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Burnet’s Christmas on the Square Packs in Snow Day

Burnet's Christmas on the Square begins at noon Dec. 9 and continues into the night. Courtesy photo

BURNET — If you’re near the southeast corner of the historic courthouse square in Burnet from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, you might want to duck to avoid getting hit by a snowball.

That’s right. A snowball.

For the first time, the city of Burnet and Burnet County are sponsoring a snow day as part of the annual Christmas on the Square festivities, which continue into the night after the snow fun is done. You can play in the snow and ride inner tubes from the top of a hill free of charge. Bales of hay will be set up at the bottom for safety.

“(Organizers) wanted to make sure the community enjoyed it for free,” said Kim Winkler, executive director of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce.

She advises that people bring mittens, gloves, hats, and perhaps a change of clothes.

“That will be key,” she said of the gloves and mittens. “You’ll be miserable if you don’t have gloves on to really enjoy it.”

A snow play area will be divided into two sides: one for young tots and the other for older kids (and the young at heart).

The snow activities are only one draw of Christmas on the Square, which also features vendors, performances, and a parade.

Arts and crafts booths will be set up from noon-9 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., the Jingle Bell Jog, benefiting the Burnet High School Highlandettes dance team’s trip to Hawaii, takes off from the square.

Registration for the untimed 5K is 11:30 a.m. The cost is $40, which includes a T-shirt and jingle bells for your shoes.

It’s definitely a fun run — participants are encouraged to dress up in holiday-themed outfits.

The live entertainment starts with music by Matthew Butter at noon followed by scenes from Studio 29 Dance Centre’s “The Story of the Nutcracker” at 1 p.m. and Christmas music by the Hill Country Community Band at 2 p.m.

Butter retakes the stage at 3 p.m. before the Highlandettes entertain in their Santa costumes with a high-kicks routine at 3:30 p.m. Then, Roger Moore and his band perform at 4 p.m.

Butter and Moore will both sing a mix of Christmas songs and other tunes, including original songs.

Once Moore wraps up on stage, he’ll serve as the master of ceremonies for the parade. He’ll know it’s time when the lights on the square turn on at 5 p.m.

“Our square is so well-lit we don’t need any other lights,” Winkler said.

The parade starts at 5 p.m., though those wanting to walk in it need to line up at 3:45 p.m. There is no fee to be part of the parade, but people need to register ahead of time at the chamber’s website, burnetchamber.org, where you’ll also find a form for the Jingle Bell Jog.

If you’re looking to give your Christmas list to Santa, the jolly ol’ elf will be in the square for photos from 6-9 p.m.

The final event is the bicycle giveaway. There will be at least 50 bikes. Families need to sign up in advance. They can do so on site next to the stage throughout the day until 3 p.m. They must be present to win.

“That’s the most we’ve ever had,” Winkler said about the bicycles. “We have different sizes and age categories. It’s a lot of fun seeing the faces of the kids with their bikes.”

What always touches Winkler is the generosity of others. At least one family each year will win a bike but give the prize to someone else.

“In that atmosphere, you see a lot of selfless acts like that,” she said with a smile.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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