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Marble Falls’ Walkway of Lights even more inviting with Family Days

Walkway of Lights returns to Lakeside Park in Marble Falls from Nov. 18-Jan. 1. A Christmas light-up parade officially flips the switch Nov. 18. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

MARBLE FALLS — Many people’s favorite holiday memories involve family.

And you can add to those joyful moments during two Family Days at Walkway, free events hosted by the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce before the official opening of the Walkway of Lights holiday display along Lake Marble Falls.

The first Family Day is noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Drive. Walkway of Lights opens Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 1, 2017.

Family Day activities — all of which are free — include cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa, and photos with Santa. Families can also enjoy hot cider and hot chocolate.

The event originally included families picking and decorating a live tree to be part of the Walkway of Lights display, but unseasonably warm weather this fall has caused a Christmas tree shortage in Texas. So organizers added a second Family Day on the following Saturday, Nov. 19, from noon-5 p.m. at the park. There will be 125 trees available to families, but reservations must be made with the chamber by calling (830) 693-2815.

Families can choose from more than 25 themes for their tree and should bring their own ornaments — but nothing too precious in case they are damaged or misplaced. The chamber will provide a free tree topper with the family’s name on it.

“We’ll have a star that goes on top of the tree,” said Elizabeth Maynard, special events coordinator for the chamber. “We wanted to reach out to families in the community and get them more involved in events.”

Maynard noted that residents have to do without part of Lakeside Park during the holiday season because of the size of the Walkway of Lights display. So having Family Day is a way the chamber can express its appreciation.

“We have a lot of locals who do come out,” she said. “This is our way of giving back to them. We hope it allows them to have a lot more ownership (in the display). And we want them to be proud of it, too.”

Contact Maynard at elizabeth@marblefalls.org or (830) 693-2815 for more information or to reserve a tree.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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