Community organizations working together to plan Christmas Festival

Local organizations and businesses are coming together like never before to organize this year’s Liberty Hill Christmas Festival scheduled Sunday, Dec. 2.

Big changes are under way for “The Spirit of Giving” event, including a location change, a new parade and Jingle Bell Run route, and new prize categories for parade entries and light poles for the Lions Foundation Park Trail of Lights.

In the festival’s new home, the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, event organizers are ensuring this year’s festivities aren’t cancelled due to weather.

Last year, the event was cancelled following days of rainfall and cold temperatures. LHUMC’s indoor facilities will keep vendors and festival go-ers dry and warm, no matter what the weather.

The festivities kick off with the LHUMC Jingle Bell Run, which will begin at 2:15 p.m. from the Liberty Hill Elementary School.

Immediately following, the Christmas parade will take its usual route through downtown Liberty Hill, this time ending at LHUMC. New parade prizes are being awarded this year for entries that show the “Best Spirit of Giving,” the “Best Liberty Hillbilly,” “Best Panther Spirit,” and “Best Overall.”

The same categories are up for grab in the Trail of Lights decorating contest.  Interested families and businesses can also claim a light pole on the Liberty Hill Trail of Lights in Foundation Park.

The festival will feature free pictures with Santa, a Letters to Santa station where a child’s Christmas Wish list can be mailed to the North Pole, vendors selling gifts, crafts and other items, along with live music, inside and out, food vendors, and a host of other family friendly activities.

For information on becoming a vendor at the Liberty Hill Christmas Festival, contact Kim Roberts at (512) 548-5091 or send email to  kroberts@txhf.org.

For more information on entering the parade, contact Heather Willard at (512) 426-1178 or lhparade@hotmail.com.

Jingle Bell Run registration has not yet been released.

For general festival information, visit www.lhchristmas.com.

The Independent is a major sponsor of the event and updates will be posted at www.LHIndependent.com as well as in future editions of the newspaper.