Post-turkey fun: 5 things to do to celebrate the season
Nov. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.
HALLETTSVILLE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
People have oohed and ahhed at the "Festival of Lights" in Hallettsville since 1996. There will be an ornament contest, lighting extravaganza, parades and a Christmas pageant.Jean Schaefer, who coordinates the light extravaganza with her husband Roy Schaefer, said it's rewarding. "I would love to stay there from the time the lights come on, until when they go off," she said.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday to Jan. 6.
WHERE: Lavaca County Courthouse, 109 N. LaGrange
HOW MUCH: Free
INFORMATION: Call 361-798-2662 or visit hallettsville.com
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, CUERO
This event had humble beginnings in 2000 with a gazebo lighting in the Cuero Municipal Park. Now, close to 25,000 people have come to enjoy the sparkling wonder with 120 displays.
"We just keep getting bigger and bigger," said Kay Lewis, chairperson. She also said members of the community make these festivities possible. Every Thursday in December, people can warm to a cup of free hot chocolate, while their faces light up with Christmas joy.
The route is vehicle-friendly and preferred. Attendees go through East Broadway Street and Park Heights Drive. There is a self-guided map on christmasincuero.com.
WHEN: 6-10 p.m., everyday through Jan. 7
WHERE: Downtown Cuero, the 900 Block of E. Broadway St., next to GVEC
HOW MUCH: Free, donations will be accepted
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit christmasincuero.com
KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN HOLIDAY EXPRESS, EL CAMPO AND VICTORIA
Some people make wishes under a passing train; well, Crossroads community, you don't have to hold your breath any longer. The Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express has returned. This year's train will be in 25 communities on 27 dates in seven states throughout the Kansas City Southern Railway Company service territory, including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.
Attendees can walk on the holiday-themed train and see Santa. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets are required.
Rebecca Munos, president of the El Campo Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, said the weather was less than desirable when the cross-country train stopped in the area last year, yet about 2,250 people were there. She said the young and young-at-heart enjoyed themselves. "It's like a little bit of fantasy in a holiday dream."
WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, in El Campo; 4 p.m. Sunday in Victoria
WHERE: Evans Park, El Campo, Saturday; Business U.S. Highway 59 and Burroughsville Road, Victoria, Sunday
HOW MUCH: Free
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit kcsouthern.com
V.A.S.A. POD'S 30TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF
Those with confidence in their culinary skills can enter the V.A.S.A. Pod's 30th Annual Chili Cook-off.
The various contests include: Jackpot Dip, Jackpot Beans, Green Chili, Casi Chili, Jackpot Chicken and Beef Fajitas, and Jackpot Margaritas. Winners will receive trophies and points for the Chili Appreciation Society International Inc.
RV parking with limited hook-ups will be at the Colet Inn Bar and Grill. Dianna Hoy, president of the local VASA. Pod, said, "We raise money to help people." This year's proceeds will help Corrie Funk, a kidney transplant patient who needs help with medical expenses.
WHEN: 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday, times vary for each contest
WHERE: Colet Inn Bar and Grill, 3023-E Camp Colet Road, Victoria
HOW MUCH: $10-20
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Dianna Hoy at 361-648-6990 or visit chili.org
The holidays have arrived. Thanksgiving is almost synonymous with food and family.
Whether you enjoy traditional meals with turkey and all the trimmings, or an unconventional one, chances are you're loosening your belts and wobbling away from the table.
Hopefully, you will sleep soundly on the evening of thanks because you're going to need energy for all the pre-Christmas activities.
The Crossroads has some family-friendly and even free activities for you to enjoy. Here is a short list of activities, beyond the obvious choice of shopping. Enjoy.