Christmas in Goliad offers new attractions

  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTSTHURSDAY: 7 p.m. Lighting of the Square

    FRIDAY: 5:30 p.m. Vendors open

    7 p.m. Lighted Parade

    SATURDAY:9 a.m. Juried Arts and Crafts, food and drink booths open

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music, dancers and choral groups ...

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  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTSTHURSDAY: 7 p.m. Lighting of the Square

    FRIDAY: 5:30 p.m. Vendors open

    7 p.m. Lighted Parade

    SATURDAY:9 a.m. Juried Arts and Crafts, food and drink booths open

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music, dancers and choral groups around the square

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Miss Ruby's Corral" with authors and book signings; Market House Museum presents: "Old Fashioned Texas Christmas"

    10 a.m. "A Cowboy Christmas" poetry and songs on courthouse steps

    Noon Santa arrives on a longhorn

    3 p.m. Best-dressed dog contest

    7 p.m. "A Cowboy Christmas" at Goliad High School

    8 p.m. Beeville Community Chorus performs at Mission Espiritu Santo

    For more information, contact the Goliad County Historical Commission at 361-645-8767.

Christmas will be a little brighter this year in Goliad.

The 27th annual "Christmas in Goliad" will boast the usual - a lighted parade, a decorated downtown and Santa arriving on a longhorn - but this year's celebration will also feature a Courthouse lawn flooded with 30 lighted silhouette trees and candles in the 60-something Courthouse windows.

"We're also really excited about the entertainment we have this year," said Myra Heard, chair of "Christmas in Goliad."

This is also the first year the celebration will feature cowboy poetry and songs and an author's corral.

"It should be a really full day, but that makes it exciting," Heard said.

As in past years, "Christmas in Goliad" will include vendors, chorus groups, dancers, arts and crafts, food and fellowship.

"To me, it's really exciting to see a small town enjoy our square," Heard said.

But the fun isn't contained to just the square. There will also be a rendezvous of re-enactors camped out at the Presidio La Bahia on Saturday.

"Goliad's become known as the place for Christmas," Heard said. "The whole town is just excited for Christmas."