By Kim Steele
Harker Heights Herald
Holiday fun is coming to Harker Heights.
Two Christmas events featuring Jolly Old St. Nick will take place the first part of December. Children and their families are invited to partake in a variety of activities, including listening to music, viewing Christmas lights, and eating breakfast and taking photographs with Santa Claus.
The eighth annual Frost Fest is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing. It is free to the public.
Breakfast With Santa will take place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. Tickets are $4 each.
Harker Heights Recreation and Events Coordinator Nichole Broemer said the Frost Fest is the kickoff event for three city-sponsored Christmas activities: the Frost Fest, the 12th annual Heights Lights on Parade and the annual Letters to Santa, which involves the city placing Santa mailboxes in elementary schools.
"The Frost Fest is a fun activity for families to come out and enjoy," said Broemer. "The kids love seeing Santa, and the parents enjoy seeing their children perform during the event. It's a time to get out of the house and away from the craziness of shopping."
Broemer said Frost Fest features free hot chocolate and cookies, as well as local entertainment from dance troupes, and school choirs and bands. A petting zoo and train rides will be available. Christmas lights and decorations will brighten the scene.
The highlight of the event, said Broemer, is a tent in which Santa Claus will greet children and listen to their holiday gift wishes. Christmas music will play during the evening, and candy canes will be distributed. Broemer said about 800 children attended last year, and she is expecting more this year.
"Families should take advantage of local, free events like this one," said Broemer, noting the location will be changed to the Harker Heights Recreation Center if the weather is bad. "These are memories they will have to cherish."
Dine with Santa
Taylor Griffith, a member of the Junior Service League of Killeen, expects about 400 children and their families to gather at the activities center for the organization's Breakfast With Santa. Griffith said about 55 club members will serve breakfast and take photographs of children with Santa.
"We've been putting this event on for years, and lately it has taken place in Harker Heights," said Griffith. "It's a way we can give back to the community and provide something fun for the children. This is one of our biggest events of the year, and we're very excited."
Griffith said tickets for the event are $4 each to eat breakfast. Children can enter the activities center and immediately get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Photos will be emailed to families the next day.
From there, children can visit with Mrs. Claus, then be ushered into a room for a breakfast of two pancakes, sausage and a drink. Griffith said the room will be decorated in a Jack Frost theme, with snowflakes on the wall and presents on the table. A Christmas-themed movie will play during the event.
"We have Christmas spirit coming out of our ears," said Griffith. "Even as adults, we all love Christmas and have special memories of things we did. The children attending this event will leave with a memory of doing something fun during the holidays with their families."
Contact Kim Steele at email@example.com or (254) 501-7567.
For more information on the Frost Fest, call (254) 953-5465.
For more information on the breakfast, call (254) 953-5493.