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2016 Guide to local Christmas and holiday events

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A listing of area holiday events and festivities:

Now - Jan. 8

Nature in Lights

The annual Nature in Lights, a Christmas lights drive-thru event at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, is currently under way.

The dates for this season’s Nature in Lights is Nov. 11 - Jan. 8, and it is open nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m.

Prices have increased this year. The gate fees are:

Car, mini-van and pick-up: $15 per vehicle.

Limos, RV and 15–passenger van: $30

24-passenger van: $50

47-passenger van or larger bus: $75

Last year, cars mini-vans and pick-ups got in for $8 per vehicle.

Restroom facilities along the route are outlined in green lights for easy recognition. Nature in Lights is organized by Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. For more information, call 254-287-2523 or go to

Dec. 2-3

Killeen tree lighting events

Killeen will mark the start of the holiday season Friday at the annual Tree Lighting event at Killeen Community Center, 2201 East Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The public is invited to join in an evening of free festive family fun.

Santa Claus will arrive at 6 p.m. to light the 50-foot silhouette holiday tree and will pose for photos with children and listen to wish lists until 8 p.m.

Free activities will include a petting zoo, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a game truck, an art bus and much more.

A free movie in the park screening of Elf starts at 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy free cookies and cocoa.

The holiday event continues on Saturday at the same location, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a petting zoo, food truck competition, refreshments, crafts, live entertainment and children’s activities.

Dec. 3

Jingle Bell Dash

Online registration and viewing of the race map can be found at Registration can also be done the day of the race starting at 7 a.m. at the Lion’s Club Park, 1700 E. E Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen. Fee is $25 per registrant. Race begins at 8 a.m. Refreshments will be provided after the race.

Christmas on the Farm, Bell County Expo

Aware Central Texas is hosting over 40 fun children’s activities for all ages at the Bell County Expo from 9-5 p.m. There will be mini hay rides, a country store, entertainment and many more. Tickets are available online at Tickets are $.50 per person or $2 a family. You can also check out the entertainment schedule while online. The expo is located at 903 N. Main St, Belton.

Clear Creek Meadows Christmas Photo with Santa

The real estate agency will offer a set up scenery to have your family photographed with Santa. The digital photo will be free with one toy donation, over a $5 value. To reserve a time slot, please email us at or call 254-547-0533. The agency is located at 1202 S FM 116 in Copperas Cove.

Breakfast in Toyland

The public is welcomed “Breakfast in Toyland” at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd,, Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. The event, sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association Globe Chapter, will feature Santa Claus and a breakfast including pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. Admission is $5 per person, and includes a picture with Santa. Contact: Amy Millsap, 254-289-3686.

Copperas Cove Christmas Parade

The Copperas Cove Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Whoville.” Registration fee is $20. Applications and payment must be received no later than Friday. Check-in time is 1 p.m. at the Copperas Cove High School parking lot on Avenue D. If your float needs assembly, you may arrive early but still must check in at 1 p.m. and must be ready at 2 p.m. if being judged. Judging begins at 2 p.m. For more information, contact 254-547-7571.

YMCA Christmas Parade, Copperas Cove

The city of Copperas Cove will hold a YMCA Christmas Parade on Avenue D at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas on the Chisholm Trail, Belton

City of Belton and the Downtown Belton Merchants Association is having a parade starting at 6 p.m. An Old Fashion Christmas in downtown Belton. Festival is from noon to 7 p.m. This event will have specialty crafts, flavorful foods and festive entertainment surrounded by twinkling lights, holiday fare, and Santa Claus will be there.

Lampasas Christmas Parade

The parade starts at 4 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, please call 512-556-8315.

Santa’s Arrival at W.M. Brook Park, Lampasas

Kids can meet and talk with Santa between 4 to 6 p.m.

Lampasas’ Annual Carol of Lights

This event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m with several events happening throughout the day. The Lampasas County Courthouse square will be lit up with various colors and designs of Christmas lights museum displays, classic cars, children’s activities and Santa Claus will be there. Gingerbread house display, Christmas tree display, and more. Contact Diana Hodges for more information (512)525-1871. This year’s theme is “Texas in My Heart”.

