It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Central Texas, and these upcoming events in Harker Heights and Nolanville are guaranteed to boost the holiday spirit even more.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to deck the halls with boughs of holly — and lights — for the annual Heights Parade of Lights contest.
The free competition sponsored by the city is divided into four divisions with prizes awarded in each.
“All entries will be judged on the ‘Ahh’ factor, number of and placement of lights, color and attractiveness, overall theme and total effort involved,” Nichole Broemer, Heights recreation and events coordinator, said.
Division I is for apartments, townhouses and duplexes, and Division II is for manufactured homes. Division III includes single-family homes and is divided into six areas within Harker Heights.
Broemer hopes Division IV, which is for businesses, will get more entries this year than it has in the past.
“No businesses entered last year, so I’m hoping some businesses will enter,” Broemer said.
First-place winners receive an ornament, gift card, Frost Fest T-shirt and a sign to place in their yards. Second-place winners receive an ornament and Frost Fest T-shirt, Broemer said.
Residents and business owners can register for the contest through 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing. Judging will take place starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 10.
Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special appearance at the ninth annual Frost Fest celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Carl Levin Park.
Santa will be available for photos, so families are encouraged to bring cameras, Broemer said.
“We want to provide an event for the whole family to experience the festivities,” Broemer said. “Last year had a good turnout.”
Some of the free activities at Frost Fest include a petting zoo, a super slide and wagon rides. Holiday revelers also can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies while they listen to Christmas carols.
Pony rides will be available for $5 and arts and crafts vendors will have gift items to purchase.
The Junior Service League of Killeen will sell Breakfast with Santa tickets for $4. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Activities Center on Indian Trail.
Carl Levin Park is at 400 Miller’s Crossing in Harker Heights.
For more information about either event, call Broemer at (254) 953-5465.