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Members of the 1st Cavalry Horse Detachment wave to spectators during the Killeen Christmas Parade in 2017.

Many local cities and organizations are celebrating one or more holidays this year, and the Herald has collected a list of area events. The Herald will update this listing and run it multiple times during the holiday season.


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

Frost Fest: The city of Harker Heights will host Frost Fest from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 within the Market Heights Shopping Center, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, parking lot near Old Navy. Residents can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, wreath decorating contest, Santa, farmers market, synthetic ice-skating rink and more.

Breakfast with Santa: Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation and the Youth Advisory Council invite the public to attend Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the Copperas Cove Civic Center, 1206 W. Ave. B. This fundraising event will include breakfast and pictures with Santa, a Christmas movie, crafts and much more. Ticket sales will be limited, and can be pre-purchased at the Civic Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Tickets are $7 per child and $5 for adults. For more information, call Cove Parks and Recreation at 254-542-2719.

Killeen parade: The 57th annual Killeen Christmas Parade will make its merry way through downtown Killeen at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The public is invited to enjoy this free holiday tradition. Dozens of entries include floats, vehicles and performers showcasing this year’s theme, “Santa’s Winter Camp.” The parade route travels along Avenue D beginning at College Street then turns left on Gray Street, left on Sprott Avenue and left on 2nd Street. Food and craft vendors will be available before and during the parade. Spectators should arrive early to secure the best parking and viewing spots along the route.

Killeen Feast of Sharing: The city of Killeen and H-E-B will host the 12th annual Feast of Sharing from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Killeen Civic & Conference Center, 3601 S. WS Young Drive. The community is invited. The Feast of Sharing highlights the ongoing effort to combat hunger in our community by providing a free holiday meal. This community meal is made possible through public-private partnership. The city organizes hundreds of volunteers to serve thousands of pounds of food donated and prepared by H-E-B. In addition to the meal, festive entertainment and activities are planned. There is no cost to participate.

1st Cav concert: The 1st Cavalry Division band will hold one concert in Killeen and one concert in Copperas Cove for the holiday season. The concert, titled, “Christmas with the Cav,” is free and open to the public. On Dec. 19, the band will perform at Grace Christian Center, 1401 E. Elms Road, Killeen. The band will perform Dec. 20 at the Lea Ledger Auditorium in the Copperas Cove High School, 400 S. 25th St. Both concerts start at 7 p.m.

Indian Oaks event: The Indian Oaks Living Center in Harker Heights is hosting a holiday event for its residents and organizers are inviting the public to go to the nursing home and help make Christmas special for around 150 residents. The event is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the nursing home and there will be snacks, hugs and karaoke, according to organizers. If you would like to donate to the event, call 254-291-0515 or 254-258-1773. Items to donate include new no-slip unisex socks, new Santa hats, new or used games, cards, board games, or snacks from a restaurant or pre-packaged. The nursing home is at 415 Indian Oaks Drive in Harker Heights.

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