Santa to visit Dec. 8th

Parade, party one week later in 2012

Santa is still coming to Rockdale. He’s just going to show up one week later this year.

Don’t expect Rockdale’s annual Christmas parade and party on the first weekend of December, as has been the case in past years. All those activities will still be held but they’re coming on Dec. 8, not this Saturday.

“Christmas in the Country” will end with the biggest event, the 6:30 p.m. lighted Christmas parade which starts downtown and ends at Fair Park.

But there will be all kinds of fun and games downtown, in and around the I&GN Historical Depot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Santa will be at the depot from 4 to 6 p.m. to hear the Christmas wishes of area children.

ACTIVITIES—The day will feature photography and jams/jellies contests, cow milking demonstration, children’s bounce house, arts/crafts, food and drink, local entertainment and, of course, shopping at downtown stores.

In addition to Santa, activities in the depot will include a toy train display, story time in the big red caboose, tours of the caboose and dinner in the diner car.

LIGHTING— Gene Luckey U. S. Marine Corps World War II veteran, and survivor of the battle of Iwo Jima, will turn on the lights for Rockdale’s official Christmas tree at Wolf Park in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

Luckey wi ll also serve as grand marshal for the downtown parade.

FOR THE KIDS—In addition to Santa, there will be lots for children to do.

Rockdale ISD’s iTigers program will provide free kids activities from 12-noon to parade time.

Those include a Santa’s Workshop area, where children can make Christmas arts and crafts and a “photo booth area” with different props.

The iTigers volunteers will take a picture and print one for each child, and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to get their own photos.

There will be face painting, Christmas tattoos, sand art, a Christmas Goodie Walk and Christmas Bingo.

Older children will be able to compete in several games including Christmas Pictionary, Christmas dance contests, Rudolph’s antlers, and “Christmas Minute to Win It.”

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