Festivities include Santa, snow and … Elvis?
Christmas activities begin Friday, Nov. 30 in Deer Park, when the community becomes Reindeer Park for the holidays, said Nicole Garvis, the city’s marketing/technical coordinator .
The annual community tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. that day at the city’s Theater and Court Buildings, 1302 Center St.
“Admission is free, and we expect an attendance of about 500 people,” Garvis said.
Earlier in the day, Mrs. Kringle’s Claus-ette (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Christmas at the Cabin (5-6 p.m.) will entertain youngsters at 1302 Center St.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the sixth annual Reindeer Dash 5K Run will begin at 9 a.m. at Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 W. 13th St.
Preregistration costs $20, while day-of registration will be $25.
The event runs until 11 a.m. Runners and walkers on the cross country course will be led by Rudolph. The run does not include time chips and no awards will be given.
The city donates a portion of the proceeds to the Deer Park Opportunity Center, a group that helps students who are prevented from attending school because of desperate circumstances.
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‘Reindeer Park’ celebration
Snow activities will highlight “Reindeer Park,” a centerpiece of the city’s hometown holiday celebration, which will be from 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.
“There will be something for everyone at this fun-filled, one-day event,” Garvis said. “We will have Santa’s Village, pictures with Santa and concessions.”
In addition to snow slides and three snow areas, the event will feature carnival rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and wagon rides.
Last year’s attendance topped 1,200, Garvis said.
During the event, the Art Park Players will present “Delights of December” at the theater/courts building.
New to Reindeer Park this year will be areas set up where guests to make s’mores with packages of various flavors.
Tickets for Reindeer Park can be purchased for $15 at the door or $10 beforehand at https://bit.ly/2B4UdTu or at the Deer Park Community Center, 610 E. San Augustine.
Offered at the event will be a Dinner with Santa for $25 in two time slots — only 60 tickets per time slot — from 5-6 p.m. for a chicken Alfredo dinner and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a fajita dinner, Garvis said. The cost includes all of the Reindeer Park activities. For more information visit https://bit.ly/2B4UdTu or call 281-478-2050.
Santa on the line
Already sold out are three nights of sleigh rides from Dec. 9-21.
Another free offering is “Santa Calling,” in which parents may sign up online or call to have Santa make a personal call to his fans from 6-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 13. Call 281-478-2050 or visit deerparktx.gov/996/Santa-Calling .
A holiday banquet for senior adults is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at E.M. Maxwell Adult Center, 1201 Center St.
“It will be an evening with Elvis, performed by Vince King,” Garvis said.
Reserve seats by calling 281-478-7277.
Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org