This parade is getting larger each year, but there is room for everyone. As always, the Living Nativity will open the parade. There is no charge, and cars, trucks, horses, floats, bikes, walkers, dogs are all allowed. Some years, even a helicopter has shown up. All entries must have lights and each entry (individual or group) must fill out a form at the Market House Museum so that each entry can be announced as they go around the square. Shops and restaurants will be open for business and all buildings will be displaying their Christmas Decorations. Entertainment will be provided before and after the parade, so come to town early and eat, shop, watch the parade and stay for the entertainment.
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. will begin the 28th “Christmas in Goliad.” The square will be busy with vendors opening booths featuring their arts and crafts. All arts and crafts must be high quality and totally hand made. Food and drink booths will be open throughout the day. Many of the local merchants will have special items for sale, and the entire town will be decorated for the Christmas season. Miss Ruby’s Corral will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature various authors with their books for sale, autographs or just to visit with event-goers. The authors corral will feature cookbooks, local history books, genealogy books and others. Santa will arrive riding a Texas longhorn and will be available to have pictures taken with the children, so be sure to bring your cameras. Entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day.
Nationally known cowboy poets will perform on the courthouse steps at 1:30 p.m.
The Market House Museum will be open for visitors all day. Stop by to “take a tour” of the exhibits and get a feel for Goliad’s great history. Regular hours for The Market House Museum are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and are free of charge.
A truly fun feature is the “Best Dressed Dog Contest” hosted by Goliad Pet Adoption. Bring your dog in his or her best outfit and compete for the title of “Best Dressed.” The contest will be held on the square at 3 p.m. Please call Goliad Pet Adoption for more details.
At dusk on Saturday evening, Las Posadas (the birth of baby Jesus in the Mexican culture), will be performed at the Presidio La Bahia.
Cowboy Christmas featuring nationally known cowboy poets will perform at the Julie Wimberly Bldg. at the Fair Grounds at 7 p.m.
The Beeville Community Chorus will perform at the Mission Espiritu Santos at 8 p.m.
“Christmas in Goliad” is truly an original old fashioned Texas Christmas personifying the spirit of Christmas in music, sounds, arts, crafts, food and ethnic and cultural events. Make plans to begin your holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in historic Goliad.
For more information, contact Market House Museum at 361-845-8767, Myra Heard at 361-645-2680 or Jimmie Rader at 361-645-3695.