Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade this Saturday

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive for the 25th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. (News file photo) Christmas Parade Thursday. (Photo by Barbara Green)

The Christmas season comes to Bowie this Saturday with the 26th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival.
On Dec. 2 Main Street Bowie presents a full day of holiday activities to open the season.
Santa’s House will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 219 N. Smythe Street at Higher Purpose Dance Studio. Bring the youngsters out for a free photograph with Santa Claus.
After visiting the “Big Guy” the family can go to Elf’N Magic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bowie Community Room.
Presented by the First United Methodist Church children can enjoy hot chocolate, decorate cookies, make a bag of magical reindeer feed and create a craft.
Pre-parade activities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Walnut and Smythe Street at the Christmas Tree. Enjoy concessions and music from Casting Out, a contemporary Christian rock band followed by a local choir.
Just before the parade, at 6:45 p.m., will be the annual tree lighting at the community Christmas tree in front of the Bowie News office at the intersection of Tarrant and Smythe.
The 26th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday night following the tree lighting.

Read the full story in the mid-week News.