Main Street Christmas
Big Thicket Messenger - December 2007
The Main Street Department of the City of Livingston is prepared to deck the streets with boughs of holly and share a good old fashioned Hometown Christmas on Saturday, December 8, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. with the Lighted Christmas parade scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
“A lot of thought has gone into how to make everyone happy – visitors, vendors and everyone,” said Bob Ziegler, director of Livingston Main Street.
“This year’s Hometown Christmas has been moved to the intersection of Jackson and Polk Streets under the new “chandelier” holiday lights, with booths and events extending in all direction,” said Ziegler.
“We have added patio space heaters at various locations for people to warm up.”
An event-filled day starts off with the Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall. The Fun Run offers three levels of competition – age 10 and under compete in a one-mile walk/run race while the two-mile walk and 3K run is open to all ages. Trophies are presented to the top three male and female finishers in each race. The fee is $10.00 for early registration and $14 on race day. The first 150 participants will receive an event T-shirt and a jingle bell bracelet. A Best Holiday Outfit and Largest Theme-Dressed Group award will also be presented. Get your friends and neighbors together and join in this fun holiday event.
The event boasts more than 50 arts, crafts and gift vendors as well as a food court.
A vintage car show will be held under the covered parking of First State Bank, along with a quilt show. The Polk County Heritage Society will also be raffling a quilt.
A free petting zoo and pony carousel will bring smiles to the faces of many youngsters this year. There are also free horse-drawn carriage rides all day.
Door prizes will be given away each hour, participants must re-enter each hour and winners must be present to win. KETX will be on site broadcasting the day’s events along with country music and will have a give away of its own.
The Polk County Livingston Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Main Street will give away a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo sedan valued at approximately $12,000. Tickets can be purchased from any Chamber or Main Street representative now through the event.
The Polk County Heritage Society will have its Christmas Train Village on display at the Crawford Building at 503 North Washington in Livingston. Admission is free.
There will be live music throughout the day with children’s choirs, the Steven Evans Band and various soloists.
At 6:00 p.m. the lighted Christmas parade will make its way down Washington Avenue. Santa will accept visitors at the drive through at City Hall after the parade.
Free refreshments will be available at 8:00 p.m. at the awards ceremonies at City Hall.
For more information about Hometown Christmas contact Main Street at (936) 327-1050.
For more information about the lighted Christmas parade contact Parks and Recreation at (936) 327-5242.