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Christmas in Goliad offers visitors food, fun, Santa Claus

Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

Texas Revolution era reenactors from the Crossroads of Texas Living History Association lead Santa around the town square during Christmas in Goliad on in 2011.

This year marks the 29th annual Christmas in Goliad event.

For two days, Goliad's Courthouse Square will be transformed into a Christmas-themed event, complete with Santa Claus and an ice rink.

Myra Heard, Christmas in Goliad chairwoman, said the event will offer guests a chance to embrace the holiday season.

"Christmas in Goliad kicks off the Christmas spirit," she said. "It started out small and it's just grown every year."

Heard, who has been part of the event since it started, explained that the two-day event started with a visit from Santa Claus, an arts and crafts show and carolers who would make their way around the square. The Goliad Historical Commission has since added a Best Dressed Dog Show and performances from school groups and the Beeville Community Chorus.

On Nov. 30, she said the whole town will come out and participate in a Lighted Christmas Parade.

"As long as you have lights, you can be in it," she said. "We have kids on bicycles and people walking their dogs with lights on them."

The parade will begin on Market Street in front of the Markethouse Museum and continue around the square. Santa Claus will make his entrance in the parade perched on top of a longhorn steer, which Heard said has become a family tradition for many since it started.

Some parents take advantage of the occasion and take photos of their children on the steer for Christmas pictures, she said.

On Dec. 1, the commission will open the juried arts and crafts show for the public to enjoy and do some holiday shopping. Items entered into the show are all handmade, Heard said, and will include everything from high-quality jewelry to blown glass.

The newest addition to Christmas in Goliad is an outdoor ice skating rink. Although the entertainment and vendors will be open free of cost, a fee will be charged to borrow and use ice skates for the rink.

"I love to see the town open up," she said. "It's a fun, family-type celebration. We enjoy it all."



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