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Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 4:30 am

LAMPASAS — Although the dipping, chilly temperatures put a crimp in some of the festivities at this year’s annual Carol of Lights event Saturday, the Christmas spirit was alive and well for those who braved the cold to attend the indoor scheduled activities.

Carol of Lights has been hosted by Vision Lampasas the last five years. It serves as an umbrella that combines the efforts of several groups and organizations working together to kick off the countdown to Christmas.

Organizers canceled the Boot Scoot Jingle, an adult 5k and children’s Fun Run through the streets of the downtown Historic Square and Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden.

But Vision Lampasas president Dianna Hodges said she welcomed the cold weather with open arms and thought it added an extra special touch to the Christmas celebration.

“I think that people who don’t like cold weather stay in, just like people who don’t like hot weather stay in, but I think the cold weather is very Christmas-y,” Hodges said. “The event usually builds throughout the day and at least it’s not rainy or icy.”

The Keystone Square Museum provided shelter from the cold with its “Holly Jolly Christmas” displays featuring a Christmas tree decorating contest and winners from this year’s gingerbread house contest.

Feasting eyes on the gingerbread houses on display made it almost impossible for visitors to pass up the variety of baked goods on sale at the Keystone Square Museum’s bake sale fundraiser.

“Turnout has been very steady, so we’ve been very pleased that people are still interested in the Christmas trees and exhibits,” said Gail Lowe, a museum board member.

The daytime activities led to the evening’s Carol of Lights lighting ceremony, hosted by city and county dignitaries, and the Windsor Foods Lighted Christmas Parade at the Courthouse Square.

“We still have 17 entries for the Christmas parade and more than 20 vendors here participating in the Christmas bazaar, and I’ve had some phone calls from people in Copperas Cove on their way over here because a lot of their events got canceled, so things will go on,” Hodges said.

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