Dashing through the streets, on a trackless train to ride, oh what fun it is to spend a day at the Carol of Lights.
Lampasas’ annual Carol of Lights takes place this weekend with a variety of activities to entertain adults and children alike until the Grand Lighted Christmas Parade through the downtown square at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
“You have all day long to shop and visit,” said Dianna Hodges, president of Vision Lampasas!, which is in charge of the parade this year. “Eat at the downtown restaurants, relax. It’s a traditional feel of Christmas, except no snow.”
The Town and Country Study Club will host a Christmas Bazaar at the Lampasas County Courthouse opening at 1 p.m.
Around 30 vendors will be set up to sell homemade crafts, Hodges said. The $1 entry fee to the bazaar goes to the Lampasas High School scholarship fund.
A classic cars display will begin to set up around noon on the south side of the square, officially opening at 4 p.m., according to the event’s schedule. Strolling carolers will meander the square between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Keystone Square Museum, at 303 S. Western Ave., will feature a gingerbread house display and announce winners of its Christmas Tree contest between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a bake sale taking place between 2 and 7 p.m.
Children’s activities, including a trackless train ride, will be available on the east side of the square between 3 and 6 p.m.
Storytelling, hosted by Mrs. Claus herself, will take place at My Girls, 415 E. Third St., between 3 and 5 p.m. Santa Claus will be on hand in the Windsor Foods lobby, 601 E. Third St., between 4 and 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., the Grand Lighted Christmas Parade will start at the intersection of Chestnut and Second Street. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will mark the end of the parade as they ride through on a fire truck.
Sunday, the Keystone Square Museum will host a tour of four local homes between 1 and 5 p.m. for $7, which goes to support the museum.
“It’s a way to become more familiar with the community, particularly for people who are not from the area,” said Susan Detrick, a member of the museum board. “We try to get a historic home, a newer home and one with some (local) significance.”