Saturday, December 10, 2022
A spectacular Christmas celebration in downtown Burnet that includes a bicycle giveaway, snow slide and snow play area, live holiday entertainment, over 175 vendors, a parade at Noon, and a visit from Santa! This year, there will also be fun photo ops in various places around the Square. These range from a sleigh (that people can actually sit in for photos) to a giant teddy bear!
Schedule of Events
12:00 – 8:00pm Vendor Booths open to the public. Live Entertainment & Christmas Music.
12:00pm Christmas Parade (Registration is free!) – See below for details.
1:00 –4:00pm Snow on the Square
1:00 – 4:00 pm Photos with Santa and the Grinch – See below for details
4:30pm Bicycle Raffle (child must be present to win) – See below for details.
5:00 – 8:00pm Christmas at Old Ft. Croghan (Christmas the way pioneers experienced it)
6:00 – 9:00pm Main Street Bethlehem
Christmas Parade at Noon
Route: The parade starts near the Community Center on East Jackson. From there, it goes down East Jackson, around the Square, and then back to the Community Center.
Parade Participant Check-In: Those participating in the parade are asked to check in with Bill Drake between 10 and 11am at the corner of Boundary and E. Jackson. He will tell you where to park and give you your number.
Santa & the Grinch
Get your photo with Santa and the Grinch which will be located in a booth next to the stage from 1-4pm. This portion of the festival is organized by Young Life Burnet. Donations will be requested (cash or credit card). Donations will be used to send a child to camp.
Registration takes place at the festival on the Square at the Chamber trailer by the stage (on Pierce St) from 12-4. No advance registration will be available this year. Registrations will be cut off at 4pm to allow time to sort the entries into appropriate age groups. All kids aged 2-11 are eligible to enter. The child MUST be present when their name is called in order to win. All winners will be fitted for a free helmet from Ascension Seton Highland Lakes Hospital.
Over 175 vendors will be present. They will fill the parking spots on both sides of the Square and the sidewalk on East Jackson. There will be a food court in a parking lot at East Jackson and Vandeveer St. Downtown businesses with brick & mortar locations on the Square and just off the Square will also be open for business.
Snow Slide & Snow Play Area
From 1:00-4:00, there will be a snow slide and snow play area with REAL snow in the newly paved City parking lot on East Jackson just off the Square. A guardian must sign a waiver before children go on the slide. There is no cost to enjoy this fun area. Kids should come early since the snow melts relatively quickly even on cold days.
Tip for Parents: Consider bringing a change of clothes so your kids aren’t cold and wet when they’re done playing.
12:45-1:00 Immediately after the parade in front of the stage are performances by the Highlandettes, then the Burnet Middle School Dance Team, and then the Burnet Gunfighters.
1:00-4:00 Photos with Santa & the Grinch
1:30-2:00 Music by Richard Hausman, Rachael Hausman, and Roger Moore (on stage)
2:00-2:30 Nutcracker performance by Studio 29 Dance Centre (at VFW plaza in front of the Courthouse on the Square)
2:30-3:00 Music by Richard Hausman, Rachael Hausman, and Roger Moore (on stage)
3:15-4:00 Music by Shawn & Mandi Mullen from First Baptist Church
4:00-4:30 Nutcracker performance by Studio 29 Dance Centre (at VFW plaza in front of the Courthouse on the Square)
4:30-5:30 Bicycle Giveaway (registration ends at 4pm)
5:45-6:05 Burnet High School Choir
6:20-7:20 Denise Moreau (on stage)
7:30-8:30 Joan Wynn (on stage)
Are dogs allowed?
Well behaved, leashed dogs are allowed.
Where will restrooms be located?
Portable toilets for the festival will be located on each corner of the Square and on East Jackson across from the food court. Most retail shops do not have public restrooms because of the old plumbing found in historical buildings.
Are online tickets required for Main Street Bethlehem?
No. This year, the organizers of that event have gone back to everyone just waiting in line. At times, this can mean a two hour wait so come prepared! You can shop at vendors lining the street while you wait though.
Where is the best place to find food?
There will be a food court on East Jackson and Vandeveer, a short distance from the Square.
How do I get a vendor booth?
Booth applications and the waiting list have been closed for this year. Applications will open up again in late February. The earlier that you apply, the higher your odds of being accepted for next year’s show. The show typically fills up by late October.
Where do I find parking?
The most parking available will be near East Jackson. Parking is wherever you can find a spot. Be prepared to walk at least a few blocks.
Is there handicap parking?
There isn’t a handicap parking lot. If you need to drop someone off though, you can turn onto S. Pierce by First State Bank of Burnet. You can drop people off and then turnaround using the entrance to that parking lot.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Stage Sponsor Parade Sponsor
Santa’s Helper Sponsors
XLR8 Embroidery, Dance, & Athletic Ware
Antiques by Will
Burnet Antique Mall
First State Bank of Burnet
Advanced Pain Care
Spider Mountain Bike Park
Mama’s Home Cooking
Knife River, Honey Creek Quarry
Access Urgent Care
Rockafellow Law Firm
North Pole Sponsors
ABC Home & Commercial Services
Bill’s Burgers, Wing & Things
Coldwell Banker – Misty Preece
Floral Designs by Randi
Hill Country Motorheads
Lake Land Realty
State Farm by Gary Wideman
Wedding Oak Winery
Wine on 29
Houston Clinton Co.
Brandon & Amanda Harris
Burnet County Republican’s Club
Michelle C Phillips, CPA
Highland Lakes Weekly