Strap on a warm scarf and grab your gloves — Tyler’s seventh annual Holiday in the Park and Bazaar kicks off Friday evening for two fun-filled days at Bergfeld Park.
Admission to the snow hill and play area is free, but a small fee is required to participate in the kid zone that includes a bungee jump area, rock wall, inflatable activities and pony rides.
Festivities are planned between 4 and 8 p.m. Friday; and again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with some activities open until 7 p.m.
Visitors can gather at 6 p.m. for a free movie in the amphitheater, “Arthur’s Christmas.”
Portable heaters will be in use for the movie, but participants might want to bring along a few blankets, Ms. Isham said.
Bergfeld Park is at Broadway Avenue and Fourth Street.
More than 50 vendors are participating in this holiday bazaar, offering everything for sale from jewelry and candles to wine racks and doggie scarves, officials said.
Entertainment includes Candy Crocker School of Dance, 11 a.m.; Waiting Until Marriage, 12:30 p.m.; Fly Kids, 1:30 p.m.; New Days Community Church Youth, 2:30 p.m.; and visits from the Jolly Old Elf from about 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
In a special collection effort, donated clothing for senior citizens is being sought to help them make ends meet.
Sponsorships and donations are still needed to help cover the costs of the snow; donations will be accepted at the Parks and Recreation booth.
“We want to keep the snow free,” Ms. Isham said. “We need those sponsorship dollars so there’s no charge to go down the hill.”
Brookshire’s Grocery is donating 85,000 pounds of ice, valued in excess of $6,000, to help support the event.
Colorado-based 4PEntertainment Group, Inc. is making the snow.
More than a combined 54,000 people are estimated to have attended the previous six Holiday in the Park events, with about 10,000 more expected this year.
Sponsors include Brookshire’s and Super One Foods, Jalapeno Tree, Silver Leaf Resource, KLTV, Roberts & Roberts, Contractor’s Building Supply and Ted Kamel Foods.
Walmart is expected to provide volunteers to help out with the event.
For more details, call 903-531-1214.