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Port Lavaca hosts Christmas on Main Streets

By Jessica Rodrigo
Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

The Port Lavaca Christmas tree stands around 40-feet tall and can be seen from the water. This year's annual lighting of the tree is Dec. 4.

Port Lavaca events

Dec. 1 - Market Days at the Bauer Community Center parking lot 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Dec. 4 - Annual lighting of the tree, pictures with Santa Claus, caroling and Gulf Coast Ice Skating Rink at 6:30 p.m.

• Dec. 6 - Festival of Lights Parade theme "Candyland Christmas" at 6:30 p.m.

• Dec. 8 - Christmas on Main Street will include entertainment, shopping and food. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Main Street.

The Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce is packing a week's worth of events to bring in the holiday season.

Cathy Buehring, with the Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce, said Christmas on Main Street will include the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, a parade, an ice skating rink and shopping.

Last year was the first year the chamber moved the Christmas tree to the bayfront peninsula.

"It's not a regular tree," Buehring explained. "It's a tree made of lights. We wanted people to be able to see it from all over the city."

The tree of lights stands around 40-feet tall and serves as a local indicator that Christmas has started. Members of the community will light the tree on Dec. 4 and it will stay lit until New Year's day.

Each day after the lighting of the tree, Port Lavaca will host a different event.

"Tuesday, the city is sponsoring the ice skating for free," Buehring said. "It's the newest thing this year and will be open through Friday."

There will be also be a lighted Christmas parade on Virginia street and on the last day of festivities, the chamber will host a market day on Main Street, which will include booths for vendors and live entertainment for families.

"The Christmas tree lighting is always exhilarating, and the ice skating rink may be my new favorite thing," said Tina Crow, executive director of the Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce.

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