LAMPASAS — The sights and sounds of Christmas come alive Saturday with the annual Carol of Lights event in Lampasas.
Starting with a 5k fun run, shopping and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and ending with a lighted Christmas parade, the collaborative, citywide affair offers something for everyone.
“This used to be a smaller event ... but five years ago, Vision Lampasas got involved and we worked together to move the event to Saturday,” Vision Lampasas President Diana Hodges said. “Now, it’s a pretty big event with all-day Saturday activities. This is the fifth year we’ve had the collaborative event since it started in the mid-’80s.”
Hodges describes Carol of Lights as an umbrella event that combines the efforts of various organizations working together.
Registration for the Boot Scoot Jingle 5k Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the boot mural on Western Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. The adult race starts at 9 a.m. and a children’s race at 9:30.
The Town and Country Study Club will host a Christmas Bazaar from 1 to 6 p.m. inside the historic Lampasas Courthouse. The bazaar will feature handcrafted gift items such as jewelry, clothing and boots.
“The Town and Country Study Club is a group of 25 women who focus on learning a variety of subjects each month,” said bazaar co-organizer Teresa Faught. “We raise money for high school scholarships, mission groups and benevolent needs within our community.”
Admission to the Christmas Bazaar is $1 per person.
Children’s activities begin at 2 p.m. with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at My Girls and the lobby of Windsor Foods on Third Street, and a Kiddie Express Kids’ train will give rides on the east side of the courthouse. Classic cars will be on display around the courthouse square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At 6 p.m., city and county dignitaries will gather at the courthouse bandstand to kick off the courthouse lighting ceremony and Christmas parade.
Traffic along the courthouse area downtown will be blocked off for the annual event starting at 3 p.m.
Key Stone Square Museum is hosting “A Holly Jolly Christmas” featuring displays of Christmas trees and gingerbread houses from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 303 S. Western St. A bake sale starts at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, the museum will host a Holiday Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. with five featured homes. Admission is $7 per person.
“It’s a great weekend. I think Lampasas is a very vibrant, small town, and you like to see your small town offer things larger cities can’t,” Hodges said. “The Carol of Lights is a nice place to walk around, relax without battling city traffic and enjoy shopping opportunities here people wouldn’t find anywhere else.”
For a complete schedule of events, parade route maps, rules and registration forms for events, go to www.visionlampasas.com or call the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce at 512-556-7152.