Dec. 4

Annual Parade of Lights Boat Parade, Belton

Dead Fish Grill is hosting the parade with decorative boats lit up for the holiday spirit from 6 to 8 p.m.There will be live music, great food and various local vendors. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the festivities. Dead Fish Grill is located at 2207 Lake Road Belton.

Dec. 4-6

Salado Stroll

Stroll through the streets of Salado and you’ll see light displays, several vendors and local shops along the way. There will be a variety of crafts, keepsakes as well as food to try.

Dec. 5

Master Singers Annual Christmas Concert, Killeen

Concert will be a full orchestra that will be singing at the Pershing Park Baptist Church, 1200 FM 440 Road, Killeen, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 online at or by calling 254-654-2150. They will be $25 at the door that night.

Dec. 8

The Park at MTM

The park at MTM is hosting an event with Santa Claus. Cost is $6.50 per child (adult is free with paying child) includes entry and a hotdog with a drink. Sundae Bar open in the green room $2 with pictures with Santa in the red room. The address is 4006 E. Stan Schlueter, Killeen. Proceeds will benefit Educated Angels

Dec. 9

Harker Heights Frost Fest

Chamber of Commerce, city members and the Market Heights Shopping Center is kicking off the Christmas holiday season. Free hot chocolate and cookies, music, Holiday Farmers Market, Gingerbread House Contest and Santa will be at the shopping center. This festival will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 9-11

Killeen Church of the Nazarene

“Noel: Come & See What God Has Done.” Performance will be Friday at 7 p.m and Sunday, at 10:45 a.m. Address is 951 Stagecoach Rd., Killeen.

For more information, call 254-634-7676.

Dec. 10

Killeen Christmas parade

The 54th annual Christmas parade in downtown Killeen is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Vendors would sell food an crafts along the parade route.

Vendors may apply at Applications are due Dec. 7. The fee is $50 for food trucks and $25 for craft vendors.

Barnyard Christmas, Copperas Cove

Cove Feed & Seed Shoppe will have miniature horses for kids to pet and rides, crafts, a pet sheep and goat, and Omelette the Rooster. Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2314 E Highway 190 in Copperas Cove.

5th Annual Merry Manners Etiquette Tea Event

Classic Catering will provide three types of sandwiches, three mouth-watering savories and three succulent sweets. Plenty of food and fun for an afternoon of manners, memories and more. Organizers are working with the Killeen Ladies Lions Club this year. Guests will be asked to bring a canned food item to the Tea for the Killeen Food Care Center Holiday Food. Buy tickets online at or call 254-319-8910.

Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball Featuring Neal McCoy, Belton

This event will be at the Bell County Expo, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton. All proceeds raised for the scholarship program go directly to a well-deserving Bell County high school senior. Call to purchase tickets at 254-933-5309.

Dec. 11

Breakfast with Santa

Have breakfast with Santa and enjoy some open gym time and have some tasty treats. The event is at Extreme Cheer on 1402 E. Stan Schlueter Loop. For tickets and information, please call 254-526-3547.

Dec. 11-13

Salado Stroll

Stroll though the streets of Salado and you’ll see light displays, several vendors and local shops along the way. There will be a variety of crafts, keepsakes as well as food to enjoy.

Dec. 13

Volunteers needed for annual Feast of Sharing

H-E-B and the city of Killeen will host the ninth annual Feast of Sharing from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.

Those who want to volunteer should register by calling the Killeen Volunteer Center at 254-501-7878 or go to Volunteer registration is open until Dec. 1 or until spots are filled.

The Feast of Sharing highlights the ongoing effort to combat hunger by serving free holiday meals to families in our community. The event is open to the public and will include free holiday meals, entertainment and activities.

Dec. 17

Holiday Bazaar, Reach Church, Killeen

The bazaar will be featuring local businesses and vendor between 9 to 5 p.m. So come and get your Christmas shopping done. There will be bounce houses, food trucks, and pictures with Santa Claus. The church is located at 1600 Rancier Ave, Killeen.

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