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Season of joy, anticipation
by Chip Latcham
Dec 01, 2011 | 521 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whether you are nine or 91, it’s getting more difficult to contain the excitement as the calendar turns to December.

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun. And if you are having a severe case of the bah humbugs, we point to a couple of special events in this community to get you in the holiday spirit.

First, after about a 20-year absence, the Christmas Tree Forest is reappearing here – at the historic McClanahan House.

About 12 trees have been decorated by different groups, and the Bee County Historical Society hopes the event will grow and gain momentum every year going forward.

Society President Shirley O’Neil anticipates that between 500 and 1,000 people, including school children, will stop in and see the forest, which opens Dec. 1 and continues through Dec. 16 at the beautiful old home at 206 E. Corpus Christi St.

They are requesting that visitors bring non-perishable food items that can be donated to the Beeville Vineyard. Please see the story elsewhere in today’s paper for open hours.

Then on Saturday, Beeville Main Street will host its holly jolly Christmas celebration from 2 until 8 p.m.

Snowflake Park should be a sight to see at the Downtown Depot Pavilion, as kids will love to play and slide in 40,000 pounds of snow.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland will open in the old J.C. Penney store on Washington Street, featuring the grand arrival of Santa. Bring the family to see that jolly old elf and hear Mrs. Claus read Christmas stories.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered downtown to the Christmas Tree Forest.

Peppermint Palace will be set up in the Rialto Theatre Annex, where a Christmas puppet performance is scheduled.

Enjoy Christmas music and lights as visitors stroll around the town, visiting the shops, restaurants and stores.

Then at 6:30, the Winter Wonderland Lighted Parade will feature floats and marching bands vying for cash prizes.

And don’t forget the Winterfest celebration at the Bee County Expo Center. Tickets are going for $10 apiece to hear Tejano entertainers, including Emilio Navaira, on Friday night and country/western musicians, headlined by the Randy Rogers Band, on Saturday night.

Michelle Wright, Main Street Program manager, may be the busiest elf outside of the North Pole about now. But the smiles on the faces of children (and adults) will be worth all the effort. – Chip Latcham
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