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Festival of Lights returns to Hallettsville Saturday

By Sonny Long
Nov. 24, 2010 at 5:24 a.m.
Updated Nov. 26, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.

The annual Festival of Lights in Hallettsville returns on Saturday after a year's absence due to construction at the county courthouse.

IF YOU GOWHAT: Festival of Lights

WHEN: Saturday - Santa, noon to 4 p.m.; lighting ceremony, 5:45 p.m.; lighted parade, 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Hallettsville courthouse square

INFORMATION: 361-798-2662, 361-798-5818

The Festival of Lights is returning to Hallettsville.

After being canceled last year because of construction at the Lavaca County Courthouse, the annual Christmas celebration makes its comeback Saturday. The event has been held since 1996.

"Everything is back the way it was, and actually should be even better," said the Rev. John Peters, one of the event's organizers. "There is even more to decorate now that the courthouse renovations are complete."

Saturday begins on the downtown square with a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus from noon until 4 p.m.

Food and craft booths also open at noon. An ornament contest will be at 3:30 p.m.

The lights, including those on the courthouse, will be turned on during the lighting extravaganza starting at 5:45 p.m.

A kiddie parade will begin at 6:05 p.m., followed by a lighted Christmas parade with 19 floats at 6:15 p.m.

A Christmas pageant at 8 p.m. wraps up the day's festivities. The pageant will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The lights will be available for viewing through Thursday, Jan. 6.

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