In Beeville, Winter Fest will blow into town and stir up excitement, which started Friday evening at the Bee County Expo Center.
Several top-name bands were scheduled to help promote tourism and to coincide with events downtown, according to Chamber of Commerce officials.
On Friday night, Grammy Award winner La Mafia was the headliner, preceded by country musician Josh Abbott. On Saturday, prominent Texas singer Robert Earl Keen is the featured attraction, preceded by Latin band SIGGNO.
The downtown celebration begins Saturday morning as the traditional Market and Main is transformed into a Christmas extravaganza.
“It will be different because there will be a lot more Christmas crafts,” said Michelle Wright, Beeville Main Street manager.
Also, candy makers can show off their skills by bringing their gingerbread houses and other best sweets to be judged, with a top prize of $100.
Mrs. Claus will be present at the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library from noon to 2 p.m.
Later, she and Santa Claus will arrive downtown on a fire truck about 6 p.m. at the depot pavilion to hear children’s Christmas wishes.
The major attraction will be the fourth annual lighted Christmas parade. Floats will begin making their way down Washington Street, from Cleveland to Corpus Christi streets, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The theme this year is “Holly Jolly Downtown Christmas Celebration.”
All the events, Wright said, will be bigger and better than last year.
In addition, many area residents will want to hurry over to Goliad State Park that night.
The Beeville Community Chorus will present many Christmas favorites at its annual concert at the mission at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Christmas in Goliad will be featured on the square Saturday. And the traditional lighted Christmas parade was scheduled Friday night.
So if you don’t participate in any of these festive events, you have no one to blame for not getting into the Christmas spirit.