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On The Cover The Most Wonderful Time Of The YearIBy Alissa Reinhardt’s the most wonderful time of theNew Year bring you continued blessings! While you’re trying to pull off the “perfect” holiday celebration, don’t let outside stressors or anxiety interfere. Remember the true reason for the season and try not to drown in the details. When you find yourself getting caught up in the hustle and the bustle, remember to relax and take advantage of the good times tobe had with the ones you love the most.CLelebrate Christmas In Northwest San Antonio By Alissa Reinhardyear! The holidays are always a magicaltime when families and friends come together to celebrate, exchange gifts and break bread together. No matter your religion or background, the end of each year should always be filled with happiness and love.What’s your family holiday tradition? Doyou gather to open gifts around the tree on the Christmas Eve? Or do the little ones wait with bated breath for Santa to come, waking early to see what he brought? Do you travel across state lines or even overseas to spend time with loved ones? Or maybe they come to you, gathering together in your home, catching up and reminiscing about holidays past. Whatever you have planned, may it be filled with cheerfulness and joy and may theooking for a new or different way to choir welcomes the crowd with classic carols blankets to the Loading Dock on 18th Street celebrate the holiday season? Check sung in front of City Hall as Santa Claus looks at 6:30 pm and celebrate “The Reason for out one, two, or all THREE of these on. The lighting of the Christmas tree at City the Season.”great events located on the Northwest side of San Antonio.The first weekend of December (November 30-December 1) Castroville celebrates an Old Fashioned Christmas by hosting one of the largest arts and crafts shows in this part of Texas. Over 250 booths feature everything from Christmas crafts, wood work, handmade jewelry, candles, crocheted items, food, and so much more. Visit with Santa and enjoy the entertainment and shopping.Just a few miles west, Hondo will celebrate Christmas in God’s Country from December 7-9, a hugely popular local event that brings everyone out for a weekend of Christmas joy. To kick off the event, just after dark on December 7, the Meyer ElementaryHall follows, marking the official start of the most wonderful time of the year.The Texas Children’s Choir, horse drawn carriage rides, a snow play area, pictures with Santa and other children’s events will all take place around the courthouse throughout the evening. Come back, the next day, on December 8 and get all your Christmas shopping done at Market Days. Shopping will continue throughout the day and into the evening, giving everyone a chance to get their holiday shopping complete.Hondo’s Community Worship in God’s Country will be held on the evening of Sunday December 9, making Christmas in God’s Country a three-day event for the first time ever! Bring your lawn chairs andFinally, if you live further north, you can add a Texas-sized sparkle to your holidays at Enchanted Springs Ranch. Enjoy both drive thru and walk-around dazzling Christmas light displays centered around over 40 Old West buildings glowing with holiday spirit. Visit with Santa, play holiday games, shop for the perfect Christmas gift, and enjoy all sorts of Old West Christmas Fun.Enchanted Springs Ranch is located 20 minutes outside of San Antonio off of IH-10 West at exit 540 in Boerne. Festivities can be enjoyed Thursday-Sundays through December 16 and every night December 20-30 from 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are available at Holidays and Merry Christmas!Celebrate A Cowboy Christmas In HelotesKBy Alissa Reinhardick up your heels in Old Town Helotes for the annual Cowboy Christmas Parade on December 8at 7:30 p.m! A community tradition for 10 years, Cowboy Christmas Parade is a free community event. This year’s parade theme is “Songs of Christmas.”“This parade is special because it takes place during the evening hours,” explained Andrea Wazir, Public Relations Specialist with the City of Helotes. “All parade entries are encouraged to decorate with lights. We can’t wait to see how our entries interpret the theme.Local businesses and non-profits alsoparticipate in this special holiday event, making it a close-knit community tradition perfect for the entire family. Cowboy Christmas Parade will begin near the First Baptist Church of Helotes in Old Town and will continue south on Old Bandera Road, turning right at the traffic circle onto Riggs Road. Public parking is also available around Old Town. This year, the parade will welcome back Bill Taylor as the emcee.“We would love to continue growing the size of the event,” said Andrea. “Everyone is invited to participate. It’s free to enter and a great opportunity for businesses to be involved in the community.For more information or to get involved in this year’s parade, and click “Events.”we can’t wait for the festivities to begin.” For more information aboutChristmasville, visit or follow @ christmasvilletexas on Facebook.Welcome To Christmasville, Leon Springs!WBy Alissa Reinhardelcome to Christmasville! ThisDecember, Castle Hills Church– Leon Springs will host a special community holiday event full of the hometown Christmas celebrations we allknow and love!Christmasville, a family-oriented event,will take place at Leon Springs Dancehall from 5-7 p.m. on December 16. The entire community is welcome to join for thisspecial evening filled with food, rides, Christmas crafts, and of course – a visit from Santa. Admission is $2 per person.The little ones can enjoy a 65-foot long snow slide, play areas, swings, a Ferris Wheel, and other fun rides, train rides, inflatables, and more! Take your photos with Santa, enjoy plenty of food, s’mores, hot chocolate and hot cider, and watch a Christmas movie on the big screen while enjoying the company of neighbors andfriends during this special time of year.“In previous Christmasville celebrations, we have seen thousands of people from the community come out to enjoy this event with us,” said Justin Ellis, Communications Director at Castle Hills Church. “We hope that the environment will be a place for introductions to one another in the community. This is the perfect celebration for our favorite time of the year! Response in previous years has been overwhelming,6www.heloteshighlights.comDecember/January 18 -19

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