Frost Fest

Blake and Brandy Cardona are all smiles after visiting with Santa at Frost Fest on Dec. 7.

Residents of Harker Heights entertained a celebrity at the annual Frost Fest celebration Dec. 7 at Carl Levin Park. To the delight of all the children present, Santa Claus came to town.

All eyes were on the guest of honor as he arrived on a fire truck with lights flashing. Santa was then escorted on a parks and recreation vehicle to his personal tent.

Nichole Broemer, Harker Heights recreation and events coordinator, said Frost Fest usually takes a few months to plan and reservations have to be made to ensure Santa is there on the big day.

“Santa is a busy man,” she said.

Children lined up to voice their requests until the end of the event, and no one was turned away. Santa’s long line could be the result of the large attendance, which Broemer said appeared to be higher than last year.

Blake Cardona, 3, who attended the event with his parents, Brandy and Jacob Cardona, was extremely excited to enter Santa’s tent.

“His favorite thing is Santa,” Brandy said.

The family traveled from their home in Clifton to attend Frost Fest. Jacob Cardona is a Harker Heights firefighter.

Besides Santa’s appearance, multiple activities were featured at Frost Fest, including wagon rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, arts and crafts vendors, a “super slide,” hot chocolate and cookies.

According to Broemer, the slide takes the place of sledding since there is no snow in Texas.

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