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It’s Christmas time in the city
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Santa and Mrs. Claus came in a bit early to remind residents that they will be in town for the city’s Holly Jolly Christmas celebration downtown.
Santa and Mrs. Claus came in a bit early to remind residents that they will be in town for the city’s Holly Jolly Christmas celebration downtown.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Beeville.

And it’s fitting, as this weekend is the citywide annual celebration dubbed “Holly Jolly Christmas.”

For the past two weeks, city employees have been hanging garland, stringing lights and posing cutout figures throughout downtown.

“It is because of them that the magic happens,” said Michelle Wright, with Beeville Main Street. “It is because of the hard work of the staff that we are able to do this.

“It is a real team effort. Everybody works together to make the magic happen.”

The event, a group effort of Beeville Main Street and the City of Beeville, runs from 2 to 8 p.m. this Saturday along Washington Street and around the downtown pavilion.

Wright said that, despite the dreary weather that has blanketed the countryside, this weekend’s forecast calls for sunny skies.

“We are expecting sunshine and a nice weekend,” Wright said.

The highlight this year is the multitude of games coming.

There are obstacle courses, medieval jousting and numerous other interactive style games.

“We are bringing in a ton of stuff,” Wright said.

Admission for the games is $5 per person or for a family of six, $25.

At 2 p.m. Santa will arrive brought into town by local volunteer firefighters.

While Santa spends the afternoon hearing wishes and taking photos, Mrs. Claus will be reading to the children as they wait in line to meet him at the Box of Chocolates confectionery shop.

Santa will have to leave at 6 p.m. to get ready for the parade, so eager youngsters should line up earlier to ensure their wishes are heard.

For the animal lovers, there is Pooches on Parade.

Owners can dress up their canines in lighted costumes and compete in best dressed and best trick categories. This competition will occur right before the Winter Wonderland Lighted Parade.

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. beginning at Cleveland Street and running down to the courthouse.

For those who have not seen it, this is also the last weekend for the McClanahan House Christmas Tree Forest. Visitors can walk the few blocks east and see the uniquely decorated trees between 2 and 6 p.m.

Wright was noticeably excited as she talked about the multitude of events planned this year.

“The most enjoyment I have is seeing the families come out and enjoy our event.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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