Come 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.





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