Santa parade, party Saturday

Kids’ activities, shopping, story time to precede huge lighted night event

Wolf Park tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. Wolf Park tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. Santa Claus is coming to Rockdale Saturday as part of a day-long “Christmas in the Country Party” that features the traditional night lighted Christmas parade along with activities at the I&GN Depot and Wolf Park.

It’s capped off by the parade, which rolls from the downtown area to Fair Park at 6:30 p.m.

It will feature floats, lighted vehicles, music and, of course, Santa.

There’s a special grand marshal this year. Gene Luckey, a former U. S. Marine and survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, after being wounded.

Appropriately, this year’s parade is the day after Pearl Harbor Day. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor propelled America into World War II.

Three awards will be bestowed to the best floats in the parade and there will also be awards going to motorcycles, ATVs, decorated vehicles, religious entries, decorated entries and “Santa’s helpers” (walkers in costumes.)

VISITS—Santa will be in the I&GN depot museum from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday to hear the wishes of area children.

There will be other events at the depot during those times, including story time in the caboose and tours of the facility.

The depot’s model train room, now featuring all O-scale (the larger 1:48 size) working trains, will be open for children of all ages.

WOLF PARK—Rockdale’s downtown Wolf Park, located across the Milam-Main intersection from the depot, will be the focus of activities throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m.

Arts and crafts and food vendors will be set up, there will be local entertainment in the pavilion, a bounce house for children and a cow milking demonstration.

And, of course, there will be plenty of shopping opportunities at downtown Rockdale’s stores.

Two contests have been scheduled by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

Denise Brock, Chamber secretary, said a jams/jellies contest will get under way with turn-in at 10 a.m. and judging about an hour later.

A photography contest will begin with photos accepted at 12-noon and judging about an hour later.

LIGHTS, KIDS—Rockdale’s official ChristmastreeinWolf Park will be lit by parade grand marshal Luckey in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

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

Those include a Santa’s Work- shop 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 won’t be left out. They will be able to compete in several games including Christmas Pictionary, Christmas dance contests, Rudolph’s antlers, and “Christmas Minute to Win It.”

Lighting, decoration contest ahead

There’s lots more of “Christmas in Rockdale” to come in 2012.

A ll Rockdale residents are invited to participate in the annual Chamber of Commerce Lighting and Decorating contest.

Decorations, and lights, may be nominated prior to Dec. 17 by calling the Chamber at 446-2030.

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

• Residential.

• Business.

• Yard and sidewalk.

• Whimsical.

• Porch.

• Most animated.

• Door.

• Window.

• Lights.

• Best overall.

Judging will be on the evenings of Dec. 17 and 18 and all persons nominated are reminded to be sure their lights are on those two evenings.

Winners will be notified and will have a group photo taken at the Chamber rock house office at 5 p.m. Dec. 21.

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