Celebrate This Joyous Season With Us!
As Holiday Season
Approaches, Newton Gets Ready To “Light Up”
Start digging out and dusting off your Christmas decorations because
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means it’s time for
Light Up Newton at the 22nd Annual Festival of Lights. Sponsored by
the Newton Area Business Association, with help from local
businesses and anyone willing to volunteer their time and energy,
the festivities will be on Saturday, November 26.
Santa’s Workshop will open at 4 p.m. in the NEW location next to
Caney Creek Park. The Train Depot/Welcome Center will provide easy
access to the Christmas Train and an abundance of space for
Christmas merchandise from local and area artisans! Local crafters
are eagerly sought to put their wares in the consignment shop.
The gumbo supper will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Howard Civic
Center. For entertainment, we need choirs, Christmas carolers, or
anyone wanting to participate. Contact Christye Holloway at
409-379-2328 with questions and suggestions. A brief ceremony at the
gazebo on the Courthouse Square will be held at 6 p.m. before the
parade. Entertainment will begin in the Civic Center immediately
following the lighted parade, which is at 6:15 p.m.
The lighted Christmas Parade has become a tradition. Folks
interested should call Melanie Smith at 409-594-3407. The Newton
Volunteer Fire Department will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies
to the parade entries. After the parade, Santa Claus will be at the
Civic Center for photos with the kids.
The Christmas Train will be touring the fantastic display of lights
at Caney Creek Park beginning after the parade until 9 p.m. The
addition of a second train will alleviate long waits experienced
over the last few years, and it’s electric, which means a quiet
smooth ride. For information on the Santa’s Workshop and Christmas
Train, please contact Octavene Booker at 409-379-5829.