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Goliad to welcome Santa on a steer

By Sara Sneath
Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.

Santa rides into the Historic Courthouse Square on a  longhorn steer as part of the tradition of  Christmas in Goliad in 2012. The festivities begin Friday and end with a performance Saturday night by Beeville Community Chorus at Goliad State Park in the Mission Espiritu Santo.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

The weekend's festivities take place in the Historic Courthouse Square.

Friday

• 5:30 p.m.: Food, arts and crafts and open entertainment

• 7 p.m.: Lighted parade

• After parade: Entertainment, shops, restaurants and booths open

Saturday

• 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Arts and crafts and food booths open, music and dancing begin, Dalhart Windberg available for signing at SoHo and blacksmithing demonstrations by Goliad Forge

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Miss Ruby's Corral with authors and book signings and Market House Museum's "Ole Time Music Instruments"

• Noon: Santa arrives on a longhorn steer

• 3 p.m.: Best dressed dog contest

• Dusk: Las Posadas at Presidio La Bahia

• 8 p.m.: Beeville Community Chorus performs at Goliad State Park in the Mission Espiritu Santo

Source: Goliad County Historical Commission

Bicycles with Christmas lights, Santa on a longhorn steer and a best dressed dog contest are just a few of the ingredients needed for a traditional Texas Christmas, said Myra Heard, the chairwoman of Christmas in Goliad.

"It's a fun, old-fashioned Christmas," Heard said. "That's what we strive for."

The 30th annual Christmas in Goliad kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with handmade arts and crafts, choral music and dancing in the square.

At 7 p.m., the parade begins with a living Nativity scene.

"We try to put Christ back in Christmas here," Heard said. She said the lighted parade is open to everybody. As of Tuesday, there were 47 entries.

"Some people put lights on their dog and walk their dog," Heard said.

The festivities continue all day Saturday. At noon, Santa makes his grand entrance atop a longhorn steer. Children are welcome to have their picture taken on the steer, Heard said.

The two-day event is free other than the food and crafts for sale in booths in the square, she said.

"We all love Goliad, and we just want people to come and have a good time," Heard said.

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