The party started at 4 pm with a jingle bells bicycle parade. Which we missed but arrived in time to participate in the other activities:
We were greeted by a fork in the road - decisions, decisions. We chose the Christmas tree and food vendors. Arch went to find food and I wandered off to see what was what.
The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful spot for the kids to have their photo taken with Santa. Just an observation - there were some pretty big "kids" in line.
The veranda was nicely decorated and Mr and Mrs Claus with a helper elf were beautifully costumed and very charming.
There was a music stage featuring a 4 piece band playing Christmas and other music suitable for children.
Note the live oak behind the horse and wagon. There are many of these on the grounds of the historic area.
There were food booths featuring local favourites.
And, in the centre of it all the unlit tree. Yes that is a real, live tree, growing on the grounds.
Of course, I found Arch in the line up for the food tent above. He always makes the most healthy choice :).
|Corn dogs and fried pickles|
|Sausage and fried onions|
|Pumpkin Funnel Cake|
Fat, fat and more fat. They also served Fried green tomatoes and red velvet funnel cake - made by adding red food colouring to pancake batter and deep fat frying it.
As the sunset, we made our selections and joined the gathering crowd in front of the tree:
And then I went off to check out the lights while Arch chatted with the other folks at our table. Who turned out to be RVers as well.
|Here is the live oak I showed you earlier|
|Craft booths under the live oak|
By the time I got back to our table, the lights were being turned out:
And then the grand event, a countdown and the tree was lit:
And lastly, fireworks:
And, to all, a goodnight.