Christmas lights strung with care. Boys and girls running to and fro. Christmas trees decorated festively. Santa and Mrs. Claus riding into town and spreading good cheer. It sounds like a small-town holiday scene from a Norman Rockwell painting.
If so, life will imitate art come Saturday (Dec. 2) when the Slaton Chamber of Commerce hosts another Christmas on the Square celebration.
The nostalgic event was revived several years ago by the chamber and promises to infuse Slaton with the Christmas spirit again this year. According to a chamber spokesperson, a number of activities are planned. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will ride into town and set up at the Harvey House so tykes can get their requests in. There will be train rides and carriage rides around the square and to the Harvey House and back.
No holiday celebration is complete without food and drink, so local businesses will host receptions and there will be wassail at the gazebo. Several food trucks will offer warm fare, including Owens Lunch-n-Go with their famous turkey bowl, sandwiches and burgers from Daily Bread, Christmas treats from Jordan’s Fruit Stand, seasonal kettle corn from Tall Cotton Kettle Corn, Tex-Mex with La Picosita and Cupcake Avenue just to start things off.
Choirs and bands from local schools and churches and a men’s ensemble will be performing on the town square. And to round it out, chamber representatives will officially “light the square.”
Various businesses and organizations are participating in a Christmas tree decorating contest coordinated by the chamber and city. After City workers set up the “trees” all around the square last week, participants decorated the trees in a variety of creative and festive ways.
Judging will take place that night with the winner announced that evening. A $200 contribution to a local charity will be given in the winner’s name.
“The list of activities is growing, so don’t miss this evening of Christmas celebration and fellowship!” a chamber spokesperson said.
For more information visit the chamber’s website, www.slatonchamberofcommerce.org, call 838-6238, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.