The Christmas season is upon us—oh, you already knew?—and its more-or-less official kickoff in Rockdale will be Saturday with the annual party and parade that’s handled by the Chamber of Commerce.
Many of the activities center around the restored town showpiece, the International & Great Northern Depot Museum.
Those will include Santa hearing the wishes of area children from 4 to 6 p.m. Then he will leave to participate in the lighted Christmas parade which gets under way at 6:30 p.m.
Between 2 and 4 p.m. visitors can “inaugurate” the depot’s under-restoration 1940s-era dining car where there will be coffee and desserts.
The “Cheyenne Mountain” was built in 1942 for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad and was one of only two named dining cars ever to run on the historic rail company.
It’s being restored with grant funds and the ultimate goal is for a restaurant or coffee shop to operate inside.
There will be story time throughout the day, the depot’s popular model train display will be going and the museum portion will continue with its display of historic quilts from the area.
Wolf Park, right across the street, will be the site of musical entertainment.
The kiddie train from past celebrations will make an appearance. There will be a number of food and craft booths.
Rockdale’s official Christmas tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m.
And, of course, many local businesses will be open throughout the day and early evening.
Welcome to downtown Rockdale. It’s a destination on Saturday.—M.B.