— By BRIAN SMITH
Weatherford will be getting into the Christmas spirit Saturday night with its first ever Celebration of Lights.
The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Weatherford with the entire area filled with lights and decorations. Celebration of Lights committee member Vonda Norris said the event will kick off the holidays in style.
“We wanted to have a nighttime event like Christmas on the Square used to be,” Norris said. “We’re going to have merchants open for business. We’re hoping to make this an annual event.”
At 6 p.m. a “cruise” through the downtown area is scheduled. Norris said the public is invited to take part in the cruise with cars from Parker County Cruzers and motorcycles from the Koinonia Riders expected to participate.
The cruise will begin on Fort Worth Highway, come over the bridge and continue toward the square before traveling down surrounding streets such as York Avenue.
Anyone wanting to enter cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors or “pretty much anything that lights up” can contact Norris at 817-594-8121 to take part in the cruise.
At 7 p.m. on the east side of the Parker County Courthouse will be the lighting of the Christmas tree and courthouse ceremony. A number of holiday style events are planned for the rest of the evening, including caroling and entertainment by Theatre Off The Square actors, carriage rides hosted by First National Bank, merchants providing refreshments and more.
Prior to the event, Celebration of Lights Christmas cards are being sold to offset the price of the advertising. Norris said a box of 10 with envelopes is $18.95. Bulk orders of 30 or more can receive a discount rate by contacting Norris at Quickprint.
“The cards would be great for businesses to give as this year’s Christmas cards or for anyone to give as a special gift from Weatherford,” Norris stated.
Businesses selling the cards include Quickprint, Antiques on the Square, Back to Yesterday, Cup ‘N’ Cake Bakery, Feather Your Nest, Hartness Print Central, Main Street Mercantile, Red Rooster, Sassy’s and Something Special.
Norris said both Quick Print and Hartness Print Central also have a commemorative poster for sale right now. Historical ornaments are also being sold at Quick Print, Norris said.
Other businesses have signed on as sponsors of what is hoped to be a regular event, including Back to Yesterday, First Financial Bank, First National Bank of Weatherford, Quick Print, Hartness Print Central, Simms Lumber, Weatherford Democrat and BBVA Compass Bank.