Killeen’s 55th “Magic of Christmas” parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Killeen.

“The parade has made its way through Downtown for 55 years, so it’s special in our community,” said Executive Director of Communications for the city of Killeen Hilary Shine.

“It brings together hundreds of people from all kinds of organizations like service clubs, schools, churches and businesses to entertain thousands of spectators.”

More than 100 floats, vehicles and performers are entered in the parade lineup, which will span about one mile starting east on Avenue D, turning north on Gray Street, west on Sprott Avenue, south on Second Street and ending at Avenue B.

The parade will be led by co-grand marshals Maj. Gen. Paul Calvert, 1st Cavalry Division commander, and 2017 Roy J. Smith Award winner Eula “Sis” Beck.

Spectators are encouraged to get there early to find parking and secure a good viewing spot along the parade route.

“It’s a festive celebration of the season, and best of all, it’s free,” said Shine.

For more information, call 254-501-7878.

Holiday events

Vive Les Arts Children’s Theatre will be performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 3401 South W.S. Young Drive. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $14, senior/military/student tickets are $12, and youth tickets are $10.

The Salado Christmas Stroll is Friday through Sunday. Local stores will stay open late for Christmas shopping, live music can be found on South Main Street, a nativity scene at the First Baptist Church parking lot will be set up, funnel cakes and kettle corn can be purchased from food tents outside the Strawberry Patch parking lot and Main Street will be decorated with lights.

Tablerock Amphitheater on Royal Street in Salado will host the 25th annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the night of the performance and are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and younger.

The 14th annual Frost Fest will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Market Heights parking lot, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights. Activities include free hot chocolate and cookies, music by Skye Strickler, a wreath-decorating contest, a synthetic ice-skating rink, visits with Santa and a Holiday Farmers Market. Visitors can also bring a new, wrapped toy to the fire department drop-off area for the Santa Pal program.

Lampasas Christmas on the Creek will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at W.M. Brook Park. Visitors can expect live music, food trucks and Santa’s Village.

H-E-B and the city of Killeen will host the 10th annual Feast of Sharing from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. The event is open to the public and will include a free holiday meal, activities and entertainment. Volunteers are still needed to fill the first shift, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and volunteers may register by calling the Killeen Volunteer Center at 254-501-7878.

Vista College’s Killeen campus, 1001 S. Fort Hood St. in Killeen, is hosting a free “Cookies with Santa” event from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13. This indoor family event will include photos with Santa, cookies, holiday refreshments and tours of the campus.

“The Most Wonderful Show of the Year” Christmas variety show will be at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen at 7 p.m. Dec. 14-16. Tickets can be found at

The third annual Santa Paws Holiday Market is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at AmeriStor Self Storage, 2010 E. Elms Road, Killeen. Pets are welcome.

St. Joseph Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society is hosting the 49th annual Christmas Bazaar from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 and from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17. A Christmas cafe, pictures with Santa and vendors selling crafts and other items will be available.

East Side Baptist Church, 500 North W.S. Young Drive in Killeen, is performing “A Teenager’s Nativity” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19. Performances will be every 30 minutes, starting at 7 p.m., and hot cocoa, holiday treats and a toy/canned food drive in the fellowship hall will be available between performances.

The Feed the Hungry Winter Wonderland Free Christmas Dinner, sponsored by Upper Room Ministry, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Serenity Chateau, 315 S. First St. in Copperas Cove.

The annual Wreath Project, which prepares and places holiday wreaths at each grave at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, will need volunteers for wreath retrieval at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195.

Trail of Lights

The annual Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area’s “Nature in Lights” 5.5-mile-long holiday light trail is open every day from 5:30 to 11 p.m., including Christmas Eve and Christmas, until Jan. 7.

The cost for one car, minivan or pickup is $15.

Fifteen-passenger vans, limos or RVs are $30. Twenty-four-passenger vans pay $50, and 47-passenger vans or larger buses pay $75.

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