Hallettsville lights up with Christmas spirit

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Nov. 25, 2017 at 9:06 p.m.
Updated Nov. 26, 2017 at 6 a.m.

A large crowd of people gathers around the Hallettsville courthouse for the annual Festival of Lights.

A large crowd of people gathers around the Hallettsville courthouse for the annual Festival of Lights.   Olivia Vanni for The Victoria Advocate

HALLETTSVILLE - As the clock struck 6 p.m., 350,000 lights reflected off Mia Casares' dark brown eyes. The 4-year-old's eyes glimmered even more when she saw a chubby man dressed in red and white leading the annual lighted parade.

"The event is a pretty good deal," said Jesse Casares, who had his daughter, Mia, sitting on his shoulders. "She loves Santa, the lights and the atmosphere."

More than 3,000 people gathered for the Festival of Lights on Saturday in Downtown Hallettsville.

The Lavaca County Courthouse, which bore the words love, joy, hope and peace - one word on each side of the building - has been decorated with light since 1996, said Jim Jakubek, 68, member of the festival committee.

He added there were about 40 entries for this year's Lighted Christmas Parade.

The Mizera family, of Hallettsville, brought more bright lights and Christmas spirit to the 100 block of North LaGrange Street. The family consisted of Leeann Mizera, 47; Allexus Mizera, 18; Allec Mizera, 11; and their dogs Boots, 5, and Taco, 1.

"When we were here last year, I was like, 'Man, I need to be part of this,'" said Allec, who was dressed as Santa and pulling Taco on a decorated wagon.

About three blocks away from the courthouse, the Moore family was happily receiving candy, glow sticks and mini American flags.

Mike Moore said the family has planned their day around the festival since they moved into their home five years ago.

"We just enjoy the lights," he said. "Seeing all the surrounding communities participate makes this an extra-special local event that we look forward to every year."



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