Christmas activities return to Burnet this weekend

At the left, families gather around the main stage across from the Burnet County Courthouse after its lighting to prepare for the bicycle giveaway and a meeting with Santa during last year's Christmas on the Square. This year's event is scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 8, from 12 to 9 p.m.
At the right, Main Street Bethlehem cast members train well before the production to ensure visitors are provided a genuine experience as they travel through the small town of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus' birth. This year's Main Street Bethlehem will take place for two weekends, Dec. 7 – 9 and 14 – 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the corner of Boundary and Washington Streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

It is officially Christmastime in Burnet, judging by the number of events taking place this weekend. Residents and visitors of Historic Burnet are in for a real treat as these favorite events return to town.

Christmas on the Square with a 100% Chance of Snow

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas on the Square in Burnet is an exciting day for everyone, residents and visitors alike, and it is returning this Saturday, Dec. 8.

Complete with a parade, bicycle giveaway, local business vendors, food, Christmas lights, Santa Claus, and SNOW, Christmas on the Square is one of Burnet's most fun and anticipated events!

You read that right… Christmas on the Square doesn't only mean shopping, food, and Santa. It also means snow! The corner lot at Jackson and Pierce Streets will again be turned into a winter wonderland where children may descend huge slides and have good, old-fashioned snowball fights right in Central Texas.

When they're not frolicking through the snow, visitors may stroll through the Historic Downtown Square and shop through many different vendors' tents and take home art, crafts, handmade goodies and foods, and much more!

Another exciting aspect of Burnet's Christmas on the Square is the bicycle giveaway, which takes place in front of the Burnet County Courthouse following the annual Christmas Parade. Many children ask for a bicycle for Christmas, and sometimes Santa, Mom, or Dad have trouble getting them; the bicycle giveaway was designed to help families make their children's dreams come true!

Live music will be provided by many local singers and songwriters throughout the day, and just around dusk, the Burnet County Courthouse will be lit up in a blast of color, instilling Christmas cheer in all who witness it, if the snow and hot chocolate didn't already get everyone excited!

After the lighting, a special appearance by Santa Claus in front of the Courthouse will provide kids with a chance to sit on St. Nick's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas, making for a great photo-op!

Christmas on the Square will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. around the Burnet Courthouse Square.

There is still time to land a spot in the parade lineup. Individuals interested in participating in the Christmas parade may call the Burnet Chamber of Commerce to sign up at 512-756-4297.

 

Christmas on the Square Schedule:

12:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Booths open to the public

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Live Entertainment & Christmas Music on the Square

  • 12:00 – TBA

  • 1:00 – Denise Moreau

  • 2:00 – Matthew Butter

  • 3:00 – Studio 29 Dance Centre

  • 4:00 – Michael Ryan

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Snow on the Square!!

5:00 p.m.

Christmas Parade (line-up starts at 3:45)

5:30 p.m.

Bicycle Giveaway

 

Main Street Bethlehem

As Christmas draws near, Burnet residents begin looking forward to an event which holds a meaningful spot in the hearts off all who participate in it.

For two weekends beginning Friday, Dec. 7, residents and visitors have the opportunity to visit the town of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth, right in the heart of Burnet and rediscover the meaning of Christmas with members of the First Baptist Church, who have been providing their community with this wonderful experience since its debut in 1993.

Main Street Bethlehem gives visitors a glance 2,000 years back in time on the night Jesus was born, inviting them to learn hands-on what life was like back then. The atmosphere gives visitors a most humbling feeling, being able to walk in the footsteps of those they have learned about in church and from family members.

Guests smell various foods cooking, taste the popular bread made by Biblical figures, and explore the little town and the people who keep it running as they follow the Star of Bethlehem, slowly making their way through the town to find Joseph and Mary celebrating the birth of their son.

Lines are known to curve through downtown Burnet before the event as visitors begin waiting for the opening of the gates, but members of FBC Burnet want visitors to know they should not be intimidated by the sight. The lines are known to move rather quickly, and all who enter the gates of Bethlehem forget the wait the moment they behold the beauty of it.

Main Street Bethlehem will run Dec. 7 – 9 and 14 – 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is always free, though donations are appreciated. Main Street Bethelehem is located at the corner of Boundary and Washington Streets.

**As heavy rains are expected for Friday, Dec. 7, visitors are urged to stay up to date on weather developments concerning opening night of Main Street Bethlehem. Updates may be accessed on First Baptist Church Burnet's website, fbcburnet.org

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