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2012-11-22 / Community News

Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Elgin!

Ring in the holidays with a downtown celebration that will fill you with the spirit of the season. Saturday, December 1st, children young and old can visit with Santa Claus and share their wishes. The day includes delicious food, activities for the kids, and store specials throughout downtown. Capture the holiday spirit with your official picture with Santa and help raise money for the Friends of Elgin Parks. The event is held in partnership with Barry Perez Studios and the River Valley Farmers Market who will have fresh produce and baked goods available, in addition to handmade arts and crafts, unique items and one of a kind creations by artists from the Central Texas area. Live music and entertainment throughout the day at the Gazebo conclude with a Live Nativity produced by St Peter’s Lutheran Church.

In addition to the arts and crafts and farmers market items downtown, Barry Perez Studios at 621 Lexington Road will be open with artists including fine jewelry, metal crafts, hand pressed architectural tiles and more. Area non-profit groups will be at Holiday by the Tracks to share information about their projects and raise funds to support operations. FestiviTrees will kick off on Saturday. FestiviTrees includes trees displayed in local Elgin businesses that are decorated with or created from recycled materials. Votes for the people’s choice for best tree will go into a drawing at the end of December for prizes!

Elgin is home to two Christmas tree farms; both have gift shops, games for the kids, and beautiful scenery. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm and Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm are locally owned and operated and are open throughout the fall and winter months. Visit www.evergreen-farms.com and www.elginchristmastreefarm.com

The grand finale is the Holiday Lighted Parade, sponsored by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. Held at dusk, the parade presents a magical lighted wonderland and Santa Claus waving from an antique fire truck. The Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Board, and City of Elgin Parks & Community Development Department organize Holiday by the Tracks as a community celebration of the holidays. Events occur from 10am to 4pm and a complete schedule can be found at www.elgintx.com/ holiday.asp

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