Cities announce theirplans for Christmas
The twinkle of lights, singing of carols and the appearance of Santa Claus begin to dot municipal calendars as soon as their residents have finished enjoying their Thanksgiving turkey, dressing, yam, and pumpkin pies.
This year is no exception, as December offers plenty of opportunity for holiday merriment and celebration.
The city of Schertz kicked things off with its official city tree-lighting on Tuesday. The tree-lighting is followed quickly by Schertz’s annual holiday fest, renamed “Holidazzle” this year.
The event begins bright and early on Dec. 1 with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast with Santa at the city’s civic center and a Kris Kringle Market. The daylong festive event includes a giant snow globe, a synthetic ice skating rink and a snow-angel play area.
The highlight of Holidazzle is the lighted night parade that begins at 6 p.m. that evening. Dozens of entries decked out in blinking lights and playing Christmas music will proceed from the Pickrell Park area along Main Street onto Schertz Parkway and into the city municipal complex area.
Saturday, Dec. 1 is also the beginning of “All Things Christmas” in Converse. The city’s Converse Fire Department Citizen’s Association offers its traditional Breakfast With Santa event, from 8-11 a.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 107 Station St.
The usual pancakes and sausage breakfast offers the opportunity for attendees to have photos taken with Santa Claus. Breakfast tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The city’s official tree-lighting ceremony will be held Dec. 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 406 S. Seguin St., next to the Kneupper Justice Center and new City Hall building. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available with Christmas music supplied by the Judson Middle School orchestra. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to talk with children young and old.
The city’s Parks and Environment Committee is revitalizing a holiday house-lighting contest. Residents of the city have until Dec. 7 to file their holiday lighting effort with the city for review on Dec. 20. Winners will receive plaques and signs for their yards declaring their selection as a first-, second- or third-place home lighting winner.
There is no cost to enter; a brief entry form exists online on the city’s website, and can be submitted at City Hall.
The weekend of holiday merriment continues in Converse on Saturday, as Parks and Environment hosts its final Movie in The Park event for the year, with the showing of “Elf” beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday in Converse City Park, 307 School St. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served for the attendees.
Cibolo invites its residents to its official tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at City Hall, 200 S. Main St. Santa Claus will arrive and hand out treats for youngsters. Entertainment will be provided by the Wiederstein Elementary Choir and the Cibolo City Ballet.
The fifth annual Cibolo Christmas Parade starts at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 and begins at Cibolo Valley Drive and Borgfeld Road, and ends at Cibolo City Hall. The parade continues to grow in size and holiday enjoyment. Santa Claus will ride in the parade aboard a firetruck.
“Christmas at the Harrison House” is set for 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1 for its third annual run in Selma. The city’s Historical and Parks Commission will be host the event and feature light refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides and an appearance by Santa Claus.
To commemorate the evening, each family and single guest will receive a unique ornament to remember this occasion.
The city of Live Oak rolls out its annual Christmas In The Park on Dec. 15, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Live Oak City Park.
A holiday hayride, cookies with Santa, and marshmallow roasting are just a few of the spirited activities that attendees will enjoy. Pictures with Santa begin at 6:30 p.m. at the event.
Blowing snow, Santa, Scrooge and The Grinch, cookies and cocoa, kiddie train rides - if that’s an ideal Christmas, then Universal City is the place to be on Dec. 4.
The official tree-lighting ceremony runs 6-8 p.m. at City Hall, 2150 Universal City Blvd. Once the tree is lit by the mayor and City Council, the merriment and fun begin. A snow party, bounce house and climbing tree will be available, as will open-pit marshmallow roasting, and a Letters to Santa booth. Performances by the Escondido Elementary School Choir, Mary Lou’s School of Dance and caroling by the SA Sound, Four-Part Harmony will help keep the mood festive.
And don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus posing for photographs with any and all comers to take home and enjoy for the holiday.
The gem of the holiday events in the Metrocom area continues to be Windcrest Light-Up.
For its 60th annual event — by far the oldest in the region — the city has taken the theme “Bow and Lights: A Tribute to Barbee Winn.”
Murray and Barbee Winn are the namesakes and are credited with founding the city, creating the city out of 70 acres of farmland into the city of Windcrest. Following his retirement, the Winns moved to Boerne in 1988. A widow since 2003, Barbee Winn died Nov. 23, 2017, in Boerne and is the honoree for the event she herself started 60 years ago.
Thousands are expected to drive through the city to see all of the homes decorated with thousands of lights, bows, ribbons, and even animated and 3-D Christmas imagery. Homeowners register their brightly and decoratively lit homes in seven categories and are judged by a panel of judges hand-picked by the event sponsors, the Windcrest Women’s Club. Judging this year falls on Dec. 4.
A “Windcrest Santa Open House” is slated for Dec. 14, from 6-9 p.m. Every year, Windcrest Santa and his Mrs. Claus open their home at 702 Balfour Drive to the public. Last year, more than 500 people stopped by for cocoa, cookies, and a photo with Santa.
Come enjoy Windcrest Santa’s prizewinning Christmas yard display, featuring handcrafted lawn ornaments, including a Ferris wheel and a life-size sleigh. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are free, as are hot cocoa and cookies and small gifts for the first 200 kids.