. Food and craft vendors as well as local merchants and restaurants invite everyone to visit the historic square. The Christmas Train Village begins chugging along Dec. 4 through 26 Thursday through Saturday evenings. Viewing times for the enchanting scenes are 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 through Dec. 12 each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Dec. 13, the Train Village will open from 1 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19, the Train Village will open from 5 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Train Village is scheduled for the final viewing on Dec. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Christmas In Our Town is slated Dec. 6 in Onalaska at the fire station. Activities for kids begin at 10 a.m. Shows and music will be offered throughout the day. Playhouses, pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides, multiple bungee jumps and more action for the kids will be offered throughout the day. Food and holiday craft vendors join in to make a memorable day for all ages. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. Bicycle drawings will be held each hour with a large 16 bicycle give away at 5 p.m. Celebrate Trinity will be held Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Red School House in Trinity. Vendors, food and music are planned for the day. A lighted Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. beginning on South Robb St. For information, contact 936-594- 3856 or 537-5219. The San Jacinto County Women’s League Christmas Tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The San Jacinto County Senior Citizens Center will host the hospitality room for the event. Tickets are $6. For more information, call Barbara Moore at 936-653-8815. Santa at Miss Effie’s Cottage will be Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The tradition at Miss Effie’s includes a tour of the historical home decked out for the holiday with refreshments and free photos with Santa. The Tour of Lights Bus Tour is Dec. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pedigo Park in Livingston. Fee for the tour is donation of canned food or money benefiting Polk County Mission Center. Reservations are required, call 936-327-5242 to save your space. The Corrigan Winterfest is Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Secrest Webster Community Center. Breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. and vendors with a variety of arts and crafts scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Children’s Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Hometown Christmas in Livingston scheduled for Dec. 13 from 1 to 9 p.m. Craft and gift vendors and a food court are provided all day along with live entertainment. A car show and quilt show will offer hourly drawings for prizes. The petting zoo, pony carousel and free wagon and carriage rides are scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. The Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and Santa at City Hall is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. The 26th Annual Christmas on the Square will be held in Coldspring Dec. 13. The day-long even includes food, crafts, antique markets and a community choir. The lighted evening parade begins at 5:45 p.m. The Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk is scheduled Dec. 13 beginning at 1 p.m. at City Hall in Livingston. Prizes will be awarded for runners, walkers and holiday costumes. First 150 registered participants will receive bells and a t-shirt. All of the holiday happenings are offered for the children and the young at heart. There is no reason not to join in the fun this holiday season. For more information on any of the events, call 936-327-5242 or 327-1050. Happy Holidays.