Organizers share plans for LH Christmas Festival

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By SHELLY WILKISON

Christmas may be more than two months away, but dozens of volunteers are working now to “Shine the Light on Christmas” in Liberty Hill.

The Liberty Hill Christmas Festival is Sunday, Dec. 7, at Lions Foundation Park and organizers are planning a weekend full of family-friendly activities and attractions. Organizers say the event, which will follow the theme “Shine the Light on Christmas”, will be held at the park rain or shine.

“The focus this year is on our trail of lights,” said Heather Willard, director of the event. “We hope to expand this every year, to make our trail a destination.”

Mrs. Willard said in addition to light poles along the trail that are adopted and decorated by businesses, organizations and families, organizers are looking for major donors that would agree to create showcase light displays at each of the three corners of the trail. Light tunnels will also be part of the trail this year.

The Trail of Lights will be open to the public at no charge from Dec. 7 through Jan. 7, 2015. Organizers say they are finalizing plans this month for a special event the evening before the Sunday festival that would feature the official lighting of the walking trail around the park.

The Christmas Festival begins Sunday afternoon with the Jingle Bell 5K Run/1K Walk and the Christmas Parade through downtown Liberty Hill.

The Run, which is sponsored by Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, begins at 2 p.m. and leads the parade on a route that begins at Liberty Hill Elementary School and ends at Lions Foundation Park.

The Christmas Parade, which is Liberty Hill’s only parade of the year, begins at 2:30 p.m. and follows the same route as the Jingle Bell Run. Parade entries are being accepted now and there is no charge to participate.

Vendors seeking to participate in the Christmas Marketplace may register now for booth space. Space measuring 10 feet by 10 feet will be available at no charge in the center of the park where soccer fields are located. Those requiring electricity will pay a small fee.

A feature attraction for the festival will be Santa’s Village where children may write letters to Santa that will be answered. Santa will also be available for photos and families may bring their own cameras.

A children’s play area — Reindeer Games — will feature bounce houses and arts and crafts activities.

The Liberty Hill Public Library will also be open during the event for Christmas Story Time.

An entertainment stage will be available, and bands or organizations interested in performing may apply now.

Mrs. Willard said the annual Christmas Festival is a major event and volunteers are needed for various jobs at the event, and now as organizers plan activities.

Mrs. Willard said more details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks. She encouraged readers to stay informed by visiting the featival website at www.LHChristmasFest.org or Like the Page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/LHChristmas.

Links to sign up for the Jingle Bell Run, a parade entry or a vendor booth are on the festival’s website. To reserve a light pole along the Trail of Lights, call (512) 515-0419.

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