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Christmas festivities include train village

LIVINGSTON -- Christmas is just around the corner and the Livingston Main Street, City of Livingston and Livingston Specialty Merchants' Guild have planned a month full of activity.

For a $10 donation, donors have the opportunity to remember or honor friends and loved ones at the Main Street Tree of Lights. The tree lighting ceremony occurred Nov. 22 at Anniversary Park. Call (936) 327-1050 for more information.

Those driving through Pedigo Park now until Dec. 31 will encounter "Christmas in the Park." Experience the wonder of Christmas driving through Pedigo Park and enjoy the holiday figures and thousands of Christmas lights on display.

Santa at Miss Effie's Cottage will occur Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 201 West Mill in Livingston. Bring the children downtown to see Santa and tour the historical home decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served and guests may take photos as well.

The Christmas Train Village will be another free photo opportunity where all can see an elaborate miniature train set traveling through different Christmas themed settings. The village is hosted by the Polk County Heritage Society at 406 North Washington from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 5-8, Dec. 10-11, Dec. 17-19, and Dec. 26. On Dec. 12, the village will be open 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 12, will have the most Christmas goings-on, as Livingston's Hometown Christmas produces entertainment and activities from noon until 9 p.m.

The food court will have over 100 arts, crafts, gift and food vendors. There will be a lighted Christmas parade and Santa will visit city hall.

At noon, the Jingle Bell Fun Run & Walk will begin at city hall. The first 150 registered participants receive a t-shirt and bells. Registration is now through Dec. 12, at the Trade Days office near Pedigo Park.

"The Arctic Express" is Julian Franklin's program suitable for all ages. It is trainloads of fun, filled with puppets, magic, storytelling, music and audience participation. This imaginary train ride magically takes kids to learn about winter holidays around the world. Hot chocolate will be served after the program that is scheduled for 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Livingston Municipal Library at 707 North Tyler Avenue.

Bouncy, The World's Tallest Snowman, is a 30-foot tall snowman that possesses the same fun as a moon bounce, while encompassing the thrill and magic of winter.

Toboggan Tunnel is a Roller Sledding Ride that is over 15' tall and 45 feet long. Get ready for the most exhilarating ride you will take this winter. The Toboggan combines speed, adrenaline and mystery into one amazing attraction. Guests will bring their toboggan to the top of the slide and prepare to take flight.

For more information on the Christmas events in Livingston, go to www.visitLivingstonTexas.com or call (936) 327-5242.