Santa to grace courthouse lawn for Christmas in the Heart celebration

What better way to let Santa know what you want for Christmas than face-to-face. Children across the county will get that opportunity today as the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Christmas in the Heart celebration in downtown Brady. The annual celebration kicks off the Christmas season with family entertainment, holiday cheer and, of course, the “big jolly fellow.” Friday night will be the unveiling of the courthouse lights’complete with hot chocolate, carriage rides, holiday music and an appearance by Santa Claus himself. Pictures with Santa Claus will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. at Brady’s downtown square. Pictures will be $5. The procession of lights will again open the celebration. This candle light vigil honors and remembers those loved ones who cannot be near us during the Christmas season. The candles are battery operated and safe for children. All groups and individuals are welcome to participate. “In addition to the procession of lights, for a $5 donation, you may have the loved one’s name, who you are walking in honor of, printed on an eight-foot Christmas card to be displayed on the courthouse lawn for the entire month of December,” said Christi Mays with the Chamber of Commerce. “The card will read, ‘You Are in Our Hearts for the Holiday.’ In return for your generous donation, you will receive a postcard with a picture of the, ‘You Are in Our Hearts for the Holidays,’ card, sent to the honoree or recipient of your choice to notify them of the memorial. You may choose to participate in just the procession, just the memorial or both.” After the procession of lights, there will be a performance from Brady’s first graders at 6:45 p.m. “Don’t miss these talented up-and-comers! Then, carriage rides will be available from 7-9 p.m. Rides will be $1 per person, and hot chocolate will be for sale to keep your bellies and toes warm and toasty.” On Saturday, Dec. 1, Live Oak Trade Days will be held on the west side of intersection U.S. Hwys. 87 and 71. Vendors from across the state will set up to help get some early Christmas shopping out of the way. This has been made possible by Bill Derrick and the Live Oak Trade Days Association. The shopping on Saturday runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment throughout the day. For more information, contact the Brady/ McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce at 325-597-3491 or

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