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Check off your Christmas fun list in Llano

The annual Reindeer Run 5K starts at 9 a.m. December 7 in Llano. Photo courtesy of the Llano Chamber of Commerce

It's a full day of Christmas cheer in Llano on December 7, featuring a 5K, shopping events, a lighted parade, and more.

“You cannot do too much at Christmas,” said Llano Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Briley Mitchell, who might well be the holiday’s No. 1 fan. “It’s the best time of the year. I’ve always loved Christmas. We try to do something to get everybody involved with it.”

Saturday's schedule includes:

SANTA PAWS

Bring your furry friend to Llano Feed and Supply for a Santa Paws Pet Portrait. Photos are $5 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the store, 203 E. Tarrant St. You can also purchase a dessert at the bake sale. Proceeds benefit Llano Animal Rescue, which will have adoptable pups at the event and pet Christmas stockings for sale. The rescue is also accepting donated blankets. Call 325-247-4963 for more information.

RUN, RUN RUDOLPH

The annual Reindeer Fun Run 5K begins at 9 a.m. and benefits Llano Meals on Wheels. Registration is $10. Head to the Llano Depot Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive. You can run or walk. Santa rings the starting bell.

Each participant gets an antlers headband.

“People run across the bridge and throw (the headbands) back at Briley (Mitchell),” said chamber staff member Kim Webb with a laugh. “I love the idea of running across the bridge with antlers on because (Llano) is the Deer Capitol of Texas. It’s fun to watch (the competitors).”

ONE PERSON’S JUNK HIPPY ...

One of Country Living Magazine’s top vintage shopping events, Junk Hippy is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at John L. Kuykendall Event Center, 2200 RR 152 West. Admission is $5 for ages 14 and older. Browse vintage and handmade items, art, antiques, and more. Food trucks will be on site. Visit junkhippy.com for more information.

SHOP 'EM, COWBOY

More Christmas shopping can be done from 10 a.m-4 p.m. during the Llano Cowboy Church Charity Bazaar at the American Legion Hall, 200 Legion St. Find crafts, handmade housewares, gifts, dècor, and baked goods. Each dollar goes back to the community.

SIP & STROLL

The annual Sip & Stroll in downtown Llano is 3-6 p.m. Visit shops on the square and enjoy free tastings of beverages and light snacks.

“We want to encourage people to shop local,” Webb said.

EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE

The Lighted Christmas Parade around the courthouse square begins at 6 p.m. It's free to spectators and participants.

To enter, fill out an application in advance or the day of at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, 100 Train Station Drive. The office will be open from 10 a.m.-4 .m. Saturday. You can also sign up at the Llano Senior Center on the corner of Berry and Wallace streets at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s free for your business, it’s free for your nonprofit or organization, it’s free for 4H, your ranch, your bridge club, and your Bunco club,” Webb said. “It’s free.”

Get a good viewing spot along Ford Street at Llano National Bank or around the courthouse.

The Llano Christian Academy will offer hot chocolate at the downtown gazebo while students sing Christmas carols from 5:30-6 p.m. and again from 7-7:30 p.m.

STARRY, STARRY NIGHTS

Santa is on the last float of the parade and will immediately make his way to Starry, Starry Nights, the city’s Christmas lights display at Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive. The jolly ol' elf will be available for photos until 8 p.m.

‘THE POLAR EXPRESS’

Finish the day with a free showing of “The Polar Express” at 7:30 p.m. at the LanTex Theater, 113 W. Main St.

COMING UP: SNOW DAY

You don't have to dream of a white Christmas. Snow Day is 1-9 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at Badu Park, 300 W. Legion Drive. Pay $10 per wristband to enjoy unlimited rides on a provided sled down a snowy hill.

Bring a change of clothing.

“In case socks get wet and in case other clothing gets a little damp,” Webb said.

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

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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