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Posted: Saturday, December 25, 2004 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:13 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Paula Abernathy

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE Christmas in Copperas Cove started with the Copperas Cove High School Girls Choir singing Christmas songs and carols in front of the library on Thursday night.

Following the lighting of the official Copperas Cove Christmas Tree, Santa came to the library on top of a firetruck while a long line of children waited impatiently to give him their wish lists.

On Friday night, another tree was lit to signal the start of this years Krist Kindl Markt. Santa again put in an appearance, this time with Mrs. Claus at his side. A crowd of people of all ages filled the downtown area to welcome Santas return and to visit the Krist Kindl Markt.

Members of the 4th ID Brass Quartet played for the opening, with short welcomes from Jim Kanzenbach, Annabelle Smith and Beverly Smith.

Mayor Bradi Diaz read a declaration from the city of Copperas Cove for the opening of Krist Kindl Markt, preserving our traditions and for the child in all of us.

The festival, sponsored by the Downtown Copperas Cove Association and the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, is inspired by the traditional German holiday bazaars. The times are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is no charge for admission.

Each year a four-block area in Avenue E and Main Street is blocked off for this popular event with more than 100 vendors offering everything from German kraut dogs, bratwurst and schnitzel to English tea cakes and buffalo burgers and gift vendors offering jewelry, dolls, tapestries, yard art, Christmas ornaments and wreaths.

For the kids there is a rock climbing wall, a double-sided obstacle course, shark slide, palm tree bounce, petting zoo and a kids carnival. Youngsters can also have their parents register for a Nintendo GameCube to be given away at the end of Krist Kindl.

New this year is the addition of a Santa Mailbox. Children can bring their letters for Santa to the Krist Kindl Markt and mail them him right there. Santa himself placed the first letter in, taking it from a child and telling all the children that each letter went directly to the North Pole.

The Copperas Cove Christmas Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. today and goes right past the Krist Kindl Markt area.

Entertainment will be provided by area school and church choirs, bands and dancers, who will be performing throughout the Krist Kindl Markt.

Contact Paula Abernathy at paula@kdhnews.com

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