Dec. 16 holiday events setFree Access

Merry on Main

Plans are underway for the upcoming Merry on Main event on Saturday, Dec. 16, sponsored by the Downtown Pleasanton Merchants Association and City of Pleasanton.

The all-day free event will kick-off with the City of Pleasanton’s Santa 5K Run at 8 a.m. Greg Leach, Parks and Recreation Facilities Director for the City of Pleasanton encourages participants to wear their streamlined Santa outfit, Santa hat or any other type of holiday-spirited attire. The 5K Run is for all ages and is free. Pre-registration/signing a waiver form is at 7:30 a.m. The race will start in front of the Pleasanton Civic Center by the big oak tree. The race will go down Main Street, through the River Park and then the pecan orchard. It will finish at the big oak tree, where the race began.

Vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bring the children to enjoy a snow-filled area starting at 2 p.m. as well as train rides throughout the day. Pictures with Santa Claus are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Other scheduled events are the Ugly Sweater Contest and Holiday Cookie Contest.

There will also be a Christmas tree farm in the covered area at Dowdy’s, in which vendors will donate a tree every 30 minutes to needy families. If you know of a family in need, you can come and sign them up with Laura Calvert at Art on Main. Calvert will also have a Whoville area set up in front of Art on Main.

Get ready for the excitement of the Ice Fights, as ice sculptors showcase their skills and battle it out. They will begin between 5-6 p.m.

Night Parade

Following the Ice Fights will be the Annual Christmas Lighted Parade (starting about 6:30- 7 p.m.), sponsored by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Posse, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pleasanton. An invitation is extended to the public to participate in the parade. Judging of the parade entries will start at 5:30 p.m. The parade route will begin and end at the River Park. Please see map for full parade route.

Awards will be given in various categories. Parade forms are available on the city’s web site: Click on “Parks and Recreation” under the Departments section, and then go to Community Events. You may also contact the Chamber of Commerce at 830-569-2163. Deadline to return the form is Dec. 12. The Pleasanton Chamber will also host a storefront holiday decorating contest. Call the Chamber to enter. Judging is Dec. 14 and the winners will be announced at the Merry on Main event.

Poteet Blue Santa

The Poteet PD will sponsor the annual Blue Santa event at Poteet Canyon Park. The parade starts at 6 p.m. (leaving from the high school parking lot) and gift hand out will be at about 7 p.m. You do not need to apply, but they extend their invitation solely to the children of the Poteet Community.

Volunteers at the 2016 Poteet Blue Santa event.

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