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Central Texas kicks off the holiday season with a variety of events

As Thanksgiving draws to a close, many locations in central Texas are getting ready to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

TEMPLE, Texas — Many central Texans may still be sleeping in on their Thanksgiving holidays, but that hasn’t stopped many central Texas cities and organizations from kicking off the holiday season with a series of festive events.

From Temple to Waco to Austin, there are plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit this weekend in the Lone Star State. Here’s a list of just a few of the holiday celebrations taking place in the area this weekend.

Georgetown lighting in the square

Georgetown will celebrate its annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 25th.

The event usually begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place in Georgetown Square at 103 W. Seventh St.

Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will help Santa flip the switch before the Uptown Carolers sing Christmas carols.

Santa will be available for photos after the courthouse lights are lit in exchange for an unwrapped toy or a monetary donation to the Brown Santa program.

The lights in the square will remain lit every evening until January 1st.

The Illumination is a free event open to all.

Christmas at the Robinson Family Farm

Robinson Family Farm will end their holiday season this Black Friday, November 25th.

The farm sells Christmas trees and wreaths until supplies run out, as well as hot chocolate and hot mulled wine. The prices of the trees depend on the height of the tree. Wreaths are handmade on the farm.

On Friday the farm is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The farm is located at 2651 Bob White Road in Temple.

Holiday Cheer fire engine from the Waco Fire Department

The Waco Fire Department’s Holiday Cheer Fire Engine will spread Christmas spirit throughout the city this weekend and through December 23rd.

The Holiday Cheer Fire Engine rolls through the neighborhood every night from November 25 through December 23, running just before 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The schedule is subject to change due to the weather.

The Holiday Cheer Fire Engine is a festively decorated locomotive, covered in lights and topped with Santa himself.

Check out the schedule to see where to watch the Holiday Fire Cheer Engine each weekend: ow.ly/uGWC50LLlqW

Fort Hood’s drive-through tradition, BLORA’s Nature In Lights, has already started again this year and will run through January 1st, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Nature in Lights features a five-mile ride lined with festive light displays featuring Christmas favorites like Santa, Rudolph, and more. A special radio station on 91.9 FM even provides Christmas music for the journey.

Along the way, families can also stop at Santa’s Village or go for pony rides at BLORA Ranch. Vehicles that pass through Monday through Wednesday evenings will also receive a collector’s edition Nature in Light ornament.

Nature in Lights can be found at Cottage Road BLDG NAF 126. The event is open from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

Admission for vehicles starts at $20, with higher prices for high-capacity vehicles such as passenger cars or sedans.

Waco is ringing in the holiday season with a massive event on Saturday, November 26 at The Big Christmas Expo.

With shopping, dining, entertainment and other celebrations, there is plenty for the whole family.

The event includes over 100 local and national businesses selling their wares, a parade of angels Christmas show, pictures with Santa Claus, story time with Mrs. Claus, Christmas carols and a whole Christmas village with all kinds of celebrations.

The Big Christmas Expo begins November 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center at 100 Washington Ave. in Waco.

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