This is it. The Christmas extravaganza is this weekend. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the doors open to the Trinity Community Center with more than 30 vendors presenting their wares for the residents of Trinity County to go Christmas shopping.
Last week I mentioned a few of our local vendors who are faithful to this Christmas show year after year, and the Trinity Peninsula of Commerce is grateful for this participation and their continued support.
This week I am going to invite you to come and attend our Christmas show. We have local groups that participate by singing, dancing, and playing instruments and groups that participate by donating gifts and money to this wonderful event. The tree lighting ceremony program flyer can be found in several stores downtown since Monday.
We are thankful Elizabeth and David Drake take care of this task, and for all our advertisement for the Christmas show. It is so nice not to have to drive to Huntsville to get marketing needs and copies made when you can obtain that goal right here in downtown Trinity. They are very talented and helpful when it comes to advertising and printing commercial needs for our community.
The schedule of events and the entertainment time frame for Saturday’s Christmas Show is:
•9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open for business, “Shop Trinity First,” Trinity Florist and Gifts open house and The Way You Live opens
•9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Wellness Center Opens
•10 a.m.-8 p.m. — TPCC Craft Show & Food Court, Trinity Community Center
•Noon — Trinity Lions Club Christmas Choir
•1 p.m. — Christmas Cantata, Pavilion Stage, Calvary Tabernacle Pentecostal Church Choir
•2-4 p.m. — Free pictures with Santa Claus in Annex Room
•2 p.m. — Kelly Hartsfield at the Pavilion
•3 p.m. — Karen DeBose at the Pavilion
•3:30 p.m. — Liberty Christian Center Dancers at the Pavilion
•4 p.m. — SHSU Jazz Ensemble at the Pavilion
4-6 p.m. — S’mores at the Trinity Center Park Barn Area
•6 p.m. — Parade starts on North Robb Street
•7 p.m. — Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Park
•8 p.m. — Awards and More
The 25th Christmas Parade has changed the starting location this year. We will line up at the north end of town on Robb Street and proceed south past the Trinity Community Center and disperse at the Alco Parking Lot.
The Christmas parade entry form can be found at All Around Electrical Services on North Robb Street across from Trinity Café. There are 6 categories to enter, and each first-place winner of that category will receive a $250 cash donation from a Trinity business sponsor. Winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting ceremony at the Trinity Community Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. The categories are cars, trucks, emergencies vehicles, floats, motorcycles/four wheelers, and walkers (student groups).
There are several events that are happening elsewhere in Trinity on Saturday, Dec. 2, the Eddie and Maxie Dinner and Dance will take place at the VFW Hall on Caroline Street from noon until 4 p.m. For more information, call Dawn Bray at the hall.
For the parents on the weekend of Dec. 8- 9, several events will be held for the children’s enjoyment while you shop.
First, need a babysitter? Liberty Christian Center will babysit your children from ages 5-12 for you to go Christmas shopping for two days, Dec. 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “free” with a program for the children entitled “Chosen,” a VBS Blitz. They are located at 101 W. Main St., and for more information please contact the Church at (936) 355-3309.
Second, come meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus Saturday, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the River Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center at 1410 S. Robb St. and take pictures with the Clauses that will be taken by a professional photographer.
A movie will be shown outdoors entitled “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and this is a free event for families. Activities include a Hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, reindeer food making station, popcorn, and a blanket provided for the movie. For more information, please call (936) 594-7521.
The Knights of Columbus are hosting their last blood drive of 2023 on Dec. 10 at the Brookshire Brothers’ Parking lot in Trinity from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please, if you can, donate. Trinity County needs to support this worthwhile cause especially during this time of year.
Also on Dec. 15, Liberty Christian Center will present a Christmas play, “Frozen.” The play starts at 6 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Admission is free. Liberty Christian Center is located at 101 W. Main St.
The next event to be held on Dec. 14 at Liberty Christian Center is the Share Your Holiday Food Basket Giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon. The free boxes or baskets will be given away on this day only and hopefully will supply all who are in need.
Thank you to all the participants for decorating the Christmas Show areas early. I will see you Saturday at Christmas in the Park. The theme for the Christmas Show this year was promoted by the Founders Day event held last year in November which celebrated 151 years of Trinity’s existence.