Martindale to ‘light up’ for Christmas on Friday

Makayla Futch has a moment with Santa Claus. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CYNDIE COLBURN

The Martindale Community is having its 10th Annual Downtown Lighting celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 8. There will be much to do and see during this little town’s Christmas event. Adults and children will find lots of fun and free activities and entertainment.

Local musicians will fill the air with live music. Stringtown, TX is a singer-songwriter power-group of local musicians whose lineup includes Barry Brittain, Wilbon Davis, Mark Fallis, Winston Haun and Jeanne Ply. They will be playing a lot of Texas-born songs, as well as favorites from the past with a bluegrass flair. Also playing will be the Trio Del Rio Family Band, which features singer-songwriters MariLisa and Tanner Swain. Their band mixes swing, jazz, blues, latin, R&B and Texas styles. In between sets, local volunteer, Brett Taylor will lead a round or two of favorite Christmas carols.

Rachel McCartney, organizer of the Monthly Martindale Market, has wrangled several local artists and vendors for a “mini-market.” Attendees can find gifts for the hard-to-shop-for that are unique, handmade and local. Volunteers will serve free snacks and beverages to visitors. Beer and wine will be available for adults for a small donation. Kids can decorate the trees and make ornaments before the town is set aglow. The Martindale Community Library will be showing the animated holiday classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and will host a Rudolph-themed selfie station. Kids can also write letters to Santa and take part in other fun activities.

The main event, however, is when Santa comes to town. The Martindale Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department will bring Santa to town with lots of treats. At 6:15 p.m., Santa will be escorted by Martindale’s finest in uniform, as he rides atop a fire truck. There will be free treats from our officers and kids can bend Santa’s ear to tell him exactly what their Christmas wish is. Free photos will be provided for anyone wanting to see Santa.

Volunteer Jane Latham says, “This event is special to me because it is what Martindale is all about... a small town where people come together to make a magical evening for children — and it’s all free.”

Chief Chris Germer of the Martindale Volunteer Fire Department visits with a young boy during last year’s celebration.

Mary Evelyn “Meg” Grant, lifelong resident and volunteer coordinator, says, “I love this annual, fun, multigenerational community event. The charming and festive atmosphere of our small downtown area is the perfect setting. My grandchildren especially love seeing the lights come on and Santa arriving with all lights and sirens on the Martindale fire truck.”

What began as a small holiday celebration with friends and neighbors has grown to become an annual beloved community event. After Martindale resident Carlton Carl purchased several historic buildings in downtown Martindale, he became the honorary host of the event, with those friends and neighbors volunteering to help continue the celebration.

For more information about the celebration, visit the Facebook event page.

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