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Christmas on the Square in Burnet jingles all day long

Santa Claus is the guest of honor during Christmas on the Square in Burnet on December 14. Courtesy photo

Burnet’s white Christmas dream becomes reality at its annual Christmas on the Square on Saturday, December 14, with Santa, plenty of jingle bells, and, yes, snow.

Ice trucks will blow about 40,000 pounds of snow onto the ground to construct a winter wonderland for the event, which is hosted by the Burnet Chamber of Commerce. The fun begins at noon and continues until 9 p.m.

JINGLE BELL JOG

Jing-jingling joggers start the party as they round the courthouse square for a festive 5K fun run at noon. Participants are encouraged to dress up and festoon themselves with bells to spread Christmas cheer along the route. Youngsters begin at the same time but run a separate route.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP

From knives to fudge to clothes and other handmade goods, local vendors provide last-minute shopping opportunities from noon to 9 p.m.

SING THIS SLEIGHING SONG

Musicians lay down toe-tapping tunes from noon to 5 p.m. Performers include Matthew Butter, Jay Paul Roy, Denise Moreau, and Roger Moore. Also performing are the Studio 29 Dance Centre and the Burnet High School Highlandettes.

WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE AND SING

The high school band and the Highlandettes kick off a march around the square, clearing the way for the grand finale: Santa Claus, the big man himself, on a city firetruck. The Christmas parade begins at 5 p.m. and is free to enter. Registration is still open.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Santa will be on hand to sit for photos on the courthouse steps after the parade from 6-9 p.m.

BICYCLE GIVEAWAY

Santa’s elves have been working overtime, providing close to 70 bikes — more than ever — for a giveaway drawing.

CHRISTMAS COMES TO CROGHAN

The spirit of Christmas past comes alive at Fort Croghan from 5-8 p.m. Take part in the candle-lit festivities as they were in the days of yore at Burnet County Heritage Society’s open air museum and grounds.

MAIN STREET BETHLEHEM

Dive deeper into the past to see the origins of the greatest story ever told at First Baptist Church of Burnet’s Main Street Bethlehem, a reproduction of the city at the time of Jesus’ birth. Re-enactors bring the ancient story to life from 6-9 p.m.

For more Christmas events and displays, visit the Highland Lakes Christmas Lights Guide.

alex@thepicayune.com

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