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30th Annual Christmas on the Square scheduled
COLDSPRING – A variety of vendors from here and beyond, a carnival, a Chrismon Tree, food, refreshments, snacks, a lighted nighttime parade, merchants on the square, Santa Claus and much more will highlight the 30th Annual Christmas on the Square celebration Saturday, Dec. 8 in Coldspring. Sponsored by the Coldspring/ San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce, activities begin around 9 a.m. as vendors begin selling their arts, gifts and crafts. While visiting the historic Coldspring United Methodist Church, you will want to view the Chrismon Tree, a Christmas tradition located in the church sanctuary. Chrismon stands for Christian Monograms. Ornaments on the tree are created by church members and are a symbol of his or her faith. A variety of food vendors will be located around the courthouse square offering food, refreshments and snacks during the day. An information both will be located on Hwy. 150 by the courthouse. Information on entertainment, craft and food vendors may be found here. Christmas on the Square tee-shirts may be purchased here and you can pick up your collector’s edition of the 30th Annual Christmas on the Square Program and other informational brochures at the information booth. Following all the singing, dancing, entertainment and shopping, a lighted nighttime parade will wind its way through Coldspring. Parade winners will be announced at the corner of Hwy. 150 and the blinking light. The parade is scheduled to arrive downtown at 6 p.m. It will begin at the county fairgrounds and travel Hwy. 150 to the blinking light in Coldspring, turn right on FM 1514 and then turn right again on Slade Street, all the way to Hwy. 150, then turn right, back to the San Jacinto County Fairgrounds. Floats will be decorated depicting the theme of the parade – Candy Canes and Cowboys. Merchants on the square are decked out in holiday spirit for the festive occasion. The shops offer antiques, clothing, decorative items, arts and oneof- a-kind gift items. Old Town Coldspring and the Old Jail Museum will be open for the event. The collectible “Candy Canes and Cowboys” handcrafted collector ornaments are available at the Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce boot on the square for $15. San Jacinto County Senior Citizens will be featuring gospel music, a silent auction, bake sale and refreshments. They will open with a pancake breakfast and wrap up with a chili super. Restrooms are located around the county courthouse square. The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department, Texas State Guard and the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department will provide volunteer security and direct traffic for the event. The Tree of Lights, sponsored by the San Jacinto County Children’s Protective Services Advisory Board, is located on the side of the courthouse near Hwy. 150 and the flag poles. Each ornament represents a donation or contribution that provides Christmas gifts and festivities as well as necessities throughout the year to county children. To make a donation, write P.O. Box 343, Coldspring, Texas 77331 or call 936-653- 3216. A wreath decorating contest will be going on at the Coldspring Community Center. Also at the community center, breakfast with Santa from 9 – 11 a.m. will be held. Following breakfast, Santa will visit with children at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn from 1-3 p.m., following the parade, weather permitting. The First Baptist Church will feature the annual Community Choir Concert at 4:30 p.m. The church is located on Pine Street. At the Coldspring United Methodist Church a gumbo kitchen with all you can eat is sponsored by Methodist Men for $7. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. The church is located on Hwy. 150, one block west of the courthouse. Entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. on two stages. The main stage, under the blinking light will feature the Gold Rush, Stone Gate Band, Cloggers on the Move, Terry Davis and Lizzie, Teresa Hosea, Troy Mauney, Jimmy Price, Barbara Shelly and Moseley Gymnastics. The Plaza, located on the east side of the courthouse, will feature Granny Evergreen and her friends, the Best of Local Talent, showcased for your holiday enjoyment. Seth and Company, Jocy, Louis Banister, Eugena Delight, Anointed Sisters, Gigantic Overland Travelers and WCUMC VIP.