A couple of special guests will be at City Hall on Friday, December 5 to help the City officially mark the beginning of the Christmas season. On that day, Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with representatives from the Houston Comets, will join Mayor Johnny Isbell and City Council members at the City’s annual tree lighting ceremony and celebration.
The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. and will feature games, crafts, a petting zoo, hay rides, performances by local choirs and more. City Hall will also be open so that guests can tour the trees displayed inside that are part of the annual Circle of Trees. There is no charge for admission, and everyone in the community is invited to attend.
Michael Walker, recreation manager and chairman of the event, said the tree lighting is the perfect way for families to kick off the holiday season.
“Kids always have fun at this event, but so do their parents,” Walker said. “This event is always a great experience for everyone involved. It’s a way to bring the community together to celebrate the holiday season.”
Each year, the tree lighting festivities have steadily grown to become a very popular tradition in the city, Walker said, adding that he hopes it will grow even bigger this year.
“This event is always great. It’s a huge success and typically draws between 3,000-6,000 people,” Walker said. “This year, we wanted to open it up and make it even bigger by offering businesses and organizations in the community the chance to be a part of Christmas.”
He emphasized that the City will work with sponsors to provide them with whatever they need to participate, whether it be just an area to set up in or electricity. Walker said that food and small toys or gift items are always a big hit with those in attendance, but that he is open to anyone that wants to be a part of the event.
“A company could pass something out or sponsor an area. We’re interested in all ideas,” Walker said. “Just contact the parks and recreation department, and we’ll see what we can come up with. We want to hear from anyone willing to help.”
For more information, contact the parks and recreation department at (713) 740-7062.