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Walkway of Lights opens with parade, tree lighting

Walkway of Lights opens November 22 with a parade and Christmas tree lighting. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Walkway of Lights, a spectacular, walk-through attraction of more than 100 lighted holiday displays along Lake Marble Falls, flips the switch Friday, November 22, but not before the city kicks off the season with a downtown parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

The parade down Main Street begins at 6 p.m. (Vehicles will need to be moved off the street by 2 p.m. Friday.)

Spectators can park nearby to walk to Main Street and find a spot along the route to enjoy the show. Parade participants gather in the parking lot of the Marble Falls Senior Activity Center, 618 Avenue L, at 4:30 p.m. to line up before taking off along Broadway to Main. At 5:55 p.m., the countdown begins for the Community Christmas Tree Lighting. The tree is located near City Hall at 800 Third St.

Barricades will be set up to separate bystanders and parade participants. Police officers will be located at the intersections of Main Street and Second, Third, and Fourth streets.

When parade participants reach Yett Street, those on foot will keeping walking toward Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista. Floats will turn right and head to Johnson Park on Avenue J.

Once the crowd relocates to Lakeside Park, the Walkway of Lights master switch will flip on to leave no doubt the holiday season is officially underway in the city.

The more than 35 participating organizations in the parade include the Marble Falls High School marching band and Starlettes, first responders from each of the Highland Lakes cities, square dancers, roller derby athletes, and walkers.

Leading the parade is the jolly old elf himself: Santa Claus.

Mindy Miller, event coordinator for the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, said parade participants won’t be allowed to throw candy due to safety reasons.

This year’s Walkway of Lights has a new layout due to ongoing renovations at Lakeside Park. Most of the pathways are now paved, making it easier for strollers and wheelchairs. The walkway follows a one-way path from entrance to exit. It ends at a steep hill upward to exit the attraction, but volunteers will be on hand to assist anyone who needs help.

In case of inclement weather, call 844-635-4448 or visit the chamber Facebook page @MarbleFallsCofC to see if the display will be open. A decision will be made by 3 p.m. each day.

Chamber Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar said he recognizes what Walkway of Lights means to residents and visitors alike.

“To me, it’s a tradition for this town to celebrate the kickoff of the Christmas season and Walkway of Lights,” Metzgar said. “We don’t want to rest on what we’ve done. We’re not resting on laurels; we want to grow them.”

For more holiday happenings, visit the Highland Lakes Christmas Lights guide.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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