It’s time for the Festival of Lights and the Illuminated Parade this Saturday!
We are actively preparing for the 30th Annual Festival of Lights and the Illuminated Parade from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This event has grown every year and we had a record crowd of almost 6,000 at the 2019 parade and a total of over 8,000 throughout the event. Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s day event: Tom & Debi Etheredge.
This year, in addition to live music all day long, we’ll also have live music from the Bucksnort Boogie Boys from 5-7pm as we all line up for the Illuminated Parade (sponsored by Lost Pines Toyota) and get ready for Mayor Joanna Morgan to light up the Railroad Park lookout. There will also be free live screenings of “Christmas in Smithville: A Gingerbread Tale” at the Playhouse Smithville. Throughout the day there will be food vendors, activities for the kids (including a fun cornhole contest, train rides, bouncy houses, a clown, photos with Santa Claus by friends from the park of the veterans at 100 Main Street and mini golf, an outdoor holiday market and live music in the gazebo.
The lookout is lit at 6:45 p.m. with Morgan and Peace Poster winner Allison Reed. And don’t forget the illuminated parade at 7 p.m.
This event is free to everyone, so come downtown and enjoy Smithville’s annual holiday celebration. The parade is an event rain or shine, as are the photos with Santa Claus, which will be inside at 100 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, of course, the covered holiday market at the Center de leisure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will also be celebrating Smitty’s 15th birthday with a big celebratory cake and ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. at Smitty’s Corner, next to the House building.
Here is the program of the Festival of Lights and the Illuminated Parade:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m .: Photos with Santa, 100 Main Street – $ 5 per photo
10 a.m. to 4 p.m .: Indoor Holiday Market, Smithville Recreation Center
10 a.m. to 4 p.m .: Outdoor market on Main Street
10 a.m. to 4 p.m .: Kid’s Fest, featuring train, bouncy houses, clown, mini-golf, junior cornhole tournament, and basketball hoop throw (junior cornhole is 10 a.m. to noon.)
6 p.m .: Celebrate Smitty’s 15th birthday at Smitty’s Corner and cut a ribbon for the unveiling of (next to the House building)
6:45 p.m .: Gazebo lighting with Peace Poster winner Allison Reed
7 p.m .: Illuminated parade, registration in person at 1er & Olive.
The musical program in the belvedere is:
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m .: Matt Torrez Music
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone’s envy
5 p.m. to 7 p.m .: Bucksnort Boogie Boys
In addition to the Festival of Lights, there are beautiful decorations throughout the Central Business District, from over 140 life-size gingerbread men to lights up and down Main, 1st, 2nd, and Olive streets, as well as garlands, holiday banners and more. Check out the festive window decor at many of the city’s stores.
Playhouse Smithville presents “Christmas in Smithville: A Gingerbread Tale” at 7 pm Friday and Saturday at 2 pm and immediately after the parade at 110 Main Street. All shows are free.
Thursday: Wine bar in the front room and Golden Girls boutique birthday extravaganza and style and style show. Kick off the holiday season with an incredible style parade that showcases Golden Girls Boutique’s holiday arrivals and great gift ideas. December 2, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Front Room Wine Bar, 116 Main Street.
December 11: Maker’s & Merchant’s Fair at EH Mercantile, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Collect goodies and more at this quarterly event, 1509 Dorothy Nichols
Chamber Holly Jolly Mixer: Thursday, December 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Milton’s Home of Fine Furniture, co-sponsored by Pease Custom Floors. Join us as we celebrate the season.
What is hot
Submit your photos of a hot drink at a local store or restaurant. Whoever gets the most “Likes” will win a $ 25 gift certificate at that store or restaurant. Winners are chosen by the Chamber and will be announced via Facebook @smithvilleareachamberofcommerce. Keep in mind that there are many local places that offer hot drinks, so go out and explore the possibilities and buy Small Y’all in Smithville.
We had such a great time last year with our Let It Glow holiday lighting event that we’re bringing it back again this year. Make sure to light up your home or business with the holiday cheer. Judging will be done by the Smithville Garden Club and we will have lots of prizes for the winners. Be sure to register your home or business by calling 512-237-2313 so we know you’re participating. Many thanks to our title sponsor: Aqua Water Supply Corp.
Sip and buy wine
Many downtown businesses will partner with local wineries to showcase their wine as you walk around and shop for the holidays. Enjoy live music and culinary specialties along the way. Dec 11, 2019 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., $ 25, which includes a souvenir glass of wine ($ 30 on the day of the event). Register at bit.ly/3oc0GDD or call 512-237-2313. Many thanks to our sponsors, including title sponsor WJC Constructors and our main sponsor of the Independence Title event.