CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — An upcoming event in Burnet captures the small-town images and spirit of Christmas with a parade, holiday vendors and the traditional lighting of the courthouse.
Burnet’s Christmas on the Square, which is Dec. 14, features live performances from the Burnet High School Highlandettes and the Burnet High School band. People can even catch a part of “The Nutcracker.”
The celebration starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 9 p.m.
Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa, who will arrive on a firetruck to join a parade through the square just after the sun sets.
“It’s a community event everyone enjoys. Families and businesses pitch in,” said Burnet Chamber Executive Director Kim Winkler. “It’s a real part of small town.”
The annual event attracts thousands of local residents and visitors from all over on a weekend that includes two other popular holiday events in the community.
Christmas at Ole Fort Croghan is 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Fort Croghan Museum, 703 Buchanan Drive (Texas 29.) Museum volunteers dress in period costumes and decorate the cabins and grounds just as the early settlers did for Christmas.
The final weekend of Main Street Bethlehem, celebrating the birth of Jesus, is 6-9 p.m. Dec.13-15 at First Baptist Church, 218 E. Jackson St. Admission is free. The event features re-enactors and a permanent recreation of Old Town Bethlehem.
“The whole town is abuzz with Christmas spirit,” Winkler said. “It’s fun for everyone.”
The lighting of the Burnet County Courthouse and the Christmas Parade start at 5:30 p.m., followed by a bicycle giveaway at 6 p.m. Children ages 5 and younger may register for the bike giveaway at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 229 S. Pierce; Cecil Motors, 2601 U.S. 281; and Wells Fargo Bank, 1101 Buchanan Drive. Kids also may register during Christmas on the Square next to the stage until 3 p.m.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle (of the holidays), so this really gives us an opportunity to celebrate the reason for the season, take a moment and spend some time with family and loved ones and really get into the spirit of the holidays,” Winkler added.