The city of Killeen will be starting the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 1, with the annual Tree Lighting event at the Killeen Community Center. The city will hold family-friendly events all weekend long.
The community center is located at 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
Friday's event is free to the public, and it is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Santa Claus will arrive at 7 p.m. to light the tree and take photos with children - and most importantly, listen to wishlists.
There will also be live entertainment, arts and crafts, cupcake decorating and train rides. If you are looking for a place to take a family photo, there will be a giant snow globe that will serve as a backdrop.
There will also be a Killeen Rocks flashlight rock hunt that children can participate in. Plus, a movie in the park screening of Polar express will start at 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater.
On Saturday, festivities will continue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community center.
First, Breakfast in Toyland will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event will bring children and Santa together over pancakes. If you buy tickets in advance, it is $5, and it is $6 at the door.
The Jingle Bell Dash 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers can register online here.
The Saturday festival activities are free and will continue until 3 p.m. hey include Santa and Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts, an art bus, a car show and character appearances.
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