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**Burnet’s Christmas on the Square**

Christmas on the Square

Saturday, December 9, 2023
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.
Time TBA                Snow on the Square
Time TBA                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 Rachael Hausman between 10 and 11am at the corner of Boundary and E. Jackson. She will tell you where to park and give you your number.

Santa & the Grinch
Details to come

Bicycle Registration 
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
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.

Entertainment Schedule

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, everyone just waits 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?
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.
Arts & Crafts Vendor Application
Business and Non-Profit Application
Food Vendor Application

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. 


December 9
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Burnet Square
Burnet, TX 78611 United States + Google Map
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